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OWC 240GB Extreme Pro 6G

OWC 240GB Extreme Pro 6G

OWC has just released the Extreme Pro 6Gbps SSD. At 240GB, and sporting some of the most cutting-edge I/O circuitry, it is capable of pushing the SATA3 interface almost to its limits. The advertised speeds for this drive are 559 MBps (read) and and 527 MBps (write). If true, this is nothing short of amazing, considering the theoretical maximum is 600 MBps. Achieving 90% of a spec's theoretical performance wall is nothing to sneeze at in even the most mature architectures.

Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive

Mach Xtreme MX-GX USB 3.0 16GB Flash Drive

USB 3.0 was released in the not so distant past and personally I feel that it never really took off at the pace that was hoped for. There is one reason why this happened, and one reason only. The interface was there, but the peripherals wasn't and what good is a connection if you haven't got the device to make full use of it?

Of course you could still use a USB 3.0 port to run slower USB 1.1/2.0 devices, but that defeats the whole object behind this new technology and its so-called blistering fast speed. Slowly over time though, manufacturers have caught up and started developing products to suit this newer, faster interface with the main one being USB flash drives.

USB flash drives is where USB 3.0 really has caught on and made a difference, as it relies on the speed of the interface to give the fastest read and write speeds possible for the drive itself.

You may remember the Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Extreme Duo that we looked at back in February which gave us some outstanding results and didn't break the piggy bank to much either. Since then we were ever so keen on getting our hands on some more drives from different manufacturers to see exactly how they rate and if they live up to the hype behind the USB 3.0 marketing.

Today starts us off with a 16GB USB 3.0 flash drive from leading storage manufacturer; Mach Xtreme with their MX-GX which features quad-channel technology to give the highest transfer rate possible.

Kingston 32GB DTU3G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Kingston 32GB DTU3G2 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

A couple weeks ago, Kingston released their DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 Generation 2 flash drives. These flash drives use the USB 3.0 standard, and are reported to be Kingston's fastest flash drives, with stunning speeds of 100MB/s read and 70MB/s write when plugged into a USB 3 port. The drives are available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions.

We'll put Kingston's claims to the test, and see if the drives are really worth what they claim. Shown above is the 16GB version; today, we're testing the 32GB version, which retails for $80 USD on Newegg.

Kingston SSDNow V100 vs. Patriot Torqx 2 128 GB SSD

Kingston SSDNow V100 vs. Patriot Torqx 2 128 GB SSD

Solid state drives (SSDs) have been coming down steadily in price since they were introduced to the market a few years ago and are now more affordable than ever. We believe that 128 GB SSDs offer the best compromise between capacity, performance and price, so we will be putting two of the latest models head to head today.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro

One thing you cannot have enough of is storage. Weather it is to store pictures, movies, or critical files a high capacity storage drive is essential to almost everyone. Some of us require a bit more space and finding the right combination of speed, capacity and ease of use is hard. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 INEO I-NA309D Pro may just satisfy your needs.

QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS

QNAP TS-659 Pro II NAS

Network storage is a concept that many people use without a second thought in corporate environments, but what about at home? In addition, a larger number of people are beginning to utilize cloud services, and most of those services include some storage capability. What if you could implement both, easily and with one device? All that and much more is readily available in a Network Attached Storage server from industry stalwart, QNAP. The TS-659 Pro II uses a powerful and energy-efficient 1.8 GHz Intel Atom D525 processor with 1GB of DDR3 system memory to eliminate any potential bottlenecks in the device itself. Dual Gigabit Ethernet network interfaces allow failover safety and teaming, while six SATA 6Gb/s drive bays offer single disk, JBOD, and RAID 0/1/5/6/10 configurations. Benchmark Reviews recently examined the QNAP TS-659 Pro II Turbo NAS in detail and compared its performance against other network attached storage servers.

