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BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review – Chassis

Prior to receiving the survivor, we sincerely believed that The SSD Review Test Bench simply would not fit into that case because of the size of the CPU Cooler, Graphics card and array of storage devices. We even e-mailed BitFenix and had to ask, “Are you sure?’ to which the answer was that we would see soon enough. CHASSIS AND INSTALLATION …

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BitFenix Survivor Mid-Tower Gaming Case Review – Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, its entirely believable that the planning of this mid-tower gaming case wasn’t accomplished overnight because its simply the best we have seen yet and by a long shot. We really haven’t even scratched the surface on the smaller things that BetFenix has paid attention to such as a newly patented design called the BetFenix Lockdown …

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Upcoming SSD Reviews

Keep an eye on The SSD Review for the next bit as alot is going on right now!  Take a look at the picture below and you might notice the new pre-release BitFenix Survivor case which holds more SSDs than one can imagine.  We are also testing a pre-release version of what just may be the smallest SandForce SSD going, …

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Imation M-Class 128GB SSD Review

A few weeks back we received the Imation M-Class 128GB SSD and thought we would take our time putting it through its paces, however, recognized right away that there were some very appealing things about the drive. First off, the package included an upgrade kit in order to ease the users transition to SSDs as simply as possible which we felt …

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Imation M-Class 128GB SSD Review – Performance

SSD MIGRATION The migration of this drive is very simply. Open the external adapter and insert the ssd. Plug in the adapter to the computer for power and data with both cords. Insert the Acronis DVD and follow the instructions. Once it is complete, replace the hard disk with the SSD in the computer and reboot. Thats it! But there is a bonus!!! Many people don’t …

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Imation M-Class 128GB SSD Review – Final Thoughts

In considering all of the aspects of the Imation M-Class 128GB SSD, we have to ask ourselves if we can recommend a drive that doesn’t have TRIM or GC (Garbage Collection) to maintain its performance behind the scenes. We know that, according to tests, the SSD will most likely slow in performance but probably not be observed by the typical user. …

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UPDATED! Patriot Adds Torqx TRB Value SSD to Lineup

Patriot took aim at value conscious SSD buyers today by releasing the Torqx TRB SSD in 32Gb and 64Gb capacities which should strike hard with prices to lure those over the edge into the SSD universe. Our thoughts are that the movement of SSD enthusiasts that consider a SSD for boot and applications along with their hard drive for data, music, …

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New Marvell SATA 6G Firmware Spotted For Better SSD Performance

It seems that there is a new version of the current Marvell firmware out there for those Crucial SATA 3 owners with a Gigabyte mobo and it claims to :lol:” Improve Performance of SATA Drives installed III/6G” 😆  which might be a nice thing.  The version is Marvell MV-91XX firmware version 1.0.0.1047 and it is specific to Marvell chips MV-9123 …

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The Rise of Solid State Storage by Jason Bovberg

So…. I am sitting back running through the dozen or so articles that I have found on the internet today and I come across this article by written by Jason Bovberg of Windows IT Pro. I start to read the second para and, well what do you know, something I said was used as a quote. I know its not much but …

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OCZ Releases SSD Toolbox For SandForce Equipped SSDs

OCZ has just released a Toolbox for their SandForce equipped drives and its available through the OCZ Technology Forums here. A big kudos also has to go out to the Forum Support Manager, RyderOCZ, for taking the time to put together a great thread which lays out the toolbox utilities with some great graphics. . In reading the thread, the Toolbox …

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Intel Adds Acronis Data Migration To Attract SSD Buyers

It was only a matter of time before manufacturers realized that they might attract a great many more buyers if they could make the transition process from hard drive to SSD easier. . We were in the middle of working up a review on the Imation M-Class 128Gb SSD which, coincidentally, comes with an external USB adapter and a copy …

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Iomega & EMC Introduce External USB 3 SSDs

Iomega’s Compact External USB 3.0 SSD Drives Provide Ultra Fast, Ultra Rugged Performance and Encryption For Creative Professionals, Mobile Users, Early Adopters and Others. . . SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2010 “ Iomega Corporation, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a leading innovator in digital storage and protection solutions for consumers and small and medium businesses, today announced new host-powered …

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Intel RST 10 Final Release is here!

Intel has just released the final NON_BETA version of RST 10 drivers and they can be downloaded here. The final version is 46 vice the final Beta (43) and the site has not experimented with 46 as of yet but is running 43 without concern. There are no huge benefits to the typical single drive user but RAID systems are reportedly experiencing …

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Trimming SSD Performance Degradation

Today’s solid state drives are worlds apart from those of just 3 years ago, however they are not yet perfect.  Performance degradation can still be observed through seasoning of the SSD as well as filling it to capacity.  SSD manufacturers have been successful in combating the effects of seasoning but performance degradation when an SSD is filled to capacity seems …

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