Seán Byrne

I started off as a news editor for CD Freaks in 2003 when I was invited to become a volunteer. By 2005, I started carrying out product reviews and became a moderator on their forum. In 2009 when they broadened their topics to include consumer electronics and not just CD/DVD related, I decided to leave the news team and started focusing more on product reviews and forum moderation. With things quietening up early this year, I decided to have a go at creating my own news blog, SSD Freaks, this time focusing on SSD related news. I still intend carrying out product reviews for MyCE, which will include SSD Freaks.

 

The reviews this week are mainly focused around the popular high end drives – The Crucial M4, OCZ Vertex 3 and the OCZ Agility 3.  Reviews of others drives are quiet this week, likely due to the Computex event in Taipei. Continue reading »

 

Kingston has finally taken on the SandForce SSD processor with the launch of its new HyperX SSDs, featuring the SandForce SF-2281 SATA3 processor using Intel 25nm Compute NAND and in capacities of 120GB and 240GB. Continue reading »

 

Samsung launched two new Solid State Drives targeted at tablets and ultra-thin laptops, the U100 and the i100.  Samsung claims its i100 SSD to be the world’s smallest and fastest SATA3 BGA-based SSD. Continue reading »

 

With 22 SSD reviews, this has been the busiest week I’ve come across to date and even ran out of time to get this article writen by the end of Friday (Irish Time)!  10 of these reviews are OCZ, along with a couple of Patriot Torqx 2 reviews. Continue reading »

 

OCZ Technology plans to demonstrate its first hybrid storage device at the upcoming Computex show, which will be its first device to combine a hard disk with NAND flash memory.  This is an unusual move for OCZ with it previously committing itself to SSDs only. Continue reading »

 

Corsair a company well known for its high performance RAM, USB flash drives and power supplies has just announced its new range of Force 3 SSDs featuring the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor and claiming a massive 85,000 IOPS in capacities ranging from 60GB to 240GB. Continue reading »

 

With OCZ’s recent launch of its Vertex 3 max IOPS SSD, there are three reviews published at this time of writing.  This SSD aims to improve upon the original flagship SATA3 Vertex 3 claiming up to 75,000 random write IOPS.  The current reviews include replay traces to simulate heavy real world use as well as the usual AS SSD and CDM tests. KitGuru’s review also includes Windows start-up and application launch timings, comparing it with other drives. Continue reading »

 

Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a company specialising in high speed storage and has the trademark “World’s Fastest Storage®” has introduced its RanSan-70, a 900GB half-length PCIe x8 card, utilising Toshiba’s newest 32nm SLC flash. Continue reading »

 

Forget the superstition, grab a cuppa and get set for some SSD review reading, as you’ll be happy to know that SSD reviews have picked up again this week. ;-)   With the announcement of Intel’s new 311 SSD and reviewers getting their hands on motherboards featuring the Z68 chipset, this week there have been a few taking a look at how well this cache solution performs.  AnandTech also tested it along with the 40GB Corsair F40 and Benchmark Reviews tested the Intel 311 SSD on its own. Continue reading »

 

With Intel’s recent Z68 chipset announcement that can use an SSD as a huge hard disk or RAID array cache, Intel has now unveiled a low cost SLC based SSD specifically designed to be used as a cache drive for the Z68 platform. Continue reading »

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