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Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review
     Fri, Jul 29 2016 | 6:28P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Earlier this month Seagate announced their new ‘Guardian Series’ of Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and that the BarraCuda name was being revived! Seagate brought back the BarraCuda name in grand fashion as there is a BarraCuda Pro 10TB drive and that makes it the world’s highest capacity consumer HDD. What a better way than to come back after being away for nearly three years and being the largest capacity drive in the World!

Crucial MX300 750GB Solid State Drive
     Fri, Jul 29 2016 | 6:27P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Crucial is a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, and they have been in the business for over 35 years. Today we are looking at their MX300 750GB limited edition solid state drive, which builds on the previous performance of the MX series SSDs, and adds the latest 3D NAND which they claim will speed up boot times and allow you to fly through even the most demanding applications.

LaCie 2TB Porsche Design USB 3.0 Hard Drive
     Fri, Jul 29 2016 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The LaCie 2TB Porsche Design USB hard drive in question features a USB C connector, with adapters to make it compatible with USB 3.1/3.0/2.0. It comes pre-installed with some useful utility software, and you can choose from either silver or gold finishes and capacities of 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB. In this review we will be checking out a gold unit with a capacity of 2TB to see if it is all show and no go.

MDD BP5e 480GB M.2 SATA III SSD Review
     Wed, Jul 27 2016 | 5:25P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Looking for a low-cost alternative to Samsung's 850 EVO M.2? MDD's BP5e 480GB M.2 SSD drive has a lot to offer."

Kingston SSDNow UV400 SSD Review (480GB)
     Wed, Jul 27 2016 | 5:21P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are going to look into the performance of yet another entry level SSD. This trend, to offer entry level products, is very strong now and since TLC NAND is readily available, almost every manufacturer out has one of these cost effect drives in their portfolio. While these SSDs aren't the top performing devices enthusiasts love, they offer significantly better performance than HDDs in most scenarios and are much more reliable and more durable, making them ideal for use in notebooks and other mobile devices. Because of this, Kingston has always had products to fulfill this market segment under their SSDNow series and now the UV400 is the latest addition to this SSD product line. It is also their second TLC SSD in the market, following the UV300. It currently utilizes Toshiba 15nm TLC NAND and a 4-channel Marvell 88SS1074 controller to deliver speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write and is available in a variety of capacities to suit any individual's needs. With competitively low prices, an upgrade kit bundle option, and what looks to be some decent specs, let's see how the Kingston SSDNow UV400 does when we put it to the test in today's review shall we?

NVMe M.2 SSDs Austrian SSD
     Wed, Jul 27 2016 | 5:19P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In the end, the main takeaway is that temperature, and by extension thermal throttling, may still be a factor you need to consider with M.2 SSDs. Just how much high temperatures affect you, however, will depend on the airflow design of your case, the location of the M.2 ports on your motherboard, and your willingness to reconfigure your case layout to address the issue. Adding a $75 Angelbird Wings PX1 to your setup is certainly one way to go, but you could also easily save some money with the use of a standard PCIe adapter that is designed to allow good airflow around the SSD. At worst, you could simply rig up a case fan to blow directly across your motherboard's M.2 ports."

LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive Review
     Thu, Jul 21 2016 | 2:23P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
LaCie is a well-known brand to Mac users, as it started as a company supporting Macs in the early 1990s. Acquired by Seagate Technology in 2012, it now serves as Seagate’s “premium brand”, designing “world-class storage solutions for photographers, videographers, audio professionals, and other power users.” Utilizing the latest USB-C connector and providing up to 8GB of storage as well as simultaneously charging your laptop computer, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is powerful, stylish, and usable with any computer with a USB 3.0/3.1 port. There are other features as well, which Benchmark Reviews will test in this review of this interesting external drive system.

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB SSD Review
     Sat, Jul 16 2016 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For the Neutron XTi, Corsair has picked up a controller we have seen with other low-cost TLC SSDs manufactured by PHISON, paired it with quite a bit of DDR3 RAM cache (1GB) and has also used Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND Flash in order to obtain sustained performance, no matter the file sizes we are transferring to it."

Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB review
     Sat, Jul 16 2016 | 9:03A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Just like the Neutron XT, the XTi uses the Phison PS3110 S10 controller but this time it is paired with Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND. The XT series used 19nm NAND.

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review (4TB)
     Sat, Jul 16 2016 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Samsung is a force to be reckoned with in the SSD market. With such a large share, they are the biggest player there is. This allows them to push the boundaries of what products they can deliver and when. In today’s case, Samsung has just released another update to their 850 EVO line, this time it is huge. First launched in late 2014, the Samsung 850 EVO has been one of the most successful storage products yet. With so many sold and consumers demanding more capacity, they initially expanded their capacity range to 2TB last year, however, if you thought a 2TB SSD was enough, think again. Today we have in our hands a 4TB 850 EVO with their latest 48-layer V-NAND. That’s right, a 4TB consumer SSD! Because you wanted it, they delivered. With 4TB of capacity, the Samsung 850 EVO is the largest consumer SSD out. SSDs are now starting to nip at the heels of HDDs in terms of shear storage capacity and we don’t expect it to be much longer until SSDs match or exceed them, though the price may not be as great as we hope.

Micron 9100 MAX Enterprise NVMe SSD Review (2.4TB)
     Fri, Jul 15 2016 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It has been quite some time since Micron has released a new PCIe SSD into its product portfolio. With the many new NVMe products being released in the market, it was about time Micron caught up, and not only did they catch up, their latest drives look to be some of the best out. First announced back in April, Micron showed us the new 9100 Series and we were quite eager to get our hands on one of these new SSDs. These PCIe SSDs leverage the NVMe protocol to enable blisteringly fast speeds at very low latencies. Within the family are PRO and MAX variants and with capacities ranging from 800GB to 3.2TB and SKUs for read-centric or mixed-workloads, the 9100 series should have you covered for anything you want to throw at it. The difference between the MAX and the PRO models is simply the amount of over provisioning. The 9100 MAX SSDs have upwards of 66% over provisioning to provide for the best mix of performance and endurance for while the 9100 PRO SSDs are all about capacity and price per GB, though their performance is nothing to laugh at either. They deliver sequential reads and writes up to 3GB/s and 2GB/s respectively, over 750K IOPS random read and 300K IOPS random write performance, and an extremely tight QoS. With these stats, the Micron 9100 MAX 2.4TB we are reviewing today looks to be an absolute beast on paper! But, does it have what it takes when we put it to the test? Read on to find out!

Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC UHS-I Card Review (256GB) – So Much V-NAND!
     Fri, Jul 15 2016 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Released earlier last year, the Samsung EVO Plus line of microSD cards has been quite a success. In light of this, Samsung has decided to continue momentum and push boundaries by expanding the capacity availability. Today, Samsung has released the world's largest microSD card, and in order to do so, they have integrated their latest 48-layer TLC V-NAND into it! At 256GB, it is more capacity than some laptops and now you can have this kind of capacity in your phone or tablet, action cam, or any device that accepts microSDXC cards!

OCZ RD400A 512GB Solid State Drive Review
     Fri, Jul 15 2016 | 4:00P | 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.

Zotac Sonix 480GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive Review
     Thu, Jul 14 2016 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have finally entered the new storage era and it is no longer just a few selected manufacturers that have NVMe drives on the market. More competition and more options are great for us consumers and it is a pleasure for me to take Zotac’s Sonix PCIe-based NVMe SSD with 480GBcapacity for a test drive here at the office today.

Mach Xtreme MX-Barium USB 3.1 Gen1 / USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C Flash Drive
     Thu, Jul 14 2016 | 11:54A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The MX-Barium 64GB from Mach Xtreme is a future-proof USB Flash Drive supporting both USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C interfaces, has high read/write performances and comes with a sturdy aluminum housing."

Inateck FE2010 USB 3.0 Portable 2.5? Enclosure Review
     Thu, Jul 14 2016 | 11:38A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the Inateck FE2006 pushing two years of age, it was time for Inateck to release an updated drive housing that uses the latest SATA to USB 3.0 controller. Meet the Inateck FE2010 that features the JMicron JSM578 controller and is available for $17.99 with free shipping from Amazon. Read on to see how it performs!

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