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WD recently announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution – and this is our review.

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Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

The box is actually pretty solid and contains a slide out separate box that contains the Black2 drive, a quick installation guide, a massive USB key and a USB connector.

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A Closer Look

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And here is that massive USB key that contains a link to the WD website to download the software.

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WD today announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution.

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Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored. Utilising the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black2 dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage.

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WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from SATA 6 Gb/second interface speed. It is neatly packaged in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with popular PC operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.

Available at wdstore.co.uk and through etailers such as amazon.co.uk, WD Black2 dual drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD WD Black2 dual drive, model #: (WD1001X06XDTL) is £249.99.

Additional information about WD Black2 dual drives can be found here: http://products.wd.com/wdblack2.

Last year we reviewed the Samsung SSD 840 PRO SSD and it was our favourite SSD. Now less than a year later Samsung have released the 840 EVO series and we have been testing the 1TB model.

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Samsung has announced the entry-level SSD ’840 EVO’ line-up with significantly higher sequential write performance. Utilizing the industry’s most compact 10nm-class 128Gb high-performance NAND, Samsung proprietary controller and Turbo Write drive, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO boasts superior performance. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO also has flexible product supply capacity, making it the most competitive device on the market today.

Compared with the 250GB 840 Series SSD, the highest selling capacity of the 840 lineup, the new 250GB 840 EVO now delivers 520MB/s sequential write speed – making it more than 2 times faster than last generation. In the case of 120GB model, the 840 EVO achieves 410MB/s sequential write speed, which is approximately 3 times as fast as that of the 120GB 840 Series SSD.

For the 1TB 840 EVO SSD, the sequential read/write performance has reached 540MB/s and 520MB/s. Furthermore, both the random read and write performance have achieved the highest level, reaching 98,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) and 90,000 IOPS, respectively.

The Samsung SSD 840 EVO introduces two important features for data security: hardware-based AES 256bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE) and PSID. Hardware-based AES Encryption helps safeguard data against attack by encrypting all information on the disk at the hardware level, which means there is no detrimental effect on performance.

When you forget your SSD security password, PSID protects your data on the drive by executing a cryptographic erase which returns the drive to its factory status, preventing any unauthorized access to your data.

SSDs

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, are innovative data storage devices that deliver high performance, reliability, and quality by using NAND Flash memory instead of the magnetic disks used in traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). SSDs provide very fast PC booting and application loading speeds and perform exceptionally well in multi-tasking environments – all while consuming less power, emitting very little heat, producing no noise, and offering outstanding stability compared to conventional HDDs.

Specifications

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Samsung had unveiled new high-performance, high-density SSDs that offer up to 1TB memory storage – they are called the 840 EVO SSD series.SSD840EVO_001_Front_Black

Samsung has announced the entry-level SSD ’840 EVO’ line-up with significantly higher sequential write performance. Utilizing the industry’s most compact 10nm-class 128Gb high-performance NAND, Samsung proprietary controller and Turbo Write drive, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO boasts superior performance. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO also has flexible product supply capacity, making it the most competitive device on the market today.

Compared with the 250GB 840 Series SSD, the highest selling capacity of the 840 lineup, the new 250GB 840 EVO now delivers 520MB/s sequential write speed – making it more than 2 times faster than last generation. In the case of 120GB model, the 840 EVO achieves 410MB/s sequential write speed, which is approximately 3 times as fast as that of the 120GB 840 Series SSD.

For the 1TB 840 EVO SSD, the sequential read/write performance has reached 540MB/s and 520MB/s. Furthermore, both the random read and write performance have achieved the highest level, reaching 98,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) and 90,000 IOPS, respectively. This significantly enhances the user’s real-world computing experience, especially when he or she is dealing with very large data files.

The Samsung SSD 840 EVO line-up is available in five capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, supporting a wide range of computing environments and IT applications. It has also significantly narrowed the capacity-induced differences in performance, which gives consumers a broader spectrum of devices to choose from.

Prices start from £86.99 for the 120GB SSD all the way up to £509.99 for the 1TB model and should be available from August 5th.

