by Stuart Davidson | 23rd May 2013
Now OCZ are bringing to market a new Vertex drive using more than a little tech from their Vector series of enthusiast SSDs. Today the Vertex 450 launches and we have the 256GB model in our test system to see where it fits into the current market.
by Stuart Davidson | 6th May 2013
Today we take a look at ADATAs SX300 mSATA SSD, the 256GB model and will find out how it compares to a desktop SSD as well as a competing mSATA model.
by Stuart Davidson | 30th April 2013
Today we take a look at what the Seagate Barracuda 4TB drive has to offer in a selection of tests while also finding out how easy (or hard) it is to set up a large capacity drive like this in Windows 8.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th April 2013
Today we have one of Toshiba's latest solid state drives for review, the THNSNH256GCST, which is ideal for desktops and portable systems thanks to its compact 7mm casing.
by Stuart Davidson | 22nd April 2013
Now with a completely different option we have one of Icy Docks hard drive docks on our test bench, complete with support for 2.5in and 3.5inĚ devices as well as USB 3.0 and eSATA.
by Stuart Davidson | 9th April 2013
Today we see Crucial attempt to drive the SSD market forward with the introduction of a SSD which has a capacity up to 960GB (so the best part of 1TB) while maintaining a price point which competes with 512GB models from the likes of Samsung and OCZ. Can the new M500 compete in performance as well as cost? In a selection of synthetic and real world tests we find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 30th March 2013
We have the ICYRaid MB662U3-2S on our desk today and will be looking at its design, features and performance to see what ICY DOCK can do with a high end enclosure.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th March 2013
There are a large number of consumers out there looking for the best price performance ratio and OCZ feel that one of the best ways to satisfy those needs is to take the an older (but not necessarily outdated) range and tweak the model to minimise costs. Enter the Vertex 3.20...
by Stuart Davidson | 5th March 2013
Today we have the 256GB version of the Ultra Plus connected to our test system and will find out how it compares to numerous alternative models.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th February 2013
Now Plextor have built a mSATA SSD around the latest Marvell controller and hope to offer desktop like SATA 6GB/s in the compact form factor. Today we find out how it compares to an existing mSATA SSD as well as some desktop models.
by Stephanie Goody | 8th January 2013
Today we have the latest SSD from PNY attached to our test system, the XLR8 Pro, putting it up against the best that Samsung and OCZ (amongst others) have to offer.
by Stuart Davidson | 7th January 2013
Plextor's SSD range is the subject of our review today and we are going to look at the M5 Pro, one of the first drives around to use Marvell's newest controller. How does it stack up against the likes of OCZ's Vector and the Samsung 840 Pro? Let's find out...
by Stuart Davidson | 17th December 2012
The Gauntlet Node is a drive enclosure designed for 2.5 inch traditional and solid state drives using the SATA interface. Not only does the Node turn our drive into a USB 3.0 device, it also allows it to be accessed wirelessly from our smartphone/Tablet or PC.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th November 2012
Earlier this year we saw OCZ release the Vertex 4 and Agility 4 SSDs, a mix of Marvel and Indilinx inside they offered some impressive performance along with OCZs decent software suite and excellent support. Today sees the first product to market which combines the Indilinx and PLX teams knowhow. The Vector series of SSDs is, other than NAND flash, a 100% in house design and we will be putting it up against the best drives currently available from Samsung, Intel and OCZ themselves.
by Stuart Davidson | 9th November 2012
In the last few months the SSD market has started to evolve again. Now we have drives which feature a wide range of controllers from various manufacturers that all look to offer the best balance of price/performance or features. Today we are taking a selection of the best and putting them up against each other in a Windows 8 environment.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th October 2012
Almost all of us have spare drive bays on the front of our PCs and a fair number of us have either got spare parts kicking about or have run out of space inside our system for hard drives. Icy dock are looking to solve several problems such as these with their drive racks/cages which are designed to add storage space to our otherwise empty front of case bays. Today we have three different models on our test bench to see how they perform.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th August 2012
Today we perform some drop tests on the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme to see if it can live up to the claims. Ever wondered if your drive can survive being dropped out of a 2 storey window?
