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ADATA Premier SP550 120GB, 240GB and 480GB SSD Review
     Thu, Jun 16 2016 | 11:09A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are looking for a low cost SSD for you system you have likely seen the ADATA Premier SP550 SSDs for sale online. The Premier SP550 is one of the lowest priced SSDs around and feature a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller and SK Hynix 16nm Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND. The ADATA SP550 series offers up to 560MB/s read and up to 510MB/s write speeds for sequential performance and the maximum random 4K Read/Write speeds would be up to 80,000 and 75,000 IOPS. Performance varies greatly depending on the capacity of the drive, but you can find out about that in our review!

Synology DiskStation DS216+ NAS Review
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:20A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Synology is a company we know for great network-attached storage (NAS) devices. They have really made a name for themselves by making setting up and using a NAS very easy. Today we will be taking a look at their DiskStation DS216+ which is part of their Plus Series of devices that are made for workgroup and small / medium business use. Being part of the Plus Series the DS216+ features a Intel Celeron N3050 dual core 1.6 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory and two hard drive slots for a total storage capacity of us to 16TB. Built into the DS216+ you have the AES-NI hardware encryption engine, support of Windows AD, LDAP, and Domain Trust, and 4K Ultra HD video transcoding, all backed by high-speed data transfer rates. Like all Synology NAS devices the DS216+ is running Synology’s award winning NAS OS, DiskStation Manager. This makes configuring your NAS and getting it setup a breeze. Let’s check out the DS216+ and see what it is all about!"

Limited Edition 750GB Crucial MX300 SSD Review
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:20A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial announced a new ‘limited edition’ SSD today that the company believes well help show off their brand new Micron 3D TLC NAND Flash memory technology. Yes, Micron is the latest semiconductor manufacturer to move from planar 2D TLC NAND to 3D TLC NAND! Micron says that the move to 3D NAND improves performance and prolongs endurance. By moving to 3D TLC NAND it means that they will have to change controllers to support the move to and went with the Marvell 88SS1074 controller with Crucial custom firmware on the new Crucial MX300 SSD series. Read on to see how the Crucial MX300 750GB SSD performs.

Crucial MX300 750GB Limited Edition SSD Review
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:20A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While the PCI-Express interface is currently the way forward for performance SSD drives, 3D NAND technology holds the key to SSD capacities never even dreamed of before; Samsung’s 16TB PM1633a being the perfect example of this. 3D NAND can help achieve these huge capacities because its fabrication process allows for the creation of much denser NAND chips than the standard 2D Planar process.

Crucial MX300 Limited Edition 750Gb SSD Storage Review
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:20A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial have just released the latest in their MX range, the MX300. The MX300 uses Micron 3D NAND, which Crucial are calling the most advanced storage technology they’ve had in an SSD. Crucial also plan more to come later this year with this technology, including additional capacities and form factors.

High Performance PCs Need High Performance Drives.
     Wed, Jun 15 2016 | 10:16A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many users make the common mistake of focusing too much on CPU and graphics card performance while ignoring the performance of their hard disk drives. Today, we are going to show you why high performance PCs need high performance drives.

Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SATA III SSD Review
     Tue, Jun 14 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung announces worldwide availability of its 750 EVO line of value oriented SSDs. Also announced is a new 500GB capacity point, let's take a close look."

SanDisk X400 SSD Review (512GB)
     Tue, Jun 14 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Targeted towards read-intensive workloads, boot, and logging applications in both servers and mobile computing, the X400 is SanDisk's top-tier client SATA SSD available in both M.2 and 2.5" form factors. Based upon the marketing material it seems that SanDisk has put a lot of value into this drive, not only with its feature set, but performance and efficiency.

Seagate Personal Cloud Pro (2-Bay) 4TB NAS Review
     Sat, Jun 11 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Home users looking to get a basic and easy to use NAS device with good performance levels and several useful features should seriously consider the Personal Cloud Pro (2 Bay) 4TB model by Seagate.

