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Best $100 SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 Review and Apple MacBook Pro Installation

The $100 price point is a highly competitive area for SSDs. There are offerings from Intel, Kingston, Samsung, Corsair, and several from OCZ. For the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of putting one of the most popular (and speedy) offerings through its paces: the Sandforce powered OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive (SSD) OCZSSD22VTXE60G. The results in the MacBook Pro have been outstanding and I recommend this drive without reservation to all mobile users looking for an excellent value in a speedy SSD. At the time of this writing, these drives are trading at $113.95, but that’s pretty close to $100 and as you will see in the results below, that extra $13.95 will be well spent. Both testing numbers and real world results are quite strong with this drive. (more…)

Best SSD Storage Scene: OCZ buys Indilinx, WD > Hitachi, New Fast Drives from Intel and Corsair

There have been some major announcements in the storage world recently that will directly impact the solid-state drive sector. Let’s start with today’s big announcement and work backwards highlighting the recent changes. OCZ has announced that they are buying South Korean SSD controller company Indilinx for $32 million in OCZ stock. Indilinx produces the “Barefoot” controller that was first seen in the OCZ Vertex Series 1 drives. It was a big deal when this controller was first released because it approximated Intel X-25M level performance at a lower price point. SandForce has since surpassed the Barefoot controller in terms of performance with their first generation controller found in the Vertex 2 (+ the Corsair Force, Adata S599, etc.) and again with their second generation controller which will be available in the Vertex 3 among other drives. Does this mean that OCZ will stop using SandForce controllers? (more…)

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Engineering Sample Reviewed!

The ink is barely dry on the SandForce press release announcing their new controllers and already, Legit Reviews has published a review of the new OCZ Vertex 3 that will use the SF-2281 processor. While they only have a preliminary sample, the numbers sound very promising. According to their tests, maximum throughput was tested at 555.38MB/s, which nearly saturates the capabilities of the SATA 6Gb/s interface and exceeds the speed ratings that were just this morning published by SandForce. Additionally, this drive performs at approximately double the speeds of the Vertex 2. The blazing performance, however, is evidently dependent on having a machine with both a SATA 6 Gb/s bus and a Sandy Bridge processor. So, until you upgrade your processor, the current generation of SSDs is still a good bet for storage upgrades. Now let’s see if that MacBook Pro announcement says anything about SATA 6Gb/s, because I’m pretty confident that they’ll be using the Sandy Bridge processors…

SOURCE: Legit Reviews

SandForce Introduces New SF-2100 and SF-2200 Client Product Lines

SandForce announced details today for their second generation of client SSD controllers. The new controller line features increased performance, security capability, and reliability across the range. SandForce’s business model is bringing enterprise class controller technology to commodity NAND flash, and if the performance numbers of these controllers hold up across the SandForce powered range of SSD vendors, they will have succeeded in pushing that envelope.

The main advantages of the new controllers are:

  • Increased read and write speeds
  • Enhanced security features featuring AES-256
  • Better reliability through enhanced error correction.

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