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SanDisk Extreme SSD 240 GB Review SanDisk Extreme SSD
[08/20/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

SanDisk Extreme SSD uses SF-2281 controller and 24 nm flash memory made by SanDisk. We have never a seen a combination like that before, so it is particularly interesting to check it out and see if contemporary Toggle Mode NAND will be able to breathe new life into the second-generation SandForce based platform.

OCZ Agility 4 Solid State Drives: 128 GB and 256 GB Models Reviewed OCZ Agility 4
[08/13/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Solid state drives from OCZ Vertex 4 family have been continuously praised, but their price is still far from affordable. However, OCZ also has a less expensive product in their lineup using the same design, but built with asynchronous flash memory. This is Agility 4 family. Is this one just as attractive as the Vertex 4? Let’s find out!

OCZ Vertex 4 128/256 GB and New Firmware 1.5 OCZ Vertex 4  OCZ Firmware Version 1.5
[07/31/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Flagship solid state drives from OCZ – Vertex 4 – underwent yet another spec modification caused by the release of the new firmware version 1.5. Therefore, we decided to retest the “updated” Vertex 4 SSDs and try to figure out the reasons behind the notorious performance drop after filling up more than half of the available space.

Kingston SSD Roundup: HyperX 240 GB, HyperX 3K 240 GB and SSDNow V+200 240 GB Kingston HyperX  Kingston HyperX 3K  Kingston SSDNow V+200
[07/27/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Once again we are looking at second generation SandForce based SSDs. Today we will introduce to you several consumer solid state drives from Kingston. Although these drives are built with typical components, they boast some very unique features and peculiarities.

Toshiba Talks Storage: HDD, SSD, NAND Flash, Hybrid
[07/11/12 | by Anton Shilov]

After all recent happenings on the storage market, Toshiba Corp. is in a unique position: it does both hard disk drives and solid-state drives for different type of usage. Since Toshiba makes both hard drives and solid-state drives, we decided to ask the company about its vision for today's and tomorrow's storage technologies.

Kingmax SMP35 Client 480 GB Solid State Drive Review Kingmax SMP35 Client
[06/12/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

It looks like it will be a while before we can wrap up reviews of SSDs based on the second generation SandForce controllers. Today we are going to talk about a product from Kingmax, which intends to win our hearts with a very untraditional combination of features.

OCZ Petrol 128 GB Solid State Drive Review OCZ Petrol
[06/07/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The refreshed SSD lineup from OCZ currently includes Petrol SATA 6 Gbps SSD drive with a very appealing price tag. It is built using the same technologies as the popular Octane and Vertex 4 products. However, the question is: did they have to sacrifice all the advantages of the Indilinx Everest controller in an attempt to slash the price or this device? Let’s find out!

Kingston SSDNow V+200 120 GB Solid State Drive Review Kingston SSDNow V+200
[06/05/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

This inexpensive SandForce based SSD from Kingston not only turned out an unexpectedly unique product, but also demonstrated quite interesting performance results.

OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB and 512 GB Solid State Drives Review OCZ Vertex 4  Indilinx Everest 2
[05/29/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

About a month ago OCZ launched a completely new family of high-performance SSDs based around the proprietary Indilinx Everest 2 controller, and very recently they released new firmware version 1.4 for it, which was supposed to increase its speed even more. Will this make Vertex 4 the fastest consumer grade SSD with SATA 6 Gbps interface? Let’s find out!

SSDs from Mushkin: Chronos deluxe 240 GB and Chronos 240 GB Review Mushkin Chronos deluxe  Mushkin Chronos
[04/02/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Once again we are checking out new SSDs based on second generation SandForce controller. Using typical components, Mushkin Enhanced managed to create two very attractive products.

Patriot Pyro SE 240 GB Solid State Drive Review Patriot Pyro SE
[03/15/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Let’s get acquainted with one more SSD based on second generation SandForce platform.

Marvell Super Heroes: Corsair Performance Pro, Crucial m4 and Plextor M3S Solid State Drives Marvell 88SS9174  Corsair Performance Pro  Crucial m4  Plextor M3S
[03/14/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Could SandForce SF-2281 based SSDs have no real competitors out there? This isn’t true and today we are going to check out contemporary solid state drives based on the second most popular controller – Marvell 88SS9174.

Intel SSD 520 240GB Review Intel SSD 520  SandForce SF-2281
[02/21/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Intel has finally refreshed their enthusiast SSD line-up by launching drives built on second generation SandForce controllers. Is it another SF-2281 clone? Not at all! Intel’s products come with exclusive firmware, which puts them one step above all other currently existing solid state drives.

OCZ Octane 512 GB Solid State Drive Review OCZ Octane  Indilinx Everest
[02/20/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Among SSDs from OCZ there is one very interesting series of products – Octane built on a unique Indilinx Everest controller. We haven’t yet reviewed drives like that therefore it was particularly interesting to see if Octane would become a worthy competitor to popular SSDs on SandForce and Marvell controllers. Especially since OCZ has recently released a new firmware update for their Octane series, which significantly improves their performance.

Zalman F1 120 GB Solid State Drive Review Zalman F1
[01/23/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Can a well-known cooling product manufacturer roll out a good SSD? Yes, he can, because the second generation SandForce platform paved a very short route to the SSD market for those interested.

RAID 0 of SSDs: Two Kingston HyperX 120 GB SSDs vs. Kingston HyperX 240 GB SSD RAID 0 of SSDs  Kingston HyperX
[01/17/12 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

Today almost every mainboard has onboard RAID controllers. So, why not try increase the performance of the disk sub-system by building a RAID 0 array of a couple of SSD drives?

ADATA S511 240 GB Solid State Drive Review ADATA S511
[12/19/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

The market is full of versatile SSDs on second-generation SandForce controllers. However, they are not the same. Let’s see how the flagship ADATA product stands out among many other alternatives.

Corsair Force GT Series 240 GB and Corsair Force 3 Series 240 GB Solid State Drives Review Corsair Force GT  Corsair Force 3
[12/06/11 | by Ilya Gavrichenkov]

We have recently received two more SSD drives from Corsair based on the second generation SandForce controller. Let’s check out their performance and also investigate how SSD speed scales depending on their storage capacity.

Roundup: USB 3.0 External Drives with 750 GB Storage Capacity Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex  Silicon Power Diamond D10  Silicon Power Stream S10  Silicon Power Stream S20  Transcend StoreJet  Western Digital My Passport Essential SE
[11/10/11 | by Dmitry Vasiliev]

We have already learned that not all USB 3.0 flash drives are equally good. But is the same true about the external USB 3.0 hard drives or their performance difference will fall within the measuring error margin? Let’s check out seven products from Seagate, Silicon Power, Transcend and Western Digital to answer this question.

1 TB Hard Disk Drives Roundup Seagate Barracuda LP  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12  WD RE4  WD Caviar Blue  WD Caviar Black
[11/07/11 | by Nikita Nikolaichev]

The last HDD roundup on our site was dedicated to 500 GB drives. Today we are going to check out nine models with 1 TB storage capacity from Seagate and Western Digital.