Just a few weeks ago, Patriot launched its Zephyr SSD series featuring TRIM, but how does it stand up against other SSDs? NeoSeeker has carried out a review of the Patriot Zephyr 128GB and compares it against the Patriot Torqx 128GB as well as a competing drive, the OCZ Agility 60GB.
While eBay is generally a way to get a great bargain such as cheap compatible batteries, it’s also plagued with fake goods with flash pen drives and memory cards being a very serious problem now. Like imitations of branded clothing and footwear, these imitation flash drives look very realistic, including the shrink-wrapped packaging and appear to work fine at a first glance. However, they usually end up costing the unsuspecting users far more than the cost of the drive!
Buffalo has unveiled a range of external SSDs, featuring the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and a sustained speed of up to 244MBs with its bundled Turbo PC software. These new drives improve upon their earlier drives released in March with bundled data security software to easily encrypt and protect data stored on them. So far there is no word about when or if they will be available outside of Japan.
Accelerated Memory Production Inc. has launched its range of SSDs, which they call their SATAsfy SSD range, targeted at server and mobile use. These SATA2 drives come in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and a choice of MLC or SLC based NAND.
AnandTech has carried out an in-depth review of the Agility 2, which is a new series of SSDs OCZ launched based on the SandForce SF-1200 controller, with production firmware of version 3.0.5. The Agility 2 series comes in capacities of 50GB, 100GB and 200GB and AnandTech takes a look at the 100GB model.
Before you bring an SSD to the checkout, it’s worth having another look at the interface, as the company ATP has introduced an SSD with yet another interface, internal USB. This SSD fits directly into the motherboard’s on-board USB socket, which is the socket typically used to attach additional external USB ports to.
Solid State Disks (SSDs) have been available for many years, but it was not until the pricing of NAND flash chips came down enough in recent years to make them somewhat affordable to PC enthusiasts. Between 2007 and 2008, NAND pricing fell by up to 60% year after year.
The consumer electronics giant Samsung has announced the production of 32-gigabit MLC NAND, produced using the 20nm fabrication, making them the first to use 20nm fabrication. So far other companies including Intel/Micron and Toshiba have only been talking about it.
Pretty much all modern motherboards give the user the choice of ACHI or IDE mode for the SATA interface. For Windows XP, the IDE mode had the advantage of not requiring drivers to install, but at a cost of the features AHCI has to offer, such as NCQ and power management.