Crucial shooting for both price, performance in one package
While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for any computer is unmistakeable. The latest batch of SSDs have a variety of technological or price improvements, but usually there is a trade-off between technical improvement and price. The one standout that claims both is the Crucial MX100 series of drives. Electronista has been living with one as a primary boot drive in a production machine for a while now. How did it fare in day-to-day operations? Check our our review and find out.
Drive range comes in at less than $0.50 per GB
Memory and storage vendor Crucial has announced the new Crucial MX100 solid state drive. Utilizing the company's new 16-nanometer, 128-gigabit NAND, the new drives available in 128, 256, and 512GB capacities offer the lowest cost per gigabyte yet seen in a solid state drive.
New Crucial drive line noted for speed, capacity, price
Memory and storage purveyor Crucial today announced the availability of the Crucial M500 series of solid state drives (SSD). Featuring terabyte-class capacity, increased response times over previous models, and an advanced feature set, the Crucial M500 2.5-inch SSD is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB capacities.
Solo 21 is revamped with new look and features, lower starting price
Maingear has now revealed a revamped version of its Solo 21 all-in-one PC introduced back in March. As before, it remains fully upgradeable, but there are new features and a refreshed design. In an unusual change, it also starts at less than before, with base pricing now $900 instead of the previous starting point of $1,000.
New Crucial v4 SSDs aimed at pre-2011 systems
Crucial has introduced a new range of budget 2.5-inch SSDs that start from just $50. The v4 SSD range ranges in size from 32GB through to a range topping 250GB that also arrives at a similarly affordable $190 price point. Crucial suggests that the new drives are aimed at giving a performance boost to systems built prior to 2011.
Crucial offers mSATA versions of its m4 SSDs
Crucial has updated its 7mm thick m4 SSD range meant for Ultrabooks with the m4 mSATA barebones card for even tighter spaces. The drives retain the maximum 500MBps read speeds and 260MBps sequential write speeds of the thicker disks, but can sit right by the mainboard.
Price drops aimed at forcing out small players
Solid state drives, a critical component in many thin, high storage-density mobile devices, could see dramatic price drops in the coming months due to a burgeoning price war among the major SSD suppliers. According to DigiTimes, industry sourcesin Taiwan are indicating that large suppliers are preparing to drop prices on SSDs precipitously.
Lexar shows 256GB CF card, Crucial outs 512GB SSD
Memory card maker Lexar has added a new capacity to its
Professional 400x series CF cards, with the industry's first 256GB example. It will write at 60MBps at a minimum and is compatible with UDMA 7 devices. It's said to be ideal for those who capture large amounts of 1080p video.
Crucial and Lexar roll fast storage for CES 2012
Crucial and Lexar together put out a pair of high-speed storage options ahead of CES. Topping the two is a special 50GB Adrenaline version of Crucial's m4 SSD intended as a cache for an existing drive. While it doesn't have to be used that way, the combination of a 2.5-to-3.5-inch adapter bracket and special software turns the SATA drive into a buffer for frequently accessed files on a larger hard drive, speeding up the OS and apps without having to sacrifice space.
SATA 6GB/sec interface, 2.5-in. form factor
Lexar Media announced that its Crucial brand m4 solid-state drives are now available worldwide. The high performance SSDs come in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities. The drives use Micron's 25-nanometer NAND flash technology and a serial ATA six gigabit-per-second interface. They feature read speed of up to 415MB per second and write speed up to 260MB per second. The drives have a 2.5-inch form factor.
Crucial M225 SSDs Ship
Crucial this morning acted on its promise and shipped its M225 solid-state drives. They make up only the second line of SSDs at the memory producer and target the high-end notebook or server space with maximum read and write speeds of 250MB and 200MB per second. All of the drives attach through SATA and SATA II interfaces and support the company's own SK01 drive kit, which carries both a 3.5-inch bay adapter to use the SSDs with desktops and a USB external enclosure.
Crucial M225 Preview
Crucial this afternoon said it should have a major update to its solid-state drive line later this month. The 2.5-inch M225 series will use more up to date multi-level cell (MLC) storage and a new memory controller that significantly improves speed. Estimates put the peak performance of the fastest, 256GB drive at 250MB per second for data reads and 200MB per second for writes.
CW: SSD drives overrated
People contemplating SSD versions of computers like the MacBook Air -- which costs approximately $1,300 more than the HDD edition -- may not find the performance difference worthwhile, writes Computerworld. The magazine has conducted a test of 32GB SSDs by Crucial and Ridata, in comparison to two 7200rpm hard drives by Seagate. All four drives used cloned copies of Vista Home Premium, and were benchmarked by software called HD Tach.
Crucial DDR3 Notebook RAM
Crucial has announced itself as the first major memory producer to offer DDR3 RAM for notebook computers, opening the door to systems based on Intel's upcoming Centrino 2 platform. The 204-pin memory holds its advantage over DDR2 by running both at a higher clock speed and offering more overall bandwidth. Its 1,066MHz rate matches the system bus of faster upcoming Core 2 Duo and Extreme processors while also offering 10.6GB per second of headroom through improvements made to DDR3 itself. The combination doubles the practical data rate of 800MHz DDR2 memory, Crucial estimates.
Crucial RAM for Mac Pro
Lexar Media today unveiled fully buffered Crucial 800MHz memory modules for the Mac Pro, available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB paired kits. The memory includes heat dissipation fins to balance the temperature, and feature a lifetime warranty. The new Mac Pro is capable of holding 32GB of memory, and Apple states that each increase to the system memory enhances the machine's performance due to the nature of the RAM pairings. Lexar did not unveil pricing, but said the modules are currently shipping.
Crucial today became the latest storage producer to explore solid-state hard drives with a new take on the formula. Simply titled the Crucial SSD, the 2.5-inch disk holds either 32GB or 64GB of memory and is meant as a faster, more durable drop-in replacement for conventional rotating hard drives. Like most of its kind, the SSD has no moving parts and is almost completely skip proof; without the need to spin, it also has an access time of under 1 ms and often performs faster than the old technology, Crucial says. Unlike most such drives, however, the new disk is not limited to the inside of a computer. A new external kit converts the device into a USB drive for easily removable storage.