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Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD RAID Review
     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 5:58P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This report is very similar. If we look at PCs, perhaps the three most valuable components are the CPU, memory and storage. The CPU and DRAM memory have moved ahead like a rabbit while memory has always moved at a snail's pace. Today is a new day. For the first time, we are going to report on data transfer speeds above 4GB/s and IOPS above 300K, yet neither present any heat concerns or loss of valuable PC space as you will soon see. This RAID combination of M.2 SSDs literally has a 'zero footprint', thanks to the ingenuity of ASRock and their X99Extreme11 motherboard and two Samsun SM951 M.2 SSDs.

     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 2:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial was very successful with their MX100. Will the MX200 serve as a worthy successor to the company's mainstream hit?

Western Digital My Passport Wireless 2 TB Drive Review
     Wed, Jun 03 2015 | 2:05P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Portable hard disk drives have become so commoditized that many consumers just base their purchase on price and storage capacity. To differentiate themselves, Western Digital created the wireless version of the portable hard disk drive - the 2 TB Western Digital My Passport Wireless (WDBDAF0020BBK). However, the My Passport Wireless is more than just a portable hard disk drive with a wireless access point tacked onto it. It is more of a mobile NAS with wireless capabilities. Let's take a look!

ADATA HD710A Dust/Water/Shock-proof USB 3.0 HDD
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:58A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our review of the ADATA HD710A Dustproof, Waterproof and Shockproof external hard drive. This drive is IP68 rated and we drown it to find out if they are telling the truth. After that we drop in over a dozen times to find out if it's as rugged as they claim. It lives and we find out how fast this $70 drive is - after it takes a beating. Check our review for all the details.

Seagate’s 8TB Archive HDD with SMR
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:54A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For SMR drives, such as this Seagate Archive HDD, the data tracks will partially overlap with one another, which is comparable to how shingles will partially cover each other's surface area. Data tracks are therefore quite a bit smaller and no longer have space between one another. This means that the disks can accommodate many more data tracks, which in turn results in a much greater storage capacity. And given that read heads are very small, the data reading process can remain unchanged.

Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 480Gb Review
     Tue, Jun 02 2015 | 11:53A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Today we are reviewing the Kingston HyperX Savage SSD 480Gb Standalone Kit, and once we are done with it, we are giving it away. In the office we only use SSDs for our main builds, gaming or general office rigs, we wouldn't consider using anything else. We use a number of HDDs in our Server, and one or two for hot back ups, but that's it. We are always interested in testing a new SSD that we have never used, so let's get on."

Patriot Memory Ignite M2 480GB SATA III M.2 SSD Review
     Mon, Jun 01 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Jumping on the latest trend, Patriot expands its new Ignite series with an M.2 version. Does this tiny gum stick drive pack enough punch

When SSD Performance Goes Awry
     Sun, May 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
An avalanche of reports started to surface last September when users began to notice that their usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO drives were no longer performing as they used to. We've looked deep into the problem to understand what's been fixed and what hasn't. Samsung owes its customers an explanation.

WD My Cloud EX2100 Dual Bay 8TB NAS Review
     Sat, May 30 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The WD My Cloud EX2100 is a new prosumer-oriented NAS system from WD that continues the company's adventures in the realm of "personal cloud" storage. Over the years WD has expanded its My Cloud offerings from simple one-drive units like the original My Cloud to the updated two-drive EX2 unit that straddled the line between professional NAS drive and home user box. The all-new EX2100 model we are looking at here is an upgrade from the EX2 in that it sits at the very top of its home user product stack, along with the four-drive version named the EX4100. It is an upgrade from the EX2 in that it offers improved performance, a few more features such as dual Ethernet and a quick-copy USB 3.0 button, and a more business-oriented design.

Patriot Ignite 480GB
     Sat, May 30 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Patriot has been silent on the SSD front for a while letting the older products fill the space until the next versions of its latest drive were ready for delivery. Diving into the lower cost segment, Patriot used the Phison S3110 controller to manage the asynchronous micron based MLC NAND. From a performance perspective, the Patriot Ignite delivered impressive results across the board with a few exceptions. The 480GB drive we received from Patriot easily reached or exceeded the performance ratings it is designed to meet, which is impressive from a lower cost drive. This does not add up to a perfect picture for the drive even though it is the highest performing drive in many of the tests. It's a great start, but does not present the full picture.”

Samsung SM951 M.2 NVME SSD Review (256GB)
     Thu, May 28 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Samsung SM951 is one of the fastest SSD solutions out for those with a need for speed. It offers speeds that put most SSDs to shame and does it in a small M.2 2280 form factor. Last week we took a look at the 512GB variant that utilizes the AHCI host controller interface. To say the least, performance was very impressive. In that review we mentioned that the NMVe variant is starting to show up and that we would publish a review on one as soon as we could and well, today is the day. If you are a storage nut as I just happen to be, please get comfy and continue reading as we take a closer look at the NVMe variant of the Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD!

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2 TB External HDD Review
     Wed, May 27 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Users are always damanding more and more storage space, not only inside their computers, but also as portable external hard disk drives. Nowadays, 2 TB portable external drives are becoming popular, and we will test the Toshiba 2 TB Canvio Connect, comparing it to the Seagate 2 TB Backup Plus Slim and the Western Digital 2 TB My Passport Ultra that we've already reviewed. They are all compact drives and make use of the USB 3.0 interface. Which one is the fastest? Let's see!"

HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe G2 x4 480GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Wed, May 27 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last week I took a look at Kingston’s latest HyperX SATA SSD the Savage. Now today I have the chance to look at their flagship SSD the Predator. The Predator is an M.2 x4 drive that is available with and without a PCI Express card to M.2 adapter. For our testing today I will be using it with the adapter to see what everyone can expect for performance, but if your PC supports a x4 M.2 slot you can save yourself a lot of space and keep a PCIe slot open by running the drive through it. M.2 is the replacement for mSATA. Running the drive over M.2 gives a direct connection to the CPU and when run in a x4 configuration it gives us up to 20GB/s bandwidth. In other words for the first time in a long time we aren’t limited by the SATA connection. With that I’m extremely excited to see what the Predator is capable of!

OCZ ARC 100 240GB SSD Review
     Wed, May 27 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the ARC 100, OCZ has succeeded to bring another affordable SSD product on the market, which is utilizing the Barefoot 3 M10 controller, the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND and while it does not break records, it is very durable as it has been demonstrated before by some other review websites.

Inateck FD1005 Top-Loading HDD Docking Station Review
     Tue, May 26 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Inateck probably has the widest array of docking stations and enclosures for hard drives and solid state drives and today I’m pleased to be able to take a look at another sweet looking on. The Inateck FD1005 is a single-bay top-loading docking station for SATA hard disks that connects through USB 3.0 and supports UASP for maximum transfer speeds.

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC Portable Hard Drive Review
     Tue, May 26 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to choosing a portable hard drive there are quite a lot of options to choose from. When I am looking for a portable hard drive the things I consider is performance, protection, and security. The drive we are taking a look at today has all of these and even a cool way to unlock the drive. The drive I am talking about us the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC and it offers military spec shock protection, IPX3 standard water resistance, IP5X standard dust resistance, and hardware encryption. On top of that it comes with built in NFC technology that with the included SmartCard will allow you to easily unlock the drive. We will be taking a look at the 1TB (HD-PZN1.0U3B) version today."

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