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By now, everyone with even the vaguest of interest in PC technology can tell you how much snappier solid state drives are than even the fastest of spinning disks of yesteryear. There have been some interesting wrinkles recently, like ultra-high speed drives that ride the PCI Express 4.0 bus, but in test after test, regardless of drive type, just having a modern SSD offers enough of a boost to make an older PC feel new again. Similarly, it's basically a necessity to slap an SSD like one of the ADATA drives we'll be showing you here, into a new system build to not make any big sacrifices in responsiveness. Today, we're going to look at a pair of 1 TB SSDs from ADATA: the Swordfish and the Falcon.... Read more...
As we approach the launch of Intel's 11th generation Core "Rocket Lake" processors, one of the lingering questions is, will it finally deliver PCI Express 4.0 support to consumer platforms? Leaks and rumors have suggested the answer is 'yes', and if you want one more to add to the pile, just head over to the SiSoftware Official Live Ranker website. As spotted by prominent leaker APISAK on Twitter, there is a new Rocket Lake-S client platform listing that shows a PCIe 4.0 SSD being used in the test system. It is an unidentified 1TB capacity model, but while there is no mention of the drive's manufacturer, the listing definitely recognizes it as an NVMe SSD based on PCIe 4.0. Have a look... Source:... Read more...
Kingston recently released its DC1000M series of solid-state drives for data center applications, capped off by a massive 7.68TB model. The DC1000M series leverages a hot-pluggable U.2 (2.5”, 15mm) form factor, that’s compatible with U.2 backplanes and the drives target mixed-use, data-intensive workloads, including Cloud computing, web hosting, high-performance computing (HPC), virtual infrastructures, and AI and deep learning applications. There are four drives in the initial Kingston DC1000M family, bookended by a 960GB model and the aforementioned 7.68TB behemoth. We’ve got a 3.84TB model on hand, which we’ll be showing you here. If you peruse the drives’ main... Read more...
Although much of the excitement in the solid state storage market revolves around the latest, bleeding-edge NVMe-based drives, there is still a massive need for SATA-based solutions. Not only are there a myriad of legacy systems ripe for upgrades that rely on SATA, but owners of current-gen systems often want more affordable, higher-capacity -- but still fast -- solid state storage to pair with their NVMe boot drives. Samsung has traditionally been a leader in the space, with a succession of popular drives over the years. The newest members of the family, the Samsung SSD 870 QVO we’ll be showing you here today, builds upon Samsung’s success with higher capacities, strong performance... Read more...
ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance has teamed up with TEAMGROUP to design some new storage products that are available for gamers. The new storage products include the T-FORCE CARDEA II TUF Gaming Alliance M.2 SSD and the T-FORCE Delta TUF Gaming Alliance RGB Gaming SSD. Both of the storage devices have been certified and tested by the TUF Gaming Alliance. Both SSDs have an exterior design that looks very cool and interesting complete with a TUF Gaming camo logo. The T-Force Delta SSD has complete RGB lighting on the outside that can be synchronized with the ASUS AURA SYNC motherboard lighting control software. The drive is also etched with military-style camouflage to take a boring storage product and... Read more...
Newegg has announced a nice discount on a popular NVMe internal PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD that promises blazing-fast boot times and large amounts of storage for users building a new computer. The Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD is currently on sale at Newegg for $30 off. The one caveat to the $30 savings is that users can only order one at the discounted price. The regular sale price for the Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD is $199.99, while the promo code "93XPL47" brings that price tag down to $169.99. Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD - $30 off at $169.99 Newegg's deal is for the version of the SSD without the heatsink. Users who want the SSD with the heatsink will pay $219.99.... Read more...
Many gamers are really looking forward to the launch of the PlayStation 5 and the next-generation games that it will bring with it. In a recent PS5 showcase, some of the next-generation games were shown off. Game dev Insomniac had two games in that showcase what many console gamers are excited about, including Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. A video was recently shared that features Insomniac Creative Director, Marcus Smith, who worked on the Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart game. In the video, Smith talks about how the PlayStation 5 hardware helped the design team develop the game. As the quality of graphics increases, the size of the levels and files that... Read more...
