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Synology DS216play 2-bay NAS
     Mon, Mar 28 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The DS216play is a multimedia-oriented NAS despite the fact that it doesn't feature an HDMI port. It supports 4K video transcoding, and its highly efficient SoC is crucial in reducing its overall power consumption.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

ADATA XPG SX930 240GB SSD Review
     Mon, Mar 28 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the ADATA XPG SX930, a drive focused on gamers utilizing ‘enterprise grade’ MLC NAND. Past XPG-series products have performed very well but will this drive continue that legacy? Let’s find out…
  FULL STORY @ KITGURU

QNAP TS-253A Network Attached Storage Review
     Fri, Mar 25 2016 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With ability to store a large size of data comes great responsibility. Heh, sounds like a corny line from a movie doesn't it? But it’s true. Entrusting someone with your precious data should not be taken lightly. If you are a family person then you probably have a bunch of home made movies and pictures of kids and other important …
  FULL STORY @ MODDERS

Samsung 850 EVO With 3rd Gen 48 Layer V-NAND SSD Performance
     Thu, Mar 24 2016 | 4:43P | 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.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Smaller capacity SSDs work better
     Thu, Mar 24 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We are happy to confirm that there is nothing to worry about with Samsung’s mid-line swap of V-NAND in their 850 EVO line of SSDs. We are even happier to report that the new 48-layer TLC parts enable the 850 EVO to respond even faster to low queue depth IO requests when compared to its 32-layer TLC equipped predecessor, and even faster than the 32-layer MLC equipped 850 PRO! Apart from the noted latency improvements, other metrics such as sequential data transfers and higher queue depth workloads proved negligible in our testing of the 1TB capacity point. If and when Samsung updates their 850 PRO to a V2 / 48-Layer V-NAND combination, we will be standing by to repeat this testing accordingly."
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

SUSTOR AS3104T 4-bay NAS Review
     Thu, Mar 24 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"AS3014T NAS was also designed for home use, uses the same chassis as the AS1004T but this time we are dealing with a more powerful Intel Celeron N3050 processor, backed with no less than 2GB of DDR3L RAM; the 4-bay unit can also output video signal on HDMI and the server can be operated this way without the need of a PC in order to work with other media-center applications, but also the very-useful Oracle VirtualBox or the well-known PopcornTime, which has been recently upgraded to a newer build.."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

Samsung 950 PRO SSD RAID-0 Performance
     Thu, Mar 24 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung’s 950 PRO m.2 PCI-E SSD set new performance records for a consumer SSD, blasting through the limits of SSDs tethered to the old SATA interface. What could be better than one of these blazing-fast solid state storage monsters? Two of them in RAID 0! In this article, Benchmark Reviews explores the outer limits of storage performance with a pair of 512GB Samsung 950 PRO SSDs on our MSI Z170A Gaming M7 test system
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

 
Western Digital 4TB Red HDD Storage Review
     Wed, Mar 23 2016 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For years the Hard Disk Drive was the mainstay of all commercial personal computers around the world. It’s had a bashing lately from the superb Solid State Drive technology, paving the future for fast, low power and robust main system storage. So where does this leave the not so humble HDD? Of late, the HDD has had a bit of a comeback, but only from a capacity point of view. HDD’s have pushed forward with a new lease of life as the ultimate back up and server or NAS storage solution.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESLAVE

Samsung Portable SSD T3 500GB Review
     Wed, Mar 23 2016 | 1:59P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Portable SSD T3 Samsung has come up with the successor of their T1, which they've launched last year. Equipped with a fast USB3.1 interface and packed in a sleek looking aluminum enclosure, the T3 looks great at a first glance and should perform very well. Overall we're curious to find out what this drive can do.
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC

Western Digital 8TB Red
     Tue, Mar 22 2016 | 2:26P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
By filling a hard disk with an inert gas and hermetically sealing the disk housing, we can eliminate those potential issues. An added bonus is that if Helium is used, its lower density enables lower air friction of the rotating platters, which translates to lower power consumption when compared to an equivalent air-filled HDD. Ever since HGST released their Helium filled drives, I’ve been waiting for this technology to trickle down to consumer products, and Western Digital has recently brought such a product to market. Today we will be diving into our full performance review of the Western Digital 8TB Red.
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

