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There's a new type of SSDs that recently came out this year, the M.2 which is also known as the Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF). These are to replace the mSATA standards and uses the PCIE mini card layout. The introduction of this form became available in the Intel 1150 platform under the Z97 chipset. The form factor boasts some of the fastest read and write speeds available today with bandwidths of up to 10 gb/s compared to the typical 6 gb/s on SATA III. And Kingston Technology is happy to send us one of their M.2 SSDs for us to test. Let's see just how good an M.2 SSD is compared to typical SSDs in the market today.
The Kingwin EZ-Connect allows you to connect either Parallel ATA type drive or a Serial ATA drive to your computer via a USB 2.0 cable. Indeed, the idea is quite interesting. It surely would eliminate the need for multiple adapters, not to mention having to open up your computer to install the drive. It is also supposed to be completely plug and play, so no need to configure your system for the new drive. The Kingwin EZ-Connect sounds like a data migration dream come true.
Over the last few years Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have gained in popularity. The ability to store and share files, media, and other data on a small, but powerful piece of network equipment provides for easier setup, administration, and faster data access at an affordable price. Thecus, a company that prides itself on creating quality storage devices, has a wide variety of storage products to fit the need of the individual user, as well as, the enterprise level storage solutions. The Thecus N2310 is a lower price alternative to the expensive file servers and media servers available in the retail market. This entry level NAS server is running at 800MHz, and has 512MB of DDR3 RAM. The N2310 has two 3.5" and 2.5" hard drive bays for up to 8 TB of storage. Let's learn who Thecus is and what they are all about.
Today we are taking a look at the OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD. This is OCZ's first product after the Toshiba acquisition. It uses the company's own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller, a slightly under-clocked version of the Barefoot 3 M00 controller used in OCZ's flagship Vector 150 SSD. The Vertex 460 uses the same Toshiba 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Flash as the Vector 150 SSD. It also features a sizable 512MB DDR3 SDRAM buffer like the the Vector 150, but operating at 1333MHz, instead of 1600 MHz. It appears that Toshiba is looking to enter the SSD market with a bang.
Just upgraded your Ultrabook's mSATA SSD? What should you do now with the spare SSD? Use it as an external drive with VisionTek's mSATA mini USB 3.0 SSD enclosure! It is extremely fast compared to flash disks and compact enough to fit inside your pocket. Let's find out just how powerful this pocket-sized storage solution is as we look at it today.
Today, we will be taking a look at Transcend's newest drive to market, the SSD340. Transcend has sought a low entry price for this drive. The drive offers many of the features you would find in far more expensive drives, but with lower performance internals to keep the drive affordable. Is the lower price worth the lower performance? That is what we are here to find out.
Last week we reviewed the 256GB variant of Plextor's M6M mSATA SSD line. Today we will continue where we left using the same tests, benchmarks and testing machine but now on to a different brand's offering which is Kingston Technology's SSDNow mS200 240GB mSATA SSD. Kingston today is popular when it comes to products using flash memory such as flash disks, desktop and laptop memory modules, solid state drives and more. Seeing that the flash technology is getting better and cheaper each year, will Kingston be able to stay on top of this very competitive market? Let's find that out as we review their SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD.