From the time the first SSD with a SandForce controller was unveiled, a wide range of manufacturers have launched their own models with the SandForce SF-1222 controller. However, there is a massive performance variation depending on the loaded firmware and no user-upgradable firmware is available for any SandForce controller at this time of writing. A few manufacturers even use Release Candidate firmware versions.
One of the most affordable ways to move to SSD is to use a small SSD for the OS and applications and a large capacity HDD to hold everything else. But how do you fit a hard disk and an SSD together in a laptop? Well, apart from going for a hybrid SSD+HDD, Hitachi has unveiled its HyDrive, which is standard 12.7mm optical drive with a 32GB or 64GB SSD inside.
Just recently, laptop users were faced with a problem where they could either install a large capacity hard disk or a limited capacity SSD based on what they could afford. Seagate aims to overcome this issue with the launch of its Momentus XT line of hybrid hard disks, which are a combination of a solid state disk and hard disk in the same package, but at a price not much higher than an equivalent capacity 2.5″ hard disk. Now AnandTech has carried out a review of it to see how it stands up against a few popular SSDs and traditional hard disks.
MyCE has carried out an extensive review of the OCZ Vertex 2 100GB SSD, covering the most real-world tests I have seen yet in any SSD review. To give an idea, synthetic tests only account for 2 of the 9 pages! Compare this to many other reviews that entirely consist of synthetic tests and others that often just include the odd file copy and boot test for their real-world tests.
OCZ, one of the leading manufacturers of Solid State States is getting ready to launch a new set of Vertex 2 drives that have new firmware, which gives about 15% more capacity over the existing Vertex 2 drives. These will be available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, up from 50GB to 400GB with the current series.
Corsair, which specialises in high performance RAM and NAND flash based products has launched a new Force series of solid state drives, the F60, F120 and F240, which offer 60GB, 120GB and 240GB of capacity, respectively. All feature the SandForce SF-1200 controller, using a new firmware revision to give additional usable storage space over the original SandForce based SSDs.
IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between Intel and Micron for NAND production have announced that they have started mass production of 25nm NAND flash this week, producing 8GB NAND chips which measure just 167mm squared.
Patriot Memory has announced its latest SSD series, the Inferno range, based on the SandForce SF-1222 controller. These feature an average of 20x improved endurance and reliability like that of enterprise class SSDs with SandForce’s DuraClass technology, which gives much more efficient wear levelling.
Other World Computing, which specialises in zero emissions Mac and PC technology, has announced its new range of Sandforce SF-1200 based SSDs to its OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line, available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.