Why would you upgrade your PS4 with an SSD? Just ‘Cause!

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Time to unleash chaos and carnage! Whether you’re looking for some hack ‘n slash action while playing Hunter in Bloodborne or are trying rid the world of General Di Ravello in Just Cause 3, I am sure you’ve also spent some time behind that PlayStation 4 during the holidays.

I’ve got my chips, dips, drink and…what the fuzzy duck?! Still loading? I don’t have time to wait this long, I’ve got stuff to blow up and mutants to kill! Sound familiar? Well, as you might recall from my last blog post on gaming performance in December, following the launch of Fallout 4, gamers reported a lot of stut…stut…stuttering. Turns out, the problems seen while playing this game were only the tip of the performance issue-related iceberg. In a recent article, Eurogamer.net showed that while your favourite game might be playable on the PS4, you’re likely to experience loading times of over a minute more frequently. Surely that can’t be right? Well there is a solution at hand.

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TLC – Too Little Consistency?

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January 2016, shortly after CES in Las Vegas, is the perfect time to hazard an outlook to the exciting and amazing SSD products that are going to hit the shelves and systems this year. We touched on new interfaces in an earlier blog, this time I’m going to focus on the industry-wide shift to TLC NAND flash memory for consumer products. To help you understand why this is an important topic, allow me to talk a little bit about NAND types in the history of flash storage.

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SSDs: Are 2 better than 1?

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Often we look for the cheapest or the highest performance option; however, what if you could have cheap and high performance? Would that sway you into buying two instead of buying one?

Obviously I am taking about SSDs, and for the more tech savvy I am talking about RAIDing drives, and in this case, raiding two SSDs in RAID 0.

Cost…..Could two drives be cheaper than one larger one?

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Why you should keep your SSD’s firmware up to date

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Every SSD contains a small bit of software that goes by the name of firmware. Without a firmware, an SSD is just a collection of hardware pieces that have no idea how to interact with each other or the system it’s installed in. The firmware, if you will, is sort-of the brain of a drive. A firmware-less drive would be like a zombie…a zombie that’s too stupid to even know it wants brains. Hurr-durr!

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Fallout 4 or Failout 4? Overcoming gaming console performance issues with an SSD

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Are you a console gamer that prefers the easy setup of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 over a PC? Well I guess you’re familiar with the loading screen. There you are, staring at the mundane screen you seen time and time again, all the while hoping that your torture of having to wait will be over soon. Sometimes the games provide you with a loading bar but nine times out of ten you’re left with a screen that gives little to no indication whatsoever on how long you still have to wait. Pretty frustrating right?

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Windows 10 and your SSD

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Do I need to tune Windows 10 to get the best from my drive?

Let’s recap…

SSDs really started to gain popularity when Windows 7 came along. This was the first operating system from Microsoft that was actually SSD-aware (to a degree) and introduced TRIM to the mix. OCZ way back then was pretty much the first to implement TRIM, and there were teething issues along the way but eventually TRIM became a plain sailing voyage and most people now take it for granted that TRIM keeps their drive working well. However, Windows 7 was only partially SSD-aware and many of under-the-hood functions of the operating system were still geared towards spinning platter hard drives; as such, many would prefer to tune the system by disabling certain functions to help speed up the system…but things now have changed. ;-)

From Windows 8.1 and now in Windows 10, Microsoft has created a very SSD-aware operating system. Many of those old tune-up operations are no longer valid, in fact, they actually do more harm than good.

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Me, Myself & My SSD – The Office Pro

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There is nothing more appealing than the promise of something better. Something which is an improvement on what you already have. Something that will make a noticeable difference to your life. Something so wonderfully brilliant you wish you invented it. Something quite affordable. Now that is appealing, tell me more. Maybe I’ll give it a try. Maybe this is something everyone else is doing and I’ve missed it. Scouting with my tech go-to friend confirmed it – there was a revolution in the world of computer storage. Being referenced as the future of storage technology as we know it, I was now on a mission. Browsing online through the many reviews and specifications, it became obvious – if I don’t upgrade my laptop to an SSD, I’ll be forever condemned to the ball and chain of inferior storage performance. Never something I thought I’d be too concerned about, I must admit, but this was no normal product purchase – this was a complete computing experience overhaul.

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Tips from the Vault – Software we Love

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We at OCZ are die-hard nerds and PC enthusiasts. As such, we use a multitude of different freeware/software to both ease the lives of our customers as well as our own. In this blog, I’d like to introduce you to some of our most favorite bits and bytes. You may know some of it, others may be completely new to you. Maybe you’ll find a hidden gem?

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Dual Boot, Secure Boot, and your SSD

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Bug Bustin’ Part 1Secure Boot Headaches

Every once in a while we come across an end user who has had a problem with their SSD. Sometimes the drive may have an issue, but more often than not it’s user error.

For this post we are looking at an issue where an end user reported that his new Vertex 460A 480GB SSD was unable to dual boot Linux and Windows 10. It is not as straight forward as you may think. Popular belief is that the drive is only capable of running one operating system and more often than not the only OS that will allow the system to boot is Windows, especially with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. The reason for this is a new feature that has been implemented in Windows 8 – 10 called Secure Boot.

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Upgrading to an SSD: Free data migration and cloning for Windows, Linux/Unix, and OS X

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You finally decided to spend your hard earned money on speeding up your computing experience (i.e., upgrading to an SSD). Everything would be awesome if it wasn’t for the fact that your perfectly configured OS install resides on your old HDD. You want this on your new SSD though. Without any additional costs, if possible. And without having to get a master’s degree in engineering to do it. Right?

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