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Apacer Announces PT920 COMMANDO PCIe NVMe SSD With Assault Rifle-Style Housing

Apacer is announcing their latest gaming-oriented PCIe NVMe SSD, designated as the PT920 COMMANDO.  The most immediately compelling aspect of the PT920 is that the shroud is shaped like the trigger guard, sight aperture and ejection port of an assault rife.  The housing also enables a convection cooling system to improve heat dissipation. Apacer is offering the PT920 COMMANDO in …

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Intel SSD5 545s SATA 3 SSD Review (512GB)

It was some time ago that even the mention of TLC NAND flash memory could draw forum confrontations so active that they would inflame contributors, most threads containing language that we definitely wouldn’t want children hearing…or reading in that case.  Luckily, NAND flash memory has progressed.  In fact, this progression is very ‘consumer-centric’ as today’s SSDs, built on the newest 64-layer 3D TLC …

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Toshiba XG5 NVMe SSD Review – 3D BiCS 64-Layer Flash Shines

Flash memory, at the consumer level, came to the forefront in late 2007 and has changed everything we do, without most understanding , or caring to understand the reason why.  Its advance has changed our world and we do things every day that somehow touches flash memory in some way, shape or form.  The easiest example might be a quick …

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Team Group T-Force Cardea M.2 NVMe SSD Review (240GB)

If you’re a fan of SSDs, you won’t be surprised with the latest thought process that SSDs need to be cooled.  As of late, there seems to be a common theme that some type of SSD cooling is better than no cooling at all and, with respect to that thought, I would agree entirely.  Whether I might agree that SSDs, …

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AkiTiO Announces Thunder3 RAID Station – Computex 2017 Update

An old friend introduced us to a company at Computex 2017 this year, and I have to admit it was an introduction that I am glad we made.  AkiTiO specializes in storage designs to include, not only RAID cases but also, they have some amazing designs that speak to network and eGPU Nodes for laptops with Thunderbolt 3. Their latest …

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Intel Announces DC P4501 Series NVMe Data Center SSD — Optimized For Power Conscious Storage

Intel is announcing the DC P4501 data center SSD, a power-efficient and high-performance SSD for cloud storage.  The P4501 Series, featuring 2nd generation Intel 3D NAND technology, combines a new controller (Intel-developed), unique firmware and the density of 3D NAND to create an efficient, low power, high-performance small form factor design. The P4501 Series are optimized to meet the needs …

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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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Micron Displays Smallest 256Gb Die Comparison – Computex 2017 Update

While spending time with Crucial at Computex Taipei today, we had the opportunity to see a comparison in NAND size that was quite interesting.  This sheet below displays Micron’ 16nm planar NAND as well as their Gen1 3D memory and their latest Gen 2, possibly the smallest footprint in the industry. Examining this sheet is a great example of how technology is …

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