I think by now most of our regular readers know about IMFT, Intel and Micron's joint flash venture. Toshiba and SanDisk have teamed up as well. Flash Forward, LTD celebrated the opening of Fab 5, a 300mm flash memory fabrication facility in Japan, back in July. Flash Forward is owned by Toshiba (50.1%) and SanDisk (49.9%). This puts SanDisk in a good position when it comes to manufacturing SSDs. SanDisk 24nm Toggle Mode flash is the successor to the Toshiba 32nm Toggle Mode flash that was first introduced on many enthusiast class SandForce SATA III SSDs in 2011. Don't think Flash Forward is stopping at 24nm, they are already working on 19nm with parts sampling as I type this.
The Marvell based drives from 2011 were very good products, they just had a very big umbrella over their head. Pricing always plays a large role in the retail purchasing decision, especially in a slow moving economy. The Marvell controlled products are at a disadvantage when it comes to price out of the gate. The architecture calls for a DRAM cache buffer, an added expense, when compared to the SandForce design that runs an internal buffer in the controller. When you add the additional cost with the lower performance compared to many of the SF-2281 controlled drives, there just wasn't enough incentive for consumers to come home with a solid state drive using a Marvell controller. The 2012 SSD season is now in full swing and unlike last year, SandForce doesn't have a new controller ready to follow their successes of the last two years. Furthermore, the Team SandForce partners are tip toeing into 2012, we've yet to see an established Team SandForce member show a drive with the latest generation flash coming from Samsung and Toshiba. SandForce is leaving a door open and in this competitive market others are rushing to get their foot in the door.
Let’s take a look at the latest socket 2011 motherboard from ASRock, featuring four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a special USB port with high polling rate for gaming mice. ASRock has released eight motherboard models for the new socket 2011 platform, heavily betting that this platform will become more mainstream after Intel releases cheaper LGA2011 processors during this year. This time we will take a look at the X79 Fatal1ty Professional, with four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a special USB port with high polling rate for gaming mice.
With the HAVIK 140, NZXT has proven to me that they can take their skills and expertise in the PC gaming world and apply them to just about any component that they want. The cooling performance was top notch, the noise production was just about non-existent, and the installation was fairly easy. There isn't much else you can ask for when it comes to a CPU cooler.
Fans may not be the most exciting component in your new PC, however they do make a lot of difference in terms of performance, noise and enjoyability – it’s hard to enjoy a film (or game) if all you can hear is the whirling of wind turbines, when the film (or game) in question has nothing to do with planes.
Nearly one year since acquiring well-know flash controller manufacturer Indilinx, OCZ has debuted their first storage productbased on the Indilinx infused Everest platform with NDurance technology: welcome OCZ's Octane SSD. Offered in 1-terabyte capacities, the OCT1-25SAT3 series is designed to deliver optimized performance for mainstream users wanting to capitalize on near-instant solid state response times. OCZ Octane SSDs are good for up to 480MB/s read speeds over the latest SATA 6GB/s interface, and yield up to 35,000 Random Read IOPS. In this article Benchmark Reviews tests these specifications, and compares the OCZ Octane solid state drive to the leading competition.
The Z68 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard from ASRock is an upgraded product from the same series, featuring a Digital PWM, XFast USB Technology, XFast LAN, V16+2 CPU Power Phases, no less than 6 USB 3.0 ports (4 rear and 2 for the front panel) and 6 SATA3, C.C.O., THX TruStudio, and the unique Fatal1ty Mouse Port, which allows us to set the desired mouse polling rate, up to 1000Hz. Of course, thanks to the Z68 chipset we also have Lucid Virtu capabilities and multi VGA output options: one D-Sub port, two HDMI ports and one DVI-D port by the bundled HDMI to DVI adapter.