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Toshiba Announces XG5 NVMe SSD — Industry’s First 64-Layer BiCS 3D Memory SSD

Toshiba is announcing the XG5 M.2 NVMe SSD, representing the industry’s first SSD to ship with 64-layer BiCS FLASH­­­™ 3D memory.  First demonstrated at Dell/EMC World, the XG5 is geared toward mainstream computing, thin performance notebooks, and enthusiast desktops and laptops. Utilizing Toshiba’s BiCS FLASH­™ 3D flash memory and its vertically stacked cell structure allows for higher capacity in the …

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Kingston DC400 Enterprise SSD Review (800GB/960GB)

Enterprise-class SATA SSDs are offered by nearly all the big name SSD manufacturers in the market. We have had quite a few pass through here from SanDisk, Samsung, Micron, and Toshiba recently, but it has been over three years since we last fully examined an enterprise-class Kingston SSD…key word here, fully, as we just released a simple enthusiast report of …

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Micron Announces New Petabyte-Scale Data Center NVMe All-Flash Storage Solution – Accelerated Speed, Performance and Value

Micron is joining forces with Red Hat and Supermicro to offer a new all-flash Ceph storage reference architecture that accelerates the speed and performance of network unified storage.  This new architecture combines the scalability of Red Hat Ceph Storage, the rack-space efficiency provided by Supermicro’s 1U Ultra SuperServer and the performance and endurance of Micron’s 9100 MAX NVMe flash PCIe …

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Intel Optane Memory Review – 1.4GB/s Speed & 300K IOPS for $44

Intel Optane Memory is Intel’ first phase in release of their Optane flash technology line that Intel hopes might revolutionize the flash industry.  At its most basic level, it is SSD storage that caches your hard drive with performance speeds up to 1.4GB/s, a speed that has yet to be seen for this type of storage in the industry.  The term ‘Optane’ is …

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The New Kaby Lake Z270 Test Bench Gets Built – 5GHz

Every year or so, we try to upgrade our hardware to stay current with tech trends and bumping our newest test bench up to the new Kaby Lake design was no different.  With Intel’ newest Optane Technology knocking at the door, the Z270 was a must.  If you are wondering whether the boot to Z270 is worth the jump from Z170, …

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Patriot Hellfire SSD Review (480GB) – Fast & Efficient

Most well known for their DRAM and USB drives, Patriot memory isn’t new to offering performance and gamer oriented products. Years ago, they jumped on the SSD bandwagon, but they seemed to fall off at one point or another. As of last two years, however, they hopped back on and they now offer SSDs for every segment of the market. …

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Phison Demos Entry-level NVMe E8 Controller – CES 2017 Update

When talking about high-performance storage and the controllers that power them, you can be sure that Phison will be in the conversation. Many companies have taken advantage of their E7 NVMe controller to bring out enthusiast class SSDs, such as the Patriot Hellfire, Corsair MP500, and MyDigitalSSD BPX (all of which are in our queue to review). But, as times are moving, Phison …

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Synology Shows Off Latest All-Flash Storage Appliance — CES 2017 Update

Friday afternoon found us chatting with Steven Peters, Lead Sales Manager for Synology America Corp., a leading producer of network-attached storage (NAS) products.  In their South Hall booth here at the Las Vegas Convention Center, they had on display their latest all-flash storage appliance, designated as the FS3017.  This 2u rack unit can house up to 24 hot-swappable solid-state drives (SSDs). …

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