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New Marvell SATA 6G Firmware Spotted For Better SSD Performance

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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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SandForce Raises The Bar to Partner Toshiba 32nm NAND In SSDs

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SandForce® Inc., the pioneer of SSD (Solid State Drive) Processors that enable standard NAND Flash deployment in enterprise, client, and industrial computing applications, today announced the demonstration of the companys SF-2000 SSD Processors in 6 Gigabit (Gb) SATA SSDs incorporating Toshibas 32 nanometer (nm) eMLC Flash memory at the Storage Networking World conference in Dallas, TX, this week.  Toshiba Enterprise …

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Photofast PowerDrive-LSI PCIe SSD Benchmarks

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The SSD Review has just received benchmark results for the upcoming release of the Photofast Powerdrive-LSI PCIe and couldn’t resist getting them out to you right away. It certainly appears that PCIe cards are about to make their grand entrance with announcements such as this and that of OWC just yesterday. . . Pricing for the new drive is a mere …

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Imation M-Class 128Gb SSD & Upgrade Kit Arrives

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It seems we were having so much fun with all the SandForce and OWC news today that we forgot to check the mail. It was a pleasant surprise to find that an Imation 128Gb M-Class SSD with a bonus USB case and migration kit had arrived for review. Right from the outset, I have to admit that I have always liked the …

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OWC Announces SSD Updates On Heels Of SandForce SF-2000 Series Release

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Right on the heels of SandForces game changing announcement of their SF-2000 SATA 3 processors earlier today, OWC is the first manufacturer to announce the new SF-2000 processor in their enterprise and consumer release products. It seems that the announcement of a single SSD wasn’t enough as OWC is showing complete confidence by announcing the early 2011 release of, not only 8 …

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Intel Releases New BETA Rapid Storage Technology Drivers

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A little hunting around the internet and it appears that there has been a beta download of Intel’s new RST Ver. 10.0.0.1043 driver made available here. The SSD Review does not recommend the use of beta versions of software and accepts no responsibility for any unexpected results through the installation of such. It has been suggested by other users that the …

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Crucial Refurbs at $1/Gb

A quick dig at the US Crucial sales sight brings the price point to an all time low $1/gb for the 128Gb ssd here and the 256Gb ssd here. Better hurry before they are gone!! 😀

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