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Kingston HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 480GB SSD Review
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 3:07P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've mentioned numerous times in the past that SATA III compatible solid state drives (SSDs) have pretty much maxed out the performance limit of that standard (bandwidth limitations) and although that might be just in maximum read/write data transfer speeds and not continuous/constant ones (that would be nice to see) the end result doesn't really change. PCIe and M.2 based SSDs have surpassed that limitation both in maximum and constant read/write performance for a while now and although the first tend to cost quite a bit more compared to regular SATA III ones while the second are not compatible with older mainboards in the end these drives are a way out for people who are looking for something faster. It may have taken a while for them to do so but Kingston finally released their very own HyperX PCIe and M.2 models inside 2015 and with us today we have the top of the line Predator 480GB M.2 PCIe G2 SSD.

WD Purple 6TB Surveillance Hard Drive Review
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In today’s review, I am taking a look at a mechanical hard disk, but it isn’t one that is intended for your desktop system. Western Digital created their Purple line of hard disk drives to be the perfect choice for digital video recording, network video recording, and surveillance systems. On the test bench today is the 6TB version of this WD Purple surveillance hard disk.

Crucial BX200 960GB & 480GB SSDs.
     Wed, Nov 11 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial's BX200 doesn't offer any better performance than its predecessor but at $300 for a capacity of nearly 1TB, it is one of the best SSD deals available.

Inateck FD2008C USB Type-C External Drive Enclosure Review
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 11:50A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Do you have a fancy new USB Type-C port, but no devices to use on it? The folks over at Inateck have released an USB Type-C 2.5-inch external drive enclosure that features USB Attached SCSI Protocol (UASP) support! The enclosure runs $24.99 shipped, can be used on any USB-C port and offers data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. Read on to see how it performs!

4 TB Western Digital Blue Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) Review
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 11:49A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The WD Blue family of mainstream 5400 RPM drives is designed for less strenous use at home and in the office. Like their now-discontinued WD Green family, the emphasis is on reduced power consumption , thermal output and cost, instead of high performance. That changes with the SSHD variant, which pairs a regular WD Blue drive with an 8 GB SSD. These hybrid drives are able to offer pseudo-SSD performance with the storage capacity and lower cost of regular hard disk drives.

Samsung 950 PRO 256GB RAID Review
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 11:39A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last month Samsung unleashed their new NVMe SSD – the 950 PRO. This much-anticipated drive gives users the ability to home in on read transfer rates which exceed 2000MB/s. Today we’ll be taking two 256GB 950 PROs and configuring a RAID array to maximise performance and discover what kind of throughput figures we can achieve. Prepare to be amazed!

WD Blue (WD40E31X) 4TB PC SSHD Review
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 11:38A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As per WD, this drive uses a set of algorithms which tracks data usage and prioritizes part of the data which is frequently used using the 8GB NAND. One of such uses (as WD highlighted) is for gaming. With this algorithm and the 8GB NAND, it would provide lesser loading times compared to traditional hard drives. With a much larger capacity and value still towards mechanical drives (for now), gamers can keep a large amount of games stored away in the drive.

Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 Review: Affordable
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The rapid pace of innovation in the solid state storage market shows no signs of letting up. In only a few generations, the industry bumped up against the limits of the legacy SATA interface, and began leveraging PCI Express for additional bandwidth with some passable, though somewhat clunky bridged solutions (in retrospect). Then some ultra-fast, native PCI Express offerings hit, and have since evolved into multiple form factors, including slotted and gumstick models, with varying physical interfaces.

Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVME SSD Review (256/512GB)
     Sat, Nov 07 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The NVMe Effect. Our report today explores Samsung’s newest 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD. Release of this SSD will see the first retail entry of any storage medium the size of a gum stick and weighing less than 10 grams, yet capable of moving data at speeds of up to 2.5GB/s. This is unparalleled by today’s standards and is 4 times faster than SATA. To the typical consumer, this may mean simply transferring movies, music and photos without having to get a coffee while we wait, but to the media professional, it is pure gold.

