STORAGE

April 11th, 2012

OCZ Octane 512GB SSD Review

OCZ Vertex 4 may have the first drive we reviewed with the new Everest 2 controller but not that long ago, another Everest-equipped lineup was introduced:  the Octane series.  In this review, we take a closer look at the affordable Octane 512GB to see where it stands now that the Vertex 4 has smashed its [...]


April 4th, 2012

OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD Review

OCZ’s Vertex series has been the de facto leader in the SSD market for the last few years and their new Vertex 4 is looking to continue that tradition.  Equipped with the new Everest 2 controller and a relatively low price point, this new drive sure looks impressive but it will take more than just [...]


March 27th, 2012

OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD Cache Drive Review

Cache drives like the new OCZ Synapse are the new darlings of the SSD market since -in principle- they have the capability to drastically improve overall system load times without costing an absolute fortune.  Unfortunately, there are some issues that are bound to be encountered along the way but the Synapse and its included software [...]


February 20th, 2012

Intel 520 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance Review

In many ways Intel’s new 520 240GB is one of the best SSDs currently on the market but with a price of about $500, many will likely overlook it.  However, for those that can afford the fastest solution possible, combining two of these drives together in a RAID 0 setup could potentially result in stratospheric [...]


February 6th, 2012

Intel 520 240GB Cherryville SSD Review

We’ve been hearing about and anticipating new Intel’s Cherryville SSDs for some time now they are finally being released in the guise of the 520 series.  They are built around the same SandForce SF2281 controller we have come to know from numerous other SSDs but Intel has taken it upon themselves to equip these drives [...]


January 23rd, 2012

Seagate Barracuda 3TB in RAID 0: Performance Unleashed

Seagate’s new Barracuda 3TB is one of the fastest hard drives currently available and it come with plenty of storage space for a reasonable price.   What it can’t do is compete on a level performance footing with SSDs but when two of these drives are paired up, the results speak for themselves.  They may [...]


January 12th, 2012

Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD Review

Corsair’s Performance 3 256GB SSD showed many enthusiasts that an SSD didn’t need to have “SandForce” in the same sentence as “performance” and that the new Marvell controller was a force to be reckoned with. Today we will be putting the Performance 3’s successor –the Performance PRO- under the microscope to see if it can meet our [...]


November 28th, 2011

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Hard Drive Review

SSDs seem to be all the rage these days but while they offer incredible performance, what they haven’t been able to achieve is acceptable capacity levels at sub-$300 price points.  This is where hybrid drives like Seagate’s new Momentus XT 750GB come into play.  They offer a combination of SSD-like performance in your most-used applications while [...]


November 9th, 2011

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB PCI-E SSD Review

Searches for affordable high capacity SSDs usually come up blank so several manufacturers have begun releasing hybrid solutions which combine the performance of an SSD with the storage space of the hard drive.  OCZ’s RevoDrive Hybrid is the latest to take on this challenge by combining a 100GB SSD with a 2.5″ 1TB HDD.  This [...]


October 31st, 2011

Seagate Barracuda 3TB Review; A 1TB / Platter Monster is Unleashed

Platter size may not mean much to everyday consumers but storage enthusiasts know that larger platters are usually a ticket to first class performance.   Previously, large capacity drives used 750GB disks to achieve their required space but Seagate’s new Barracuda 3TB is the first with three 1TB platters.  Coupled with a very fast controller, this [...]