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EVGA Infuses Its Latest GeForce GPUs With iCX Technology

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…..

Published on February 10, 2017
EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 iCX Edition

Transcend SSD370S MLC SSD Review

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.

Published on December 19, 2016
Transcend SSD370S Solid state Drive

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

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…..

Published on December 14, 2016
Corsair Force Series MP500 M2 SSD

ADATA Premier SP550 480GB Solid-State Drive Review

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.

Published on November 30, 2016

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

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…..

Published on September 22, 2016
Samsung 960 Evo Nvme Ssd

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

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…..

Published on August 8, 2016

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

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…..

Published on July 21, 2016

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

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.

Published on June 15, 2016

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

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…..

Published on June 2, 2016

Patriot Announces 2TB Ignite SSD With Q4 Release Date

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…..

Published on June 1, 2016

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

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…..

Published on May 25, 2016

Valve Releases Dota 2’s Manila Major And TI6 Battle Pass

Dota 2 players will be weeping this week, whether for joy at winning flashy red digital gear, or despair at what’s left of their available Steam wallet funds. The annual The International 6 compendium has been released a bit earlier than usual this year in the form of the 2016 The International…..

Published on May 17, 2016

Micron Launches Three NVMe Datacenter SSDs, Opens Micron Storage Solutions Center

Micron this week hosted an Enterprise Solutions event in Austin, TX, marking a turning point for the company with it taking a more active role as a software solutions provider for businesses. In addition, Micron announced three new NVMe-capable Enterprise PCIe & SAS solid-state drive families and even let loose some hints…..

Published on April 14, 2016

OCZ CES 2016: NVMe RevoDrive 400, Trion And Vector SSD Refresh

2016 is already shaping up to be the year of NVM Express enabled PCIe 3.0 solid-state drives. SATA Express was over before it began thanks to PCI Express x4 drives being able to offer twice the bandwidth, and SSDs such as the RevoDrive 400 are able to put all that bandwidth to…..

Published on January 11, 2016

Kingston Targets Enterprise Clients with KC400 SSDs

Kingston is taking the lid off its latest Enterprise-grade SSDs with the SSDNow KC400 series. While metrics such as “15 times faster than a hard-disk drive” are one thing, the KC400 aims to deliver end-to-end data security thanks to SmartECC protection and SmartRefresh to safeguard against read errors, as well as firmware…..

Published on January 6, 2016

Patriot Announces Blazing Hellfire M.2 and PCIe AIC Solid State Drives

Patriot has taken the lid off its first pair of NVMe equipped PCIe-based SSD drives, this year at CES 2016; the Hellfire M.2, and the Hellfire PCIe AIC. SATA-based SSDs hit a bit of a wall almost as soon as they were released, capable of maxing out the bandwidth over the interface.…..

Published on January 6, 2016

Samsung Demos Its Blazing Fast PM1725 PCIe SSD

We covered the press release of the impressive PM1725 before, but it is certainly something else to see it in action as HotHardware managed to do! The PM1725 certainly lives up to the hype: at 5,689MB/s read in Iometer, the drive is actually seen exceeding its 5.5GB/s label rating.  The PCIe 3.0 x8…..

Published on October 22, 2015

Samsung Unwraps 950 Pro M.2 NVMe Solid State Drives

It was not that long ago that Samsung created a stir with its SM951 SSD thanks to its M.2 form-factor, reported NVMe support, and PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Yet, it soon became clear it was an OEM drive, with no direct consumer warranty or purchase options available except through OEM suppliers. If…..

Published on September 22, 2015

Samsung Announces A Trifecta Of NVMe SSDs

Hot on the heels of its 256Gb TLC 3D NAND announcement, Samsung is unveiling a trio of new NVMe solid-state drive families. First up is the PM953, which is an update to the popular SM951 drive. We don’t have performance numbers for comparison, but the PM953 will be a NVMe capable drive…..

Published on August 14, 2015

Toshiba And Samsung Unwrap 256Gb TLC NAND Chips

Fresh from the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition, two major SSD manufacturers have unveiled new 256Gb (32GB) TLC NAND flash chips. With process node shrinks destined to become fewer and farther between, the only other way for SSDs to continue to see prices fall and drive capacities increase will be continued increases…..

Published on August 13, 2015

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