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New SanDisk Extreme SSD Firmware Fixes TRIM

We took a look at the SanDisk Extreme a few months ago, and found it to be one of the fastest drives on the market, combining the tried-and-true SandForce 2281 with Toshiba’s 24nm Toggle NAND. A new FW update for the Extreme promises to fix TRIM for the drive. When being used in IDE mode the TRIM command would not …

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Intel 330 Series SATA 3 SSD Family Released With SandForce Performance and Great Prices

This morning, Intel is releasing their new 330 series SATA III SSDs with a healthy mix of performance and value. A new addition to the mainstream 300 series, the 330 is a budget oriented offering which shouldn’t lack for performance. The 330 series is available in 60GB, 120GB, and 180GB capacities and suggested retail pricing is $89, $149, and $249, respectively, …

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Kingston Adds New HyperX 3K SSDs For High Performance and a Lower Price Point

Kingston, longtime manufacturer of memory products, got it’s start in the SSD market years ago. Over the years, Kingston has evolved into a major player and now enjoys a partnership with LSI SandForce. Last year Kingston released the well-received HyperX SSD. A SF-2281 controller paired with Intel’s special, higher grade 25nm Synchronous ONFI 2.2 flash set the drive apart in …

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OCZ Releases Arowana SSD Firmware – Tests Show Big Upgrade For 34nm Indilinx Barefoot Drives

In May of 2011, OCZ announced a new type of firmware for Indilinx-controlled drives. That firmware, named for a type of carnivorous fish, carried the name Arowana Flash Translation Layer. The Arowana FTL eventually made its way into the Vertex Plus family, however, enthusiasts with the original Barefoot-controlled drives would have to wait until now, ten months later, to get a chance to …

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Technology Reviews for March 4, 2012 – Do you Skype?

By now you have all heard of and maybe even tried Skyping with a friend or family member? I personally love this option, while my son was in Afghanistan a few years ago it was our life line to seeing and believing that he was ok. With family across the country and a husband travelling over seas, it saves on long distance …

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Leap Year Technology Reviews for February 29, 2012

Why is it that we call the year with an extra day, Leap Year? Don’t get me wrong, I know it has to do with the Gregorian Calendar. I just have my definitions all wrong. To me ‘leap’ means to jump forward or upward, I think of it as advancing, not adding? I wonder, did anyone else out there grow …

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