They also come in three options:

1)      No kit, drive only (software included)

2)      Laptop kit (now with USB 3.0 to Sata cable)

3)      Full kit (as before with USB 2.0 to Sata cable).

We have one in for review so stay tuned.

Toshiba have recently released their new THNSNH128GCST SSD and here is our two minute review.

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This is how Toshiba describe the drive:

This family of solid state drives (SSDs) utilises the advanced Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 19nm NAND technology from Toshiba. With an unrivalled combination of capacity, performance and power efficiency, the THNSNH range delivers an uncompromised storage solution for high end and thin notebooks, tablets, PCs, all-in-one desktop computers as well as industrial PC applications.

The small form factor drives boast a high capacity of up to 512 GB and are available in a range of sizes: THNSNHxxxGBST (9.5mm height, 60, 128, 256, 512 GB), THNSNHxxxGCST (7.0mm height, 60, 128, 256, 512 GB) and the THNSNHxxxGMCT (mSATATM).

The THNSNH range of SSDs features Toshiba’s QSBCTM (Quadruple Swing-By Code), a strong and highly efficient Error Correction Code (ECC) protecting against any read errors in the device. Furthermore, deterministic zeroing TRIM function is supported, allowing the host operating system to inform the SSD about data blocks which are no longer in use and can be wiped internally. The THNSNH series also utilises Advanced Power Management (APM) technology to ensure the lowest levels of energy consumption. With an additional ‘data corrupt protection’ feature, the SSDs protect any data which is being moved internally, against unexpected power-loss and write errors.

Features

• Up to 512GB of Storage Capacity
• 2.5-inch and mSATA Models
• 19 nm MLC NAND Flash
• Fast Access and Transfer Rates
• Excellent Power Consumption
• Toshiba Strong Error Correction Code (QSBC)
• Data Corrupt Protection from Unexpected Power Loss

Specifications

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A Closer Look

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Performance Tests

Using HD Tune Pro connected to a SATA 3 6 Gb/s port running Windows 8.

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There is an average read speed of 266.6 MB/s.

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There is an average write speed of 242.9 MB/s.

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And here are the results using CrystalDiskMark, which as you can see give significantly better results:

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Final Thoughts

For this review we had the HNSNH128GCST SSD, which is the 128GB model. Toshiba really need to do a better job of naming their drives!

The SSD is very simple to use – just plug it in and away you go.

I was very impressed with the performance results we achieved during the various rounds of testing, it was a very quick drive indeed.

If you are looking for an SSD then you should definitely consider the HNSNH128GCST from Toshiba.

Price wise, the HNSNH128GCST retails for under £100 so look around for a good deal.

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Kingston Digital Europe today announced the latest addition to its SSDNow family, the KC300 solid-state drive.

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KC300 enables business, mobile and power users to be more productive as the drive maximises power efficiencies in notebook PCs. KC300 provides advanced power management via an LSI SandForce second-generation SF-2281 processor, allowing users to do more from a single charge.

KC300 is the next-generation business drive, replacing the Kingston V+200 and KC100 SSDs. The drive features enterprise-grade SMART attributes, allowing IT departments to monitor wear range data, SSD life remaining write amplification and total bytes written. KC300 comes equipped with Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraWrite technology to extend the life of the SSD by effectively and efficiently reducing the number of Flash writes via an intelligent compression engine without sacrificing data integrity. RAISE™ reduces the number of uncorrectable errors in the drive, over and above standard error code correction.

“Kingston’s new SSDNow KC300 is designed to help business, mobile and power users extend the lifespan and significantly improve the performance of their PC or notebook with higher speeds, greater stability and reliability,” Mathew Mackender Business manager SSD . “KC300 provides greater power efficiency than the traditional hard disk drive, thus allowing users to keep on working longer without having to recharge the battery.”

