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AMD Radeon R7 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD is most known for the CPU’s and Graphics cards, more recently also their APU’s and the AMD branded memory. Now the company is taking the next step towards a complete AMD system with the custom branded AMD Radeon R7 Solid State Drives. An OCZ rebrand featuring the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba A19nm MLC Flash, but with a twist. Like it already was with the memory, the solid state drives aren’t built by AMD themselves but rather just AMD branded. In this case it is OCZ that makes these drives and AMD has slammed a sticker on top. But that is not all AMD has done, far from. Not only is this drive packed with the sweetest of OCZ treasure chest, it also has a special tuned firmware optimised for gaming systems. AMD has created this SSD based on feedback from their customers, asking to be able to build an all AMD system. They realise this isn’t for everyone, but a lot will like it. Having an all AMD system will allow for quick and easy assembly, it’s a simplified purchase procedure and the parts know how to work together. For anyone else, the AMD Radeon R7 SSD is still a fast and economical solution.

Angelbird SSD wrk 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I was pretty excited when I got this Solid State Drive (SSD) in the mail, since it is the first chance I’m getting to get hands-on with one of Angelbirds drives. Being a new player, Angelbird needs their products to stand out from the rest. This doesn’t seem to be a difficult thing for the designers of Angelbird, as all their products have a sleek simplistic, but beautiful design. Among the current products are mobile and normal Solid State Drives as well as a creatively designed PCI-Express host- and raid-board. Angelbird Technologies GmbH is a relative new player in the market, “a hi-tech company based in Vorarlberg, which although the smallest province of Austria, has an international reputation as a region of pioneering and innovation. The company’s headquarters is in the town of Lustenau surrounded by mountains and close to the border of Switzerland and Germany. The team behind Angelbird is young, experienced and passionate, with a love for quality and attention to detail. Angelbird products are developed with the environment in mind.” That is how the company is described by Roman Rabitsch, CEO.

OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sun, Oct 18 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There is absolutely no shortage on the market any more when it comes to Solid State Drives (SSD), but not all of them are aimed at the same users and setup scenarios. So to add one more to the list, OCZ has just launched its new range of ARC 100 drives. A budget friendly series of highly reliable drives. The ARC series is where performance meets affordability. The platform is built for a sustained performance and mixed workloads while keeping an IO consistency. Built upon the brand new Toshiba A19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) flash and with a heart in form of OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 controller.

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Oct 15 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Coming off the back of our look at the 512GB model of Crucial’s new MX100 line of drives, our review today focusses on the mid-range 256GB drive which comes in at a level that many users tend to adopt due to the balance between performance and capacity. As we saw with the 512GB though, Crucial have re-written the pricing rule book with a drive that is priced lower per GB than any other drive on the market and overall costing around the same as a 256GB drive from many other brands. Keeping with the trend of bargain bucket pricing, the 256GB MX100 comes in with a banker approved price of $109.99 in the states and £78.99 over here in the UK, making it once again the ideal solution for the upgrade market; where users want to get a good boost in their systems performance, but without a hefty price that is associated with many performance products. Similar to the 512GB drive, the 256GB model utilises Micron’s latest 16nm NAND design with a Marvell 88SS9189 controller at the heart of the drive and performance wise we see the same 550MB/s read speeds, whilst the write speed is a little lower at a more modest 330MB/s. The IOPs performance is also down a little from the top line 512GB drive at 85k read and 70k write, however we do still get the same 72TB lifespan and the same three-year warranty as before.

The Ultimate Guide To SSD Benchmark Software
     Wed, Oct 14 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As much as many might believe the transition to SSDs to be relatively painless process, it isn’t always so. The number of e-mails, forum posts and pm’s we have received indicates that, as easy as buying a pre-configured system with an SSD, moving from a hard drive to SSD is not always so. We addressed SSD migration some time ago in our article ‘SSD Migration or Fresh System Installation‘, however, we never quite spoke to testing to ensure your SSD is up to snuff; this article does just that.

Samsung PM863 960 Gigabyte SSD Review
     Wed, Oct 14 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Next to the SM863 Samsung has also launched the PM863 series. This drive is equipped with TLC 3D-V-NAND flash memory chips and therefore it's suitable for read-intensive workloads, preserving precious write cycles. Nevertheless, compared to the predecessor endurance has been improved by factors. Furthermore TLC NAND allows for a highly competitive pricing, which you will get with this drive. Overall we're curious to see how this drive is going to perform.

Synology DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Review
     Tue, Oct 13 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When looking at bulk storage and consequently network storage, the generic blueprint that virtually every vendor follows is a desktop or rackmount system with an even number of drive bays, each with the capacity to hold the largest drives that can be bought on the market today – which come in a 3.5? format, although we do find a few situations where 2.5? SSDs are used based on the application of the storage array. Whilst this blueprint is perfectly fine, on the consumer end of the market where we are not always looking at jaw dropping capacities and performance, a typical 4-bay system is not exactly the easiest of things to tuck away under the desk or in the closet and then we have to factor in the cost of getting up and running. 3.52 drives are the only way to go if you want large amounts of storage on hand, but if you want a more modest setup with a system the doesn’t end up acting like a foot rest under your desk, there are barely any options out there to choose from.

