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ADATA Announces Release of XPG SX950 SSD and EX500 Enclosure

ADATA announced the XPG (Xtreme Performance Gear) SX950 SSD back in January, as our Sean Webster reported from CES 2017.  ADATA has now announced the official release of the SX950 SSD, as well as its accompanying gaming-style drive enclosure, designated as the EX500.   The SX950 features a custom ADATA PCB, as well as only the most select NAND chips to …

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Micron 5100 MAX & ECO Enterprise SSD Review (960GB/1920GB)

By now, if you are an avid reader or haven’t been stuck under a rock for the past 7-8 years, you know what a difference an SSD provides an end user. But, for years now, SSDs have been not only revolutionizing the way we compute in our homes but everywhere else as well. HDDs are magnitudes slower than SSDs, especially for …

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Western Digital Announces SanDisk Skyhawk NVMe-compatible PCIe SSD – Up To 3.84TB Capacity

Western Digital is announcing the SanDisk Skyhawk NVMe-compatible PCIe SSD, their first NVMe-compliant enterprise SSD.  The Skyhawk is optimized to be an ideal balance of consistently fast performance, Quality of Service (QoS), and cost-to-performance value.  The Skyhawk PCIe SSD is geared toward large, unstructured data center workloads in cloud environments. Cloud storage solutions require faster response times and higher throughput, …

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Lima Ultra Personal Cloud with Samsung 2TB T3 Portable SSD Review

Technology that makes life simple is a bit easier said then done and something we always strive for.   Technically speaking, the cloud does just that but, let’s be honest…people want their files within reach.  iCloud is a great example of this as, regardless of how easy it is to set up and secure, people don’t want their files located somewhere …

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Toshiba To Spin Off NAND Flash Production — Possible Investment by WD?

Confirming rumors making the rounds, Toshiba has announced that they will spin off the NAND production portion of their business.  At the same time, they will be selling off a 20% minority interest in the spun-off business. Toshiba would be generating a significant boost to their liquidity, while retaining majority control of their most profitable business. Specifics have not yet …

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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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Mushkin Displays Reactor Armor3D SSD – CES 2017 Update

We met today with Mushkin in a suite at the MGM. One of their new items on display was the Reactor Armor3D solid-state drive. This drive features 3D MLC NAND paired with a Silicon Motion SM2258 controller.  It is available in capacities ranging from 240GB all the way up to 2TB. The Reactor Armor3D is rated for sequential read speeds …

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WD Unveils WD Black PCIe NVMe SSD – CES 2017 Update

After stepping into the WD suite at CES this year we saw quite the array of storage products. From traditional mechanical disks and NAS storage devices to USB drives and the like, WD has devices for anybody’s needs. Recently we reviewed their first SSD product, the WD Blue SSD and at the same time, they launched the green series too. …

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Seagate and LaCie Showcase Latest SSD Products – CES 2017 Update

LaCie, as many of you know, is Seagate’s premier/professional product brand. At CES they have on display their latest product updates, which feature upgraded interfaces and performance improvements. The Rugged Thunderbolt USB-C can connect to USB 3.0-compatible computers as well as to USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 models. It also comes with an integrated Thunderbolt cable that is compatible with first-generation …

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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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Longsys Displays Ultra Small SDP (SATA Disk in Package) SSD

Of particular interest at CES 2017 this week was our meeting with Longsys who was showing off a new design of theirs called the SATA Disk in Package (SDP).  The SDP is a very small SSD that contains the SATA connector, a Marvell 88NV1120 DRAM-less  controller, as well as 3D TLC memory.  Having the SDP in hand, we could see …

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