The Intel Data Center Group (DCG) unveiled a plethora of new products today targeting AI and big data analytics workloads, including 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors, 200 Series Optane Persistent Memory, AI-optimized Stratix 10 NX FPGAs, and faster 3D NAND-based solid state drives. Over the last few years, Intel has taken a multi-pronged approach to its data center products portfolio. In addition to advancing its processor platforms to improve compute performance and better accelerate new, emerging workloads, Intel has also focused on bringing data closer to the processor, and granting the processor (and accelerators) faster access to that data. Today’s announcements regarding new... Read more...
Back at CES 2020, we got our first glimpse at Samsung's upcoming 980 Pro SSD. Up until this point, Samsung's fastest consumer SSDs have used the PCIe 3.0 interface, but the 980 Pro will use the new PCIe 4.0 interface supported by AMD's X570 and B550 chipsets. We weren't given an exact launch date for the 980 Pro when it was initially announced, but reliable hardware leaker Ice Universe is claiming that the SSD family will launch within the next two months. So, it seems as though the worse-case scenario is that we'd see the 980 Pro show up by the end of August. Samsung 980 Pro SSD will be released within two months, you will see the super performance of real PCIe 4.0 SSD. — Ice universe... Read more...
A couple of unannounced Samsung SSDs have shown up on Amazon’s website; one of which seems like a pretty mundane release, and one of which that packs quite a punch with respect to storage space. The two SSDs are from Samsung’s QVO family of SATA III SSDs which prioritize capacity and [relatively] low cost over outright speed that you might see in something like the EVO SSD family. The first model that popped up on Amazon’s website is the 870 QVO 1TB SSD (MZ-77Q1T0B/AM), which is a SATA III SSD priced at $129.99. However, that’s the MSRP, which means that street pricing will likely be much lower. For example, there are a number of 1TB SATA III SSDs from the likes of PNY,... Read more...
It's been nine months since AMD unleashed its Zen 2 processors and, more importantly as it related to this article, the X570 chipset with its PCI Express 4 connectivity, into the world. In the time since then, there hasn't been a torrent of extra-fast flash released by all that many storage vendors; even at launch, we only had Gigabyte's Aorus PCIe 4 SSD on hand to test. Considering that Gigabyte's drive could far outstrip the bandwidth available in PCI Express 3.0 x4 drives, while putting up some solid IOPs figures, it seems that those who feel a need for speed would want these drives, assuming they had a motherboard with a processor and chipset capable of pushing it to the limit. That seeming... Read more...
AMD's X570 platform has not only delivered us the highly capable Zen 2-based Ryzen 3000 processors -- which include the flagship 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 3950X -- but it has also ushered in the age of PCIe 4.0 SSDs for the consumer market. The newest of these blazing fast SSDs comes from KINGMAX, which has just introduced the PX4480. The PX4480 is a NVMe M.2 SSD that is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities with performance that scales accordingly depending on capacity. The lowest capacity SSD has sequential read speeds that top out at a heady 5GB/sec, while writes are rated at an impressive 2.5GB/sec. Stepping up to the 1TB or 2TB capacities, however, maintains the 5GB/sec reads, but... Read more...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is warning its customers via a security advisory that there is a bug in the firmware of some of its SAS SSDs. The firmware bug will see the drive fail after reaching 40,000 hours of operation. That many hours of operation equates to four years, 206 days, and 16 hours after the storage device was put into operation. Based on when HPE manufactured and sold the storage devices, the earliest failures are expected to occur in October 2020. HPE has issued a new firmware to address the issue. It is warning any company using the device as a standalone drive or integrated into another HPE product that failure to update the firmware risks losing data on the drive and the... Read more...
Over the last few years the USB connectivity has gone through some major changes. We've been through USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and now USB 3.2. And that's not even taking into account all the different generations that were released. Like USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and now USB 3.2 Gen 2x2. Oh, and don't forget, Gen 4 is coming soon as well. If just going through the names is enough to make your head spin, try keeping track of all their respective bandwidth and throughput specs.  The reason we wanted to start with the USB interface is because there's going to be a handful of people out there that assume just because they have a high-end system, they'll be able to use the Crucial... Read more...