Kingston Data Traveller G2 3.0 64GB

Kingston Data Traveller G2 3.0 64GB

Kingston have really jumped on the USB 3.0 format and have released several different pen drive and storage options for the platform. Today we take a quick look at another one of them, the Data Traveller Ultimate G2. It’s got a 64GB capacity and a thick aluminium casing. Well protected? Probably. Fast? Let’s see.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo

The LinkStation Pro Duo is the latest product in Buffalo’s LinkStation network attached storage (NAS) family. Representing the highest performing generation of Buffalo’s small-business NAS solutions, the LinkStation Pro Duo V-Series—like the LinkStation Pro and LinkStation Pro Quad—boasts speed improvements, data management, remote access and content sharing features that aim to elevate it above the raft of other NAS solutions on the market. How does it fare? Let’s find out.

Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Patriot Memory Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Patriot's Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive can copy an 8.5GB MKV movie file over to a PC in 2 minutes 39 seconds via USB 3.0 port, or about 5 minutes via a USB 2.0 port. By comparison, it takes 7 minutes 33 seconds for an older single channel USB 2.0 drive to move this same 8.5GB movie file over to the PC. This is a simple test you can try for yourself right now, find an 8.5GB file and time how long it takes to transfer it over to your USB drive....

ioSafe Rugged Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive

ioSafe Rugged Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Today I will be looking at the all new ioSafe Rugged Portable 750GB. Unlike the the SoloPro, this device is meant for the portable storage niche; as such it is a much more compact and much easier to carry device. While it is smaller, it is still has all the impressive features which the SoloPro has become famous for; namely fire, water and shock protection. Thus the biggest question I have about the ioSafe Rugged Portable, is it a SoloPro in a more user friendly form factor? Read on to find out.

Silicon Power V20 Series 120GB SSD

Silicon Power V20 Series 120GB SSD

Cracking open the Silicon Power V20 series SSD, we find a SF-1222TA3-SBH controller, the same controller utilised in OCZ's Vertex 2 SSD's. While for storage Silicon Power have included Micron-branded 29F64G08CFABA MLC based 34nm Flash NAND modules. This is the same NAND module utilised for the majority of Vertex 2 E SSD's, apart some of the late few that have moved to a smaller NAND process.

Super Talent Demos SandForce-powered USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Super Talent Demos SandForce-powered USB 3.0 Flash Drive

While it was not all that long ago we took a look at the Super Talent SuperCrypt and were blown away by its speeds, it was a tad on the bulky side for every day carry. It seems that if you wanted "Solid State Drive" levels of speed from a flash drive, you needed to be willing to give up some portability to get it. Well, that is about to change with the release of the all new Super Talent RC8 flash drive.

Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Patriot SuperSonic USB 3.0 Flash Drive

USB flash drives have had many adjectives used to describe them: portable, handy, easy, ubiquitous. One word we haven't used enough to describe them though, is fast. Taking advantage of the extra bandwidth afforded by the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed bus, the Patriot Supersonic 32GB promises speeds faster than what most hard drives can deliver. Can it make good on those claims? Let's find out.

Iron Man 2 "Helmet" Flash Drives from Japan Totally Rock

Iron Man 2

While we always considered Tony Stark and his Iron Man the fascist wanker of the Super Hero comic world, there is no denying the movie version of him is a lot less of a wanker. In fact, millions of people consider him a true good guy based on the films and actually want Iron Man themed USB memorabilia. To us, the official Iron Man flash drives always seemed like bad Mimobot clones. However, a true contended has arisen in the form of a Japanese version of Iron Man 2 Helmet Flash Drive.

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD

Performance on the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD was excellent and on the compressible data benchmarks, the drive exceeded the rated specifications of 550MB/s read and 500MB/s writes. Incompressible data slowed things down noticeably on the sequential writes and that is where the Vertex 3 120GB lost ground to the larger Vertex 3 240 GB drive as it has half the number of die channels. Still, the random performance was exemplary and that's where Windows spends much of its time in terms of data access...

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