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Synology DS216 (with DSM 6.0) Review
     Sun, Apr 17 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
DS216 is Synology’s 2016 edition of their popular two-bay NAS designed for workgroups and small offices. This elegant unit makes use of MARVELL Armada 385 88F6820, 512MB of DDR3 and can accommodate up to 16TB of data storage.

Swissbit X-60m2 Series M.2 SSDs for Industrial
     Sat, Apr 16 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Swissbit, a leading provider of memory and embedded storage products and services for high reliability computing systems, has released a new product series of M.2 SSD (solid state drive) modules. The SATA III durabit™ SSDs use MLC flash memory together with special hardware and firmware features to obtain the maximum possible endurance, data retention and performance from MLC technology. Compliant with the latest SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) interface specification, these drives meet the requirements of today’s industrial, network/communication and automotive applications.

The X-60m2 series offers exceptional performance, achieving sequential read/write speeds of up to 520MB/s and 340MB/s, respectively. Industrial applications with a need for random read/write performance will enjoy an impressive data rate up to 78,000 IOPS for transfer sizes of 4KB and queue depths of 32. X-60m2 drives are available in the three different sizes: 2242, 2260 and 2280. Some densities are available in ultrathin 2mm thickness thanks to single sided assembly.

Swissbit’s X-60m2 SSDs are designed and qualified to deliver reliable operation over both commercial (0°C to +70°C) and industrial (-40°C to +85°C) temperature ranges. They support a maximum shock / vibration rating of 2000G / 20G as per MIL-STD810 and are rated at over 2,000,000 hours MTBF.

The durabit™ product family of SSDs is characterized by usage of MLC technology with DRAM supported page based FTL and increased overprovisioning within IDEMA standards.

All of these architectural and configuration features enable the highest in class performance and endurance. Customers can expect 1.9 TBW write endurance per GB drive capacity for embedded workloads.


WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS Review
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 5:51P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
WD or Western Digital has been making hard drives for quite a long time. A few years ago they introduced their WD Red drives that were made specifically for network-attached storage (NAS) devices. WD currently offers three different levels of NAS devices. The My Cloud devices are aimed at the general consumer, the My Cloud EX (expert) are prosumer devices, and finally you have the business series which is made up of the My Cloud DL devices. Today we will be taking a look at the My Cloud EX2 Ultra, which is a 2-bay NAS devices powered by a Marvell Armada 385 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory. With those specs the My Cloud EX2 should be able to handle whatever you might throw at it. It also features WD’s My Cloud OS 3, which should make setting up and managing the NAS quite easy. Let’s jump in and see what the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS is all about!"

SanDisk X400 256GB SSD Review
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 5:50P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SanDisk’s X400 is the successor to the X300/X300s series and is aimed at the corporate/mainstream market segments. It can be seen as an improved combination of both previous drives as it has the 256-bit AES encryption of the S version of the X300 built in as standard. The X400 family features SanDisk’s 6th generation 15nm Triple Level Cell TLC NAND and just like the previous X300 uses SanDisk’s nCache technology where some of the NAND runs in SLC mode to bolster performance.

Adata's XPG SX930
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Adata's XPG SX930 combines a JMicron controller and Micron MLC flash into an enthusiast-oriented 240GB SSD. We put it to the test to see whether it's worth its cost of admission.

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD V5 8TB SATA III Review
     Thu, Apr 14 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Compared to its predecessor the latest Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v5 8TB model by not only packs twice the amount of DRAM cache (256MB) but it's also certified for an MTBF of 0.6 million hours more (2 million total).

ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SATA SSD Drive Review: Value Beyond Speed
     Wed, Apr 13 2016 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like luxury cars, sometimes components not only have to perform fast but have to look the part as well. Since ADATA is aiming for the gaming and enthusiast segment with the XPG SX930 SSD, the cosmetic change is obvious but necessary to get some heads to turn. Having a cover package that is a lot less colorful than one would …

Synology DiskStation DS716+ NAS
     Wed, Apr 13 2016 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Just as with the bigger brother, the Synology DiskStation DS716+ is an amazing NAS unit, especially for the price. With the exception of the additional bays, it offers the same performance and versatility we come to expect from Synology NAS units. I was quite pleased with the overall performance of both RAID 1 and Synology Hybrid RAID for backup, and if you are just needing raw space and do not care about continuity, then in a RAID 0 setup with two 8TB disks you could have a big 16TB powerhouse for keeping files. I was surprised to see the RAM slot as a SODIMM design and even though it is unsupported, the ability to upgrade the RAM is a huge plus.”

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD review
     Tue, Apr 12 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We review the lightweight SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD. It a very fast portable storage unit based on USB 3.0 and combined with the DNA of an SSD, it can reach over 400 MB/sec on both reads and over 300 MB/sec writes - making this a VERY fast storage unit that is easy to carry around.

Mushkin TRIACTOR 480GB SSD Review
     Mon, Apr 11 2016 | 5:44P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you're after one of the most affordable 480GB SSDs in the market today that doesn't do half bad in terms of performance and durability the TRIACTOR by Mushkin could be your best bet.

Synology DiskStation DS416j Network Attached Storage Review
     Mon, Apr 11 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every year we come across devices that offer numerous features on top of the traditional file sharing. A lot NAS (Network Attached Storage) manufacturers push more and more in to their devices as far as applications and features go and let’s face it, all of these features come with the price. You do get what you pay for but what …

OCZ Trion 150 480GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Apr 10 2016 | 10:23P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Better write speed, better pricing: Is the OCZ Trion 150 a worthy successor to the Trion 100?

OCZ Trion 150 480GB Solid State Drive
     Sat, Apr 09 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in January at CES OCZ introduced their Trion 150 solid state drive and now the drives are finally making it to market. OCZ’s Trion line of solid state drives are aimed at consumers who are looking for an affordable solution to upgrade their hard drives in their PC or laptop. The Trion 150 is of course the successor to the Trion 100, which we took a look at this past year. The Trion 150 features a rather mysterious Toshiba controller which is backed up by Toshiba 15nm TLC NAND. OCZ will be offering this drive in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB versions. Today we will be taking a look at the 480GB which features max read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive in our test system and see what it can do!"

Samsung 850 EVO With 3rd Gen 48 Layer V-NAND SSD Performance
     Fri, Apr 08 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Out with the old, in with the new is how the saying goes! Although, in this case, the old really isn’t that old and is still quite bleeding edge technology. This doesn’t stop Samsung though. Today we are going to take a look at the performance of Samsung’s 3rd generation 48-layer 256Gb TLC V-NAND. That is right, Samsung has now transitioned over to yet another generation of 3D NAND when other manufacturers have yet to even release any products with their 3D NAND, although, they are right around the corner.

Crucial 480GB BX200 TLC SSD Review
     Mon, Apr 04 2016 | 2:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As we have seen with the Trion 100, Crucial is also settling into the affordable and high-capacity SSD market with their BX200 by incorporating Micron 16nm 128Gbit TLC NAND, a Silicon Motion SM2256 and also DRAM cache which varies in size depending on the total capacity of the drive. When writing up to 6GB files to the drive, the SLC cache takes up the effort and we are able to see good read/write speeds all over the board; however, if we are planning on working with very large files most of the time, the cache will fill up quite quickly and we will be forced to perform read/write operations directly to the TLC NAND, which is considerably slower."

WD My Cloud EX4 8TB NAS Server Review
     Mon, Apr 04 2016 | 1:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although the My Cloud Ex4 8TB NAS by WD scores very high in the price/features ratio due to its rather outdated specifications it doesn't do as well in terms of raw performance.

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