Review Roundup december 1 2010


Zalman N Series 128GB SandForce SF-1222 SSD Model SSD0128N1 tested by legitreviews

The Zalman N Series 128GB SSD has a fair amount of overprovisioning with only 111GB being available to the user once Windows takes its share.

The SandForce drives have pretty much been leading the way all year and have proven to be very resilient and this drive is no different. The performance pushes that of the SATA II interface and is about as far as we’ll see without RAID or interface changes.

The problem for Zalman is that they are a little late for the party. SandForce has already announced that they’ll be rolling out new controllers soon and there are at least a half dozen SandForce SF-1200 drives out there, including one by MicroCenter. There’s not much here to differentiate the N Series drive, so for the few who haven’t purchased yet, there’s little incentive to look Zalman’s way unless the customer is already a fan of the brand.


Dell Vostro V130 tested by tweaktown

In the end the V130 is a sensational laptop for the market it’s designed for. Light weight, thin and a huge array of options and features make it a stand out contender for people on the go, or people who want something that’s less fuss than the XPS 14 we recently looked at and more orientated around general office duty work.

If you’re looking for something for work, something that can be taken around easily, something that is going to be easy to travel with, the Vostro series looks the goods and the V130 is a great part of that series with its feature set. For most, though, we would recommend the move to a 64-bit OS and 4GB memory as it’s going to run that little bit nicer.


ECS H67H2-M tested by hardwaresecrets

The rear panel has a VGA connector, DVI-D connector, HDMI connector, DisplayPort connector, external clear CMOS button, four USB 2.0 ports, eSATA-300 port, two USB 3.0 ports (blue ones), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, shared analog 7.1 audio outputs, and optical SPDIF output.

The absence of FireWire ports may be an issue for users that have camcorders with this kind of connection.


ADATA N004 – SATA & USB 3.0 SSD Reviewed tested by anandtech

ADATA’s HDD/SSD storage portfolio is made up of six separate external hard drive series and three internal SSDs. The new N004 series adds three additional USB3/SATA combo SSD drives to the line-up (64GB, 128GB and 256GB) :

The combination of a more attractive price than OCZ’s Enyo together with SATA connectivity does however give ADATA a small window of opportunity to captialize on a niche market-space in the meantime.

The ADATA N004 series ceratainly stands alone from a connectivity standpoint. Whether or not that’s enough to sway the purchasing decision of anyone in the market for fast external storage though, largely hinges upon how vendors like Kingston decide to price external drives based upon the Toshiba T6UG1XBG controller.


storagereview reviewed the Viking Modular Enterprise 2.5″ SSD

Visually, the Element 100GB certainly speaks to its roots as an enterprise-class SSD. The enclosure is a no-nonsense silver with basic sticker: this wasn’t designed for looks, it was designed for work. I do like the added touch of the platter spacing indentation on the bottom though, hinting at the ‘older’ drives that still used moving hardware inside.

In our “HTPC” test, the Viking Modular Element comes out ahead at every discipline, but the lead is a negligible one: all the SandForce drives offer excellent performance here. Intel’s drive just can’t compete.

While there’s nothing entirely remarkable about the Element in terms of performance, design or function, at the end of the day, that’s a good thing in the enterprise space. The Viking Modular SSD performs as it should, while folding in the benefits associated with enterprise-class SSDs.


Chaintech Apogee FlashSSD A-series 64GB tested by rbmods

We can see a clear pattern here. With sequential reading test our RAID made from two hard disks is superior against the SSD. However, the smaller the piece sizes get, the larger the margin between SSD and hard disks will get – in favor of SSD. Also in real life tests – as the data is most likely scattered around your hard disk / SSD, the SSD will feel way faster than normal hard disk.

Chaintech Apogee SSD gave us good performance in general use – although it lost to our RAID stack in raw transfer power. However, during the test period our computer felt way faster in general use using the SSD than with the normal hard disks, thanks to fast seeking times.


Kingwin EZ-Connect USB 3.0 to Sata Connector tested by overclockershq

Overall the ez connect performed incredibly well. Performing anywhere from 5-8 times faster than 2.0. This product is great for some one that wants a nice compact option instead of a docking bay and should be a great choice for mobile techs. I think Kingwin has a winner combining the compact technology of their ex connect series with the speed of USB 3.0.

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~ by benchmarkstest on December 1, 2010.

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