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LSI Purchase of SandForce – Our Discussion With VP Gary Smerdon

LSI has announced their purchase of SandForce Technology for approximately $400 million, a number which is oddly close to their sale of their Engenio Storage Business Unit. After removing itself from the external storage systems business which was primarily based on hard drives earlier this year, LSI has just put in place what they believe to be the main component …

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Strontium Matrix Series 120GB Solid State Drive Review

Frequent followers of our SSD reviews have already been introduced to Strontium, a SSD manufacturer from Singapore. Our first review of the company’s product was the Gamma Series 115GB published last week. The Gamma Series is Strontium’s entry level SSD that uses a SandForce SF-1200 controller and pairs it with 25nm IMFT flash. The Matrix Series drive that we are …

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LSI 9265 MegaRAID Cachecade Supplementary Review: Conclusion

ADDED VALUE During testing,  one thing that struck me was the sound of the drives, once they were loaded with information and being tested. The 4k random read is one of the hardest types of file access for any storage solution, especially Hard Disk Drives. At the beginning of each test, sitting in the room I could hear the sound …

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We Are Heading To Computex in Taipei!

What a day!!!  Its been a long haul to get this confirmation but today we started our day with confirmation that we are heading to Computex Taipei and will be skeleton crew here from 29May to 6 Jun 2011. That was just the start as we also received a few SSD samples in the mail for review to include the  …

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Fractal Design Define R3 GIVEAWAY!!

We have done it again so it seems!!!  We are throwing a bit more gold into the pot by having a ‘week only’ giveaway right in the middle of our Intel 17-975 Extreme Site Giveaway!!! The SSD Review and Fractal Design have joined forces to offer a Fractal Design Define R3 giveaway to a lucky site member to be drawn …

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Fractal Design Define XL Computer Chassis Review

On the morning the Fractal Design Define XL chassis showed up at our facility, everything was shut down. It was the worst storm of the year with all news media warning people to stay in their homes as we were being pelted with the worst snowstorm of the season. Thats when the bets were on as to whether the postman’ …

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