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OCZ Vector 180 Review
     Tue, Aug 04 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we’re to look at OCZ’s most recent release by way of the Vector 180 solid state drive. Vector 180 is designed primarily for the enthusiast; a sector which is one of the highest in the SSD portfolio. Our drive is also driven by Barefoot 3 M00 and utilises 19nm MLC NAND flash – which promises to deliver consistent performance in a range of scenarios. OCZ are also keen to press a new feature called Power Failure Management Plus – presenting a new level of reliability!

OCZ TRION 100 480GB Solid State Drive Review
     Mon, Aug 03 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I’ve had the pleasure to test all of OCZ’s current SATA drive line-up and I’ve never been let down by any of them and I doubt that it will be any different this time. Today I’m taking a look at the brand new OCZ TRION 100 SSD with 480 GB capacity. The TRION 100 series is the new value series. You might not get the fastest drive on the market, but you will get one of the cheapest while it still maintains a strong performance. A lot of good things have come from OCZ since they became a part of Toshiba, and now you can get even more of that for you money thanks to the TRION 100.

Plextor M6e Black Edition 128GB PCI Express SSD Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SATA compatible solid state drives (SSDs) may have been the ones to start their very own small performance revolution in the PC market almost a decade ago but as we speak thanks to several advancements in the field the tiny M.2 and full size PCI-express based models are the ones mostly preferred by professionals, serious gamers and enthusiasts. Fortunately although a few years back consumers only had a handful of such solutions to choose from by just a couple of manufacturers today most have at several such models in their product lines something which as expected has helped not only keep prices low but has also helped boost performance and durability levels. Plextor is without doubt one of the oldest players in the market and although they already have a rather successful PCIe SSD model in their lineup (M6e) they just recently released an updated version called the M6e Black Edition.

ASUSTOR AS-5102T 2-bay NAS Review
     Sat, Aug 01 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AS5102T 2-bay NAS from ASUSTOR is undoubtedly the AS5104T little brother and while it loses the LCD display and two extra bays, most of the other features are included like the solid chassis, the Intel Celeron J1900 CPU, upgradeable memory feature from the included 2GB (up to 8GB), lockable trays with the help of a screwdriver or plenty of expansion ports. The metallic chassis is also present here for extended durability, while the drives and motherboard are cooled by a single silent 70mm fan. Thanks to the included HDMI port, the product can be used without a PC by simply using the ASUSTOR remote or a keyboard/mouse combo which can be plugged via USB.

QNAP TVS-x63 (TVS-463-8GB): AMD Powered NAS
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Generally speaking two bay or four bay NAS devices are dominated by ARM SoC while higher capacity unit for SOHO or enterprise devices are using x86 Intel Atom or Core processor. Atom was originally designed for Netbooks with its low power usage. However, the first Atom processor is just not fast enough to really deliver a good computing experience. Luckily for Intel, Atom processor found its way into the NAS systems where combining the lower power consumption than typical desktop/laptop CPUs and higher performance than ARM SoCs yield a much better experience for Home/SOHO NAS devices.

Synology DS414slim & QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NAS servers provide a quick, easy and secure means of backing up important data. Compared to a dedicated server, a desktop NAS is considerably more compact, especially two-bay and four-bay models like the QNAP TS-453mini and Synology DS414slim on hand today. The two aren't really direct competitors, so this isn't a straight up Synology vs. QNAP battle, but rather a look at each company's approach to developing compact NAS solutions.

SK hynix Canvas SC300 512GB SSD Review
     Fri, Jul 31 2015 | 3:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
2015 is the year of the Solid State Drive. The technology has advanced to the limit of the SATA 3 interface, and prices have never been more competitive. SK hynix are keen to cement their position in this market and regular readers will be aware of our reviews of their 128GB and 256GB SC300 drives. Today we look at a larger capacity 512GB drive within the SC300 portfolio – priced at £134.99.

Dell Future-Ready Enterprise & Storage Solutions
     Thu, Jul 30 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Dell outlined its Future-Ready Enterprise vision, which is designed to help businesses and organisations scale and adapt their datacenters according to demand, while future-proofing them. Dell also announced the adoption of the latest flash drive technology - TLC 3D NAND flash memory, which will significantly reduce the cost of enterprise flash storage. Let's take a look!

