Ina recent report released by the Hay Group and Wall Street Journal, it was revealed that Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, is the highest paid CEO for financial year 2011. Wile his yearly salary remains a modest $0.90 per annum, he was given restricted stock options, 1 million shares in total, valued at $376.2 each at the time of his contract. In total the valuation of his full compensation for the year 2011 would be nearly $378 million!
However, there is a very strong caveat to this deal, in that he cannot sell half his shares until the year 2016, while the other half cannot be sold before 2012. That’s an unusually high nine year gap in total to see his compensation for 2011. Not such a bad thing all things considered, because currently his 1 million stock options is valued at $530 million.
“In its proxy statement, Apple said it viewed the shares as compensation for the next 10 years, and not solely for 2011,” wrote WSJ.
The Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD which was reviewed last year was one of the first SATA III SSDs to use the latest SandForce SF-2281 controller, and it turned out to perform so well that to this day we use it as part of our testbed.
While the regular HyperX 240GB, like most other SSDs in this category, is rather expensive, Kingston launched a budget version of the same drive, the HyperX 3K.
Basically the HyperX 3K is the exact same as the regular HyperX enthusiast SSD, with one component change. Instead of using Intel’s 25nm NAND Flash that’s rated for 5K P/E cycles that’s used in the regular HyperX, the HyperX 3K uses Intel’s 25nm NAND Flash rated at 3K P/E cycles. That, and the color for the 3K version is black instead of blue.
So what does the 3K program/erase cycle mean? For that let’s have a very quick look at how solid state drives work. Every time information is stored on SSDs, every cell within the NAND Flash deteriorates as data is programmed on it. Over time this results in the cells holding no charge at all, resulting in your SSD being unusable. However, this process of wear and tear takes years, multiple decades in most cases, by which time you will have moved on other (presumably better) storage media.
In the long run (of our lifetime) all data storage is temporary; we just move our important documents and beloved media from one place to another. Right now solid state drives just presents us with an incredibly fast way to access data, something we need on a daily basis as our lives get busier.
However, not everyone wants, or can afford, to pay for the privilege of high speed data access, and so we have the 3K P/E NAND Flash from Intel that’s being used in the HyperX 3K drive. Assuming you’re writing and erasing 10GB data every day, the 3K program/erase cycle will result in a rough lifespan of over 20 years.
So with that out of the way, let’s have a look at how the HyperX 3K performs compared to its peers that use 5K P/E NAND.
For testing the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD, the below testbed was used:
Note: To further stress the SF-2281 controller and see how good TRIM support is, I have copied all the contents from our original testbed SSD, which contains Windows 7 and all the games and benchmarks and tests used for various review, in addition to some more games that were installed. This gave a nice spread of data, both compressed and uncompressed. Out of 223GB of available space, 56% of the drive was filled up. The below benchmarks show results with both empty and (near) half full performance.
I have used ATTO Disk Benchmark to get the sequential read and write speeds, Crystal Diskmark for 4K speeds and HD Tach for burst speeds.
The PCMark 7 Storage benchmarks are some of the most stressing tests designed for modern hard drives and solid state drives. There are a number of tests performed, focusing on different aspects of the drive and eventually churn out a score based on the overall performance of the drive. Below I have shown the total PCMark 7 storage score for multiple hard drives and SSDs.
In this case I have used AS SSD, which utilizes read and write speeds based on uncompressed data. After filling up 56% of the drive, it here where we can see a tangible difference in sequential read and write speeds.
The Kingston HyperX 3K without a doubt performs exceptionally well. The relatively low-life NAND Flash doesn’t hurt the performance in the least. In fact, not only is it able to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best SSDs in the market, but the performance is admirable even with the drive over 50% full.
Apparently the 3K P/E lifespan hardly affects daily performance, nor will it for many years. Furthermore with improved firmware which increases the efficiency of read/write operations, additionally TRIM support reliability increases even more. What more proof than the fact that to date we have not had any problem with our Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD despite multiple motherboard and other component changes.
If you’re in the market for an SSD, Kingston’s drives are certainly one of the best SandForce controlled drives out there. Performance is as high as any SATA III SSD can hope to achieve, and the 3 year warranty from Kingston certainly adds another layer of reassurance. So for overall performance and price, the Kingston HyperX 3K is one of the best SSDs to be had in the market right now.
Axiom Telecom today announced the launch of an Arabic version of its e-store to cope with growing consumer demands.
The online shopping platform allows customers to benefit from the specialist knowledge and experience that Axiom offers across mobile phones, tablets and accessories, then have them delivered to their doorstep.
The e-store will offer the same products that are available at any Axiom retail location, but with the convenience of shopping from home, work or even a mobile device. Additionally, the e-store will include previews of upcoming products as well as exclusive e-store deals.
Axiom has ensured that the e-store also provides complete payment flexibility for its customers, who can pay for their purchases via credit cards, as well as bank transfer or cash on delivery. In addition, the store’s digital certificate provides additional security for those making online payments.
“The Axiom Arabic e-store is an example of our drive to provide the best available service to our customers in the Middle East. Our English language e-store has seen constant growth in traffic since it was launched, and demand from Arabic speaking customers meant that it was a natural progression for us. In addition to the convenience of shopping online, our e-store customers will also benefit from the range of value-added services that are unique to the store and e-store exclusive deals,” said Faisal Al Bannai, Axiom Telecom CEO.
I really don’t know why exactly but the price drops in everything related with storage media are still going and I’m really afraid that if this goes on for much longer it could actually hurt the entire industry (although price drops are always good for the end user). Still my job is not to be an industry analyst but to test the latest hardware and since it so happens that most people are focused on these price drops i thought it would be nice if we placed yet another one of the latest USB 3.0 flash drives to hit the market under our scope. Well we did exactly that and as pointed out by the title of this review today with us we have the latest DataTraveler Elite 3.0 USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive by Kingston.
“System enclosures that are aimed towards the budget market are usually quite boring, have poor build quality and
generally they just look bad. 300R is Corsair’s latest offering to this market and now we’ll see if it can change any of
the preconceptions that shoppers may have. ”
“I have been trying not to call the Vengeance C70 a “theme” case. There are several styling cues with the switches and handles that could make someone lean that way, but it is not over the top. Now, someone skilled with an air brush and little free time, the Vengeance C70 is a nice little starting point for nice custom case. I’m thinking of 1940’s era military plane nose art. Even the not so skilled painter with a couple rattle cans and few minutes could have a camouflage paint job on this case that looks great in no time flat….”
Lets take a look at the latest mid-tower case from MSI, the Stealth, and see if it is a good pick.
“The Stealth is one of the latest mid-tower cases from MSI, within its “Interceptor” series. It comes with a rubber coating on its front and top panels, giving it a top-notch look.”
Today we have a Tech Review of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, where we run the PC horror game through its paces and see how it stacks up as a console port.”
Quote: Today we are going to take a look at a computer case named “Silencio 450″ from Cooler Master. Cooler Master is known for their high quality products that are often low-noise. I myself am very interested in and attracted to low noise products and am excited to get right on this case and test it out!
” Have you ever wished you could use the same headphones or earbuds for everything like your PC, MP3 player and gaming console? I don’t know about you but I find it annoying that we have to buy separate headsets for everything we have. A little company called Xjacker feels the same way I do and they’ve sent me over the Soniq Rush 2.0 Gaming Amplifier Kit for the Xbox 360. This product allows you to use virtually any headphones or earbuds with your Xbox 360 so you won’t need to buy a separate set just for your Xbox. This kit is also an amplifier like the name says and it allows you to adjust the volume and bass in your game right on the amplifier. So read on to learn more… ”