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  Forum Index - Reviews - Cavalry 32gb 2.5" SSD drive
Supplier: Cavalry
Price: $165.99Reviewed: Dec 4, 2008

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Gh0sTly
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Joined: Jul 24, 2007
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Post Subject: Cavalry 32gb 2.5" SSD drive
Posted on: Dec 4, 2008

We are all looking for that extra boost in speed, be in in boot time, or general load times for our OS or games, and Cavalry has answered this call with the impressive CASD00032MIS 32gb Solid State Drive in a 2.5" form factor.



This can is a SATA2 drive in a 2.5" hard drive size, so this is perfect for a laptop, and a drop in replacement, with no issues to speak of for a perfect fit. Because this drive has no motors in it, its perfectly silent, and it uses less power, so you will get a better battery life! Another wonderful benefit of a Solid State Drive(from hereon referred to as SSD,) you get faster read/write times, lower heat, and far better shock protection(perfect for Toughbooks, or people rough with their laptops!)




This drive sports some incredible speeds, and some nifty features as well. Cavalry states that the drive gets 80MB/Sec Sequential Read and 60MB/Sec Sequential Write times and 50MB/Sec Random Read and 12MB/Sec Random Write times, with a seek time of 0.1 millisecond. They also claim that its safe upto 20Gs of vibration, but we wont get to test that today. :)

If you notice from the pictures, this drive has a Mini-USB port on it next to the SATA port. This allows the drive to be used as a Pocket hard drive, right out of the box, and only uses one USB port for DATA and power the drive, where as most external pocket drive use 1 USB for DATA, and another for power. This makes for convenient travel when you have limited space in your laptop case.

Now I know you all want to know what this drive's real world scores are like, and unfortunately we do not have a laptop to test it in, so we will be using a desktop PC to do the testing. We will also test for boot times compared to a 500gb SATA2 desktop hard drive under Windows XP PRO.



As you can see, this drive does perform very well. I would have to say that it would perform better in a laptop. The boot times is where this drive really shined. The 500gb SATA2 hard drive took 17 seconds from the start of loading windows, to a usable desktop, where the SSD drive took 10 seconds.

Overall, the price for performance is well worth it, and has features that make this SSD drive a wonderful Pocket drive. If you are in the market for a nice SSD drive, this would be the one to get. They are available in 32, 64, and 128gb.

I would like to take this time to thank Cavalry for letting me review this fine SSD drive, and I look forward to reviewing more of their products in the future.

Cavalry Storage

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Overall Rating:


FreshWater
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faceless105
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Posted on: Dec 4, 2008


Thats crazy how small that is. could you get a shot of it from the top next to a quarter or something? I'd love to get a really good feel for that.

Also, I know it's no moving parts, but does it still have a tendency to heat up at all?


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 4, 2008


It does produce heat, but its very little, no where close to that of a standard laptop hard drive. say maybe 3C hotter than ambient temp, and that was under the Windows XP install, so there was constant read/writes going on.

This is a standard laptop hard drive size, but for comparison, here is the drive next to a "AA" battery. This should give you a feel for how small it is. Its perfect for a laptop that uses SATA, or as a pocket drive. Its got a durrable sheet metal body, and the board inside is suspended just about dead center of the body.




And here is the drive with the top off:


For someone wanting to REALLY cut space, they could take the whole casing off the drive, and save maybe a 1/4th of a inch inside custom projects.


FreshWater
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faceless105
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Posted on: Dec 4, 2008


man that might be my next purchase actually. I have a portable 2.5 hard drive that is pretty much my livelihood, but i'm always worried that moving around with it so much is going to kill it at some point, so this would be the perfect replacement.

haha now all i need to do is get some eSata ports at work and I'd be completely set.


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Gh0sTly
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lol. This DOES have a Mini-USB, so you wouldnt need the eSata, just plug it into the USB port and it works like a flash drive! These are available in 3 sizes, 32gb(the one reviewed), 64gb, and 128gb. If I had it my way, I would have the 128gb, and use it as my OS drive. SSD drives makes traditional hard drives look like they are standing still as far as load times go. This one will likely make its way into a future project....


FreshWater
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faceless105
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thats really sweet. It'd still work for a lot of notebook users for sure. I know most of those come with 100+ hard drives but it seems like a ton of them never break having more than 30 gigs on them, lol

and yeah it has usb, but i'd totally wanna use the eSata, haha


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 4, 2008


haha, your a glutton for transfer speeds then, right?


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faceless105
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totally am, haha


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faceless105
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oh one last question, those speeds you hit, were those using eSata or usb?


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 4, 2008


those were using internal SATA. I did a clean install on a SATA1 port as I didn't have access to a machine with SATA2 at the time. This has the potential to reach its rated speeds on SATA2, and wouldn't be too far behind on USB i would think.


FreshWater
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