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QNAP TVS-682T 6-Bay Thunderbolt NAS
     Sun, Sep 11 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TVS-682T is an incredibly high-end QNAP NAS with a fast Skylake Intel CPU and 8 GB of RAM. Its two Thunderbolt ports and two 10GBase-T ports even allow it to offer blazing fast network transfer speeds, which makes smooth 4K video transfers are a definite reality.

Plextor M8Pe 512GB M2 NVMe SSD review
     Sat, Sep 10 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this review we test the super fast Plextor M8Pe 512GB Series M.2 SSDs, a product that reads well over 2GB/sec and writes over 1 GB/sec. These new M.2 units use the NVM express (NVME) protocol and that means storage technology at terrific speeds while remaining competitive in pricing. Will Plextor be able to deliver a unit that manages to shock and awe?

EMTEC Speedin X600 External SSD Review
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thumb drive makers have managed to cram quite a bit into the pinky-sized drives, but there are limits to capacity and to some degree performance, since there is only so much room to work with. Fortunately, there is a nice middle ground between thumb drives and larger external SSDs that conform to the popular 2.5" form factor. EMTEC, for example, has a new line of external SSDs that use a 1.8" form factor, which offer respectable read speeds, although they won't win any performance contests versus more expensive drives. The EMTEC Speedin' X600 is a USB 3.0-compatible drive available in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacities at affordable price points...

Toshiba HK4E Enterprise SSD Review (800GB)
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What's this? Another Toshiba HK4 series SSD review? Yes! This time around we are going to take a look at the higher endurance model of the HK4 family, the HK4E. The HK4E is rated for three drive writes per day rather than one like the HK4R. This does come at a cost though, the HK4E's capacities are smaller due to over provisioning taking up 28% of the NAND, but at the same time it boasts improved random write performance. So, for those of you out there needing a mid-range SATA SSD for read oriented workloads, but also has some grunt to it to take database and VDI use, the HK4E just might be the SSD for you. Read on as we disassemble this bad boy and see how it performs in today's review.

Review: Crucial MX300 750GB SSD
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 1:39P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For over two years, Samsung has been the only mass manufacturer of 3D NAND and being the first to market SSDs with the new technology, they’ve reaped some serious rewards. In a recent report by analyst firm TrendFocus, Samsung owns a staggering 40.8% share of total SSDs shipped and their 3D NAND..."

Lexar Portable SSD 512GB Storage Review
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 1:36P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We reviewed the Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 last year and it got a Recommended award from us. We liked its speed, size and price, and all from a USB external SSD aimed at the professional consumer, hence the name Workflow. Fast forward a few months and Lexar release a new portable SSD, and it’s actually just called the Portable SSD.

the budget SSD club
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 1:35P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adata joins the budget SSD club with its debut TLC drive, the Premier SP550. We ran this drive through our storage bench to see whether Adata's combo of a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller and SK Hynix 16-nm planar NAND make for a compelling, affordable SSD.

Intel SSD 600P Solid State Drive Review: NVMe Performance
     Fri, Sep 09 2016 | 1:34P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A couple of weeks back, Intel announced a slew of new solid state drives, targeting a wide array of market segments, that leverage 3D TLC NAND. One of those offerings was a new series of M.2 NVMe drives, dubbed the SSD 600P. According to Intel, the SSD 600P series is “designed to deliver PCIe performance at near-SATA prices”. To date, most NVMe PCIe solid state drives are roughly 1.5 – 3x the cost per gigabyte of SATA based drives, due to the inherent performance benefits and likely the added cost of NVMe controllers. But, as the company has done a number of times in the past dating all the way back to the venerable X25, Intel is pushing hard to drive down prices in the segment. In fact, the 512GB Intel SSD 600P we’ll be showing you here today is already available at street prices below $.40 per gigabyte...

the PCI/NVMe-based SSD 750
     Thu, Sep 08 2016 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been quite some time since we saw a true client SSD come out of Intel. The last client product to use their legendary 10-channel controller was the SSD 320 (launched in 2011), and even that product had its foot in the enterprise door as it was rated for both client and enterprise usage. The products that followed began life as enterprise parts and were later reworked for consumer usage. The big examples here are the SATA-based SSD 730 (which began life as the SSD DC S3500/3700), and the PCI/NVMe-based SSD 750 (which was born from the SSD DC P3700). The enterprise hardware had little support for reduced power states, which led Intel to market the 730 as a desktop enthusiast part. The 750 had a great NVMe controller, but the 18-channel design and high idle power draw meant no chance for an M.2 form factor version of the same. With the recent addition of low-cost 3D NAND to their production lines, Intel has now made began another push into the consumer space. Their main client SSD of their new line is the 600p, which we will be taking a look at today.

