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If there's one downside to following the rapid progression of technology, it's that we're often stuck waiting for the next best thing to arrive. That couldn't be any more true than it is with memory and storage technologies. The number of times we've talked about "breakthroughs" in memory are too numerous to count, so when we first wrote about Intel and Micron's joint 3D XPoint memory two summers ago, we knew we'd be in for a bit of a wait. 3D XPoint (now called Optane) is soon reaching market availability, but we are still in for a long wait on Intel and Micron's promises made two years ago... Read more...
There’s no question that solid-state drives (SSDs) are the present and future of high-speed computer storage. As a result, many major players are jockeying for position when it comes to advancing performance and capacity across the board, while at the same time driving prices down. Western Digital this week announced its latest leap in the sector with pilot production of 512 Gigabit, three-bits-per-cell, 64-layer 3D NAND (BiCS 3D) — that sure is a mouthful! This pilot run is being ushered in with its technology partner, Toshiba, at the pair’s massive Yokkaichi, Japan fabrication facility. By using... Read more...
There’s no question that solid-state drives (SSDs) are all the rage today in consumer and enterprise computing. It’s hard to argue with the speed, small form-factors and energy efficiency of SSDs; but when it comes to price-per-gigabyte (especially in large capacities drives), hard disk drives (HDDs) still reign supreme. Seagate is looking to widen that pricing gap within the next few years by ramping up the capacity of its HDDs. While Seagate’s current HDDs top out at 10TB (12TB drives are currently sampling), CEO Stephen Luczo stated during his company’s most recent earnings call that 14TB and... Read more...
Western Digital is the king of the hard drive market but up to now has been a non-factor in SSDs. However, with its purchase of solid state storage giant, SanDisk, the company immediately leaped to the forefront of the market in one fell swoop. Now the company is entering the consumer/commercial SSD market with WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, using a naming scheme borrowed from its hard drive line and technology acquired from SanDisk. WD's Green lineup is for entry level PCs meant to have a low power draw while the Blue SSD series is aimed at mainstream consumers. Both series are available... Read more...
A few months back, Intel updated its enterprise-class solid state storage line-up with a new series of NVMe-based drives – the DC P3520 series -- featuring IMFT 3D MLC NAND flash memory. Like some of its other high-end offerings, the drives featured Intel’s native NVMe PCI Express controller, but the use of more affordable 3D MLC NAND allowed Intel to reduce costs, while keeping endurance relatively high.Since some of the first consumer-class solid state drives hit the scene, Intel has been known to push the envelope in the space, and ultimately drive prices down. Intel did it somewhat recently... Read more...
With a name like 'KillDisk', it's not hard to imagine what the malware it represents sets out to accomplish. Add on a good helping of ransomware, and KillDisk becomes the kind of malware that can give people nightmares, and not to mention a lot of undue stress. In the past, KillDisk malware has infected computers in the industrial sector, with the goal of rendering servers or desktops essentially unbootable. This was accomplished not only by deleting files, but renaming others. In effect, it's designed to create a very bad day for the person who has to deal with the mess. Recently, it's been discovered... Read more...
Is your PC in need of a good refresh for improved gaming performance? If so, and you happen to live in Latin America, NVIDIA has a kit for you. It's called the "PC Gaming Revival Kit", and it includes not only the company's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, but other important pieces of gear as well. As we discovered at its launch, the GTX 1060 is a great graphics card at its given price point. It allows respectable gaming performance at 1440p, and excellent performance at 1080p. Plus, most models on the market can be overclocked quite heavily, so that free performance boost is only a couple of clicks... Read more...
If you notice that solid state drives are getting more expensive, blame smartphones, at least in part. Smartphone makers are drying up the supply of NAND flash memory chips and to make matters worse, the transition from 2D NAND to 3D NAND manufacturing is putting added strain on how the overall output of chips. There just isn't a big enough supply to meet demand. We all know what happens when demand exceeds supply—prices go up. The latest report from market observer DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, notes that the global NAND flash industry grew nearly 20 percent in the third quarter compared... Read more...
Micron, the memory maker based out of Boise, Idaho, is introducing a new solid state drive family for enterprise clients that combines the typical fast performance SSDs are known for with atypical capacities culminating in 8 terabytes. The new Micron 5100 Series Enterprise SSDs are purportedly reliable too, delivering the storage trifecta that could have persuaded clients to kick their datacenter's hard disk drives to the curb. Source: Micron That is precisely the angle Micron is taking here. Looking at the total cost of ownership (TCO), Micron compared its 5100 Eco drives with 10,000 RPM hard... Read more...
When Samsung initially announced the SSD 960 PRO and SSD 960 EVO NVMe drives a few months back, we were eager to get our hands on them for some in-house testing. Their specifications, which included transfer speeds in excess of 3.2GB/s, were among the fastest we’d seen to date for consumer-class M.2-based Solid State Drive. Last month, when we were able to dig into the flagship Samsung SSD 960 PRO, we came away impressed. So impressed, that we gave the drive an Editor’s Choice award – you can check out that review right here. Today, we get to take a close look at the more affordable Samsung SSD... Read more...
Samsung announced its latest, consumer-class NVMe M.2-based solid state drives a few weeks back, the SSD 960 Pro and SSD 960 EVO, but today marks the official launch of those products. As has been the case for the last couple of generations, the EVO moniker denotes the more mainstream line-up, while the Pro designation is reserved for higher-end, flagship products. If you check out our coverage of the initial announcement, you’ll see that the Samsung SSD 960 EVO line has some killer specifications, with read speeds in the 3.2GB/s range and prices that are competitive with other NVMe M.2 solid... Read more...
Once you’ve tasted the sweet performance goodness offered by solid state drives (SSDs), it’s hard to go back to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) for your data needs. Western Digital is hoping to go after mainstream customers that are looking for a quick and easy speed boost with its new WD Blue and WD Green SSDs. The WD Blue series is available in both 2.5-inch and M.2 2280 form-factors in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities. Western Digital says that the drives — which are targeted at both desktop and notebook users — offer sequential read and write speeds of 545 MB/sec and 525 MB/sec respectively... Read more...
While many consumers would all love to upgrade to super-fast M.2 NVMe SSDs that offer 3,500+ MB/sec read and write speeds, there are others that would gladly ditch their mechanical HDDs for a more budget-minded SATA SSD. For those in the latter category, Toshiba has released a new OCZ SSD series that won’t break the bank while at the same time offering respectable performance. The OCZ TL100 makes use of triple-level cell (TLC) NAND flash memory, and is available in both 120GB and 240GB capacities. According to Toshiba, the TL100 family offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 MB/sec... Read more...
SanDisk recently launched a new line of portable storage products, with photographers, videographers, and creative professionals in mind. The particular drive we'll be showing you here, the SanDisk Extreme 510, has a 480GB capacity and attaches to a PC using USB, though smaller capacities are also available. Not only does it have the performance of an SSD, with up to 430MB/s reads and 400MB/s writes over a USB 3.0 connection, but it is also water resistant, dust resistant (IP55 rating), and rugged enough to handle the rigors of mobile computing.In addition to being rugged, SanDisk also incorporated... Read more...
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