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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...
It has been a crazy week so far, thanks to Amazon's 48-hour Prime Day sales event that spurred other retailers to follow suit with discounts of their own. As the dust settles, you can still score a deal on a 2019 model MacBook Air. Should you, though? That depends on how you feel about the downgraded SSD speeds in the newest models. The refreshed MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch display with a 2560x1600 resolution, and is powered by an Intel Core i5-8210Y, a 1.6GHz dual-core Amber Lake CPU with integrated UHD Graphics 617. It also comes standard with 8GB of LPDDR3-2133 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage, as it pertains to the models that are on sale. Here is how they are priced on Amazon...... Read more...
Kingston has been a dedicated stalwart of the memory, storage, and peripheral markets for many years. The company’s products target virtually every type of user, from entry-level first-time PC builders to seasoned sysadmins. The products we’ll be showing you here today, the Kingston DC500R and DC500M solid state drives, target the latter type of user, in need of reliable, high-capacity SSD storage for enterprise and data center applications. At first glance – of both their physical design and specifications -- the Kingston DC500R and DC500M drives appear to be similar. The ‘R’ variant, however, is geared for read-heavy workloads, while the ‘M’ variant... Read more...
A few months back, Samsung launched its SSD 970 EVO Plus series of solid state drives, which featured the company’s latest TLC NAND flash memory and an updated firmware optimized for higher performance. When the line-up initially arrived, capacities up to 2TB were announced, but only the 250GB – 1TB models were made available. The highest-capacity, 2TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus has just arrived, however, and we got the chance to take one for a spin. At its core, the 2TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus is virtually identical to the other drives in the line-up, save for a larger DRAM cache and, obviously, more NAND storage capacity. Here’s how the full line-up compares to the original... Read more...
Forget about the Mac Pro's resemblance to a cheese grater and ignore the price tag for a moment. From a pure hardware standpoint, Apple's latest iteration of the Mac Pro is an impressive collection of hardware, boasting an Intel Xeon foundation with up to 28 cores and 56 threads, a dozen DIMM slots supporting up to 1.5TB of 2933MHz ECC memory, and the list goes on. The question is, how proprietary is the design? We know that Apple is using MPX (Mac Pro Expansion) modules for the graphics, each of which has its own dedicated heatsink, further cooled by the Mac Pro's internal fans. Users have the option of installing a traditional GPU in one of the expansion slots, but without the module's benefits... Read more...
ASUS has announced a new version of its Hyper M.2 x16 add-on PCIe RAID expansion card, and it has simply decided to add a "V2" on the end to differentiate it from its predecessor. There are a few upgrades this time around, including support for AMD Ryzen systems. Like the original Hyper M.2 x16 Card, the V2 is compatible with Intel VROC (Virtual Raid on CPU) technology, which allows NVMe SSDs to directly interface with the CPU's existing PCIe lanes. This allows the Hyper M.2 x16 Card V2 to bypass the 32Gbps DMI limitations with an on-motherboard PCH-based RAID implementation. As a result, the Hyper M.2 x16 Card V2 can deliver transfer speeds up to 128Gbps. Compared to its predecessor, the Hyper... Read more...
A few weeks back, we took a look at the WD Blue SN500 SSD. That solid state drive is an affordable NVMe M.2 option, that’s targeted at mainstream systems and budget-constrained users. The WD Blue SN500 offers the benefits of NVMe, with pricing that is in-line with legacy SATA devices. The drive we’ll be looking at today, however, the WD Black SN750 SSD with Heatsink, takes things in a completely different direction. The WD Black SN750 SSD with Heatsink targets enthusiasts and gamers, and offers much higher performance in some scenarios. It is also priced higher, but not exorbitantly so. The WD Black SN750 SSD with Heatsink is by no means a mainstream drive, as you’ll see shortly,... Read more...
Corsair has just unveiled a smoking fast new SSD at Computex 2019 called the MP600 M.2 SSD. The is PCIe 4.0-ready, which means that it will deliver its best performance when paired with AMD X570 motherboards. The SSD offers 4,950MB/sec sequential read speeds when used in PCIe 4.0 slots. Corsair says that is ten times the performance of many SATA SSDs and fifty times faster than some traditional hard drives. The faster PCIe 4.0 slots will be available for the first time as part of the AMD X570 chipset and third-gen AMD Ryzen processors. The M600 SSD uses high-density 3D TLC NAND with a Phision PS5016-E16 controller to enable a new level of single-drive SSD performance. While the sequential... Read more...
Companies are getting a jump on Computex by announcing a spattering of upcoming products ahead of the event, which gets underway on Tuesday, May 28. Count Gigabyte among them. One of the things Gigabyte plans to show off is a new solid state, though it's not like any SSD that is currently available. How so? According to Gigabyte, it's the world's first PCI Express 4.0 M.2 SSD. There is a bit to unpack among all that technobabble, so lets get started. M.2 refers to the form factor. Unlike 2.5-inch SSDs that require a power cable and SATA cable, M.2 drives are those gum stick-sized SSDs that plug directly into the motherboard, provided it has an M.2 slot. These can be either SATA or NVMe. An example... Read more...
The PC gaming and enthusiast realm is RGB-ing all the things it seems. Thermaltake launched a desk with RGB lighting earlier this month, Corsair has its Ironclaw RGB mouse, while Gigabyte launched an RGB NVMe SSD and Razer is developing a toaster with RGB lighting. Enthusiasts wanting another RGB SSD option have a new product from KLEVV to check out. The SSD is the CRAS C700 RGB SSD; and it's an M.2 2280 NVMe PCIe Gen 3x4 SSD. The storage device supports ASUS AURA Sync, is RGB Fusion ready, and supports both MSI Mystic Light Sync and ASRock Polychrome Sync. That support will allow you to sync the SSD with the lighting on your other products if they are all compatible. KLEVV features... Read more...
Enterprise-class solid state drives used to be rare beasts that commanded heavy price premiums over their more common, consumer-oriented counterparts. As leading SSD and flash memory manufacturers have evolved their processes and technologies, however, availability and pricing for many enterprise-class solid state storage solutions have dropped dramatically. Whereas enterprise SSDs that target mission-critical workstations or data centers used to cost many times that of a consumer SSD, that is no longer the case for some products. Samsung's 883 and 983 DCT drives we’ll be showing you here, for example, are available in relatively large capacities and surprisingly won’t break... 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...
2019 is shaping up to a big banner year for those looking to score a new solid-state drive (SSD). Over the years, SSD prices have been dropping to the point where enthusiasts don't mind forking over the added cashola to score a high-capacity SSD for their boot drive in their PC rigs as the price premium between HDDs shrinks. In addition, most mid-range and high-end laptops these days come standard with an SSD. Now, a new report from DRAMeXchange -- by way of TrendForce -- is signaling that NAND flash oversupply is leading to an all-out pricing war among suppliers. That oversupply thankfully is going to lead to lower prices across the board, which is good news for those looking to score... Read more...
Earlier this month Amazon-owned Woot ran a deal on an SSD with the Kodak brand that netted those who ordered 480GB of SSD storage space for a scant $40. If you missed out on that deal and have been kicking yourself for not upgrding to SSD goodness, you have another chance. This time it's an actual a device from a well-known storage brand name that is on sale that you will instantly recognize. Amazon is offering a SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB Internal SATA SSD in 2.5-inch form factor for $49.99. This may be one of the best deals on a SanDisk SSD that we see for a while. To sweeten the deal even further, if you are a Prime member you can get free next-day Prime delivery and in some areas. The drive promises... Read more...
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