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Thecus N5810 Pro 5-bay NAS
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 1:16P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The N5810 Pro by Thecus is an enthusiast-grade NAS that not only includes the usual features we expect to find in a product of its category as it also comes with its very own mini-UPS device as a precursory measure against data losses caused by power cuts.

Crucial MX200 500GB Review
     Tue, Aug 25 2015 | 9:02A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It seems like it was just yesterday that I set my sights on Crucial's MX100 256GB SSD. The MX100 was a solid drive (pun intended) that performed well, was affordable, and was as reliable as a 1980s Volvo (very reliable). Crucial thinks they can build on their strengths and impress me once again with their shinier, newer, MX200 500GB SSD.

Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SATA SSD Review
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:26P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today, we are going to review the 240 GB member of the HyperX Savage SSD family, which boasts the following features : Performance - Incredible speeds for enhanced productivity Unique design - Stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware Slim - 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks Fast and easy migration - All-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy multi-kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation

Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Review (64GB)
     Mon, Aug 24 2015 | 1:12P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A little over a year ago we were able to take a close look at a new breed of SD cards thanks to SanDisk releasing the world’s first UHS-II SD card, the SanDisk Extreme Pro. The standard was so new, besides the Fujifilm XT-1, no other camera even supported the form factor at the time. In September Lexar finally released a product to compete against it, but not only did it compete, it took the crown as the fastest SD card in the market. Today, we get to put the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II through its paces and see how it performs.

Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Seagate 2TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive is, as you have probably figured out, a 2TB USB 3.0 external hard drive. Aimed squarely at the modern computer user, it is thin, portable and even allows users to back up their phone’s storage over WiFi. Priced at a shade under £75, is this the external disk drive for you?

ADATA Launches the Premier SP550 SATA 6Gb/s SSD
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND flash products, today launched the Premier SP550 SSD, which uses triple-level cell (TLC) architecture to offer an affordable SSD without compromising performance. The Premier SP550 is the first ADATA drive to include the Silicon Motion (SMI) SM2256 controller, which uses NANDXtend™ technology to help ADATA implement SSD technologies such as data shaping, LDPC ECC, and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, stability, and reliability. SLC caching technology has been implemented to boost performance.

“The launch of ADATA’s Premier SP550 SSD with our SM2256 client controller represents a milestone in SSD adoption,” said Nelson Duann, Silicon Motion’s Vice President of Product Marketing. “TLC-based SSDs significantly improve the affordability of high performance, low power SSDs.” 
“Our Premier SP550 SSD integrates superior TLC NAND carefully selected and refined with ADATA quality assurance to deliver leading performance, data reliability, and endurance. It provides customers a clear choice for the best storage experience”, said Kevin Chen, Vice President of ADATA.
Ideal as a Cost-Effective, High Performance Upgrade
The Premier SP550 uses TLC flash and the latest SMI controller as a great upgrade solution with a superior cost-performance ratio. Compared to other SSDs, it features outstanding durability, as indicated by higher total bytes written (TBW) ratings, which mean the number of times a drive can write a specified capacity in one lifespan. While a TLC SSD, the Premier SP550 employs SLC caching for faster read/write performance when needed. It further supports SATA DevSlp (device sleep) low power mode to reduce electricity costs and provide longer notebook battery life.
Increased Data Protection with Comprehensive Backup and Management 
With low-density parity check error correction, or LDPC ECC, data errors are minimized and SSD life is extended. Smart data shaping also maintains consistent operation and prevents NAND flash wear by evenly distributing drive loads, while a RAID engine boosts data reliability. Bundled software includes Acronis True Image HD, which enables quick data migration to new systems. ADATA Toolbox software includes utilities to monitor and manage the SSD, with drive status, wear level, and lifespan info. 
The Premier SP550 SSD will be available at Amazon.com and Newegg.com.
Product Webpage: 
120GB $69.99
240GB $99.99
480GB $189.99

Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD Review
     Sun, Aug 23 2015 | 9:00A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It may have taken some time to happen especially since consumer oriented solid state drives (SSDs) have been around for quite some time now but right now they've pretty much saturated the SATA III (6Gb/s) connectivity (although not really in constant/continuous performance) and so until and if something new comes along to replace that interface as well (remember we still have PCIex, M.2 and SAS drives for higher performance levels so that may never happen) manufacturers have chosen to focus on the next best thing which is the release of much higher capacity models aimed towards demanding users and applications. In 2013 and 2014 we did witness the introduction of 960GB/1TB SSD models by quite a few manufacturers but since the capacity gap between regular SSDs and HDDs is still quite large 2TB models have just been introduced into the market with 4TB ones announced to arrive in the coming months (Q1 2016 probably). The 850 EVO line of SSDs by Samsung may have been around for roughly 10 months now but it wasn't until last month that the 2TB variant was announced (along with the 850 Pro 2TB model) and today we are going to dig deeper and see what consumers can expect from it.