QNAP TS-531P Quad-core Business-class NAS Review "Despite the fact that we are d
     Fri, Jun 10 2016 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Despite the fact that we are dealing with a NAS server designed for low-power consumption, it is able to deliver good performances in both regular and encrypted volume scenarios, comes with memory upgrade possibilities up to 16GB, 10GbE expansion slot, can scale up to 21 drives with QNAP UX-800P enclosures and more. The Quad-LAN support helps when having a LAG configuration, for failsafe or for connecting the server to different networks and the SSD acceleration function can boost the product when using IOPS-demanding applications."

ASUSTOR AS3204T Four-Bay Consumer NAS Review
     Thu, Jun 09 2016 | 3:49P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ASUSTOR sends over the Intel Braswell Celeron powered AS3204T four-bay NAS appliance for testing. Is it any good? Let's take a close look."

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD
     Thu, Jun 09 2016 | 10:38A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
”Sporting 8TB of space in a 3.5-inch form-factor, Seagate's 8TB Enterprise capacity drive is far from short of capacity or performance. Designed for use over the long haul in data intensive applications, you get a drive that delivers excellent comparative performance. It was easily able to meet its design metrics across a wide series of tests. Rated to deliver 2.0 million hours as a MTBF, it is designed to run 24/7 with a failure rate of less than 0.5%. For the home user as well as the commercial professional, this adds up to some sense of security for your data. But that security has a cost associated with it of roughly $430 for 8TB of space. At just over five cents per gigabyte, that is still a value when you compare the cost to what 8TB in capacity would run you using flash drives.”

ADATA Launches the Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s SSD
     Wed, Jun 08 2016 | 4:33P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive, built for users who want to upgrade their computers with affordable SSDs and gain access to faster speeds and better efficiency compared to traditional HDDs. The Premier SP580 is powered by a Marvell controller and supports SLC caching technology, meaning it can operate in SLC (single-level cell) mode for a tangible performance boost. With LDPC ECC (low density parity check error correcting code), a high TBW (total bytes written) rating, and DEVSLP (device sleep) functionality, the Premier SP580 makes highly durable, power efficient, and affordable SSD upgrades a reality.

Thanks to comprehensive data protection and error correcting technologies, the Premier SP580 attains a higher TBW rating than comparable models on the market, which translates into more successful write operations during its lifespan. It also incorporates LDPC ECC technology to reduce data errors, increase data integrity, and improve transfer quality. As with all ADATA SSDs, every Premier SP580 purchase qualifies for free downloads of the ADATA SSD Toolbox software suite as well as data and operating system migration utilities. This range of value-added software makes drive backup and management effortless. SSD Toolbox allows users to monitor and manage the Premier SP580, with drive status, wear level, and lifespan information. Data migration utilities are especially helpful for users making the move from HDD to SSD, as they are designed for simple and quick backup and migration of the contents of entire drives, including the operating system.

Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive will be available at Amazon.com and Newegg.com for $50.


QNAP TBS-453A 4-Bay M.2 SSD NASbook
     Wed, Jun 08 2016 | 2:47P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During our last stay at CES, QNAP surprised us with the TBS-453A NAS, an incredibly small NAS since it only takes M.2 SSDs. While not a NAS for the average user, it does have some really cool features we are going to explore in this review.

SanDisk SSD Plus and Z410 SATA III SSD Review
     Wed, Jun 08 2016 | 10:10A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
To date no SMI 2256 controlled SSD has been able to earn a TweakTown recommendation. Will SanDisk's SSD Plus or Z410 be the first?"

ASUSTOR AS3202T Network Attached Storage System
     Wed, Jun 08 2016 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Impressively, the ASUSTOR AS3202T features twice as many CPU cores as the AS3102T and uses less power at the same time. But is it worth the extra $40?

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