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AMD Planning To Make Its Own SSD

by David April 10, 2014

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has made this week very interesting. The processor manufacturing giant has been rumored to make its own SSD line in collaboration with Toshiba.  After they surprised us with the release of Radeon branded memory modules, AMD might pull out another rabbit out of the hat with their upcoming Radeon solid state drives. The SSD market is already competitive as it is but with the addition of another major player, consumers will surely see

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SSD Ranking: The Fastest Solid State Drives

by Glenn Santos January 1, 2013

Want to remove the speed limit on your PC? How about revving up the transfers and reads on your servers? Here’s the list of the fastest SSDs around at the time of writing.

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Intel 330 SSD Raid 0 Review (2x180GB)

by admin January 9, 2013

While the next SATA standard, SATA Express, is on the horizon, it is not ready for prime time just yet. Meanwhile, the SATA 6 GBps interface is largely saturated by most high-end SSDs today, so your options if you want greater speeds are either a PCIe drive or hooking up two or more drives with RAID striping. Two drives in RAID 0 using an integrated RAID controller is an affordable, although not fault-tolerant, way of boosting those transfer rates.

In this review we will take a look at how the Intel 330 performs in RAID 0. The 330 series barely needs an introduction; it is another range of SandForce SF-2281 based drives from Intel and basically a consumer-oriented version of the 520 series. It’s not quite as fast but still offers more than enough performance for most home users and workstations. One drawback, particularly for professional users, is the shorter warranty period of 3 years instead of 5.

Compared to the newer 335 series, the 330 consists of older (but better) 25nm NAND instead of the less durable 20nm modules found in the 335, making the 330 the best option hands down at the drives’ current price points.

330

What sets the 330 apart from the host of other SSDs with the same controller is that Intel’s drives use a proprietary firmware that is supposedly more reliable. This may not be entirely true at all times, but the 330 has been thoroughly tested and there haven’t been any major hiccups thus far.

Also, the 330 uses synchronous NAND instead of asynchronous like some other affordable drives. For these reasons, Intel drives sell at a small price premium to other, similar drives with the SandForce 2281 controller.

Test setup:
Gigabyte GA-Z77N
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz
Kingston HyperX XMP Red 1600MHz (2x8GB)
2x 180 GB Intel 330 SSDs, firmware version 330i
Intel SATA RAID Controller version 11.1.0.1006
Windows 8 Pro

But let’s move on to the results…

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NAND Flash Revenue Expected To Rise 8% This Year

by Olan Dantes April 20, 2012

According to an IHS iSuppli report the market for NAND flash memory, including SSDs, will grow 8% this year. The report mentioned that the major sales drivers are ultrabooks which are equipped with solid state drives.

The number for the industry last year was $21.2 billion and the projected revenue this year is $22.9 billion. By 2016, the revenue is expected to rise to $30.9 billion because of the increase in consumption of NAND flash-based products like ultrabooks as well as smartphones and tablets.

The earnings for last year were below expectations and experts believe it was because of the lack of enthusiasm for tablets in the last quarter. The success of the iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire is undeniable but you cannot say the same for other tablet brands.

The longer battery life, faster boot-up times and thinner body of ultrabooks make the portable computer appealing for users. If this is right, the NAND consumption in the PC segment will account for 15% of overall NAND flash supply.

Besides ultrabooks, smartphones could help boost the NAND industry revenue. It is expected that 626 million of smartphones will be shipped out this year. That accounts for 5.7 billion GB of NAND flash consumption for 2012 which is 2.6 billion GB higher than last year.

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January 30, 2013

Intel continues to expand its line of consumer SSDs with a SATA 6 Gb/s mSATA model. It’s intended for thin and light laptops (Ultrabooks) and other systems with space constraints.

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December 21, 2012

Samsung has just announced that it’s acquiring California-based Nvelo, a company developing SSD caching algorithms (or at least one). Nvelo software has been used with SSDs from other manufacturers such as OCZ Technology, Corsair and Crucial. The company’s one and only product is Dataplex, which uses a small SSD cache in combination with a mechanical hard […]

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November 29, 2012

Considering today’s speed of technical developments, mainstream SSDs appear to be on track to become increasingly less durable until they’re barely suitable even for consumer laptops.

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September 17, 2012

Seeking to improve a computer’s boot-up time, application launch time and shutdown time, SanDisk introduces the ReadyCache pack. This product combines a 2.5 inch solid state drive and a caching software solution by Condusiv Technologies named ExpressCache. The software can be downloaded from SanDisk’s official website after the 32 GB SSD is installed alongside the […]

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