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The PCIe 4.0 era is amongst us, primarily [for consumers] thanks to the arrival of AMD's Ryzen 3000 processors and X570 motherboard platform. Up until now, we've seen a number of PCIe 4.0 consumer SSDs arrive with read/write speeds topping out at around the 5GB/sec mark. However, Lexar has been demoing a new PCIe 4.0 SSD that is raising the bar for all other manufacturers. PCIe 4.0 SSDs released up until to this point use the Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller. However, Lexar's new 4x4 NVMe prototype SSD is already delivering sequential reads of 6.2GB/sec along with sequential writes of 4.2GB/sec. Unfortunately, Lexar isn't divulging details on what controller is being used... 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...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is advising customers to update the firmware on certain Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drives to prevent them from failing after 32,768 hours of use, which equates to 3 years, 270 days, and 8 hours. If that should happen, the data on the drive(s) would be permanently lost and unrecoverable. "HPE strongly recommends immediate application of this critical fix. Neglecting to update to SSD Firmware Version HPD8 will result in drive failure and data loss at 32,768 hours of operation and require restoration of data from backup in non-fault tolerance, such as RAID 0 and in fault tolerance RAID mode if more drives fail than what is supported by the fault tolerance... Read more...
Intel is expanding its solid state drive (SSD) family with the SSD 665p, essentially an upgraded version of the previous generation SSD 660p. Like its predecessor, the SSD 665p is built around 3D quad-level cell (QLC) NAND flash memory chips (four bits per layer), but these are 96-layer components, whereas the SSD 660p uses 64-layer 3D QLC NAND flash memory. This new series also gets a bump in baseline capacity. Instead of starting at 512GB, the SSD 665p series is only shipping in 2TB and 1TB capacities, at least for the time being (it's not clear if Intel will stretch the SSD 665p series out in either direction). As with the previous generation offering, the SSD 665p series is a consumer product.... Read more...
My first introduction to gaming on a console was the Atari 2600, and like several systems that would follow, it used game cartridges. These days, onboard storage drives, memory cards, and digital downloads rule the day, and there is no going back. Or is there? A curious patent filing from Sony may tip the return of the old school cartridge for the PlayStation 5, but with a new school twist. There is very little information to go on right now, just a patent with a mostly bare patent with a rough sketch of a cartridge. Much of the context is missing—does Sony envision using these cartridges to store games like back in the day, or could they be simply be a way of expanding the PS5's storage... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) have taken over the gaming space thanks to their blazing fast speeds compared to HDDs and their downward-trending pricing that make then even more attractive. Seagate is homing in on the performance aspect with its new FireCuda 520 gaming SSD. The FireCuda 520 uses the newly adopted PCIe 4.0 interface, which means that the only consumer platform out there that currently fully supports it is AMD's X570 for Ryzen 3000 processor. However, if you have a compliant X570 motherboard, you'll be able to enjoy read speeds of up to 5GB/sec and write speeds of up to 4.4GB/sec. This is right in line with other PCIe 4.0 SSDs that we've seen announced over the past... Read more...
Micron is laying claim to the world's fastest solid state drive (SSD) ever built, and on paper at least, it is an accurate statement. Its new X100 SSD is rated to deliver more than 9 gigabytes per second (GB/s) of read and write bandwidth, a staggering figure for sure, along with up to 2.5 million IOPS. These figures make it more than 3X faster than competitive SSD offerings, Micron says. As you may have surmised, the X100 is bound for datacenters rather than home PCs. That's okay, though, because bleeding edge technology often starts in the datacenter and eventually trickles down into the consumer space. In the meantime, we will have to make do with the growing field of PCI Express 4.0 SSDs... Read more...
Kingston recently expanded its portfolio of solid state drives, with a new family of products targeting high-performance desktop and workstation applications. The Kingston KC2000 series of drives feature a PCI Express Gen 3.0 x 4 controller, 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory, and boast of peak transfer speeds north of 3GB/s. The drives are offered in an array of capacities, ranging from 250GB all the way on up to 2TB, and they support a number of security-conscious features as well. All told, the Kingston KC2000 series drives try to cater to a myriad of use cases, from mainstream consumer desktops, to gamers and enthusiasts, and workstation users. Whether or not Kingston pulled it off remains... Read more...
In a matter of speaking, Samsung is dipping its newest solid state drives in the fountain of youth with the promise of software that ensures these drives "never die." They are also being offered in ultra-high capacities up to 30.72 terabytes, with smaller versions cranking up the speed to 8,000MB/s for sequential reads and 3,800MB/s for sequential writes. There are a few things going on here. For one, Samsung is building new SSDs for servers that utilize the PCI Express Gen 4 (PCIe 4.0) bus, which enables much faster performance. We have already seen this in the consumer category—there are several PCIe 4.0 SSDs that promise sequential read speeds of around 5,000MB/s, when paired with an... Read more...