ASUSTOR AS3102T Network Attached Storage Review
     Mon, Mar 21 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUSTOR AS3102T may look exactly the same as the AS1002T, but it packs a more powerful CPU, four times the RAM, and 4K support.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

ASUSTOR AS3102T NETWORK ATTACHED STORAGE
     Sun, Mar 20 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ASUSTOR AS3102T may look exactly the same as the AS1002T, but it packs a more powerful CPU, four times the RAM, and 4K support.
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS

Trion 150 SSD - OCZ takes another stab
     Sat, Mar 19 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With its Trion 150 SSD, OCZ takes another stab at a low-cost TLC drive by putting Toshiba's 15-nm NAND under the hood. We tested out this drive to see if it fares better than the Trion 100, OCZ's first TLC SSD.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Seagate Demonstrates Fastest-Ever SSD Flash Drive
     Fri, Mar 18 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Seagate Technology plc today unveiled a production-ready unit of the fastest single solid-state drive (SSD) demonstrated to date, with throughput performance of 10 gigabytes per second (GB/s). The early unit meets Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications, making it ideal for hyperscale data centers looking to adopt the fastest flash technology with the latest and most sustainable standards.

The 10GB/s unit, which is expected to be released this summer, is more than 4GB/s faster than the previous fastest-industry SSD on the market. It also meets the OCP storage specifications being driven by Facebook, which will help reduce the power and cost burdens traditionally associated with operating at this level of performance.

“Your data is only as good as how easily you can access it and put it to use,” said Brett Pemble, Seagate’s general manager and vice president of SSD Products. “Seagate is committed to providing the full spectrum of technologies to help meet the diverse needs of organizations so they can unlock this value. Whether for consumer cloud or business applications, this SSD will help improve on demands for fast access to information, where split seconds drive incremental value gains.”

The technology would work with any system that supports the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) protocol, which was developed by Seagate and other consortium vendors to replace the legacy Serial AT Attachment (SATA) standards and eliminate informational bottlenecks. NVMe helps reduce layers of commands to create a faster, simpler language between flash devices.

Organizations that would most benefit from this solution include those processing data for object storage or in real-time, where speed matters most for results, such as large-scale cloud providers and web applications, weather modeling, or statistical trends analysis. The unit could be used in an all-flash array or as an accelerated flash tier with hard-disk drives (HDDs) for a more cost-effective hybrid storage alternative.

“Technology advancements continue to stretch the limits of SSD speed and performance due to growing enterprise demands that require fast data processing at scale,” said Gregory Wong, founder and principal analyst, Forward Insights. “Seagate has effectively rewritten the rules for performance with this latest SSD unit. Based on our latest analysis, Seagate is already the leading provider to the emerging PCIe OCP market.”

In addition to the 10GB/s SSD technology, which accommodates 16-lane PCIe slots, Seagate is finalizing a second unit for eight-lane PCIe slots, which still performs at the industry-leading throughput of 6.7GB/s, and is the fastest in the eight-lane card category. The eight-lane solution will provide an alternative for organizations looking for the highest levels of throughput speed but in environments limited by power usage requirements or cost.

Both the 16 and eight-lane SSD units have been made available to Seagate customers and are expected for product launch in summer 2016. They will be on display at the upcoming Open Compute Project Summit 2016 in San Jose, Calif. March 9-10 at Seagate’s booth [#C12].

  FULL STORY @ SEAGATE

Zotac Premium Edition SSD Review (480GB)
     Wed, Mar 16 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Zotac has been in the computer industry since 2006 and has made quite the name for itself in the gamer market. Better known for their graphics cards, motherboards, and Mini-PCs, Zotac isn't typically a name one would associate with solid state drives, especially high-performance ones. Last year, however, they expanded their product portfolio with the release of the Zotac Premium Edition SSDs. While their name is anything but exciting, their stats are. Built with Phison's very reputable quad-core S10 controller and Toshiba's A19 MLC NAND flash, the Zotac Premium Edition SSDs promise to deliver great quality and performance, but do they have what it takes to take on the top performing giants? Read on as we find out in today's review.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

ASUSTOR AS3102T NAS Server Review
     Wed, Mar 16 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Thanks to its performance, features (including the latest ADM v.2.6 Beta OS showcased in our review), available drive trays and very reasonable price tag the latest AS3102T NAS server by ASUSTOR can be the ideal solution for both home and small office use.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

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