Samsung SSD 950 PRO Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Nov 06 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article Benchmark Reviews tests the Samsung SSD 950 PRO, an M.2 solid state drive among the first to utilize the ultra-fast NVMe protocol, on both Intel X99 and Z170 platforms. Featuring Samsung’s second generation 32-layer MLC V-NAND, SSD 950 PRO M.2 is available in 256 GB and 512 GB storage capacities. The SSD 950 PRO utilizes Samsung’s UDX controller to deliver sequential read speeds up to 2500 MB/s and writes up to 1500 MB/s, while random read performance reaches up to 300,000 IOPS and write speeds up to 110,000 IOPS. Performance is further optimized with Samsung Magician software, and durability enhanced by the drive’s Dynamic Thermal Guard and AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption. 950 PRO includes a 5-year limited warranty, and promises up to 400 terabytes written (TBW) for 512GB model.

6 TB Western Digital Black (WD6001FZWX)
     Fri, Nov 06 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The WD Black family of high-performance drives are designed for power users and gamers using desktop PCs. Creative professionals can rely on it for a combination of industry-leading performance and storage capacity. Gamers will enjoy how fast their game library loads, and the number of games they can store. Best of all, all WD Black drives have to pass more strenuous and aggressive tests over a longer period of time than the standard hard disk drive is subjected to. That's why they are backed up by a 5-year warranty.

Seagate Backup Plus 4TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
     Wed, Nov 04 2015 | 4:10P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
USB flash drives may be the to go solution for most consumers looking for a compact storage media device with plenty of storage capacity to carry their files around with them but portable hard drives are still unsurpassed in terms of capacity and in many cases even reliability. Sure there are even 1TB USB flash drive models currently available in the market many of which are much faster than any mechanical drive out there and offer exceptional MTBF numbers but when it comes to price per GB there's simply nothing better than a classic portable hard drive. This of course goes double now since the very first 4TB 2.5" USB 3.0 PHD models made their debut a couple of months back by Seagate and Samsung and although we weren't certain of just what to expect from these new drives the Backup Plus 4TB by Seagate arrived in the lab just in time to alleviate our concerns.

Crucial BX200 SSD Review (480GB/960GB)
     Wed, Nov 04 2015 | 4:09P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial has always been quite aggressive with their value driven strategy in the SSD market and it has resulted in success for many of their products. This has led to their most recent product launches of the MX200 and the introduction of a new entry-level product line earlier this year with the BX100. The BX100 was set out to be a revised step into this market. After initial failure with the Crucial V4 line, they knew they had to improve big time if they were going to try again. This time around, it was a success. By contracting with Silicon Motion, Crucial was able to release a reliable and great performing entry-level product.

Crucial BX200 480GB SATA 2.5 Inch SSD Review
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 1:18P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It’s hard for enthusiasts to grasp that as we near the end of 2015 that a large portion of PC users around the world have yet to experience the performance benefits that an SSD has to offer. The overall cost of SSDs has come down greatly over the past several years and the entry-level SSD market is faster and more affordable than ever. Crucial hopes to entice those users that haven’t made the move over to an SSD yet with the release of the new BX200 SSD series. The Crucial BX200 is available in three capacities 240GB, 480GB and 960GB. The drive that we’ll be looking at today is retail boxed Crucial BX200 480GB 2.5-inch SATA SSD...

Samsung SSD 950 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD uses the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface along with NVMe and Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology to bring amazing performance (sequential reads of 2500 MB/s and writes of 1500 MB/s) to mainstream users at affordable price points. The Samsung 950 Pro SSD will be available in 256GB and 512GB capacities with MSRPs of $199.99 and $349.99, respectively. This puts the price per GB for the 950 PRo at around $0.68 for the 512GB drive and $0.78 for the 256GB drive, which is arguably aggressive for a drive like this. Read on to see how the Samsung SSD 950 Pro performs!

Samsung's 950 Pro SSD
     Tue, Nov 03 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung's 950 Pro SSD makes the next-generation jump with a PCIe interface and the NVMe protocol, all wrapped up in an M.2 form factor. We put this drive through our testing gauntlet to find out what NVMe and V-NAND can do together.

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