In the last five years, the computer industry has seen fantastic leaps in technology. Processors are becoming exponentially faster, hard disk storage is becoming increasingly less expensive, and most of all, flash memory is slowly taking over the data storage market. I am of course talking about solid state drives, or as you may know them, SSD.
It yields much faster read and write speeds, and is not limited by the rotational speed of a physical disk. Some top of the line SSDs have reported over 200 MB per second read speeds, and over 100 MB per second write speeds (i.e. Intel X25-M, OCZ Vertex Turbo, Asax Leopard Hunt II T2, Crucial M225 & A-Data S592). This is nearly double that of a single hard disk drive spinning at 7200 RPM.
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The only problem with integrating an SSD into most current systems is that it conforms to 2.5" form factor, while almost every computer case (i.e. ATX case, Micro ATX case, HTPC case & server case) on the market is only set up to use 3.5" drives internally. To overcome this obstacle, we have created an ideal device to allow users to keep their systems intact, and make a huge system upgrade in a matter of seconds.
The Icy Dock MB882 Series 2.5" to 3.5" Converter takes any standard 2.5" SATA SSD and transforms it into a standard sized 3.5" SATA drive. Everything is identical to a normal 3.5" hard drive, including dimensions, mounting holes, and connection locations. This allows you to use it with an internal drive bay, a hot swap mobile rack, RAID backplane, or even an external drive enclosure. Utilizing an SSD will increase the overall performance of any system. Whether you are a power user who likes to have multiple operating systems, or a video editor who needs every resource working at its maximum potential, there are benefits to be had.
Hundreds of thousands of units have been sold in just the short year it has been on the market. And with flash memory steadily becoming more affordable for users, there is no reason to hold out on giving your machine the upgrade it deserves.
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