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The world's first commercial flash-based solid state drive checked in at a meager 20MB when it shipped over three decades ago. A lot has changed since then and these days 1TB and 2TB SSDs are commonplace, while 4TB and even 8TB SSDs lay on the fringe of high-end consumer systems. Bigger capacities are available in the... Read more...
Wondering where all the blistering-fast PCI Express 5.0 solid state drives are at? So are we, though good news—they're finally starting to show up, and they bring to the table next-gen data transfer speeds that hit 10GB/s (10,000MB/s) or even higher. Such is the case with TeamGroup's newly unveiled T-Force Cardea Z540... Read more...
Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen 5 10000 SSD has hit retail at last, albeit for pre-order or back-order, depending upon where you prefer to purchase. To celebrate the device’s near-availability, Aorus Middle East has shared an unboxing, product examination, and testing video from a prominent Arabic TechTuber called Cambotar... Read more...
ASRock's new Blazing Quad M.2 card is the newest in its series of Quad M.2 cards, starting with the PCIe 3.0 "Ultra" and continuing with the PCIe 4.0 "Hyper" card. The latest version supports four M.2 SSDs up to 110mm in length, and it can run all four at the peak PCIe 5.0 x4 rate of 16 GB/sec—assuming your host CPU... Read more...
Framework has ambitious plans to revolutionize the laptop market by selling a modular notebook for easy DIY repairs and upgrades that extend way beyond just the usual bits (storage, RAM, and Wi-Fi cards). However, it also jumped at the opportunity to offer Steam Deck owners a viable storage upgrade by securing a batch... Read more...
If you own a Samsung 990 Pro SSD, be on the lookout for a firmware update. Even if you're not experiencing any issues at the moment, you should apply the future firmware update when available anyway, as Samsung has confirmed there is an issue with the drive that can cause "anomalies" with drive health monitoring... Read more...
We recently reported that the first consumer PCIe Gen 5 SSD had hit retail, in Japan, in the shape of the CFD Gaming PG5NFZ Series. Now, eminent Twitter PC hardware leaker momomo_us has acquired one of these impressive 10GB/s devices. The Tweet text translates to ‘Gun gun gun gun’ which in Japanese is a way of saying... Read more...
We have all been victims of that horrible time when you have to uninstall your favorite games to play the shiny new title. It often hurts, but it is a necessary evil, considering modern games are requiring ever more storage. For example, ARK: Survival Evolved without any modifications fills almost 140GB. That's why... Read more...
Microsoft's DirectStorage is based on development done for the "Velocity Architecture" in the Xbox Series family of consoles. The intention is to drastically improve performance under a "sustained random" I/O workload such as that used by a game streaming assets. Forspoken is the first video game to support... Read more...
When it comes to mechanical hard disk drive (HDDs), you'd be very hard pressed to find any data on failure rates reported by any of the major players, such as Western Digital, Seagate, and the rest. Fortunately for us stat nerds and anyone else who is curious, the folks at cloud backup firm Backblaze frequently issue... Read more...
Have you ever heard of CFD Gaming? Neither have we, but the company appears to be first to market with a Phison-based PCIe 5.0 SSD. The M.2 NVMe drive has appeared in shops in Japan's famous Akihabara technology district with a 2TB capacity and a claimed maximum sequential read speed of 10 GB/sec. This information... Read more...
Seagate has just released its Q2 2023 financials, and it shared a selection of slides about its storage technology plans among the materials published for investors. In particular, we were interested to note that the iconic storage firm is still busy developing its hard disk drive (HDD) technologies and a new roadmap... Read more...
Square-Enix's Forspoken is out now, meaning that you can actually test DirectStorage in a real game. Forspoken even includes a built-in benchmark that not only shows framerates but also tracks load times. As you'd expect, faster SSDs mean faster load times, but they have another curious effect too: lower frame... Read more...
In our Samsung 990 Pro SSD review, we called it a super-fast storage drive for gamers based on our collection of benchmarks and performance we observed. Samsung also has a reputation for churning out highly reliable SSDs. Even so, bad batches are always a possibility, and that could be at the heart of a potential... Read more...
One of the earliest lessons everyone should be taught is that if something is too good to be true, then it probably isn't true. Lest anyone need a reminder of this old adage, just head over to Amazon and look up what sellers are claiming to be 16TB external solid state drives at insanely low prices—some of them go for... Read more...
We often talk of upgrades for CPUs, GPUs, and RAM in terms of relative value, but the biggest driver of savings is usually in the storage space. Whether you are considering an upgrade to your SSD, finally swapping out that spinning platter, or maybe you just need some faster or better portable media, Samsung is... Read more...
We're rapidly entering a new era of blistering-fast storage and platforms supporting PCI Express 5.0 and CXL 2.0 take hold. Both AMD (Zen 4/AM5) and Intel (Raptor Lake/Z790) lay in wait. To make sure they don't wait too long, Phison is using the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a next-gen stage to show off its... Read more...
Phison E26 PCIe 5 NVMe SSD Preview: Coming Soon To An SSD Near You A new controller, fresh firmware, and an updated design paradigm results in one of the fastest SSDs we've ever tested. Ultra High Sequential Transfers Low Latency Tuned For DirectStorage Didn't Always Lead With Random 4K Transfers Needs Faster NAND For Max Performance Both... Read more...
If you're a PC enthusiast, then Adata probably needs no introduction. The Taiwanese company has grown from meager origins selling USB flash drives to become a premier supplier of top-shelf solid-state storage and the second-largest memory module vendor in the world. Naturally, Adata will have a booth at CES 2023, and... Read more...
Sabrent is launching a smaller version of its popular Rocket NVMe SSD so that it can bring the same blistering speed gains to compact configurations, including devices like Intel's smaller NUCs and Valve's Steam Deck console (with a caveat—more on that in a moment). As the name implies, Sabrent's Rocket 2230 ships in... Read more...
It's not just astronauts that undergo extensive training and testing before heading into space, the same goes for objects and electronics, including storage products. So it's understandable that Phison is celebrating that its 8TB M.2 NVMe solid state drive (SSD) is ready for liftoff after the drive earned its NASA... Read more...
Solidigm P41 Plus: Starting At $82.99 The Solidigm P41 Plus is an affordable, DRAM-less PCIe 4 Solid State Drive, tuned for low queue depths and mainstream computing workloads. It offers good throughput at very attractive price points. Excellent cost per gigabyte Strong low queue depth performance PCIe 4.0 class transfer speeds with... Read more...
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