by Stuart Davidson | 26th June 2012
Since their first SSD Intel have taken a few approaches to building the devices. Initially they went with their own controllers within the drives and it is fair to say that those drives were some of the best in early generations. Since then we have seen them dabble with updated controllers under their own brand, try out Marvell and more recently release a Sandforce based drive in the form of the 520 series.
by Stuart Kerley | 8th May 2012
Today we'll be looking at the SilverStone DS321, a dual-bay USB HDD enclosure. For those looking to add some quick storage capacity to their PC could this be the answer?
by Stuart Davidson | 18th April 2012
Corsair are now offering their take on the solid state cache drive technology with the release of the Accelerator. With capacities of 30-60GB they aim to offer a solution for those even on a minimal budget. Today we put it head to head with the competition, Crucials Adrenaline, to see who comes out on top.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th April 2012
The idea behind the Crucial Adrenaline and Nvelo's Dataplex software is that we drop in the SSD and use it as a high speed cache which allows our system to perform faster while using an existing mechanical drive for storage. Today we take a look at this solution to find out if it is the ideal solution for those who might not have the budget for a high end/capacity SSD.
by Stuart Davidson | 4th April 2012
Today we have two of the new Vertex 4 drives on our test bench and will be comparing it in real world and synthetic test against drives based on the latest Sandforce, Marvell and Samsung controllers.
by Stuart Davidson | 6th February 2012
Intel are today releasing the new 520 series based on SandForce technology. Today we have one of those new drives on our test bench and will be comparing it in real world and synthetic tests against drives based on the latest Sandforce, Indilinx, Marvell and Samsung controllers.
by Stuart Davidson | 29th November 2011
Today we are looking at the latest SSD range from Corsair, the Performance Pro. Using a Marvell controller rather than Sandforce the Performance Pro offers a different approach to the majority of drives on the market. We'll find out how it compares with models based on the latest Indilinx, Samsung and Sandforce products in this review.
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd November 2011
OCZ are back with yet another model in their SSD family and this time we see the results of using a controller which is based on Indilinx technology, something which hasn't really been present in high end drives for some time now. We'll be putting the Octane SSD through a selection of tests including real world and synthetic to see how it compares to models using the latest Samsung, Marvell and Sandforce controllers.
by Stuart Davidson | 10th October 2011
Today's review product see's OCZ attempt to find a middle ground between the capacity of a mechanical drive and the speed of an SSD. That product is the RevoDrive Hybrid a PCIe based model which is part flash memory and part 1TB 2.5" hard drive.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th September 2011
One of the major manufacturers offering a Sandforce based SSD is Patriot with their Wildfire range of drives and today we have one attached to our system, putting it head to head with Intel's 510 model and the recently released Samsung 830 Series.
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd September 2011
The 830 Series SSDs use Samsungs latest performance architecture, bringing the products into SATA 3 territory and taking on Sandforce and Marvell for the enthusiast user market. Can they succeed? Let's find out.
by Stuart Davidson | 26th August 2011
A few weeks ago we covered the Corsair Force Series GT drive, a performance tuned model based on Sandforce technology. Today we have the Force Series 3 drive on our test bench, a drive that aims to target a lower price point while still offering excellent performance.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th August 2011
Today we have the higher specification RevoDrive model, the X2 attached to our test system and will be putting it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out if OCZ can meet their claims of 1500MB/s speed and 230k IOPS.
by Stuart Davidson | 19th July 2011
The latest range of SSD's from Samsung is the 470 Series with models available in 64, 128 and 256GB. Today we have the largest model attached to our main test PC and will compare it to models from Intel and OCZ in a selection of synthetic and real world tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 7th July 2011
The Force GT is the latest in Corsair's range of SandForce based SSDs and features a tweaked architecture which should benefit reading and writing of music and video files (uncompressible data). Today we will be putting the 120GB model through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to find out how it compares to an alternative model which is also tuned for OS use rather than maximum IOPS.
