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Western Digital recently launched a new family of NVMe-based solid state drives targeting gamers and enthusiasts. The simply-branded WD Black NVMe SSD family has a similar naming convention to some previous-generation solid state drives built by the company, but these latest offerings are packing some new technology and offer performance much higher than any of the earlier WD-made storage product offerings that came before it. The WD Black NVMe SSD family features a new controller, 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND flash memory, an intelligently laid-out PCB that optimizes thermal characteristics, and... Read more...
Despite several months of testing, there is a show stopping bug in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 that is causing issues on systems with certain Intel-brand solid state drives installed. Affected systems can end up in a UEFI screen reboot or experience repeated crashes, according to a new support document on Microsoft's website. As a result, Microsoft is halting the roll out of the April 2018 Update to potentially affected rigs while it works on a fix. "Microsoft is currently blocking some Intel SSDs from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance... Read more...
Late last month, Samsung announced its newest family of solid state drives, which include the 970 PRO and 970 EVO. As noted in our review, we were overall impressed with their strong performance across a wide range of workloads compared to the 960 PRO and 960 EVO and against what the competition offers. However, Samsung has thrown us a curveball by reducing prices across the board for both product families. Samsung has cut prices significantly on the on 970 PRO family, which was one of our only sticking points with the SSDs. The 970 EVO family sees less drastic price cuts, as these... Read more...
Intel is upping the ante in the enthusiast storage space again, with a brand-new 3D Xpoint-based drive called the Optane SSD 905P. As its name implies, the Optane SSD 905P isn’t a major departure from the Optane SSD 900P that was released a few month back, but Intel was worked a bit of magic to improve performance in a few ways. Peak capacity of the drive has also been doubled, and a new, edgier design language makes a debut – complete with integrated lighting. We put the Intel Optane SSD 905P through a battery of benchmarks on our updated test bed and have our results laid out for... Read more...
Samsung has been at the forefront of NVMe-based solid state storage essentially since the standard’s inception. The Samsung SSD 960 Pro and 960 EVO that were released all the way back in 2016 have been among the best performing, most sought after M.2 NVMe-based gumsticks available. It’s kind of hard to believe the 960 Pro and 960 EVO have been riding high for so long in such a rapidly advancing space, but it’s true. Samsung, however, is finally ready to supplant its popular drives with the brand-new – you guessed it – SSD 970 Pro and 970 EVO series that we’re... Read more...
There is no shortage of options when it comes to fast solid-state drives to enhance the storage subsystem on our gaming rigs. Western Digital is adding to the mix with the new WD Black 3D NVMe SSD, which is specifically being aimed at gamers. The SSD family is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, and offers incredible performance across the board. The 250GB SKU offers sequential reads/writes of up to 3,000 MB/sec and 1,600 MB/sec respectively, and random read/write performance of up to 220,000/170,000 IOPs. The 1TB SKU is the speed demon of the family, with sequential read/writes of 3,400... Read more...
Kingston Digital has announced a new storage device aiming at people wanting high performance at an entry-level price. The storage device is called the A1000 PCIe NVMe SSD. The M.2 is the first entry-level consumer-grade SSD of its type and Kingston claims that it will deliver twice the performance of SATA but will retail at “near SATA” pricing. The A1000 is said to be 20 times faster than a normal hard drive. The A1000 is a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor that will work in notebooks and other systems with limited space. A1000 drives use a Gen 3.0 x2 interface, have a 4-channel... Read more...
We like big SSDs and we cannot lie! Luckily for us Nimbus Data is satisfying our lust for all things SSD with a positively massive new offering: the company's new ExaDrive DC100 offers a mind-blowing 100TB of storage space. To put that in perspective, Samsung just began sampling its 30TB PM1643 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD for enterprise customers. The ExaDrive DC100 has been designed for data center duty, but it still offers a traditional SATA interface (along with SAS), and is available in a 3.5-inch form-factor. That means that you could technically fit this SSD in your gaming rig, but we... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco and Dave discuss some KILLER fast new SSDs from Intel, Samsung's great new Galaxy S9/S9+ and camera performance versus the potent Google Pixel 2 XL, very FISHY AMD chip flaw allegations, a tiny Mini PC from MINIX, Trump going nuclear on Broadcom over its proposed Qualcomm takeover and more... Proudly Streaming Over Logitech's C922 Pro Stream Webcam Show Notes: 03:56 - Intel Optane SSD 800P Review: A Speedy M.2 Solid State Drive With 3D XPoint For The Masses 13:02 - Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe PCIe Review 19:45 - Samsung Galaxy... Read more...
Intel has released a dizzying array of solid state storage products over the last few weeks. We recently took a look at a pair of Intel Optane SSD 800P series drives for enthusiast desktop and mobile systems, and also tinkered with the impressive Intel SSD DC P4600 series enterprise-class NVMe drive. Today, we’ll stay in the enterprise space and inspect a pair of Intel’s recently-announced SSD DC P4510 series drives, which target cloud storage applications with impressive throughput and latency characteristics. The Intel SSD DC P4510 series is an evolution of the existing SSD DC P4500,... Read more...
Intel is launching its latest Optane-branded family of solid state drives today, the Intel Optane SSD 800P. Unlike the Intel Optane Memory devices, which accelerate hybrid storage configurations through intelligent data caching, or the Optane SSD 900P that’s aimed squarely at hardcore enthusiasts with big budgets, the Intel Optane 800P targets the meat of the mobile and desktops markets, with higher capacities than Optane Memory, but much more affordable pricing than the 900P. The Intel Optane SSD 800P can technically be used as a data caching accelerator like Optane Memory, but these... Read more...
Western Digital is rolling out a pair of solid state drives that take aim at both the Internet of Things (IoT) and "Fast Data" applications markets. The company's new PC SN720 and PC SN520. The new drives feature three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory underneath the hood and "groundbreaking" new firmware and controller architecture purpose built to leverage those chips. They're also incredibly fast. Starting with the PC SN720, Western Digital plans to ship the drive in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities on a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor, which means it's one of those fancy gum stick-sized... Read more...
If you need ultra-fast storage for your computing needs, the obvious solution is, of course, a solid state drive (SSD). If you need an incredible amount of storage, where speed isn't exactly your first priority, a high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) will probably fit the bill. But what if you want the best of both worlds? That's where Samsung's new PM1643 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD comes into play with its absolutely massive 30.72 terabytes of storage. Samsung claims that the PM1643 is the world's largest SSD (they're probably not counting Seagate's 60TB SSD, as it still hasn't shipped) and... Read more...
Intel has rolled out new SSD storage solutions that are specifically aimed at the data center market. The new SSDs fall into the Intel SSD DC P4510 Series and use 64-layer TLC 3D NAND. The construction of the SSDs allows end users to do more per server, support broader workloads and deliver more space-efficient capacity. Intel wrote, “The P4510 Series enables up to four times more terabytes per server and delivers up to 10 times better random read latency at 99.99 percent quality of service than previous generations. The drive can also deliver up to double the input-output operations per... Read more...
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