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Samsung’s Super-Massive 30TB 2.5-Inch SSD Announced

Published on February 20, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Good things really do come in small packages. Samsung’s 30.72TB 12Gb/s SAS solid-state drive doubles its previous-gen counterpart while retaining a svelte 2.5-inch form-factor. If that doesn’t sound impressive, then lets phrase it this way. The PM1643 leverages 64-layer, 3-bit (TLC) 512Gb chips across 32 16-die packages to attain its impressively dense…..

Samsung 30TB 2.5-inch SSD Mixed View

Crucial BX300 240GB SSD Review

Published on February 1, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

You might find it hard to be impressed with a SATA based SSD in a world where PCIe SSDs exist, but despite their speed-capped interface, companies like Crucial continue to optimize, and use new tricks, to eke as much performance as possible out of those flash chips. The BX300 is a great example of where we stand today.

Crucial BX Series SSD

Samsung Launches 860 PRO and 860 EVO SATA SSDs

Published on January 24, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Samsung has just hard launched a long-awaited update to its venerable 850 PRO and 850 EVO solid-state drives. Although the 850 series received several changes in its 3.5 year span on the market, the 860 family introduces an updated Samsung MJX controller, 64-layer V-NAND, and LPDDR4 DRAM. Thanks to the adoption of…..

Samsung 860 EVO 4TB

Western Digital Constructs 96-Layer Towers Of BiCS4 3D TLC & QLC NAND Flash

Published on June 28, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

The march of technology never ceases, and Western Digital announces its latest achievement with the creation of 96-layer NAND flash chips. Western Digital’s fourth generation of 3D NAND memory will reach volume production in 2018 and feature TLC, as well as QLC BiCS4 chips. What is noteworthy is that as recently as last…..

Western Digital 3D NAND

ADATA Ultimate SU800 512GB SSD Review

Published on May 25, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (1)

ADATA is a well-known flash storage company that offers the most prolific range of SSD models currently available on the market. While this makes it hard to determine which SSD is best for you, it also guarantees there’s a model at practically every price point. Is the midrange SU800 that offers better endurance and performance consistency worth the increase in price over budget models? We find out.

ADATA Ultimate SU800 SSD

A Road Trip With The Transcend DrivePro 520 Dashcam

Published on April 27, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

The DrivePro 520 is a full-featured dashcam that has it all. With dual cameras, low light usage, infrared, GPS, mic, and a battery, this cam targets the full range of professional drivers from commercial haulers, passenger carriers, or just business vehicles. It also offers a proper toolkit for parents, so whatever your needs, Transcend’s DrivePro 520 can probably exceed them.

Transcend DrivePro 520 Feature Image

Kingston Launches PCIe 3.0 x8 DCP-1000 SSDs Into Data Centers

Published on March 7, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (2)

Kingston announced today a new enterprise-based SSD, the DCP-1000, and it’s an intriguing NVMe enabled PCIe card targeting data center deployments. Developed in partnership with Liqid, Kingston’s drive incorporates four 8-channel SSD controllers on a single card. The drive makes use of an x8 PCIe 3.0 slot (it actually requires PCIe 3.0,…..

Kingston Liqid DCP1000 PCIe NVMe SSD

ADATA Adds The XPG SX950 SSD To Its Arsenal

Published on March 1, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

ADATA is no stranger to SATA SSDs with an extensive catalog of models to choose from. We were impressed by the super budget-friendly SP550 and are currently finalizing a review of the midrange SU800, but that leaves out still more options like the SP900 and SU900. Deciding there wasn’t enough choices, ADATA is…..


Intel Core i7-7740K, i5-7640K, And 14nm Coffee Lake Rumored For 2H’17

Published on February 13, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

With all the AMD rumors “Ryzen” to the surface lately it is easy to miss a bunch that are cropping up over on the blue side of the fence. At the top of the list, CPCHardware (French) claims Intel is cooking up some new chips to bolster its Kaby Lake offerings launched just…..

