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Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – SSD Components and Test Protocol

The PCB contains the SandForce SF-2281 capable of equal read and write performance in excess of 500MB/s.  There are also 16 Intel 25nm NAND flash memory chips (29F16B08CCME2), each being of 16GB density for a total of 256GB RAW capacity. SandForce utilizes a full memory module (16GB) for its over provisioning and firmware needs to include their patented DuraClass technology.  …

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Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – HDTune Pro Testing

HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.60 BENCHMARK HDTune is a great software program which covers all areas of our testing and does a great job of showing how capable this drive truly is. HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.60 FILE BENCHMARK HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.60 RANDOM TESTS HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.60 EXTRAS The one thing I particularly like about HDTune Pro is its ability …

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Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – PCMark Vantage Testing

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of …

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Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review – The Verdict

The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD is one of the best all around solid state drive products to come across our desk to date.  We first learned of Kingstons pairing with SandForce while at CES Las Vegas last January and I have been wondering where the heck it was, at least until our first look at Computex Taipei where we did …

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NZXT Source 210 Elite Computer Case Review @ APH Networks

The NZXT Source 210 Elite reminds me of November 15, 2001.  Why? Well, that was the day that the word “elite” would have more than one meaning. The fact Halo was released almost ten years ago is starting to make me feel old, and I’m not even that old yet. With the anniversary version of the game coming out on …

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TweakTown’s Ultimate Guide to PC Cases eBook

We are very happy to announce that TweakTown’s very first eBook is live and now on sale. It is titled “TweakTown’s Ultimate Guide to PC Cases” and was written by our very own case and cooling expert Chad Sebring. The extensive book goes into detail about all things cases and which is the best to buy and much more. Full …

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Rosewill Thor 2 Full-Tower Computer Case @ Benchmark Reviews

Recently, Rosewill sent to Benchmark Reviews their THOR 2 full tower gamer, enthusiast case for a good thrashing. The THOR 2 is the second evolution of the THOR series. When I first saw this case I was curious because it looked pretty lean, mean, and clean while avoiding what I call the “We are Borg, resistance is futile” look. So …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Total Storage Acceleration Realized

Today we are evaluating the newest version of CacheCade, a storage caching system developed by LSI for use with their MegaRAID controllers. This system aims to create the perfect fusion between HDD capacity and SSD speed, accelerating new or existing storage subsystems that are already in place. A previous CacheCade v1.0 review of the software illustrated some of the extreme …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Basic Concepts and Application

UNDERSTANDING THE ‘TIERED’ APPROACH The CacheCade Pro system separates the volumes into three distinct layers. Commands are issued from the host system which, in this illustration, is to the left. From there the data will travel to the RAID controller and, in a normal system, right to the HDD array. With the implementation of this system, there is a separate …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Enter Write Caching

One of the major improvements with the CacheCade Pro version is that write data can also be cached. The write caching is a tremendous accelerator for any HDD array, be it large or small. One of the major weaknesses of any storage medium is writing, especially in mixed read/write scenarios. An unfortunate side-effect of writing is that it slows down …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Exploring TCO

TCO is an acronym which stands for ‘Total Cost of Ownership’. This is one of the most important measurements that must be taken into consideration when deciding whether or not to upgrade. Basically put…What is this going to cost and is it a viable investment? When confronted with the thought of upgrading to SSDs, many will balk at the prohibitive …

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LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review – Single Zone Results

One of the hardest situations to simulate with IOmeter is the acceleration of arrays with rapidly changing data in a caching scenario. Writing test files to a Base Array with a CacheCade Pro Volume enabled resulted in a very quick pace of acceleration. Once the test file is written in its entirety, the ramp is almost instantaneous. What we are …

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