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Plextor announces M5S Series SSDs

Plextor announces M5S Series SSDs

Plextor has announced a new line of SSDs, the M5S Series. The drives are based on a Marvell 88SS9174 controller and use 25nm-based NAND flash, which helps read and write speeds hit 520MB/s and 390MB/s respectively. Random read and write speeds are rated at 73,000 and 70,000 IOPS. Plextor is aiming the drives at those looking to make the jump from traditional hard drives to solid state drives for the first time.

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SuperTalent Supernova SSDs: so advanced there’s no info about them

SuperTalent Supernova SSDs: so advanced there’s no info about them

SSD prices continue to fall, and while large capacity drives are still out of reach, more modest offerings have reached the point of being suitable for small servers. SuperTalent is hoping administrators will look towards its wares, announcing the new SATA3 SuperNova SSD series. SuperTalent is pitching the SSDs as being super reliable while featuring a silicone padding that makes the drives run cooler than other solutions.

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Toshiba AL13SE 2.5″ HDD offers 900GB at 10,500RPM

Toshiba AL13SE 2.5″ HDD offers 900GB at 10,500RPM

Western Digital has produced 2.5-inch hard drives capable of 10,000 RPM speeds in the past, but capacities have often been limited. Toshiba is hoping to push ahead in the quest for fast speeds and roomy drives with the introduction of a 900GB hard drive with a 10,500RPM spin speed. That’s not the only capacity available either, with 300GB, 450GB, and 600GB versions also up for grabs.

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ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

ADATA XPG SX910 SSDs feel the need for speed

We’ve seen SSD prices tumble down over the past year, but if you want the best performance possible you’ll still have to cough up a significant amount of cash. ADATA has a high-speed SSD that might take your fancy, the XPG SX910. The company says the SSD is 7% larger than drives that use a SandForce controller, and thanks to optimized firmware can hit 4k random read/write speeds of 50,000 and 85,000 IOPS.

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Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate buys LaCie for $186 million

Seagate has announced that it is buying a majority stake in rival hard drive maker LaCie for $186 million. The Paris-based LaCie is a long-time maker of premium consumer hard drives for Macs and the first ones to feature Apple's Thunderbolt technology. Seagate believes that the acquisition will complement its mainstream hard drive lines and help it expand into new consumer markets, particularly in Europe and Japan.

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Intel SSD 330 announced for the budget enthusiast

Intel SSD 330 announced for the budget enthusiast

Today Intel has officially announced their SSD 330 series, their new line of SSD (solid state drives) aimed for the budget crowd while still offering excellent performance. These new drives are for those looking for a good price/performance ratio while not attacking the wallet. Below are more details on performance as well as pricing information.

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Western Digital VelociRaptor sees bump to 1TB

Western Digital VelociRaptor sees bump to 1TB

Remember the VelociRaptor hard drive from Western Digital? We’re so focused on SSDs these days that it’s easy to forget the company makes extremely fast hard drives using traditional platters too. Western Digital today announced the introduction of a 1TB model in the VelociRaptor range, packed into a 2.5mm form factor. That also makes it the largest capacity 10,000 RPM hard drive on the market.

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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm drive appeals to ultrabooks

Western Digital has today started shipping a new version of its Scorpio Blue hard drive, designed for use in ultrabooks. The new hard drive will come in capacities up to 500GB, and measures just 7mm thick. Western Digital also say that the  new drive has lower power consumption, and that it’s the “most efficient” spinning hard drive on the market right now.

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LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

LaCie shipping eSATA hub for Thunderbolt glory

Last year we were introduced to the fabulous implementation of the technology Apple now calls Thunderbolt - now the fantastic speed and high-quality video transfer can be yours on legacy devices with LaCie's new eSATA Hub. What you'll be doing with this hub is connecting your Thunderbolt-port-having Apple device to the hub with a Thunderbolt cable (sold separately) and the hub then out to your eSATA drives for the full speed that they'll newly be capable of. Sounds like magic to me!

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