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A New Challenger: Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Published on January 21, 2019 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

It’s taken some time for Western Digital to hit the consumer side of the SSD market hard, but momentum is growing fast – and for good reason. The company is now producing its own in-house controller, and based on our in-depth testing of the WD Black 1TB NVMe, we’re excited to see where things are going.


Samsung Introduces 860 QVO High-Capacity SATA Storage SSDs

Published on November 27, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

In a possible foreshadowing of things to come, Samsung is today introducing the 860 QVO SATA SSD series, in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. These drives are intended to hit ultra-low price points and do double-duty as long-term data storage drives while offering many of the advantages of modern flash drives. Samsung…..

Samsung 860 QVO SSD

ADATA GAMMIX S10 512GB SSD Review: Affordable M.2 NVMe Performance

Published on October 31, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (3)

Budget SSDs are not hard to find, but the price shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor. SATA SSDs might have been relegated to the bargain basement, but ultra-cheap “SATA Only” M.2 drives remain a hidden minefield that litters the budget M.2 marketplace. ADATA’s XPG S10 GAMMIX comes to the rescue, offering high-end NVMe performance at a budget price.


Buttered With Btrfs – Synology DS1618+ 6-bay SMB NAS Review

Published on August 7, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (2)

Storing data is easy, but storing data reliably is a fair bit harder to pull off. Sure, RAID protects against a disk failure, but is not a safe backup solution in of itself, nor does RAID offer protection against data corruption. Synology’s DS1618+ solves this by offering a combined Btrfs & RAID solution in a 6-bay NAS that can be upgraded to meet practically any home or business need.

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The Synology DiskStation DS1618+: When The Great Gets An Upgrade

Published on May 19, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Synology has officially launched the DiskStation DS1618+, a six-bay prosumer NAS geared for anyone from enthusiasts to small and medium-sized businesses that need room to safely store, manage, and backup impressively large amounts of data. The DS1618+ marks the first Synology NAS utilizing Denverton C3000 Atom processors, replacing the aging five-year old Rangeley Atom C2000…..

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Valve’s Dota 2 The International 2018 Compendium Is Out & Breaking Records

Published on May 10, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Valve’s The International Dota 2 tournament happens once a year like clockwork, and just like clockwork, it never fails to break new records. With a prize pool already 25% higher than the equivalent period last year, The International 8 is already past $6.5 million and seems poised to reach $30 million this…..

Samsung Drops Prices On 970 EVO & PRO NVMe SSDs At Launch

Published on May 7, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

On the very day the 970 generation of EVO and PRO NVMe solid-state M.2 drives hit retail shelves, it would appear Samsung has already reduced prices from those initially disclosed to the press. We are unsure if this is simply a marketing ploy or a genuine reconsideration on launch prices, but in…..

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A Look At ADATA’s SU900 512GB SSD

Published on May 3, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

While ADATA has a wide variety of budget SSDs on offer, it also has a growing number of more premium offerings. Under review today is one such drive, the SATA-based SU900, an MLC drive with a five-year warranty. Let’s see how it performs compared to other drives in the same budget range.

ADATA Ultimate SU900 SSD

Samsung Reveals the 970 PRO & 970 EVO Generation M.2 SSDs

Published on April 25, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

For the last several years running, Samsung has been at the forefront of raw NVMe M.2 solid-state drive performance, constantly expanding the performance envelope since the debut of the 950 PRO three years ago. Today that trend continues with the launch of the third-generation 970 Series powered by Samsung’s new “Phoenix” controller.…..

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Kingston Unwraps UV500 Series SSDs With AES-256 Encryption And TCG Opal 2.0 Support

Published on April 17, 2018 by Robert Tanner | Comment (0)

Full drive AES-256 encryption used to be ubiquitous among most SSDs, but in recent years it has become a rarer feature to find on entry-level solid-state drives. Kingston is looking to change that with the UV500 Series SSDs which feature full AES-256 encryption and support for the TCG Opal 2.0 specification. The…..

Kingston UV500 Series SSD

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…..

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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.

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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…..

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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

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