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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.