by Stuart Davidson | 22nd June 2011
Today we are looking at a drive which OCZ hope will find a slightly more value orientated place in the market, the Agility 3. Based on the same controller as the Vertex 3 range we still get the same great features however the other internal components have been tweaked slightly. We will be putting the drive through a selection of tests to find out how it compares to one of the main competitors, the Intel 510 Series.
by Stuart Davidson | 24th May 2011
Today's review product is the 240GB Max IOPS edition of the Vertex 3 and we will be putting it up against Intel's 510 series and Crucials M4/C400 series SSDs with a similar capacity in a selection of real world and synthetic tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th April 2011
Today we have one of the 320 Series SSDs connected to our test system and will find out what it offers and whether it can compete with its main competition, a SandForce based model of similar capacity, in†a selection of real world and synthetic tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 8th April 2011
Intel's recently released 310 Series SSDs take a different approach to the other models in their product catalogue. The 310 series is based on a mini-PCIe technology, is a similar size to a laptop Wi-Fi adapter but still claims desktop like performance. Today we take a look at the 80GB model to find out what it offers the market in a selection of real world and synthetic tests against a standard 5400rpm laptop drive.
by Stuart Davidson | 28th March 2011
Today we have one of Crucials new SSDs, the 256GB m4, connected to our P67 system and will be running it through a selection of real world and synthetic tests to establish how it compares to the Intel 510 series and OCZ Vertex 3. In addition to that we will also throw in the C300 and a first generation SandForce drive to see where this new model sits.
by Stuart Davidson | 11th March 2011
Today we have a sample of Intel's new 510 series SSD connected to our test system. The latest range from Intel brings their SSD platform right up to date with high end specifications and today we will find out how it compares to models such as Crucials C300, Corsairs F240 and even the OCZ Vertex 3 in a selection of synthetic and real world tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 24th February 2011
Just about a year ago OCZ released their latest high performance SATA SSD, the Vertex 2 which was based on SandForce's latest controller. That drive was a huge success, surpassing the performance of its main competitor at the time, drives based on Indilinx controllers. Today we see the successor to that product launch, the Vertex 3 which runs on SandForce's latest controller and we have a 240GB sample on our test bench to find out how it compares to products currently on the market in a selection of real world and synthetic tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 1st January 2011
Today on our test bench we have the latest product from Western Digital. The Caviar Green 3TB drive has the highest capacity of any desktop drive on the market at the moment and today we will look at how easy it is to set up along with the performance that can be achieved in single drive and RAID 0 modes.
by Stuart Davidson | 5th November 2010
We will be putting the RevoDrive X2 up against the original and one of the top performing SSDs on the market, Crucial's SATA 6GB/s based C300 256GB to find out how they compare in a selection of synthetic and real world tests. By the end of the review you will know exactly how OCZ's latest product will affect your daily PC use and productivity.
by Stuart Davidson | 21st October 2010
Today's review product is the more consumer friendly evolution of the Z-Drive; the RevoDrive takes the idea of SSDs built on a PCB, combined in RAID and connected to the system via PCIe at a more affordable price. We will be putting the RevoDrive up against one of the top performing SSDs on the market, Crucial's SATA 6GB/s based C300 256GB to find out how the two compare in a selection of synthetic and real world tests.
by Stuart Davidson | 15th October 2010
In the last few months the budget end of the storage market has moved on as a result of the high end changing and now we have low cost versions of the Sandforce and Marvell drives available. So today we take a look at models from Corsair and Crucial, as well as two low cost alternatives from Intel and OCZ to establish whether they are worthwhile purchases for those looking to try an SSD.
by Stuart Davidson | 27th September 2010
When we last looked at an OCZ product, the Vertex 2, we awarded it our Gold Award and scored it 9/10 and 10/10 in every aspect. So when we saw that they were one of the first manufacturers to release an SSD based on USB 3.0 technology we were keen to try it out. Today we have that SSD connected to our test bench and will be putting it through a selection of tests, including the all-important real world transfer test to find out how it compares to USB 2.0 based mechanical and flash based devices.
