STORAGE

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 [...]


October 9th, 2011

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB PCI-E SSD Review

With SSD technology progressing at a breakneck pace, some areas of the market have begun to demand drives which could theoretically outstrip the new SATA 6 Gbps standard.  In order to offer the best possible performance without limitations, OCZ has looked to the PCI-E bus for one of their SSDs.  The RevoDrive 3 X2 drives [...]


September 22nd, 2011

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 2.5″ Hard Drive Review

With their competitors leading the way with 1TB notebook hard drives, Western Digital has finally shown their cards by releasing the  Scorpio Blue 1TB.  By combining a pair of 500GB platters, they are hoping this particular HDD can effectively deliver good performance, high capacity and low power consumption to mobile users.  But does this relatively expensive drive have [...]


September 14th, 2011

OCZ Agility 3 240GB SSD Review

When moving to an SSD from a typical hard drive, many  have to sacrifice storage capacity for speed.  OCZ has tried to mitigate this loss by introducing the Agility 3 240GB, a high capacity SSD which doesn’t cost an absolute fortune.


September 7th, 2011

Crucial M4 256GB Update: The Power of Firmware

A short while ago we reviewed the Crucial M4 256GB SSD but we couldn’t just leave things at that since a new (supposedly) performance increasing firmware was just released for it.  In this quick article we look at the differences brought about by this new, much ballyhooed  0009 version.   Has Crucial accomplished the impossible by releasing [...]


August 30th, 2011

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB SSD Review

In such a cluttered SSD market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers to distinguish their wares from those of the competition.  Some rely on flashy packaging while others just follow meekly along with everyone else.  Mushkin on the other hand has gone another route by introducing their SF2281-based high performance Chronos Deluxe 120GB at [...]


August 25th, 2011

Crucial M4 256GB SSD Review

Crucial may be a newcomer to Hardware Canucks but their SSDs just happen to be some of the most popular around right now due to their excellent pricing and wide availability. Their newest line of M4-series drives continues down the same path as previous generations but now uses the same Marvel 9174 controller we saw [...]


August 21st, 2011

Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD Review

With every other manufacturer well into their enthusiast SATA 6Gbps releases, it was only a matter of time until Kingston joined the fray.  Their new HyperX series uses long-life, high performance Intel NAND with a SandForce SF2281 controller which makes it one of the best possible combinations available for enthusiasts.