Posts Tagged ‘ssd’

Corsair to Launch New Desktop SSDs

February 3, 2010

It seems that Corsair is to take a move further into the burgeoning solid-state storage market, by offering a line of new solid-state drives (SSDs), some of which will be particularly pleasing to the desktop bound among us.

Corsair's 2.5-inch SSDs are genuinely lovely to look at...

While most SSDs tend to weigh in at the notebook friendly 2.5” mark, it seems that Corsair is following OCZ’s lead by making some of its heavier-duty SSDs more accessible for those who want to use them to bulk up their desktop. Indeed, the new offering from corsair is a 3.5” drive (so there shouldn’t be any more fussing around with brackets to get it to fit into a desktop case) that boasts fully 512GB of storage and a 128MB cache, with read and write speeds of to 200MB/s and 240MB/s respectively.



DVD and Blu-Ray Prices to Rise?

February 2, 2010

It seems that prices for Blu-Ray and DVD could well rise over the course of the next couple of months, due to increasing costs of manufacturing blank discs.

Prices could rise in the coming months...

Word comes via Digitimes of the rising cost of polycarbonate, which is one of those “can’t do without” materials when it comes to manufacturing disc-based media. While the price of polycarbonate has already been on the rise, it’s been reported that if the price of raw materials continues to rise when we can expect to see that cost passed on to those of us on the opposite end.


Special Offers – Week of February 1st

February 1, 2010

Good afternoon all, hopefully the return to work from the weekend hasn’t been too hard on you. Things are going quite well here, even the weather seems to have cheered up a little. Anyway, every Monday afternoon we post a list of our special offers for the week. It means you guys have as long as possible to check things out before deciding if you’d like to pick them up while they’re at a reduced price.

Anyway, this week we’ve got a few really nice bits and pieces on offer, including Intel’s X25 SSD, Belkin’s Gigabit Powerline HD starter kit, a Radeon 5670 and a Pioneer surround setup.

Intel X25:

For a very long time indeed, the SSD was a very expensive option indeed, but Intel has attempted to remedy that, offering solid-state storage on a wider scale for less-than-bankrupting sums… which is always nice.

Click through to see our page for Intel's X25 80GB SSD 🙂

Intel’s X25 is, in case anyone missed it, a solid-state drive. As with the vast majority of SSDs, it’s a 2.5-inch drive, so it should fit into a laptop without any real bother. Moreover, because it’s solid-state you’ll see faster read and write speeds than most standard hard-drives, which should mean a quicker boot… which is always nice. Your data will also be that bit more secure when it comes to the drive being knocked around a little in transit, thanks to the fact that the drive has no moving parts.

All in all, it’s a solid drive, and one that we’re genuinely pleased to be able to have on offer, because it’s attracted an awful lot of attention over the last couple of months.

Intel’s X25 80GB SSD is down to €199 this week, which isn’t bad at all when you consider the upsides of a nice SSD.


SSDs Reinvigorate Old PCs

January 14, 2010

It seems that using a solid-state drive to beef up an old machine can breathe new life into what might otherwise seem a doddery old PC on its last legs.

SSD manufacturer RunCore has taken the time and effort at this year’s Consume Electronics Show to show off some decidedly naff looking old PCs that it’s kitted out with some genuinely impressive hardware. While you might expect the idea of throwing a nice expensive solid-state disk into an old machine to be a bit of a waste of money, it seems that the guys at RunCore have managed to get some dying machines to show real signs of life with the upgrade.


Technology to Render Netbooks Obselete?

December 29, 2009

It seems as though netbooks will come under increasing pressure from other devices, with reports indicating that the humble netbook could be ousted over the course of 2010.

According to the BBC, it seems that the days of the netbook’s dominance of the mobile PC market may well be numbered. Indeed, the report on the current state of the netbook market intimates that the various netbooks will be outmanoeuvred by other devices as new technologies allow. All of this seems to stem from Stuart Miles, editor of Technology Lint, who is firmly of the belief that netbooks don’t quite offer as much as they used to.


Google Netbook Stats Leak

December 29, 2009

With Google’s upcoming entry to the operating system market due for launch soon, and with many already tinkering with it on netbooks, the specifications of Google’s own rumoured netbook have apparently been leaked.

Rumours that Google was to build its own netbook gained some traction with the announcement of a Google-branded phone in the form of the Nexus One, which is built by HTC, but with plenty of input from Google. Word that a netbook could follow a similar model came earlier this month, with some going so far as to say that Google would launch its own netbook when Chrome OS launched officially.


Installing Windows 7 an SSD

December 16, 2009

A while back, we wrote up a piece on installing Windows to a solid-state drive and the reasons why everyone should at least consider doing it for the speed boost you’ll get from it.

Windows Vista:

Back then, we went through a list of reasons why Windows users might be better off using Windows XP than Windows Vista when it came to installing to an SSD, not least of which the fact that Vista, well apart from the fact that a lot of people just didn’t enjoy using it, wasn’t really built for use with SSDs.

Thanks to the fact that Vista wasn’t really made for use with SSDs, users who did opt to throw an install of it onto an SSD ended up seeing less of a performance boost than they might otherwise have. Moreover, because of the way that Vista uses the disk (which seems always assumed to be a standard hard drive) the OS itself can decrease the lifetime of the drive. It’s not a dramatic difference, but it’s something that most should be aware of.

So, in short, installing Windows Vista to an SSD probably isn’t the best idea.


Hard Drive Shortage Incoming?

December 14, 2009

It seems as though there could be something of an industry-wide shortage of 3.5” hard drives over the course of the next month or so. It seems manufacturers have been pushing 2.5” drives a little too heavily.

Get a good luck while you can 😦

Word comes from the Inquirer that manufacturers of hard drives have found themselves in a bit of trouble thanks to the fact that this year saw increased demand for 2.5” disks, most often used in notebooks. With increased demand, manufacturers including Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung all moved a little away from 3.5” drives, which now seem to be in demand as people start putting together new machines over Christmas.


Seagate Moving into SSDs

December 8, 2009

Seagate has announced that it’s moving into the solid-state storage market, showing off a 2.5” drive that’s only seven millimetres thick, which makes it that bit thinner than the vast majority of SSDs.

Engadget is reporting that Seagate’s Momentus will likely top out at around the 320GB mark, which isn’t too bad for an SSD at all, and is likely what keeps it so thin. It’s already been pointed out, at some length, by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, that netbooks might well be the bee’s knees when it comes to portable computing for now, but that times are likely to change relatively soon. Ballmer seems to be of the opinion that netbooks will be succeeded by what he terms, “ultra-thin” notebooks.


Product Spotlight – Corsair X32

December 3, 2009

Good afternoon all, hope you’re having a good week so far. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Product Spotlight pieces we post to the blog, we essentially just like to post once a week, usually on a Thursday afternoon, to talk about something that one of us in the office has bought in the last week or two and genuinely recommends.

Click through to see our page for Corsair's X32 Extreme SSD 🙂

This week’s spotlit product is Corsair’s SSD Extreme X32. It’s a 32GB, 2.5” drive, so it’ll fit quite happily into just about any reasonably modern notebook. It’s also got no moving parts, which is absolutely excellent when it comes to durability… if you’re the kind of person who managed to get their notebook into the odd scrape. It could happen the pope, but it’s always nice to have a drive in place that won’t die on you.

The other massive bonus you’ll see from using a solid-state drive is in speed. The Corsair X32 boasts a 300MBps transfer speed, which is significantly faster than just about any standard hard disk. That, coupled with the fact that the lack of moving parts makes for a very quiet drive indeed, is probably the biggest reason for installing an SSD into a desktop.