ocz_agility_4_drive.pngCDRLabs has taken a long overdue look at OCZ's 256GB Agility 4 solid state drive. Available in capacities ranging from 64GB up to 512GB, this cost-effective alternative to the popular Vertex 4 is based on OCZ's advanced Indilinx Everest 2 controller platform and offers features like TRIM support, dynamic wear-leveling, AES-256 encryption and Ndurance 2.0 technology, which extends the life of NAND flash well beyond its manufacturer rated specifications. The Agility 4 is also equipped with asynchronous MLC NAND and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 420MB/s read and 410MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 85,000 4KB random write IOPS.

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sandisk_ultra_plus_ssd.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at SanDisk's new Ultra Plus SSD. This new consumer-oriented SSD is powered by Marvell's 88SS9175 controller chip and is equipped with SanDisk's own 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND to deliver up to 530MB/s read and 450MB/s write speeds. The Ultra Plus also packs 128MB of DRAM cache and offers features like TRIM support, dynamic wear-leveling, background garbage collection and SanDisk's nCache technology which uses a large non-volatile SLC cache to improve random write performance.

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samsung_ssd_840_pro.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Samsung's new SSD 840 Pro Series solid state drive. Designed and built completely in-house, the SSD 840 Pro is powered by Samsung's own triple-core MDX controller and features a SATA 6GB/s interface, specially-engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms and AES 256-bit full disk encryption. The drive also packs up to 512MB of cache and is equipped with Samsung's Toggle DDR2 NAND flash memory to deliver up to 540MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds.

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CDRLabs has taken an in depth look at Kingston's new SSDNow V300 solid state drive. Designed for cost-conscious consumers looking to upgrade their existing desktop or notebook PC, the V300 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive. It is powered by an LSI SandForce Flash Storage Processor (FSP) solution customized for Kingston, and optimized for industry-leading 19nm NAND flash memory to deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s.

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sandisk_readycache.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of SanDisk's new ReadyCache solid state drive. This affordable, easy-to-install caching solution lets consumers significantly improve their desktop computer’s performance, while utilizing their existing hard drive’s storage. Designed to boost a desktop computer’s boot, shutdown and application launch times, ReadyCache combines a 32GB 2.5-inch SSD with ExpressCache software by Condusiv Technologies. This software, sold exclusively by SanDisk, can be installed on any desktop PC running Windows 7 and, unlike most other caching solutions, can pull data from multiple hard drives of any capacity.

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CDRLabs has taken yet another look at Plextor's award winning M5 Pro Series SSD. In this article we test the PX-256M5P using Plextor's new Xtreme firmware. This update transforms the current M5 Pro into the M5 Pro Xtreme, which the company claims is the first truly professional SSD capable of delivering up to 100,000 random read IOPS. The Xtreme firmware also increases the M5 Pro's maximum random write performance up to 88,000 IOPS and boosts its sequential write speed up to 470MB/s.

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digistor_dig-79102.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at DIGISTOR's latest portable Blu-ray Disc writer, the DIG-79102. Based on the Panasonic UJ-260, this USB powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds, with a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. It also offers support for BDXL media, which can hold up to 128GB of data on a single disc. What really makes the DIG-79102 stand out is its built-in battery and software bundle which includes Arcsoft's TotalMedia Extreme 2 suite as well as DIGISTOR's own REWIND archiving software for Mac and PC.

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plextor_px-256m5p_ssd.pngCDRLabs has taken a second look at Plextor's award winning M5 Pro Series SSD. This time around, we take a pair of PX-256M5P's and run some tests to see how well they perform when configured in a RAID array on an Ivy Bridge-based PC.

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silicon_power_s70_ssd.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Silicon Power's new Slim S70 solid state drive. The 7mm thick S70 is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2281 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface, native TRIM support and DuraWrite technology. The drive is also equipped with synchronous NAND flash and an optimized firmware to deliver up to 557 MB/s sequential read and 507 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as a maximum of 86,000 4K random write IOPS.

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lite-on_enau708_drive.pngCDRLabs has taken a long overdue look at Lite-On's portable 8x DVD writer, the eNAU708. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The eNAU708 is also USB powered and features support for Lite-On's various SMART technologies. To top it all off, the drive comes with Nero Essentials as well as Lite-On's own MyDisk Suite which includes applications for the PC, iPad and iPhone.

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