KC300 is available as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit containing cloning software and other accessories for a desktop and/or notebook system. It is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

 

Kingston SSDNow KC300 Features & Specifications:

· Form factor: 2.5” drive available in 7.0mm with adapter to fit in 9.5mm systems

· Advanced Power Management: extends notebook battery life during typical computing session

· Fast: dramatic performance increase for any system upgrade

· Endurance: Data Integrity Protection featuring DuraClass technology

· Durable: DuraWrite intelligent compression engine extends the life of the SSD

· Dependable: RAISE reduces the number of uncorrectable errors on the drive

· Multiple capacities: the right capacity to meet your storage need

· Guaranteed: three-year warranty, free technical support

· Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0

· Capacities1: 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 480GB

· Controller: SandForce-SF2281

· Sequential Reads: SATA Rev. 3.0 525MB/s

· Sequential Writes: SATA Rev. 3.0 500MB/s

· Maximum Random 4k Read/Write3:

o 60GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS

o 120GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS

o 180GB: 84,000/ 64,000 IOPS

o 240GB: 84,000/ 52,000 IOPS

o 480GB: 73,000/ 32,000 IOPS

· PCMARK Vantage HDD Suite Score: 57,000

· Power Consumption: 0.6 W (MAX) Idle / 1.4 W (MAX) Read / 2.9 W (MAX) Write

· Storage temperatures: -40°C ~ 85°C

· Operating temperatures: 0°C ~ 70°C

· Dimensions: 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7.0mm

· Weight: 60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB — 86.0g; 480GB: 92.3g

· Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)

· Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)

· Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF

· Warranty/support: three-year warranty with free technical support

· Total Bytes Written (TBW):

60GB: 47TB

120GB: 94TB

180GB: 141TB

240GB: 188TB

480GB: 375TB

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More people are using external drives for storage of photos, videos and music, and CalDigit have released a drive called the AV Pro which is optimised for Audio and Video, and here is our review.

This is how CalDigit describe the drive:

The CalDigit AV Pro is the first Single Drive Solution that makes no compromises. It is truly one of the most powerful single drive solutions on the market today. The AV Pro evolves as the storage demands of its users expand.

What is most impressive about the AV Pro is that it can not only accept regular 3.5” HDD’s, but also the much faster, more secure 2.5” SSD’s. When it comes to storage capacity, the AV Pro can store a huge amount of data for such a small device. With a regular 3.5” HDD installed the AV Pro can store up to 4TB of data, and with an SSD installed it will be available in capacities up to 480GB.

The AV Pro has been optimized for Audio and Video, making it the perfect companion for professional Audio and Video software. The CalDigit AV Pro is powerful enough work with these high end applications, and extremely easy to use.

Who are CalDigit?

From their website:

At CalDigit, we know storage. Quality, performance, and support are our forte. CalDigit has specialized in creating storage solutions for creative professionals for over ten years. CalDigit was the first to provide external PCIe storage as well the first to bring USB 3.0 to the Mac. CalDigit products are designed to provide users with reliability, performance, style and flexibility. CalDigit is a single vendor support company; we design, build, and assemble all of our products. This results in the ability to provide users with unparalleled support and service.

CalDigit emphasizes the use of quality components to produce products that would lessen the chances of component failure, and loss of productivity. Every product undergoes real world testing, cutting it to perfection. We believe in building a trust with our customers, which is why we offer legendary technical support.

Specifications

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What’s in the Box?

• 1 x CalDigit AV Pro
• 1 x Drive Module
• 1 x USB 3.0 Cable
• 1 x FireWire Cable
• 1 x AC Adapter
• 1 x Drive Key
• 1 x Drive Stand
• 1 x Manual (Preinstalled)

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A Closer Look

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Setting Up

When you first connect the drive you need to run the CalDigit Drive Assistant software that is sitting on the drive itself.

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You then follow the steps in the Drive Assistant.

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I had some issues using the Recommended setup with it sticking at 30%. I tried it several times on multiple machines but for some reason I couldn’t get past 30%, so I started it up again and chose the Manual Format option and did it all myself – which to be fair only took a few moments and I was comfortable about doing it.

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Performance Tests

We ran the usual performance tests using HD Tune Pro 5.00 and CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2.

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The average Read speed was 272.7 MB/s with an average Write speed of 186.9 MB/s, which is a fair bit slower than CalDigit claim as “up to 430 MB/s”. I ran the tests multiple times on a number of machines and the results didn’t change.

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Final Thoughts

The review drive we were sent was the U3+FW800 SSD 240GB variant. It was only tested using USB 3.0 as I didn’t have any hardware available with FireWire 800 on it.

