At a first glance, Corsair’s latest SSD the Performance Pro may not seem anything exceptional with read/write figures similar to SandForce 2 based SSDs, but what makes it stand out is its ability to deliver its performance regardless of compressibility of the data.  According to Corsair’s blog, its built-in advanced background garbed collection allows it to consistently perform even without the help of TRIM, such as in a RAID configuration. 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 »


There’s a nice pick-up in reviews again this week, including three full reviews of the retail OCZ Vertex 3 by AnandTech and TweakTown, one of the most powerful SATA SSDs available today.  Unfortunately for those looking to read reviews with real world testing, Hardware Canucks is the only one to run such tests, such as Windows start-up, copying files and so on..  The rest just of the reviews resorted to replaying read/write traces or scripted tests that simulate a very busy terminal server. Continue reading »


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. Continue reading »


Super Talent Technology, one of the first companies to enter the SSD market, has announced its ShuttleCraft range of enterprise SSDs, which have a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface.  The SAS interface is commonly used in business servers, including file and database servers.  Continue reading »


Samsung has unveiled a new 512GB SSD to its range that makes use of its new toggle-mode DDR NAND storage.  The use of DDR allows the bandwidth to be doubled without increasing power consumption, allowing for an improved power efficient controller that uses this DDR NAND.  Continue reading »

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