by Stuart Davidson | 20th June 2010
Todays review includes SandForce, Indilinx and Toshiba based SSDs mixed in with the Seagate 6GB/s and VelociRaptor mechanical models then just for good measure a high spec 2.5"Ě mechanical drive is added to ensure we have a complete picture of the real world performance available at each market segment.
by Henry Butt | 19th March 2010
Today we are going to look at a number of hard drive accessories from a few different manufacturers. Sharkoon have provided us with two hard drive docking stations; the SATA QuickPort USB3.0 and the SATA QuickPort Pro LAN. We are also going to look at the In Win AMMO 2.5" hard drive enclosure and the Vizo Ares II dual 2.5" SATA rack.
by Zardon | 24th September 2009
OCZ have just released their latest Agility EX drive which differs from anything we have reviewed in the past because it is the first SLC based SSD drive aimed at a price point to target the mass enthusiast market. While Single Level cell (SLC) and Multi Level Cell (MLC) are similar in design, MLC flash costs considerably less to produce and allow for higher storage density. The benefits with SLC flash drives are that they provide faster write performance and greater reliability ...
by Zardon | 14th August 2009
The drive we are looking at today is the long awaited Intel replacement which is built on the 34 nanometer manufacturing process - this has the long term benefit of helping to reduce the costs to manufacture therefore meaning less cost to the consumer - well thats the theory anyway.
by Stuart Davidson | 7th August 2009
A few months down the line and two further companies have brought to market drives based on Samsung and Indilinx controllers. Today we take a look at those products to see what Corsair and Crucial offer us. Also included in this review is an updated SSD from OCZ which takes their excellent Indilinx based Vertex range and enhances the performance to create the Vertex Turbo.
by Stuart Davidson | 23rd June 2009
Today we have a selection of hot and sexy SSD drives featuring models with various new controllers from Indilinx and Samsung as well as Intels award winning X25-M. Just to make things a little more interesting there is even a model which features a customised version of the old JMicron 602 controller.
by Grace | 19th May 2009
OCZ have targeted the SSD market in a more aggressive manner than any other manufacturer in the last 12 months, they also halved the retail prices with the release of the Core series, followed by the release of the Core V2 series which utilized a second revision JMicron controller a month later.
by Stuart Davidson | 12th March 2009
Today we have three SSD's on our test bench from Intel, Patriot and Super Talent. Each has a different capacity and cost but all will be placed through a selection of synthetic and real world tests to establish which drive is ideal for consumers first leap into the SSD market.
by Grace | 13th February 2009
The most aggressive company in the SSD market most likely is OCZ, who released no less than six new series of SSD drives during the past seven months. Today we will have a look at one of their mainstream series SSD models, the Apex 120GB. We are going to see how well the latest mainstream MLC SSD drive from OCZ can perform in this review.
by Grace | 10th August 2008
OCZ have made the boldest move lately with the release of their new Core Series SSD drives. The OCZ Core Series not only uses the latest SLC technology (which is currently the fastest commercial design), but their retail prices are half any other similar SSD drive at the time of their launch.
by Grace | 14th July 2008
Hard drives are constantly getting larger and cheaper as the technology improves, but their speed increases only marginally each year because they are limited by their inherent mechanical nature. No matter how efficient an algorithm or the overall design might be, the rotational speed of the platters is not going to increase much further.
by Dyre Straits | 27th September 2007
Vantec Thermal Technologies has been in business since 1994.†Since that time, the company has expanded beyond just the initial thermal solutions and now provides a wide variety of components and devices for the PC enthusiast. Among the many products manufactured and distributed by Vantec are Storage Devices, Cooling Solutions for CPUs, Case, Memory, HDD and others; various Peripheral components; Cables of various kinds; Power Supply Units; PC Mod Kits; and Notebook Accessories and Supplies. A quick look at the distribution of Vantec products shows that the companyís reach is truly worldwide.