ADATA Premier SP610 256GB Solid State Drive Review
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"There has been a plethora of new solid state drives that have hit the market over the past year. ADATA’s SP610 has been out for a little while now and with capacities getting higher prices of solid state drives have been dropping steadily over the past few months. This puts the 256GB version of ADATA’s Premier SP610 that we are reviewing today at $84.99 at our favorite online retailer. At this price it makes this SSD a perfect low-cost choice for an OS or game drive. ADATA is making use of the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller that we saw on the Mushkin Reactor and the Crucial BX100. The 256GB version of the drive boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 290 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on the test bench and see what it can do!"

Toshiba HK3R2 960 GB
     Sat, Aug 22 2015 | 12:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Toshiba HK3R2 is a entry-level enterprise SSD which is built around Toshiba's own controller and NAND chips. With its 960 GB capacity it offers plenty of storage for all business applications, and our MySQL database testing reveals excellent performance in read-heavy scenarios.

QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 4:03P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It may not be immediately apparent that the QNAP TS-453mini is a NAS that accommodates up to four 3.5-inch hard drives. Its tiny footprint (200mmx151mm) requires the bare minimum of shelf space, however that isn’t the natural environment for this particular NAS.

Samsung PM853T SSD Review (960GB) - Enterprise Excellence
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 4:01P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Normally, when we work with SSD manufacturers, the class of product is pretty straight forward. Whether it be enterprise, consumer or enthusiast, we normally have an easy time pinning down the the point of the product. With Samsung, you might need a degree in marketing to figure out what is going on. This has been a point of contention in the past because products were not only differentiated by product type, but also distribution model. At the 2014 Samsung SSD Summit, we got a much clearer picture.

ASUSTOR AS5104T 4-bay NAS Review
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 4:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The AS5104T NAS from ASUSTOR is built upon the proven chassis solution we have found on their previous generations, with an easy readable LCD display and additional buttons for performing the initial configuration without the need of a PC or extra software. The Celeron J1900 quad-core processor at its core delivers very good transfer rates when moving data; this is paired with a 2GB SODIMM module but the memory can be upgraded up to 8GB if needed, when we are running multiple services at once.

Samsung SSD 850 Evo 2TB Review
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 12:00P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's hard to believe the prices many of us were paying for SSD storage just a few years ago when we can grab a 1TB Crucial MX200 SSDs for just $365 (coming in at $0.36 per gigabyte). Recently, Samsung delivered even higher capacity SSDs with 2TB versions of its famed 850 Pro and 850 Evo series, which we have on hand today. While we already know the drive is reasonably priced for the amount of storage provided, we're keen to see what its performance looks like.

ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB998SP-B Eight-Bay SATA Backplane Cage Review
     Fri, Aug 21 2015 | 9:01A | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Tyler tells us all about ICY DOCK's MB998SP-B, an eight-bay 2.5-inch SATA HDD and SSD backplane cage for a 5.25-inch bay in your chassis."

ADATA XPG SX930 Gaming SSD Review
     Thu, Aug 20 2015 | 3:38P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With SSD prices falling under intense competition, and most consumer-level drives bumping up against the bandwidth limitations of SATA 6, how does a vendor distinguish their product? ADATA thinks their SX930 “Extreme Performance Gaming” (XPG) drive can do it, bolstered by features like enterprise-grade NAND, a JMicron JMF670H controller, hardware-based BHC error correction, pSLC cache technology, all supported with free application software and a five-year warranty. Benchmark Reviews runs the ADATA XPG SX930 Gaming SSD through our test suite to see how it performs.

OCZ's new Vector 180 in 240GB
     Wed, Aug 19 2015 | 4:02P | Hard Drives | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Quality components, high speeds, a low price and a long warranty. Those are all things we look for in today's SSDs and OCZ's new Vector 180 offers every one of them.

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