Patriot has rolled out a new SSD that is aimed squarely at gamers and enthusiasts looking for the ultimate in performance from their SSD. The drive is called the Viper VP4100 M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD and promises sequential read speeds up to 5GB/s and write speeds up to 4.4 GB/s. The SSD  is also rated for up to 800k random read and write IOPS, and is optimized for multi-threaded and data-intensive applications with 4K Aligned Random Read and Write tech. The only folks that will be able to take full advantage of this PCIe 4.0 SSD are those with AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processors and X570-based motherboards. The VP4100 use a Phision PCIe 4.0 controller and has an external thermal sensor... Read more...
Game load times are one place where game developers are looking to make things faster for gamers, rather than making them wait, breaking the immersion. In challenging games where players die a lot on the screen, faster load times mean less of a frustrating wait as the player respawns and the level loads again. Load times will be significantly improved with the PlayStation 5, according to a game developer called BoxFrog Games, thanks to the system's SSD-based storage subsystem. BoxFrog is developing a game that will launch soon called Lost Wing, which is a futuristic flight arcade game. Developer Tim Ash from Box Frog recently talked about Lost Wing before moving on to other topics in his chat.... Read more...
Now that SSDs and their components have been substantially cost-reduced and essentially gone mainstream, there are more and more players in the space. What was once a market reserved for but a few top-tier semiconductor manufacturers, is now increasingly crowded by new, lesser-known third-party companies looking to capitalize on the increasing demand for super-fast storage. One such company is Asura Technology. Asura was founded less than a year ago, and has developed a high-end, NVMe SSD with a handful of interesting features, targeted specifically at gamers and performance enthusiasts -- the Asura Genesis Xtreme we will showing you here today. Asura Technology does not have their own proprietary... Read more...
Computer enthusiasts and anyone else wanting blazing-fast storage for their computer build will want to check out this latest Amazon deal that is going right now. Inland-branded SSD is making the rounds, and it comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities. Both are M.2 2280 PCIe Gen 4.0 drives and are compatible with AMD's new X570-based motherboards for Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 processors. The SSD uses 3D TLC NAND flash and is resistant to shock, vibration, and movement. Since there are no moving parts, it will make no noise, and it has a large heatsink attached to prevent overheating. Performance is claimed to be up to 5000MB/s read speed and up to 4300MB/s write speed for the 2TB version, which sells for... 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...
Toshiba announced its next-generation BG4 solid state drive all the way back at CES in early January of this year. The diminutive, little Toshiba BG4 isn’t about the latest and greatest in bleeding-edge SSD storage performance or pushing the envelope in terms of throughput. However, it does still represent a significant step forward in regard to power and performance in the smallest of form factors – you’ll see exactly what we mean in a couple of the photos below. The 1TB Toshiba BG4 we will be showing you here is essentially a single-chip solution, cable of multi-gigabyte per second sequential transfers. It’s exactly the kind of device OEMs and ODMs look for when designing... Read more...
In case you haven’t already noticed this, AMD’s EPYC 7002 enterprise processor family is a pretty big deal. Available in up to 64-core/128-thread configurations, the EPYC 7002 has already scored major design wins from Google and Twitter, and looks to make Intel sweat in the data center market. Samsung is fully backing AMD’s EPYC 7002 family and its supporting platforms, which is why it has today announced the new PM1733 series of SSDs. Since EPYC 7002 is based on the Zen 2 architecture, it also brings with it support for PCIe 4.0 like its Ryzen 3000 desktop consumer processor counterparts. As you might expect, PM1733 is fully PCIe 4.0 compliant. As we’ve... Read more...
Toshiba on Tuesday announced it has developed a new XFMEXPRESS form factor for "removable PCIe attached, NVMe memory devices," otherwise known as SSDs. These are not like any traditional SSDs, however, but smaller and lower-height ones to enable fast storage in increasingly thinner and lighter devices, including ultrabooks and things like VR headsets. "With a new form factor and an innovative connector, XFMEXPRESS technology delivers an unparalleled combination of features designed to revolutionize ultra-mobile PCs, IoT devices and various embedded applications. Recognizing the need for a new class of removable storage, Toshiba Memory leveraged its extensive background in single-package memory... Read more...
The oversupply of memory chips on the market right now is a bad thing for chipmakers like Samsung as its profits have been hit severely. One of the benefits of the oversupply of memory chips on the market right now for consumers is that prices on storage devices have come down significantly. A good example is the Samsung 2TB T5 portable SSD that is available at a significant discount from B&H Photo. The Samsung 2TB T5 Portable SSD usually sells for $397.99, but it is on sale for $120 off at B&H now bringing the total price to $277.99. The portable storage drive supports USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A connectivity and comes with both cable types. Since the storage drive is an SSD, it's fast... Read more...
With the launch of AMD's X570 Ryzen 3000 platform, PCIe 4.0 support is now available to the masses. Although the physical support is there, actual hardware that can take advantage of PCIe 4.0 is not exactly plentiful. There is AMD's own Radeon RX 5700 family of GPUs and a handful of PCIe 4.0 SSDs. On that last front, Sabrent's 1TB Rocket NVMe SSD, which uses Toshiba 96-layer BiCS4 TLC NAND, is now steeply discounted not long after it was first made available to the public. The SSD is listed on Amazon at a price of $199.98, which represents a 40 percent discount from its usual price $319.99.  That price gets you amazing transfer speeds that are unmatched by today's... 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...
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...
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