Plugging in the drive and getting going was simple and quick, but I have no idea why the Recommended Setup didn’t work for me, however performing a manual format worked perfectly, as did the drive so it wasn’t a huge deal.

The inclusion of a stand was a good idea – that way you can decide to leave the drive laying down (if you have the room on your desk) or on it’s side. The drive when in the stand was very sturdy.

I was slightly disappointed with the performance testing results considering the drive was an SSD as the claims of up to 430 MB/s, and you can get some very fast SSD’s these days, such as the Samsung 840 but there is nothing stopping you from swapping out the SSD, and this is one of the useful features of the AV Pro. Also different equipment and setups may yield faster results, and to be fair, it’s not like the results were bad, they were good!

UPDATE: Having spoken with CalDigit, we were not able to get the 430MB/s speed because the AV Pro uses the latest USB 3.0 Technology called UAS (USB Attached SCSI), and in order to get that speed it has to be used on a Mac or PC that has USB 3.0 ports and drivers that support UAS. All Macs with USB 3.0 support UAS, and any Windows PC with a motherboard that supports UAS can get that speed. My motherboard didn’t support that which is why I couldn’t get it.

Opening up the drive bay was as simple as inserting the key and sliding the bay out. The drive sits in the bay and can be easily removed by unscrewing a few screws – simple as that. Then you just slide the bay back in and it locks into place.

The design and feel of the drive is good and solid – its made of aluminium and it’s not that heavy, although it’s not really the sort of external drive you can slip in your pocket and carry around with you, but then if that’s what you are looking for you probably won’t be looking at this one.

If you are someone who does a lot with audio and video then you really should take a look at the AV Pro, it may just be the external drive you have been waiting for.

There are two main variants – HDD and SSD, with different sizes of drive available for both.

The model we had for review retails for £309 but as usual look around for the best deal.

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Learn more about the CalDigit AC Pro External drive from their website.

For a limited period, when you buy selected Samsung SSD 840 or SSD 840 PRO models, you will be able to download a PC version of Assassin’s Creed III.

By enhancing boot-up speed, application loading and multi-tasking performance, the new Samsung SSD ranges are now the perfect complements for video games.

840 series:

  • With it’s simple 3 step upgrade solution, Samsung’s SSD 840 is the single best upgrade for your PC and will deliver a whole new PC experience.
  • Breathe new life into your system with enhanced boot-up speed, application loading and multitasking performance.
  • With the Samsung SSD 840, photo editing programs load twice as quickly and video clips render 30% faster than with an HDD.

840 PRO series:

  • Capable of delivering up to 100,000 IOPS, the 840 PRO offers the ultimate performance for power computing when it matters most.
  • Keep your data safe with Samsungs Self Encrypting Drive (SED) simply enable an HDD password via your computers BIOS.
  • Industry leading reliability from the world leading storage engineers delivering rock solid reliability and sustained performance with a 5 year warranty.

Buy one of the 250GB, 256GB, 500GB and 512 GB models and receive a unique code
for a free download of Assassin’s Creed III PC game.

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Kingston Digital Europe today announced it is shipping the next generation of its most cost-effective SSDNow V Series solid-state drive. The Kingston SSDNow V300 is a powerful upgrade solution for cost-conscious consumers looking to upgrade their existing desktop or notebook PC.

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The new SSDNow V300 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. It is powered by an LSI® SandForce Flash Storage Processor (FSP) solution customised for Kingston, and optimised for industry-leading 19nm NAND Flash memory to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s. Using best-in-class components, SSDNow V300 combines quality, performance and affordability for first-time SSD users or anyone looking to upgrade an existing system.

“LSI worked together with Kingston to deliver a customized high-performing solid-state drive solution for their cost-effective SSDNow V Series,” said Kent Smith, senior director of product marketing, Flash Components Division, LSI. “Our award-winning SF-2281 Client FSPs provide Kingston’s customers with enterprise-class features and an enhanced everyday computing user experience, especially for first time SSD users.”

