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Western Digital is one of the biggest names in storage, and today the company announced it has developed its 5th generation 3D NAND flash memory technology called BiCS5. It is latterly denser than the previous generation of 3D NAND, and also offers more storage layers—112 of them, to be precise. These are important traits because they ensure companies can continue to crank out more capacious storage drives. There is also a performance benefit. According to Western Digital, its 112-layer BiCS5 3D NAND flash memory offers 40 percent more bits per wafer and up to 50 percent more input-output (I/O) performance than its previous generation 96-layer BiCS4 memory. "As we move into the next decade,... Read more...
If you're in the market for a capacious external hard drive to ease the load off your blazing fast SSD for archiving files, Amazon has a deal running today that might just be right up your alley. The online retailer is discounting the Western Digital 8TB Elements external HDD by a whopping $65 (36 percent off), taking it down to a low $114.99. A quick price check shows that this is the lowest price that we've ever seen for the 8TB external hard drive. The 8TB Essentials HDD is a no-frills storage device with a USB 3.0 interface (USB 2.0 compatible) and is plug-and-play compatible with both Windows and macOS (although you’ll probably want to reformat it from the default NTFS). In the box,... Read more...
Remember when storage was measured in megabytes? Yeah, those days are (thankfully) long behind us, as we've raced past gigabytes and into the terabyte era. Maybe petabyte storage will be the norm one day. In the here and now, though, Western Digital just upped the ante by introducing two new high-capacity hard drives for enterprise and hyperscale cloud customers. One is the 20TB Ultrastar DC HC650 and the other is the 18TB Ultrastar DC HC550. Both new models represent WD's first commercial implementation of energy-assisted magnetic recording technology at scale, to deliver higher area density and storage efficiency. They are also durable and reliable, according to WD (which is always a good thing... Read more...
Christmas is right around the corner, which means that you're running out of time to get some hot tech deals and have them arrive in time to place under the tree. With that in mind, we've got a last-minute roundup of deals that you can either partake in for yourself, or for the techie/gamer on your shopping list. The first deal that came across our radar screen is on the WD Black SN750 PCIe NVMe SSD. This particular gaming SSD is available in a relatively capacious 500GB capacity (WDS500G3X0C), and offers blazing fast performance. This SKU offers sequential reads/writes of 3,430 MB/sec and 2,600 MB/sec respectively and random read/write performance of 420K IOPS and 380K IOPS respectively.... Read more...
Western Digital today announced its new WD Blue SN550 family of SSDs, which will in effect replace the existing SN500 SKUs. These aren't the company's highest-performing storage solutions, but they do offer a compelling balance of good performance at reasonable price points for those looking to replace a HDD or simply build a low-cost gaming rig. WD SN550 SSDs uses a 4-lane PCIe 3.0 interface along with a Western Digital-designed SSD controller and an in-house 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. Although these are considered entry-level PCIe SSDs, they offer a significant boost in performance over Western Digital's existing SATA products, with the company citing a 4x uplift in read speeds.  Western... Read more...
Western Digital is looking to "Paint it Black" with a new family of WD_Black external storage devices targeted squarely at gamers. With the WD_Black label affixed, you can expect to find excellent performance across-the-board, with the new products including one SSD-based device and four HDD-based devices. Let's get the super-fast SSD out the way first: the WD_Black P50 Game Drive. This is the first storage device in the industry to support the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port and offers read speeds of up to 2GB/sec. Western Digital says that the P50 Game Drive is available in capacities up to 2TB and comes backed with a 5-year warranty. Pricing has not yet been announced for the P50 Game Drive, but it will... Read more...
Your Xbox One may not be easily portable, but that does not mean your games can’t be. Western Digital just announces its Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD for the Xbox One. The portable SSD allows players to store more games and load them more quickly. The Western Digital (WD) Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities. The 1TB allows users to store up to 25 games. Both versions reportedly load games 50 percent at 400 MB/s read speeds. The SSD is compatible with the Xbox One S and Xbox One X and relies on a USB 3.0 connection. Most importantly, the SSD is portable. It measures 5 X 4 X 1.3 inches (127 X 101.6 X 33.03 millimeters) and weighs 0.2379 pounds (roughly 124.24... Read more...
