SSD caching is not new, but is something we have not inspected closely since its introduction with the Z68 chipset. In this article, we will be answering the questions: What is SSD caching? How do you set up and configure SSD caching? And what kind of performance improvements you should expect by using it.
Product Review: Intel 520 SSDs (Cherryville)
In this article, we will be reviewing the speeds of each of the new Intel SSDs (60GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB and 480GB) codenamed Cherryville. Intel boasts speeds greater than 500MB/s for read and write, but it is common in the industry for the advertised speeds to be idealized. Because of this, we will be performing our own benchmark testing to find that real world speed of these new drives.
Product Roundup: Kingwin 3.5inch Hot Swap Racks
Today we will be reviewing three different sizes of 3.5″ internal hot swap racks from Kingwin. They are the KF-1000-BK (single drive), KF-3001-BK (triple drive) and the KF-4001-BK (quad drive).
How it works: Windows 7 Libraries
The addition of libraries in
Windows 7 allows users to store data anywhere they want on their PC, while
still being able to access it all from one central location. But how does one go
about configuring their libraries to fit their needs?
SATA Controller Performance Explored
As SATA III (6Gbps) becomes the standard used on hard drives, is a 6Gbps controller on the motherboard required to get full performance? Is the answer the same for solid-state drives? And how do Intel 6Gbps ports compare against add-on chips like those from Marvell? Read on for the answers!
SCSI vs SATA, Which is Faster?
When configuring a server or high end custom computer, we are often asked about the performance benefits of SCSI over ATA. Since SCSI is much more expensive, the common perception is that it must be significantly faster. The short answer we give to that issue is that with the release of 10,000 RPM SATA drives, SCSI simply does not hold the edge it used to, and we do not feel it is worth the sizable increase in cost. Of course, that statement is very general. Surely there are still applications that greatly benefit from SCSI, and it is the goal of this article to take a deeper look at the performance differences in SCSI vs SATA, and to tell you how those differences translate to performance in real world applications.