Intel Moore's Law - 8th Gen Core Processors

EVGA Infuses Its Latest GeForce GPUs With iCX Technology

Published on February 10, 2017 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Don’t be fooled, iCX is not just another overblown marketing name for yet another aftermarket cooler! iCX enabled cards feature no less than nine thermal sensors spaced around to cover the GPU, VRAM, and VRM areas of the graphics card. These sensors can be monitored in EVGA’s Precision software and OSD, and…..

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX Edition

Transcend SSD370S MLC SSD Review

Published on December 19, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Got that new laptop or desktop and want to start the new year off right with a solid-state drive upgrade? Need an SSD that will theoretically outlive every system you will ever own for the duration of your lifetime? If that’s the case then you’ve come to the right place as Transcend has the drive for you.

Transcend SSD370S Solid state Drive

Corsair Cooks Up Crazy Fast MP500 Force Series NVMe M.2 SSDs

Published on December 14, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

SATA-based SSDs are certainly good enough for most users, but for anyone that wants or needs a high-performance SSD, the future will be M.2 solid-state drives. Toward this end Corsair is serving up its fastest SSDs ever for enthusiasts to gobble up just in time for the holidays, the MP500 Force Series…..

Corsair Force Series MP500 M2 SSD

ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive Review

Published on November 30, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

It’s easy to think that all budget SSDs perform the same, but ADATA proves otherwise with its Premier SP550. This TLC drive looks the part of modest SSD, but under the hood, it has a trick up its sleeve: 8GB SLC cache. The best part? That perk doesn’t add much to the cost of the drive, making this one SSD well worth looking out for.


Samsung Unveils 960 PRO And 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSDs

Published on September 22, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (3)

It hardly seems like the 950 Pro is a year old, yet Samsung has just kicked off its 2016 SSD Global Summit with quite a bang. The 950 PRO has proven to be a tough M.2 SSD to beat, and although many competitors were initially announced last year only a couple eventually…..

Samsung 960 Evo Nvme Ssd

Toshiba Unveils A Super Small Micro M.2 512GB NVMe SSD

Published on August 8, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (2)

Fresh off its announcement of producing the densest 64-layer NAND yet, Toshiba takes it one step further with what can only be described as a “micro M.2 SSD” family. At the recent 2016 Flash memory Summit, Toshiba announced the new BG series of SSDs, which will utilize 3D TLC BiCS flash. What…..

Giveaways Galore: NVIDIA’s Order of Ten Origins and EVGA’s 17th Anniversary Event Ongoing

Published on July 21, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

It may be nearing the start of classes once more but the end of July is going out with a bang, and we don’t mean those leftover firecrackers. NVIDIA’s previous Order of Ten puzzle contest is back with Order of Ten Origins and promises to be harder to solve than ever. Starting…..

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 PCIe Solid-State Drive Review

Published on June 15, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Remember the look of awe on our faces when the first SSDs hit the market? Over time, that awe began to dissipate, but when M.2-based models began to hit the market? It hit us right where we needed it. Samsung’s 950 Pro SSD is a shining example of what M.2 SSDs are capable of, so let’s check it out.

ADATA Showcases Upcoming 3D-NAND NVMe M.2, U.2 & SATA SSDs At Computex 2016

Published on June 2, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Competition in the performance SSD market is heating up. ADATA has taken the wraps off the NVMe SX8000NP, a solid-state drive with a full PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface via either M.2 or U.2 form-factors. PCIe “Gen 3×4” with NVMe support is currently the highest performance consumers can get from a solid-state…..

Patriot Announces 2TB Ignite SSD With Q4 Release Date

Published on June 1, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Consumers looking for a whole lot of NAND flash goodness in a single 2.5” SATA SSD will soon have a new option to consider. Patriot is adding a 2TB model to its Ignite performance brand of SSDs. The Phison S10 has been utilized in SSDs for several years and is a standard…..

Toshiba Launches OCZ RD400/RD400A NVMe M.2/PCIe Solid-state Drive

Published on May 25, 2016 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

OCZ pioneered the introduction of PCI Express SSDs to the consumer market, so one could say it was only a matter of time after its acquisition by Toshiba before a new PCIe SSD was launched. The OCZ RD400 looks to tick all the right boxes; it ranges in 128GB through 1TB capacities in…..

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