One of the benefits of falling NAND prices is that it’s cheaper than ever to add massive amounts of storage to your smartphone or tablet (as long as you have a built-in microSDXC slot). Most mainstream smartphones come with 64GB or 128GB of storage standard, while pricy options will get you 256GB or even 512GB of internal storage. However, a new hot deal from Amazon will give you an extra 200GB of storage at an unreal price. Amazon now has the SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSDXC for a low, low price of $24. This is $1 lower than the previous low of $25. This is a Class-10 rated card with rated transfer speeds of 100MB/sec. The $24 price includes free shipping for Amazon Prime members,... Read more...
WD’s Blue family of solid state drives has historically been comprised of nothing but SATA-based offerings, but the company recently updated the line-up with some brand-new NVMe-based drives. The WD Blue SN500 we’ll be showing you here today is the first Blue-branded NVMe SSD from the company, and as has been the case with many of WD’s “Blue” products, it is aggressively priced and pushes NVMe into more mainstream territory. The WD Blue SN500, however, does not target the high-end of the NVMe market; that is the WD Black family's job. As you’ll see in the WD Blue SN500’s specifications below, it’s much more tame than many of other NVMe solid state... Read more...
You might think you have enough storage space for your tablet or smartphone, but that is rarely the case. An Android device with 128GB or even 256GB of integrated storage fills up quickly when you add a lot of games or take lots of high-resolution photos and 4K video. Gamers who like to play on the Nintendo Switch also need microSD cards for storage. Amazon has a deal going right now on a fast microSD card that may be just what the doctor ordered. Amazon is offering a SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC card that is UHS-I rated and ships with an SD card adapter to fit into card readers. The memory card is UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10. The 200GB card is on sale for $25, which is $12.95 off... Read more...
If you’re looking for high-speed internal storage that won’t break the bank, Western Digital has announced that its WD Blue SSD family is making a performance leap with the introduction of a new NVMe model. The company says that it is aiming these new SSDs at content creators and budget gamers who want a bit more performance than what SATA counterparts can currently offer. With respect to performance, Western Digital says that the new WD Blue SN500 SSDs deliver sequential read and write speeds of up to 1700MB/sec and 1450MB/sec respectively. As for random read/write performance, these figures come in at 275K IOPS and 300K IOPS respectively.  According to Western Digital, this... Read more...
If you are in the market for some big-time storage space for your smartphone, tablet, or computer this is the day to buy SanDisk products on Amazon. Amazon is running a sale right now, and you can get a 400GB microSDXC card with an SD adapter for for just $62.30, a significant discount off the $94 regular price. To sweeten the deal, you get free Prime shipping if you are a member. The card is a Class 10 supporting Full HD video recording and playback and promises up to 100MB/s transfer speeds. It's also A1-rated to load apps faster if you cram it inside an Android smartphone. You can get it here. A 256GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSDXC card is on sale for $44.79, discounted off the $49.99 normal price.... Read more...
The storage needs of smartphone users are not diminishing, they are only expanding with the advent of high resolution photography and 4K video. To account for this, Micron and Western Digital (through its SanDisk subsidiary) announced the industry's very first 1-terabyte capacity microSD storage cards for consumers. While both solutions offer the same amount of capacity, Western Digital's has the higher read performance rating——the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is rated to hit read speeds of up to 160MB/s, whereas Micron's c200 1TB microSDXC card is rated to read data at 100MB/s. Rated write speeds are similar between the two at 90MB/s for Western Digital/SanDisk and 95MB/s... Read more...
Western Digital is one of the world’s largest storage manufacturers with a wide array of products to meet their customer's unique needs. Its My Passport Wireless line of external drives offer more than just convenient storage. With on-board Wi-Fi, battery, and SD card readers, WD bills them as a working photographer’s best friend. That certainly sounds like a common use case for a device like this, but will this latest WD My Passport live up to its promise? WD sent over their latest My Passport Wireless SSD for us to use and review. The SSD version is available in capacities from 250GB to a spacious 2TB. They range in price from $199.99 to $749.99 respectively. Our unit is the... Read more...
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