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Samsung SM961 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
     Mon, Jul 11 2016 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Legendary before it even launched, Samsung's second generation OEM M.2 NVMe SSD, the SM961, is in the lab for testing."

Micron 9100 MAX NVMe PCIe Enterprise SSD Review
     Mon, Jul 11 2016 | 11:41A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Micron announced its 9100 Series NVMe enterprise-class solid state drive back in April. The drives come in multiple flavors and form factors, with the Micron 9100 PRO series targeting read-centric environments, while the 9100 MAX targets mixed-use cases. Capacities for the drives in the Micron 9100 series range from 800GB on up to 3.2TB, though all of the drives are outfitted with similar controllers and NAND. Although news of the drives has been circulating for a couple of months now, it was just recently that we got our hands on one for some in-house testing. We’ve been experimenting with a Micron 9100 MAX 2.4TB HHHL NVMe drive for a couple of weeks and will detail its performance on the pages ahead...

Synology DS916+ Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review
     Sun, Jul 10 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Synology refreshes its four-bay lineup with the DS916+, now featuring a fast quad-core Intel SoC, 8GB memory support, and more."

Asustor AS-6208T NAS review
     Sat, Jul 09 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We test the Asustor AS6208T NAS unit that offers 8 HDD bays. The unit really is a small server offering a wide range of features from advanced RAID functionality, towards Media center output towards LAN Link Aggregation with it's four gigabit Ethernet jacks. The sky is the limit with the AS-6208T as it is plenty powerful as well.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 240GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jul 09 2016 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The WD Red Pro 5TB WD5001FFWX drive is 7200 RPM class whose PCB components as of the same hardware as the WD5001FZWX. But the firmware is different as Red Pro series are made keeping NAS systems with up to 16-bays in mind. I am still not sure about the platters placement between both drives, but we’ll see the drive performs. Its NASWare 3.0 is designed in a way that it should work with an existing network system. Unlike in the Black variant, WD says it uses multi-axis shock sensor which automatically detects any shock events. After that, it adjusts its read/write function to compensate for the shock and protecting the drive.

Techman XC100E5C 1.6TB Enterprise PCIe NVMe SSD Review
     Sat, Jul 09 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Techman enters the ring with their new XC100E5C series enterprise NVMe SSDs. We test the 1.6TB model standalone and in RAID 0."

Review: Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
     Fri, Jul 08 2016 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Since then, we’ve come quite a ways away thanks to industrywide adoption of PCIe and NVMe, finally paving the way for mass market adoption of PCIe SSDs. Although during the course of the journey OCZ has gone through a bankruptcy and a subsequent acquisition by Toshiba, they’re still continuing to innovate in the PCIe arena..."

OCZ RD400A 512GB Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Jul 08 2016 | 2:50P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Watching the OCZ RD400A 512GB benchmark against all the other SSDs we have tested in the past is like watching an Olympic heavyweight boxer fight a bunch of five year old kids: There is simply no competition.

Mushkin Triactor SSD Review (480GB) – Another Barebones TLC Option
     Thu, Jul 07 2016 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in 2014 we took a good look at the Mushkin Reactor. At the time, it was the best value 1TB SSD you could buy. You could even argue that it was THE SSD which made high value, high capacity SSDs the norm. Now, Mushkin is trying to take value a step farther by introducing a cheaper alternative into the market. Instead of MLC NAND this time around, they've opted to utilize SanDisk's TLC NAND and Silicon Motion's SM2256 controller in the new Mushkin Triactor. This barebones, TLC packed SSD, is their latest answer to the demand for more affordable, high capacity SSDs by the consumer market. Promising to deliver the lightning fast boot and application load times that HDDs just can't, this SSD just may be a viable option for those of you who have yet to make the move to flash. We've tested quite a few TLC based SSDs as of late, will the Mushkin Triactor show up the competition? Or will it lag behind in all its TLC "glory?" So far all we can say is that it sure does look cool. Read on as we analyze the new Mushkin Triactor 480GB in today's review!

Toshiba Q300 Pro 256GB SSD Review
     Thu, Jul 07 2016 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Q300 Pro 256GB is yet another DRAM-less MLC-based SSD model by Toshiba and once again it's up to us to check and see just how it compares to other SSD models in the market.

Transcend SSD220S 480GB SSD review
     Wed, Jul 06 2016 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently looked at a drive from Transcend’s flagship performance SSD range – the SSD370 series, which uses MLC NAND. This time around we are looking at a drive from the other end of the spectrum, the entry level SSD220S which uses TLC NAND. The SSD220S comes in just three capacities; 120GB, 240GB and the flagship 480GB drive and uses a combination of a Silicon Motion SM2256KAB controller and 16nm TLC NAND.

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Enclosure
     Wed, Jul 06 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB991U3-1SB is not quite your typical USB 3.0 enclosure, and I like it. I can see plenty of applications for a tougher, 'enterprise-grade' device that could benefit people at work and at home. At home, I think I would much rather use this enclosure in instances where I think my drive might get knocked around a bit... Like for use in the glove box of my car with the portable media streaming device we take on road trips.

Toshiba HK4R Enterprise SSD Review (1920GB)
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 1:36P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SATA SSDs are all the rage in data centers. Unlike their PCIe bothers, these SATA SSDs don’t often need to have high endurance figures and lightning fast IOPS performance. Instead, they typically just need to be cheap, reliable, and what is becoming more important lately, high capacity. With 1-3 DWPD ratings, they are the perfect medium for read intensive applications in web and file servers that do media streaming, video on demand, and warm data storage. Likewise, they need to have consistent performance and low operating power. This is where Toshiba’s latest enterprise grade SATA SSDs come in to play. The Toshiba HK4R is a high quality, power-efficient, and cost effective SATA SSD designed for these read intensive workloads. It boasts all the enterprise features you can ask for, such as end-to-end data protection and SED options, and it offers some decent performance numbers with its state of the art 15nm MLC NAND flash memory. But, just how well does it perform in this very competitive landscape? Read on as we dive into our review of the 1920GB Toshiba HK4R!

Drobo 5N review: Protection with BeyondRAID
     Tue, Jul 05 2016 | 1:33P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is pretty easy to get lost in the vast sea of storage devices. Personal storage really picked up about 10 years ago and ever since been growing at an alarming rate. I am not saying it’s a bad thing in fact, I think it’s great! Users are demanding more from storage appliances and the manufactures have really stepped up …

128GB PCIe SSD and a QHD panel
     Sun, Jul 03 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Razer bills the Blade Stealth as "The Ultimate Ultrabook" citing superior mobility, display quality, and performance to its competition. Onboard the Razer Blade Stealth packs an Intel Core i7-6500U/Intel HD Graphics 520, 8GB of LPDDR3 1866MHz dual channel RAM, up to 512GB of PCIe solid state storage, 45Wh Lithium-ion polymer battery, and a choice of a 2560x1440p QHD or 3840x2160 4K touch display.

SanDisk SSD Plus 120GB SSD (SDSSDA-120G-G25) Review
     Fri, Jul 01 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SanDisk SSD Plus uses a DRAM-less implementation unlike the newer entry-level SSDs, namely the SSDNow UV300 and the UV400. But it uses TLC flash chips and I am curious to know if a bit older SSD is any good compared to the newer entry-level SSDs. This would make a good comparison now since it will tell us where the newer and the older drives stand in terms of performance. Would it make a lot of difference for home users, notebook users and for gamers?

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