Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+

RAID0 & the SSD – Optimization and RealSSDx4

10.  Enable Write Caching on Device and Turn Off Write Cache Buffer Flushing. This particular point made the largest difference in performance as you will see. Press the Win7 Start Orb; Left Click ‘Computer’ Right Click on Your RAID Drive; Select Properties; Select Hardware; Double Click on Your RAID volume; Click on Policies; and Check Both Boxes. Take a look …

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RAID0 & The SSD – Benchmarking in RealSSDx2

Crucial C300 256GB RealSSDx2 in RAID0 (16K Stripe) . . . . . . . . . . . . . We left the two true Crucial RAID tests until last to show how great these Crucial drives really are.  Installation for these 256GB drives took 9 minutes and 10 seconds and the boot time is simply amazing at just …

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RAID0 & The SSD – Conclusions and Intel RST Ver 10 Released

CONCLUSIONS EASE OF INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE The two things that can truly be said about experimenting with RAID0 this past weekend are that it is quick and easy and the performance boost that you see in the typical desktop is absolutely amazing. The only reason that we spent so many hours experimenting was to fine tune and show you how …

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Zotac GeForce GTX 580 Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix.com

In an attempt to tame the cards temperature from the 480’s design, Nvidia have lost the heatpipe design that was in hindsight not fully up to the job and replaced this with a new vapour chamber designed heatsink. This along with a redesigned fan that is now around 5dB quieter, and that has also a quieter pitch than the squeaky …

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Emergency 2012 Review (PC) @ KitGuru

Emergency 2012 is quickly turning into a cult classic, escaping the attention of the mainstream gaming audience. The real time strategy simulator puts you in control of the emergency services as you try to save people from a plethora of of natural disasters, tragic accidents and terrorist threats. Full Review @ KitGuru.

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MSI Wind Top AE2400 Review @ KitGuru

The iMac has been selling well for Apple for many years and PC centric manufacturers are beginning to realise that there is a viable market for an attractive, capable All In One unit. Today we are looking at the MSI Wind Top AE2400 desktop system which features an Intel processor and AMD discrete graphics paired up with a high quality …

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SandForce Wins Prestigious 2010 Start-Up to Watch Semiconductor Company Award

Global Semiconductor Alliance crowns SandForce as the start-up company with the most impact on the industry SARATOGA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SandForce, Inc., the pioneer of SSD (Solid State Drive) Processors that enable standard NAND Flash deployment in enterprise, client, and industrial computing applications, was crowned the prestigious Start-Up to Watch award at the annual Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Awards Dinner Celebration held …

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Synology DiskStation DS211+ Review @ KitGuru

Synology have been riding high in 2010, releasing some of the finest NAS systems ever to hit the consumer market. We use several of these devices in the KitGuru offices for our network file sharing and have found them to be both extremely reliable and fast. Last month we looked at the Synology DS211, a fantastic performing mainstream unit which …

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Thermaltake Armor A60 Mid-Tower Case @ Big Bruin

If you have never heard of Thermaltake, it’s time to come out of the cave and discover a company that consistently pushes the boundaries of computer components. Since 1999, Thermaltake has been an innovative leader when it comes to items such as cases, power supplies, coolers and other equipment. The A60 is one of Thermaltake’s mid-tower Armor series cases, and there …

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PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 Video Card Review @Benchmark Reviews

Featuring a 1536-Core Cayman GPU, AMD’s Radeon HD 6970 competes against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 470. With the introduction of AMD’s Cayman GPU, the Radeon HD 6870 video card becomes their flagship DirectX-11 desktop graphics product. Aside from the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970, gamers can expect the new Radeon HD 6970 to quench their thirst for demanding graphics power. The Cayman …

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