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HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB HDD Review on Technic3D
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HGST Deskstar NAS with 6 TB arrived Technic3D. Available in 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB and 6 TB configurations. Results in extreme performance with up to 279 MB/s ? We will check this and more against the SSDs and HDDs from WD and Samsung."
  FULL STORY @ TECHNIC3D

OCZ Trion 100 480GB Solid State Drive
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The solid state drive market is a extremely competitive right now. We’ve seen many low-cost drives that have great performance and features. OCZ has recently launched their Trion 100 series of solid state drives ranging from 120 GB - 980 GB capacities. This drive is the first from OCZ that uses all of 100% Toshiba IP. Other OCZ drives since Toshiba’s acquisition have made us of Toshiba NAND, but the Trion 100 also uses Toshiba’s new controller. You could call this a Toshiba drive that is branded OCZ as Toshiba really does not sell consumer-based drives. The 480 GB version of the Trion 100 that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Since this is an OCZ drive you also get a 3-year ShieldPlus warranty. Let’s check out this drive and see what it can do!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe SSD Review
     Mon, Aug 31 2015 | 12:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the SSD 750 Series Intel has released a high-end consumer SSD which should drive tears of joy in the eyes of even the biggest hardware enthusiasts due to the x4 PCIe 3.0 NVMe connection. The PCI Express 3.0 x4 card is available in capacities of 400GB, 800GB and 1200GB. We are testing the largest and therefore fastest Intel PCIe SSD of the 750 series with 1.2TB capacity. Let us test the performance of the Intel SSD 750 1.2TB PCIe in synthetic benchmarks and in daily work.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

SilverStone MS08 Internal SATA Hot Swap Bay Review
     Sun, Aug 30 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have ever wanted to quickly swap your internal SSDs, take a look at the SilverStone MS08.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Seagate Laptop SSHD 1 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive Review.
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate has been the foremost proponent of the SSHD - the solid state hybrid drive. It's basically the integration of a regular hard disk drive with a solid state cache. This allows them to significantly improve the performance of their hard disk drives with just a small bump in the price tag. Seagate considers the SSHD to be superior to the Flash Cache Module (FCM) because of potential data integrity issues during power or device failures, and superior to the Dual-Drive concept because of cost reasons. That's why they are not just offering this technology in their laptop HDDs, they are also offering it in their desktop HDDs.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-453 Pro 4-Bay Enthusiast and SMB NAS Review
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today I’m taking a look at one of QNAP’s bestsellers, the TurboStation TS-453 Pro NAS. The TS-453 Pro isn’t just an ordinary NAS and it is one that can carry the Pro label with pride. It is a powerful, reliable and scalable NAS for SMBs and power users alike. Built around the Intel Celeron 2.0GHz quad-core processor with a burst speed of up to 2.41GHz, we know that the TS453 Pro won’t limit it on the CPU side. There is plenty of performance at its disposal to run a lot of simultaneous apps, features and functions without the risk of slow-downs or bottlenecks.
  FULL STORY @ ETEKNIX

Seagate Personal Cloud 2 Bay Review
     Wed, Aug 26 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Personal Cloud from Seagate is essentially a NAS system, but it is not marketed as such. Aimed at families, it allows users to store all their files in a central location and access them anywhere. With plug-and-play functionality, you simply attach the Personal Cloud to your router via an Ethernet cable and, after a painless setup, the Personal Cloud is now accessible on your network.
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

 
Seagate PRO NAS DP6 Review
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems like there is a new kid on the block each and every week. Whenever I think that the dust is settling, someone comes running through like the road runner kicking up a new cloud trail. To be fair, Seagate not exactly a new kid on the block and is most definitely not new to storage. With Seagate's expansion through acquisitions (including LaCie in August of 2012), they took all the best features of LaCie and their knowledge of storage and put together what might be the next middleweight contender.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Thecus N5810 Pro 5-bay NAS
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 1:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The N5810 Pro by Thecus is an enthusiast-grade NAS that not only includes the usual features we expect to find in a product of its category as it also comes with its very own mini-UPS device as a precursory measure against data losses caused by power cuts.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