Seagate Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 2TB SATA III Review
     Thu, Jul 30 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to storage media it's no secret that laptop/notebook owners have been getting the short end of the stick for over a decade now something which is about to change since manufacturers have finally begun to focus in the development of 2.5" drives up to 3TB (as the name of the drive clearly states laptop owners may not be their primary target group but that matters very little in the end since anyone can use it). Certainly compared to the 6, 8 and 10TB 3.5" desktop models available 3TB may not seem as a breakthrough but since until recently the highest capacity model consumers had access to was just 1.5TB we're basically talking about a 100% increase. Unfortunately 3TB 2.5" drives may be a reality but they are months away from a massive release and so today we're going to be taking a look at the next best thing which is no other than the 2TB Enterprise Capacity 2.5 HDD V3 model by Seagate.

ADATA Premier SP610 512GB SSD Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 7:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The ADATA Premier SP610 512GB SSD is an affordable high capacity alternative when looking for a mainstream drive. The 7mm shell encases a four channel controller by Silicon Motion (SM2246EN)."

OCZ Vector 180 480GB SSD Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 7:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SATA III based solid state drives (SSDs) may have reached the maximum supported read & write numbers most enthusiasts and gamers look for when out in the market for one but durability and sustained performance are the two most important aspects for professionals and enterprise users (probably even more important than maximum read & write speeds). Unfortunately ever since we made the SNIA IOMeter tests part of our testing methodology we've seen that not many models can produce good sustained performance numbers and so this might just be the next thing for them to focus on. However OCZ with their ARC 100 SSD model which we tested a few months back proved that they've already started to focus on that area (most likely thanks to their merge with Toshiba) and today we're taking their top of the line SATA III SSD model the Vector 180 480GB for a spin to see just how better it is compared to the ARC 100 and of course it's immediate competition.

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 6:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Powered by a dedicated and efficient platform from Intel, the J1900 quad-core processor and paired with 2GB of RAM, the TS-453mini is running the last version of the fully-fledged QTS which is currently at its 4.1.4 version and is also sporting a unique-shaped chassis design. Speaking about the chassis, now it looks more stylish, ideal to be installed in our living-room and the discrete LEDs help us find out the system status at all times; the memory is now very easy upgradable up to 8GB of RAM by simply removing a small plastic cover on the bottom area of the unit.

HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 6:06P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we’ll be exploring the delights of a newly announced product from HyperX – the Savage SSD. Savage uses the Phison S10 controller which boasts quad-core, 8-channel architecture. This controller promises to deliver some of the fastest read/write transfer rates possible to the SATA 6G interface – so we’re expecting good things from this new solid state drive.

QNAP TS-453 Mini 4-Bay Stylish and Quiet Vertical NAS Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 12:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most NAS systems are built around the same basic design, but not all of them. Once in a while a device comes along that is something just a little bit special and today I’m taking a closer look at just one of them. I got the new and innovative QNAP TS-453 mini on the testbench, an NAS that features the easy-to-use QTS operating system, powerful hardware, and a unique top-loading mechanism for the drives. It also comes with one of the easiest and most convenient ways to replace or upgrade the memory. Thanks to the innovative design, the TS-453 mini has a very small footprint for a 4-bay NAS unit. It takes up 29% less space than a normal QNAP 4-bay unit such as the TS-453 Pro that we recently took a look at.

Silicon Power Armor A65 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Review
     Tue, Jul 28 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are a lot of different methods for portable storage and one of them is external hard disk drives. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a solution and it isn’t just the run of the mill drive either. Silicon Power released the Armor A65 back in march and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it performs with everything it can do.

Synology DiskStation DS715 2-Bay Value NAS Review
     Sun, Jul 26 2015 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been a while since I had the pleasure to review a Synology NAS which makes it even more of a pleasure to take the brand new Synology DiskStation DS715 2-bay NAS for a spin. And while it does look ordinary on the first glance, I can tell you it isn’t. The DS715 is an expandable NAS server, equipped with a powerful quad-core processor with hardware encryption engine and the ability to expand up to 7 drives thanks to the optional expansion unit. You can’t just expand it with extra bays, you can also connect it with Synology’s High Availability (SHA) technology that combines active and passive servers into one cluster.

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