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Synology DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Review
     Tue, Oct 13 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When looking at bulk storage and consequently network storage, the generic blueprint that virtually every vendor follows is a desktop or rackmount system with an even number of drive bays, each with the capacity to hold the largest drives that can be bought on the market today – which come in a 3.5? format, although we do find a few situations where 2.5? SSDs are used based on the application of the storage array. Whilst this blueprint is perfectly fine, on the consumer end of the market where we are not always looking at jaw dropping capacities and performance, a typical 4-bay system is not exactly the easiest of things to tuck away under the desk or in the closet and then we have to factor in the cost of getting up and running. 3.52 drives are the only way to go if you want large amounts of storage on hand, but if you want a more modest setup with a system the doesn’t end up acting like a foot rest under your desk, there are barely any options out there to choose from.

Crucial MX100 512GB Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’ve covered an absolute ton of Intel Z97 based motherboards since the chipset launched back on June 11th, a couple of weeks ago, but in that time we’ve yet to see an offering from ASRock. Today, and over the coming weeks, we will be rectifying that by having a look at a lot more motherboards from ASRock’s Z97 series. Up first we have their Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard which is part of their Fatal1ty gaming motherboard product series. Interestingly this motherboard will compete with MSI’s Gaming 7 and Gigabyte’s Gaming 7 in that hugely competitive sub-£140/$190 price point and it actually comes in a fair amount cheaper than the competition at just £125/$160. ASRock are equipping all their usual features with this motherboard such as their Purity Sound audio implementation, their Fatal1ty USB gaming port, their Super Alloy power components and a Killer E2200 gaming NIC. This motherboard has fairly similar specifications and features to other motherboards at this price point although this board does have the advantage of offering SATA Express and M.2 whereas a lot of the gaming motherboards at this price point offer only M.2. Full specifications of this motherboard can be seen directly below:

Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch Hard Drive
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!"

BIOS Option Of The Week - HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability.
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"S.M.A.R.T. is supported by all current hard disk drives and it allows the early prediction and warning of impending hard disk drive disasters. You should enable it if you want to use S.M.A.R.T.-aware utilities to monitor the hard disk drive's condition. Enabling it also allows the monitoring of the hard disk drive's condition over a network..."

Synology DiskStation DS415play NAS Review @ Technogog
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The DS415play features an Intel Atom1.6 GHz dual core processor with one gigabyte DDR3 RAM, three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. It is capable of video transcoding within the NAS box itself and then serving this media to DLNA compliant devices within the home network. "

Synology DS414j 4-Bay NAS Review
     Sun, Oct 11 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Throughout the Synology product range each other models available can come in one of three variations the first of these is the standard series and this has no indicator after the name giving us a model name such as DS414. The second option, which is indicated by plus after the model number indicates that this is a performance system offering the best features that Synology have to offer, whilst the third option indicated by a ‘j’ indicates that a model is geared for the entry-level user whose focus is more on getting the largest capacity as possible was not worried about performance either things too much. Typically, ‘j’ series systems have tended to come with a single core processor and by doing so this has kept the price point down, which for the entry-level user is more important than performance.

ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review
     Sun, Oct 11 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When we talk about SSDs, the question used to be, “Should I buy an SSD?”. Now the question is, “How much SSD should I have?” Things have certainly evolved with solid state drives, and buying one is probably the best upgrade you can do for your system these days, if you haven’t already got one installed. Today we’re looking at a couple SSDs for those who don’t want to break the bank: the ADATA XPG SX930 and Premier SP550, both in 240GB capacities, which should be enough to suit most needs. Let’s see if one of these might be the right one for you.”

Micron M510DC 480GB SSD Review
     Sat, Oct 10 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Consumer reports over the last couple of years have shown that consumers of all types check mostly two things when out to get a new SSD, price (more specifically price/capacity) and performance. The same fortunately doesn't apply for enterprise users since performance and endurance are the two primary concerns but i doubt there's a single company out there that wouldn't like to save some cash when getting new storage media. This has left room for strong competition even in the enterprise market so this is perhaps the only time since the introduction of SSDs (as we know them at least) that we've seen pretty much every major player in the market invest in such models. Micron of course couldn't stay this one out and since their M500DC SSD line (introduced just over a year ago) although it proved to be a worthy opponent to other similar models did cost quite a bit they went ahead and introduced the new M510DC line.

SK hynix Canvas SL301 500GB SSD Review
     Sat, Oct 10 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SK Hynix have been actively targeting the SSD market in 2015 and their new models hit our labs in recent weeks. Their new SL301 Canvas Solid State Drive is built on the 16nm process and promises very high levels of overall performance. This triple level cell solid state drive will be offered in both 250GB and 500GB capacities and today we look at the larger model in the family.

Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Hybrid Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we tested the Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB. Now it is Western Digital's turn to throw their hat in the ring with the Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB. Which one should you buy?

Crucial MX200 500GB M.2 SSD Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After our test of Crucial MX200 1 TB and MX200 500 GB Solid State Drives we like to examine the M.2 SSD from the Crucial MX200 series in this SSD review. We had among other SSDs the Crucial M550 M.2 and the Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD tested each in 2280 size and were pleasantly surprised. Now we benchmark the Crucial MX200 500 GB M.2 SSD in the smaller 2260 form factor and compare the results with dozens of SSDs. We will also clarify the differences compared to the M.2 SSD predecessors. But first let us start with the price and the delivery of Crucial MX200 500 GB M.2 SSD CT500MX200SSD6.

Centon C-380 480GB SSD Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Centon isn’t a name many enthusiasts will know. I’d never heard of the company myself until this review sample; apparently, they’ve been in business for over 35 years manufacturing DRAM and flash memory products, and have only recently entered the consumer marketplace. The Centon C-380 480GB SSD SATA-III Solid State Drive, part of the “Enthusiast Solutions” series, is the focus of what Benchmark Reviews will be putting through our test suite

Connector Insight When Buying The Intel 750 NVMe SSD
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One might have never thought there could be a problem with efficient SSD availability, but many have felt the bite with their Intel 750 Series NVMe SSD purchase. Ordering through online retailers, many bought the newest Intel 750 SSD in what appeared to be a notebook version that connects to PCIe, only to learn that it wasn’t quite that simple.

Plextor M6V SSD (1TB) & PlexTurbo Review
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 4:50P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Recently our big brother website, The SSD Review, posted an article outlining the standard performance of the Plextor M6V. The article looked at the throughput through your standard SATA 3 (6Gb/s) port, and if you take a read through the article you can see that this value oriented drive provided very consistent performance. While we could sit here and regurgitate the information and details found in the previous article, we wanted to take things one step further. Today, we are going to look at PlexTurbo and how it changes the performance of the Plextor M6V.

KingFast 256GB F9 SSD Review
     Thu, Oct 08 2015 | 4:15P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The F9 256GB is another low-cost SSD product from KingFast, which pairs the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller with Micron NAND MT29E1T08CUCBBH8-10:B and the cache is assured by the Samsung K4W2G1646E-BC11 DDR3 RAM (256MB). This model is able to follow the read performances of the Crucial BX100 250GB we have reviewed earlier, but falls behind in terms of writes.

ADATA HD720 External Hard Disk (1TB) Review - Durability At Its Finest!
     Wed, Oct 07 2015 | 5:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the latest, ultra durable external hard disk drive available from ADATA, the HD720. A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to look at the HD710A, which had a little different purpose, mainly for targeting the Mac market. The HD720 is your solution to water, dust and shock. Keep reading to find out more!

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