Crucial MX200 500GB Review
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems like it was just yesterday that I set my sights on Crucial's MX100 256GB SSD. The MX100 was a solid drive (pun intended) that performed well, was affordable, and was as reliable as a 1980s Volvo (very reliable). Crucial thinks they can build on their strengths and impress me once again with their shinier, newer, MX200 500GB SSD.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SATA SSD Review
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:26P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to review the 240 GB member of the HyperX Savage SSD family, which boasts the following features : Performance - Incredible speeds for enhanced productivity Unique design - Stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware Slim - 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks Fast and easy migration - All-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy multi-kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Review (64GB)
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A little over a year ago we were able to take a close look at a new breed of SD cards thanks to SanDisk releasing the world’s first UHS-II SD card, the SanDisk Extreme Pro. The standard was so new, besides the Fujifilm XT-1, no other camera even supported the form factor at the time. In September Lexar finally released a product to compete against it, but not only did it compete, it took the crown as the fastest SD card in the market. Today, we get to put the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II through its paces and see how it performs.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive is, as you have probably figured out, a 2TB USB 3.0 external hard drive. Aimed squarely at the modern computer user, it is thin, portable and even allows users to back up their phone’s storage over WiFi. Priced at a shade under £75, is this the external disk drive for you?
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

ADATA Launches the Premier SP550 SATA 6Gb/s SSD
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND flash products, today launched the Premier SP550 SSD, which uses triple-level cell (TLC) architecture to offer an affordable SSD without compromising performance. The Premier SP550 is the first ADATA drive to include the Silicon Motion (SMI) SM2256 controller, which uses NANDXtend™ technology to help ADATA implement SSD technologies such as data shaping, LDPC ECC, and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, stability, and reliability. SLC caching technology has been implemented to boost performance.

 
“The launch of ADATA’s Premier SP550 SSD with our SM2256 client controller represents a milestone in SSD adoption,” said Nelson Duann, Silicon Motion’s Vice President of Product Marketing. “TLC-based SSDs significantly improve the affordability of high performance, low power SSDs.” 
 
“Our Premier SP550 SSD integrates superior TLC NAND carefully selected and refined with ADATA quality assurance to deliver leading performance, data reliability, and endurance. It provides customers a clear choice for the best storage experience”, said Kevin Chen, Vice President of ADATA.
 
Ideal as a Cost-Effective, High Performance Upgrade
The Premier SP550 uses TLC flash and the latest SMI controller as a great upgrade solution with a superior cost-performance ratio. Compared to other SSDs, it features outstanding durability, as indicated by higher total bytes written (TBW) ratings, which mean the number of times a drive can write a specified capacity in one lifespan. While a TLC SSD, the Premier SP550 employs SLC caching for faster read/write performance when needed. It further supports SATA DevSlp (device sleep) low power mode to reduce electricity costs and provide longer notebook battery life.
 
Increased Data Protection with Comprehensive Backup and Management 
With low-density parity check error correction, or LDPC ECC, data errors are minimized and SSD life is extended. Smart data shaping also maintains consistent operation and prevents NAND flash wear by evenly distributing drive loads, while a RAID engine boosts data reliability. Bundled software includes Acronis True Image HD, which enables quick data migration to new systems. ADATA Toolbox software includes utilities to monitor and manage the SSD, with drive status, wear level, and lifespan info. 
 
Availability:
The Premier SP550 SSD will be available at Amazon.com and Newegg.com.
 
Product Webpage: 
http://www.adata.com/en/ssd/feature/333
 
MSRP: 
120GB $69.99
240GB $99.99
480GB $189.99
  FULL STORY @ ADATA

Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It may have taken some time to happen especially since consumer oriented solid state drives (SSDs) have been around for quite some time now but right now they've pretty much saturated the SATA III (6Gb/s) connectivity (although not really in constant/continuous performance) and so until and if something new comes along to replace that interface as well (remember we still have PCIex, M.2 and SAS drives for higher performance levels so that may never happen) manufacturers have chosen to focus on the next best thing which is the release of much higher capacity models aimed towards demanding users and applications. In 2013 and 2014 we did witness the introduction of 960GB/1TB SSD models by quite a few manufacturers but since the capacity gap between regular SSDs and HDDs is still quite large 2TB models have just been introduced into the market with 4TB ones announced to arrive in the coming months (Q1 2016 probably). The 850 EVO line of SSDs by Samsung may have been around for roughly 10 months now but it wasn't until last month that the 2TB variant was announced (along with the 850 Pro 2TB model) and today we are going to dig deeper and see what consumers can expect from it.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There has been a plethora of new solid state drives that have hit the market over the past year. ADATA’s SP610 has been out for a little while now and with capacities getting higher prices of solid state drives have been dropping steadily over the past few months. This puts the 256GB version of ADATA’s Premier SP610 that we are reviewing today at $84.99 at our favorite online retailer. At this price it makes this SSD a perfect low-cost choice for an OS or game drive. ADATA is making use of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller that we saw on the Mushkin Reactor and the Crucial BX100. The 256GB version of the drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on the test bench and see what it can do!"
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

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