by Dom | 2nd June 2005
The Samsung SpinPoint HD160JJ is an extraordinary hard drive and retails for just under $120USD (at time of press), making it competitively marketed with a very high price to performance ratio. Its relatively large capacity, near silent operation and advanced technologies such as NCQ and staggered spin up support are sure to entice computer enthusiasts of all ages.
by Stuart Davidson | 12th April 2005
MSI make great motherboards, we at Driverheaven love to use them as they are always completely stable and feature packed. On the graphics card front the MSI branded products are also top notch in terms of quality and performance so delving deeper into MSIís product catalogue we expect similar attributes from their productsÖ todayís review product is the MSI DR16-B2 DVD writer.
by Dom | 16th March 2005
The equivalent to what an Asus or an Abit is to the motherboard market, Lite-On has become an instantly recognizable name in the DVD industry. Lite-On has been holding its own for some years now in this though market.
Today, I am proud to be taking a look a one of Lite-On's latest DVDĪRW drives: the SOHW-1673S . Which features the latest in DVD burning technology--4x DVD+R DL burning capabilities. The SOHW-1673S also features 16x DVDĪR burning capability.
by Dom | 27th September 2004
In this, my latest DVD burner review Iíll be taking a look at Lite-Onís latest and greatest DVDĪRW drive, the SOHW-1633S. The Lite-On SOHW-1633S features two brow raising abilities: 16x DVD+R burning and Double Layer DVD burning.
by Dom | 21st August 2004
In this review I'll be taking a look at Sony's latest flagship DVD burner, the DRU-700A, which features Double Layer DVD writing capabilities. Along with both DVD Plus (+) and Minus (-) recording and CD writing and rewriting. At a glance, the Sony DRU-700 is a formidable opponent, but can it compete with other optical storage drives from NEC and BenQ...
by Dom | 2nd July 2004
After reviewing the Lite-On_SOHW-812S, I was offered the opportunity to test-out Lite-Onís two new DVD burners - the Lite-On SOHW-832S and the SOHW-1213S.
by Dom | 25th June 2004
The Plextor PX-712A is one of these drives and is also one of the various dual-format available for resale. Burning both DVD Plus (+) and DVD Minus (-) formats Ė DVD Recordable and Rewriteable. Plextor is keeping up with other drive manufactures such as, BenQ, providing competitive speeds for DVD technology combined with the latest CD writing speeds.
by Dom | 20th June 2004
In this review Iím going to take a look at Lite-Onís SOHW-812S DVDĪRW drive, which features DVD Plus (+) and Minus (-) burning of DVD Recordable discs at 8x and DVD Rewritable discs at 4x.
For comparison; I will be testing the SHOW-812S against NECís ND-1100A DVD+RW drive. Using several programs including: Nero Burning ROM and Easy CD-DA Extractor.
by Zardon | 9th February 2004
It has been said in the coming years when the technology matures we can be looking forward to data transfer rates of 300mb/s-600mb/s. If this happens then there is a clear winner, but in the meantime Western digital have released several 10,000RPM sata drives, a 74gb version and a 36.7gb version, we will be looking at the latter today.
by Stuart Davidson | 2nd July 2003
Thanks to our friends at Western Digital today we have a review of their high end ATA 100 drive. It comes with 8mb of cache and is 200Gb in size. It may be big but how does it hold up against mainstream drives with the same RPM and ATA speed?
by Zardon | 29th June 2003
Coming in a fantastic aluminium outershell, this drive will look great in any PC environment and if you are lucky enough to own a high quality aluminium PC case this drive will look right at home
by Zardon | 11th June 2003
Teac have just released this external USB2 CD-RW drive, offering very fast 52x24x52 speeds, together with a very impressive innovation list.
by WyreTheWolf | 3rd March 2003
Western Digital was the first company to bring a 8MB cache to the IDE world. They have held the performance crown for some time now. Up until recently the Western Digital JB HDDs have remained unchallenged.