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Posts from the ‘SSD’ Category

7
Jan

Asus S121: comes with 512GB SSD!

Pfff, forget those itty bitty Eee PC SSDs. ASUS’ 12.2-inch mini laptop weighs less than 3-pounds and offers 8-hours of unplugged freedom with some help from Intel’s Atom Z520 processor and ASUS’ own Super Hybrid Engine tech. Most notable is that massive (price too we expect) 512GB SSD, a world’s first in a laptop according to ASUS. No price or dates yet, expect those along side the official press release later today.
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5
Jan

PQI showcasing microSATA SSD, ExpressCard SSD and more at CES

Good heavens, it’s been years since we’ve seen anything noteworthy leave the labs of Power Quotient International. Thankfully, the outfit will be relevant once more when CES rolls around, as its forthcoming SSD line has quite a few big hitters. First up is the 1.8-inch microSATA SSD S518, which is destined to squeeze into tight spaces in capacities of up to 125GB, while the 32GB ExpressCard SSD S520 finally gives you a reason to utilize that funky slot over there that’s gone untouched for months. There will also be a 2.5-inch SATA SSD S525 (available in sizes up to 125GB) and an elusive e-SATA Combo Card S530. As for details on pricing and availability? You’ll have to wait till the show gets rolling for that, but the full release is waiting just past the break to tide you over.
 
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30
Dec

MSI U115 Hybrid SSD / HDD netbook unleashed


MSI’s officially launched the U115 Hybrid netbook we saw not too long ago, which can operate both SSD and HDD drives at the same time. The 10-inch (1024 x 600 resolution) laptop primarily uses the SSD, reserving the HDD for storage, and boasts an “Eco Mode” button which will temporarily disconnect the HDD to save power. The hybrid functions should provide both a faster OS and longer battery life — but we’ll wait till the test results are in to form our opinions. If you’ve forgotten, spec-wise the U115’s got a 1.60GHz Intel Atom CPU, up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, plus 8GB SSD / 80GB HDD, 16GB SSD / 120GB HDD, and 32GB SSD / 160GB HDD storage options, and a 2 megapixel webcam. No word on pricing or release date for this bad boy yet. We’ll keep our eyes peeled. Read

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23
Dec

Intel ships 160GB X25-M SSD

Okay, so maybe Intel’s running a bit behind schedule, but it’s not like you can afford this thing anyway. The outfit has just announced that its 2.5-inch X25-M SSD is finally shipping in a 160GB flavor, though it politely declined to insult us with a presumably stratospheric sticker. Of note, the 1.8-inch X18-M counterpart should join it on select store shelves “next month.” Hmm, are we feeling a joint debut with a gaming notebook and / or ultraportable at CES? Yes, yes we are. Read

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18
Dec

Toshiba announces 512GB SSD, other smaller SSDs

We’d heard Toshiba was working on 512GB SSDs back in April, and the company’s delivering right before CES. The industry-first half-gig drive is the highlight of Tosh’s new line of 43nm MLC drives, which also includes 64GB, 128GB and 256GB units in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors — just right to pudge out your laptops and netbooks. No word on price, but you’ve got plenty of time to save up, as these won’t hit mass production until at least April. Read

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11
Dec

Fusion-io’s ioDrive tested: world’s fastest storage confirmed

See all those little Samsung squares? That’s NAND flash memory, 80 gigabytes worth on Fusion-io‘s ioDrive. Tweaktown got an exclusive look at the PCIe storage card and came away mightily impressed by its “near nonexistent latency.” It’s faster than the best SATA II SSD or fastest 15,000RPM drive loaded in an 8 drive RAID config. Put simply, it’s the fastest storage device they’ve ever tested. Tweaktown was so impressed that they proclaim, “Fusion-io has raised the bar so high that once adopted, traditional solutions will be considered legacy products.” Mind you, this is enterprise class storage designed for data center servers requiring ultra-fast IO. Still, the only thing preventing you from installing it inside your own 64-bit OS (only) gaming rig is the price: the 80GB ioDrive lists for about $3,000 on up to $14,400 for the 320GB model. Yeah, expensive, but not for your CIO. Eveyone else will have to wait for the consumer model said to be in the works. Hit the read link for all the benchmarks.

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