PCIe SSD Roundup
     Wed, Sep 07 2016 | 1:57P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many PCIe SSDs arrived Technic3D. Available in 256GB, 400GB, 480GB and 512GB configurations. We will check the SSDs from Intel, Plextor, Toshiba, Zotac and Samsung."

PNY CS1311 480GB SATA III SSD Review
     Tue, Sep 06 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Looking for a super low-cost SSD? PNY's CS1311 is one of the best. Let's take a close look."

Crucial MX300 SSD Review (1050GB) – Micron 3D NAND Meets RAID 0
     Tue, Sep 06 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether it be on cars or computers, enthusiasts are always looking for ways to improve performance, ways to just one up their friends, or even just ways to spend money on their hobby when they have nothing else to do with it. Who doesn't like having the best of the best at times? We know we sure love it. But, sometimes, the best of the best can be pricey or just doesn't make sense for your application. For most PC enthusiasts, PCIe SSDs are the way to go, however, it isn't always the case. Yes, they offer multi-GB/s read speeds and over 1GB/s write speeds more often than not, but they are more expensive than a SATA RAID array for the capacity you get and can have cooling issues that cause thermal throttling if you don't have enough airflow in your case. Not only that, but what happens when you already have a PCIe SSD installed and you want another fast volume to transfer to and from? You need to get another PCIe SSD or if that isn't an option, you can simply build a RAID 0 array out of SATA SSDs. That is why today we are going to look at a storage configuration any enthusiast would like to have and could fit into almost any build, two SATA SSDs in RAID 0. For this, we decided to reach out to Crucial in light of their recent announcement. Last month Crucial announced that they have expanded the available capacities MX300 SSDs and are now offering a M.2 form factor. While the 750GB capacity we first reviewed was odd enough, the new capacities are even stranger. Due to the new 384G-bit TLC 3D NAND, the MX300 line up is now offered in 275GB, 525GB, 750GB, 1050GB, and 2TB options. From this announcement, the 2TB option intrigued us the most, however, they are still unavailable, so we opted to get two 1050GB models for today's review. With very competitive prices and slightly higher capacities than the competition, how will these new MX300 SSDs perform and how viable would they be in RAID 0? Read on to find out.

Transcend ESD400 Portable USB3 SSD Review
     Tue, Sep 06 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Transcend Information Inc. was founded in Taiwan in 1988, and the company prides itself on “organizing your digital life.” Their new ESD400 series of external USB SSDs is their entry into the market for portable, USB-powered SSDs that aims to replace the mature 2.5? hard drive that’s dominated the small external drive market for years. With sequential read and write speeds both spec’d in the range of 400 megabytes per second, the rated performance of this drive is vastly better than any spinning hard drive. Benchmark Reviews checks out the 256GB version of the ESD400 in this review.

ADATA Releases the Premier SC660 External SSD
     Mon, Sep 05 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

"ADATAR Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Premier SC660 external solid state drive and Premier HC660 external hard drive. The two share a luxurious, sandblasted metal design that measures just 9.6mm in thickness. The grooved enclosure featured in both models is highly durable, resistant to shocks, scratches, and chipping thanks to an electroplated coating. ADATA continues to offer customers more options for external storage, enabling content mobility with easy sharing, multi-OS compatibility, and enhanced durability. Whether in SSD or hard drive form, the shared design of the SC660 and HC660 makes them highly attractive and practical storage products for users that want a combination of eye-catching style and portability.

While just 9.6mm in height, the SC660 delivers high speed 440MB/s read and write performance to vastly boost data efficiency – an average full HD movie file at approx. 5GB takes just 26 seconds to transfer. Compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Android, the SC660 is available in 240GB and 480GB versions, and works in plug n play with everything from desktops and notebooks to smartphones and game consoles. The SC660 weighs just 80g for complete ease of mobility. In addition to being shock resistant.

The HC660 sets a new standard in external hard drive style and elegance, sharing the 9.6mm form factor of the SC660, which means it is roughly the same height as a bare 2.5” hard drive. This is quite an engineering feat considering most external hard drives are much thicker."


Drobo 5n NAS review
     Sun, Sep 04 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Drobo 5n is a 5-bay tower NAS designed for SOHO use that does away with conventional RAID arrays and instead uses Drobo’s proprietary BeyondRAID technology. Is Drobo a NAS you should consider over better known brands such as QNAP or Synology?

Samsung EVO+ 256GB microSDXC Memory Card Review
     Thu, Sep 01 2016 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung raises the bar on storage capacity with the EVO+ microSDXC memory card at 256GB. Let's take a close look at it now."

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