Crucial MX100 512GB Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We’ve covered an absolute ton of Intel Z97 based motherboards since the chipset launched back on June 11th, a couple of weeks ago, but in that time we’ve yet to see an offering from ASRock. Today, and over the coming weeks, we will be rectifying that by having a look at a lot more motherboards from ASRock’s Z97 series. Up first we have their Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard which is part of their Fatal1ty gaming motherboard product series. Interestingly this motherboard will compete with MSI’s Gaming 7 and Gigabyte’s Gaming 7 in that hugely competitive sub-£140/$190 price point and it actually comes in a fair amount cheaper than the competition at just £125/$160. ASRock are equipping all their usual features with this motherboard such as their Purity Sound audio implementation, their Fatal1ty USB gaming port, their Super Alloy power components and a Killer E2200 gaming NIC. This motherboard has fairly similar specifications and features to other motherboards at this price point although this board does have the advantage of offering SATA Express and M.2 whereas a lot of the gaming motherboards at this price point offer only M.2. Full specifications of this motherboard can be seen directly below:

Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch Hard Drive
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"USB 3.1 is slowly becoming a new standard. We first saw it on Apple’s new Macbook, but now we have it on all new Z170 motherboards. Recently we reviewed our first PC case that has a USB 3.1 port on the front panel as well. USB 3.1 is here to stay and with it we are going to see a lot of new USB 3.1 devices. One type of USB 3.1 device you will see a lot will be the hard drive enclosure. Vantec’s NexStar line of hard drive enclosures have been around as long as we can remember and they are updating it with USB 3.1. Today we will be checking out the Vantec NexStar 3.1 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure (NST-270A31-BK). Let’s see what it can do!"

BIOS Option Of The Week - HDD S.M.A.R.T. Capability.
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"S.M.A.R.T. is supported by all current hard disk drives and it allows the early prediction and warning of impending hard disk drive disasters. You should enable it if you want to use S.M.A.R.T.-aware utilities to monitor the hard disk drive's condition. Enabling it also allows the monitoring of the hard disk drive's condition over a network..."

Synology DiskStation DS415play NAS Review @ Technogog
     Mon, Oct 12 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The DS415play features an Intel Atom1.6 GHz dual core processor with one gigabyte DDR3 RAM, three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. It is capable of video transcoding within the NAS box itself and then serving this media to DLNA compliant devices within the home network. "

Synology DS414j 4-Bay NAS Review
     Sun, Oct 11 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Throughout the Synology product range each other models available can come in one of three variations the first of these is the standard series and this has no indicator after the name giving us a model name such as DS414. The second option, which is indicated by plus after the model number indicates that this is a performance system offering the best features that Synology have to offer, whilst the third option indicated by a ‘j’ indicates that a model is geared for the entry-level user whose focus is more on getting the largest capacity as possible was not worried about performance either things too much. Typically, ‘j’ series systems have tended to come with a single core processor and by doing so this has kept the price point down, which for the entry-level user is more important than performance.

ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review
     Sun, Oct 11 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“When we talk about SSDs, the question used to be, “Should I buy an SSD?”. Now the question is, “How much SSD should I have?” Things have certainly evolved with solid state drives, and buying one is probably the best upgrade you can do for your system these days, if you haven’t already got one installed. Today we’re looking at a couple SSDs for those who don’t want to break the bank: the ADATA XPG SX930 and Premier SP550, both in 240GB capacities, which should be enough to suit most needs. Let’s see if one of these might be the right one for you.”

Micron M510DC 480GB SSD Review
     Sat, Oct 10 2015 | 12:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Consumer reports over the last couple of years have shown that consumers of all types check mostly two things when out to get a new SSD, price (more specifically price/capacity) and performance. The same fortunately doesn't apply for enterprise users since performance and endurance are the two primary concerns but i doubt there's a single company out there that wouldn't like to save some cash when getting new storage media. This has left room for strong competition even in the enterprise market so this is perhaps the only time since the introduction of SSDs (as we know them at least) that we've seen pretty much every major player in the market invest in such models. Micron of course couldn't stay this one out and since their M500DC SSD line (introduced just over a year ago) although it proved to be a worthy opponent to other similar models did cost quite a bit they went ahead and introduced the new M510DC line.

SK hynix Canvas SL301 500GB SSD Review
     Sat, Oct 10 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SK Hynix have been actively targeting the SSD market in 2015 and their new models hit our labs in recent weeks. Their new SL301 Canvas Solid State Drive is built on the 16nm process and promises very high levels of overall performance. This triple level cell solid state drive will be offered in both 250GB and 500GB capacities and today we look at the larger model in the family.

Western Digital Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB Hybrid Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Oct 09 2015 | 5:20P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few months ago, we tested the Seagate Desktop SSHD 4TB. Now it is Western Digital's turn to throw their hat in the ring with the Blue SSHD WD40E31X 4TB. Which one should you buy?

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