“Kingston is committed to delivering SSDs at the best price to performance ratio as possible. We achieve this again with our next-generation SSDNow V300,” said Ann Keefe, Regional Director UK and Ireland, Kingston. “The SSDNow V300 is the best cost-efficient upgrade for users who want their existing systems to perform faster. They will experience faster boot up and shutdown times, and will also see much better system performance when multiple applications are open.”

The SSDNow V300 is available as a stand-alone drive or as an upgrade kit containing cloning software and other accessories for a desktop and notebook system. SSDNow V300 is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.

Kingston SSDNow V300 Features and Specifications:

· Form factor: 2.5″

· Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0

· Capacities1: 60GB, 120GB, 240GB

· Sequential Reads:
SATA Rev. 3.0 — up to 450MB/s

· Sequential Writes:

SATA Rev. 3.0 — up to 450MB/s

· Maximum Random 4k Read/Write

60GB — up to 85,000/up to 60,000 IOPS
120GB — up to 85,000/up to 55,000 IOPS
240GB — up to 85,000/up to 43,000 IOPS

· PCMark® Vantage HDD Suite Score

60GB — 39,000

120GB — 49,000

240GB — 57,000

· Power Consumption:

0.640W (MAX) Idle / 1.423W (MAX) Read / 2.052W (MAX) Write

· Storage temperatures: -40°C ~ 85°C

· Operating temperatures: 0°C ~ 70°C

· Dimensions: 69.8mm x 100.1mm x 7mm

· Weight: 86g

· Vibration operating: 2.17G Peak (7–800Hz)

· Vibration non-operating: 20G Peak (10–2000Hz)

· Life expectancy: 1 million hours MTBF

· Warranty/support: three-year warranty with free technical support

· Total Bytes Written (TBW)

60GB — 32TB
120GB — 64TB
240GB — 128TB

We should have one for review shortly.

Last year we revived the Samsung SSD 830 series and it was our favourite SSD. Now a year later Samsung have released the 840 series and we have been testing the PRO model.

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Unrivaled Performance

Samsung’s SSD 840 PRO Series is a high-performance SSD, capable of delivering up to 100,000 IOPS Random Read Speed and 540MB/s Sequential Read Speed—an SSD of unrivaled high performance. Built with an advanced MDX controller, Samsung’s SSD delivers high speeds regardless of data type, unlike competing controllers that greatly favor compressible data.

Superior Reliability

As the world’s #1 DRAM, NAND Flash, and SSD supplier; Samsung SSDs are designed and built completely in-house. The Samsung SSD 840 Series is optimized for exceptional, sustained performance and unrivaled reliability through its specially-engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms backed by a generous 5-year limited warranty.

Performance Sustainability

The Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series provides the same excellent performance throughout its entire lifetime even under extremely heavy workloads. In fact, the sophisticated MDX controller is capable of maintaining peak performances under punishing conditions for more than twice as long the nearest competitor.

Business Friendly Features

The 840 SSD 840 PRO Series introduces three important hardware features for businesses: Worldwide Name (WWN), LED Indicator support, and AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE). The first two features make it easier to integrate the 840 PRO SSD into server and storage systems while the AES Encryption helps safeguard data against attack. By encrypting all information on the disk at the hardware level, there is no detrimental effect on performance.
Plus, Samsung’s Magician software has been completely redesigned and includes several business-friendly features including Drive Health Status, Total Bytes Written (TBW), and Disk Scan & Error Reporting functionality. This allows IT managers to monitor drive health and plan hardware replacement cycles.

SSDs

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, are innovative data storage devices that deliver high performance, reliability, and quality by using NAND Flash memory instead of the magnetic disks used in traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). SSDs provide very fast PC booting and application loading speeds and perform exceptionally well in multi-tasking environments – all while consuming less power, emitting very little heat, producing no noise, and offering outstanding stability compared to conventional HDDs.

Specifications

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A Closer Look

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Using the 840 Series

The 840 Series SSD is easy to install and use. It comes with Samsung’s SSD Magician software (see Final Thoughts for more on this).

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Performance Testing

Here is our usual suite of performance testing – all testing was conducted via a SATA III 6Gb connection.

The spec of the machine used to do the testing is as follows:

  • Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit version
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Core i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz

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This gave me a Primary hard disk rating of 8.1, which is the highest I have ever had this rating. The 830 series gave me a 7.7 rating.

