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     Kingston V Series 40 GB = X25-X!
      Posted on 26/10/2009 at 16:39 by Marc - source: Legit Reviews
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    Kingston has just launched a new SSD, the V-Series 40 GB. While the first V Series used a JMicron JMF602 controller and the V+ Series moved over to Samsung, here they’re using an Intel controller! In the V Series 40 GB then, you’ll find the same controller as used on the X25-Ms, but only 5x8GB Flash NAND MLC on each.

    This has a significant impact on sequential speeds, which fall from reads of 250 MB/s and writes of 70 MB/s on the SSDNow M Series (X25-M) to 170 MB/s and 40 MB/s on this 40 GB V Series. Although these figures might be a bit alarming, you shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that sequential writing isn’t used much by a system disk, unlike random access which according to the first tests is very good due to the Intel controller.

    Announced at $115 or around €99, this SSD could allow many people to move over to using SSDs as their system disk, especially as SSDs based on Indilinx have been rocketing in price recently, the Crucial M225 64 GB, for example, going from €140 to €180 in a few months because of the price of Samsung Flash.

     USB 3 at ASUSTeK
      Posted on 26/10/2009 at 15:26 by Marc
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    Asus was among the first manufacturers after release of the P55 to offer a card supporting SATA 6 Gbit/s. As we’ve seen this wasn’t without a few problems because of the badly optimised implementation of the Marvell 88SE9123 controller chip that doesn’t have a PCI Express link connection.

    Asus are likely to launch two new motherboards supporting not just SATA 6 Gbit/s but also USB 3 in the weeks to come.

    The first is the P7P55D-E Premium based on the P55 chipset. This is in fact a P7P55D Premium improved with USB 3.0 (NEC chip).

    The second motherboard is based on the X58 chipset designed for LGA1366 and is called the P6X58D Premium. It also has SATA 6 Gbit/s and USB 3.0 via Marvell 88SE9123 and NEC chips. While for the P7P55D-E Premium ASUSTeK uses a PCI-Express PLX bridge so as to increase available bandwidth for the Marvell chip, on the P6X58D it will be connected directly to the ICH via a simple 2.5 GT/s link.

     Intel X25-M Postville, TRIM is here
      Posted on 26/10/2009 at 09:35 by Marc - source: Intel
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    Intel has today made available new firmware designed to give TRIM support for the X25-M “Postville”. As expected, this update is unfortunately limited to the 34nm versions of the X25-M, owners of X25-Ms based on 50nm chips won’t benefit.

    In addition to this firmware, Intel has made the Intel SSD Toolbox available, which gives TRIM support in Windows Vista and XP as with the Indilinx Wiper utility. Once launched it reads the file system allocation table and communicates the LBA addresses which aren’t used to the SSD via the TRIM command.

    The last innovation is that the new firmware significantly improves the sequential write performance of the 160 GB X25-M Postville (and only this one), taking it from 70 to 100 MBs. The new firmware and the SSD Toolbox are now available in the following places:

    - Firmware
    - SSD Toolbox

     AMD Athlon II X4 620 and 630
      Posted on 26/10/2009 at 00:01 by Damien
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    AMD has launched two new quad core processors, the Athlon II X4 620 and 630. Announced at $99 and $122, they are clocked at 2.6 and 2.8 GHz respectively. How has AMD managed to bring them out so cheaply and how do the processors perform?

    > AMD Athlon II X4 620 and 630

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