Just 4 SSD reviews and a RAID SSD review this week, again making it quietest week this year for SSD reviewing. This is possibly also due to the Easter where reviewers are taking time out than in front of the PC doing their write-up. Anyway, this week includes 4 reviews of different drives and a RAID card with 8 Micro C300′s at RAID level 5.
Intel is set to officially launch its Z68 Express chipset on May 18th. So what has this got to do with being on topic with SSDFreaks.com? Well, what makes the Z68 special is its SSD caching feature, officially known as Intel Smart Response Technology and one of the new features of Rapid Storage Technology (RST) 10.5.
One of the major hard disk manufacturers Seagate has announced that it agreed to purchase Samsung’s hard drive operations, which means that Seagate can focus more on developing enterprise SSDs and hybrid hard drives with the two hard drive operations’ R&D centres working together to develop next generation hard disk technology such as 2.5″ hard drives over 1TB.
On April 12th, the Mac and PC technology company Other World Computing (OWC) has pre-released its Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD to its four preferred benchmark websites that carry out Solid State Reviews, so its SATA3 SandForce SF-2281 processor based 120GB SSD has become the highlight of the week.
As with reviewing hard disks, every product reviewer has their own way of reviewing Solid State Drives and each reviewer also has their own preferred testing methods. Some reviewers swear by simulated real world tests such as PCMark Vantage, some believe that synthetic tests are enough, while the more patient reviewers will go all the way to the bother of test driving the SSD in the real world such as timing the installation of popular software products, measuring game launch times and so on.
Addonics has announced its CF/CFast DigiDrive, which fits into a standard 5.25″ bay and can accommodate up to six CompactFlash or CFast cards. The six card slots can be configured to operate independently, such that each slot connects by its own SATA data cable or with a Hardware Port Multiplier, where 5 slots can form a RAID array with a single SATA cable and the remaining slot has its own independent SATA connection.
The highlight of the week is Intel’s 320 series SSD launch with a range of reviews published on March 28th. This is Intel’s new mainstream SSD in capacities ranging from 40GB to 600GB, with read and write speeds of up to 270MB/s and 220MB/s respectively. Surprisingly, they have decided to stick with SATA 2.