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The average Read speed was 299.8 MB/s (the 830 scored 259.6 MB/s).

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The average Write speed was 265.3 MB/s (the 830 scored 246.9 MB/s).

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File benchmarking was as follows:

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CrystalDiskMark

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Samsung Magician

The Samsung Magician Software has an option that enables you to run some benchmarks and perform tweaks.

This is before:

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And after:

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What’s interesting to note is that my Read’s are faster, but my Seq. Write is slower afterwards.

Final Thoughts

The 840 PRO comes in three different sizes – 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. For this review we had the 256GB model.

The drive is fast, very fast and work’s very well indeed. There are a number of really great features with the drive too!

Unfortunately at the time of writing this review, Samsung had yet to release the updated version of their Magician software (at the time of writing they had just released version 3.2 which does support the 840 but not all of the features), meaning that certain features cannot yet be tested. Rest assured though, when version 4.0 is released (and it should be later this year) we will test it and let you know. I am eager to test out the full disk encryption (FDE) functionality.

I was very impressed to see that Samsung are pushing the reliability of the 840 as they did with the 830. My 830 was used constantly for over a year and I didn’t have a single problem with it.

Price wise, the 128GB starts around £120 and goes up from there.

It is also nice to see that the pricing is very similar depending on which kit you go for – so for only a few extra pounds you can get the cables and either the mounting brackets or spacer.

The warranty period on the series 840 PRO drives are 5 years, which in a most cases increases the warranty period by 2 years over it’s competitors, so well done Samsung!

So I cannot rate this SSD highly enough – it is fantastic! It is the best SSD I have ever tested and now is my main drive!

The Series 840 PRO SSD is available now.

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Today Samsung announced the new 840 Series SSD range, the successor to the excellent 830 Series.

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The new series supporting SATA 6.0 gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) interface comes in two tracks; one for general computing purposes and another, an advanced lineup dubbed ‘PRO’ for serious users.

Samsung’s tiered offering for professional and general user environments provides consumers a broader choice of SSDs to best suit their personal requirements.

The unrivaled performance of Samsung’s SSDs lies in its MDX controller, which delivers superior performance, high reliability and sustainability that are among the product’s proprietary features. The premium class 840 PRO provides 100,000 input/ output per second (IOPS) for random read and 90,000 IOPS for random write*. Benchmark test** on the overall system performance unveiled a three-fold advancement when applying the 840 PRO in place of a conventional hard disk drive.

Mr. UnSoo Kim, vice president of Memory brand product marketing team, Samsung Electronics, said, “Introduction of Samsung’s 840 SSD series delivers considerable levels of advancements to the notebook user environment. As a technology pioneer, Samsung continues to raise the level of performance of SSDs and contribute to the growing global pool of users enjoying the conveniences of high-performance SSDs.”

The new 840 series will be available globally from mid October through retail channels.

We have one for review and will be posting about it shortly.

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Plextor has released details of the forthcoming M5 Pro Series, a new performance line of SSDs due to launch this September across UK and Europe.

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The M5 Pro has been engineered with prosumers, businesses, and SMEs in mind. As the first Plextor SSD to incorporate the latest 3rd generation multi-core Marvell 88SS9187 controller, it will handle extremely high loads making it suitable for use in a heavy workstation, server role, or Raid 0 configuration environment.

In line with user needs, the M5 Pro will feature a unique data protection technology within the firmware, as well as the renowned True Speed Technology to prevent the drastic performance drop seen in some SSDs after intense or long-term usage. This combination of firmware, technology and reliability means the M5 Pro will set new performance records, featuring a sustained random read / write speed up to 94,000 / 86,000 IOPS as well as continuous read/write speeds up to 540/450 MB/s.

Expected to retail in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, the M5 Pro Series is an extension of the recently announced M5 Series range, and will deliver truly high-performance professional grade SSDs to the market.

Each M5 Pro SSD will be backed by an industry leading five-year warranty alongside Plextor’s extensive international support infrastructure.

The M5 Pro Series is expected to be available in UK and Europe in September 2012.  Details on pricing and specifications are to be confirmed.

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