Samsung has been at the forefront of the solid-state storage market for a number of years now. We’re not just talking about its mainstream internal SSDs either, which have been popular amongst enthusiasts. Samsung offers a wide array of solid-state storage solutions, ranging from miniscule microSD cards, all the way on up to monstrous, high-capacity enterprise-class drives meant for big-iron servers. The company has also put considerable focus into its an array of portable storage solutions, to cater to a wide range of users. We’ve shown you many of Samsung’s portable SSDs in the past, including the excellent T5 and super-fast X5 with its Thunderbolt 3 interface. Today we’re... Read more...
Kioxia America, formerly known as Toshiba Memory America, has unveiled two new lines of solid-state drive (SSDs) that are designed for the enterprise and data center markets. While we've seen some consumer-level SSDs that have been able to achieve breakneck speeds courtesy of the PCIe 4.0 interface, these new Kioxia SSDs are on an elevated plane with respect to performance. First up is the CM6 Series SSD family, which is available in capacities ranging from 800GB up to a mind-boggling 30.72TB. Equally as impressive as the storage capacity of these SSDs are their performance, which is rated at up to 6.9GB/sec for both sequential reads and writes. Random read/write performance checks... Read more...
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...
Yesterday, we got a glimpse at the Xbox Series X from the front and the back including its port lineup. Today, we're getting a clearer glimpse at the hardware actually inside the gaming console; specifically, with relation to its storage system. We had previously heard rumors that the Xbox Series X would feature a Phison SSD controller, and that has been seemingly confirmed thanks to a LinkedIn profile. According to the software engineer's profile, the Xbox Series X makes use of the Phison PS5019-E19T, which is a DRAM-less SSD controller. It is PCIe 4.0 compliant controller that actually is a less performant counterpart to the familiar E16 controller. The E16... Read more...
For those that need fast, on-the-go storage external storage, the folks at Plugable have launched a new 512GB SKU of its Thunderbolt 3 NVMe External SSD. Plugable is aiming the device at content creators, and explains that the external SSD is capable of holding up to 85 minutes of ProRes 422 HQ 4K video or 75 minutes of DnXHR HQ 4K video. With that 512GB capacity comes some pretty speedy transfer speeds as well, as afforded by the PCIe NVMe SSD inside connecting to the outside world through a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Plugable is quoting sequential read speeds of 2400MB/sec and sequential writes of 1800MB/sec. Even better, the external SSD has no need for an external power brick, with data and... Read more...
If you're currently in possession of an AMD X570- or TRX40-based motherboard, we've got some excellent news for you. The folks at Samsung have long offered some of the fastest PCIe 3.0 based SSDs on the market, and the company is now ready to start shifting its attention to the [consumer] PCIe 4.0 market. The folks at AnandTech were able to lay eyes on Samsung's upcoming 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, and it will take full advantage of the additional bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0. According to the report, the 980 Pro will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. However, what everyone wants to know is how these new SSDs will perform. While previously announced PCIe 4.0 SSDs typically... Read more...
Samsung has announced a new portable storage drive that it is aiming at professionals and casual gamers. The portable SSD is called the T7 Touch, and the big feature is that it has an integrated fingerprint scanner for data security. Samsung also notes that the drive has the fastest transfer speeds currently available. Connectivity is via a USB 3.2 Gen 2 port offering read speeds of 1,050MB/s, and write speeds of 1,000MB/s. Samsung says the T7 is roughly twice as fast as its predecessor, the T5, and 9.5 times faster than external HDDs.  The aforementioned fingerprint scanner is used on top of password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. It also has a Motion LED that allows the... Read more...
Only somewhat recently has pricing on solid state drives (SSDs) become attractive to the point where buying a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) only makes sense for backup duties and other secondary storage configurations (like in a NAS box or for a surveillance system). However, SSD pricing could see a steep rise this year, due to rising costs of NAND flash memory chips. The timing is unfortunate because even NVMe SSDs with faster speeds than SATA-based SSDs have dipped in price. Here are some examples... Crucial MX500 1TB NVMe SSD: $107.99, Amazon Kingston 500GB NVMe SSD: $59.99, Amazon Silicon Power 256GB NVMe SSD: $36.99, Amazon Sabrent Rocket Q 2TB NVMe SSD: $219.99, Newegg Pricing in the... Read more...
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