As a professional photographer and budding videographer I see the need for large capacity memory cards on every shoot I hold, and with camera sensor resolutions skyrocketing the need for larger and faster storage skyrocketing as well. Today I am going to look at one of the largest SD cards on the market, and put it through its paces to see if it stands up to its claims. Join me as I review Kingston Memory's 128GB SDXC UHS-I U3 memory card.
The OCZ ARC 100 is clearly aimed at the budget friendly portion of the SSD market, which has been heating up recently. The ARC 100 uses the Toshiba's own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller, a slightly under-clocked version of the Barefoot 3 M10 controller used in OCZ's in the Vector and Vertex 460(s) drives. The ARC 100 uses the same Toshiba 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash as well.
Crucial’s BX100 1TB SATA SSD is one of the newer entries in the crowded solid state drive market. Unlike Crucial’s also recently released MX200, the BX100 is designed to be a value oriented drive. The BX100 uses a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, combines with the same Micron 16nm (MLC) Flash used in the MX100 and MX200 drives. As a result, Crucial has rated the BX100 for speeds of up to 535 MB/s read and 450 MB/s.
Kingston has just released its HyperX Savage SATA SSD line. We had an opportunilty to review the 240GB version, when it was released. Now we have the its larger 960GB on our test bench. With sequential speeds up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s write, plus IOPS up to 100,000 read and 89,000 write, it is designed to be the fastest SATA-based SSD in the HyperX line up. The new drive has rather bold cosmetics that should appeal to many enthusiasts.
Crucial’s MX200 1TB SATA SSD is one of the newer entries in the crowded solid state drive market. The MX200 uses the same Marvell 88SS9189 controller as the MX100 and M550 we tested some time ago. On paper the specs are very similar as well. The rated speeds of up to 555 MB/s read and 500 MB/s write are similar to the MX100 and M550 that came before it.
The arrival of the Intel 9 series motherboards also meant the arrival of the M.2 slot, formerly known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF). We've reviewed a few M.2 SSD offerings from other brands and now Patriot Memory joins the race. A few days ago we reviewed the Ignite 960GB SSD. Apparently the Ignite SSD series also offer a M.2 form factor which we will be reviewing today. Join us as we take a look at Patriot's Ignite 480GB M.2 SSD.
The Patriot Ignite is one of the newest SSD to hit the market and one of the first to use the recently released Phison S10 controller. The Ignite supports TRIM, NCQ, and AES 256-bit Encryption. Advanced wear-leveling and ECC Recovery keep the data protected. End-to-end data path protection (ETEP), a feature typically found in enterprise SSD’s, is here as well. The Ignite uses Micron’s 16nm asynchronous MLC with a 512MB DDR3 buffer. The Ignite also has a very attractive price tag.