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HyperX Savage 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Solid-State Drives are starting to become the norm when shopping for storage. With drive prices on a decline and capacities getting larger, many are starting to consider SSD’s as there primary source for storage. While prices for the large capacities SSDs are no where near standard mechanical drives, they are become more affordable in recent years. For those that are looking for SSD Drives, most are typically using them as a primary system drive, or as we call it, the “OS” or “boot” drive. So capacities of 120GB all way to 500GB are not uncommon and seem to be the popular sizes. So with so many SSD Drives in today’s market, often times we tend to turn to the names or companies we are familiar with. Kingston Technology, one of the leaders in the industry has been rather well known for its previous HyperX 3K Series Drives. But as most already know, Kingston started to branch out its HyperX line up to its own brand as of the recent years and the HyperX brand has grown substantially. With this in mind, we are going to be looking at one of these new SSD Drives part of the Savage Series from HyperX. We bring you the HyperX Savage 240GB Solid-State Drive. HyperX’s Savage SSD will be replacing the aging HyperX 3K drives which was previously released by Kingston. The Savage series is considered to be the mid range line up from HyperX while Fury remains to be the entry level and Predator Series are the flagship model. Before we...



Super Talent’s New mSATA SJ2 SSD

Super Talent’s New mSATA SJ2 SSD An mSATA SSD built with reliability and performance in mind for industrial and embedded applications San Jose, California — April 06, 2015 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its mSATA JS2 solid state drive for industrial and embedded applications. The mSATA SJ2 is Super Talent’s updated solid state drive that provides extremely fast speeds of up to 480 MB/sec reads and 160 MB/sec writes for mobile solutions. Equipment with limited space for expansion can take advantage of the mSATA SJ2’s extremely small form factor, speed, and increased capacity for important applications that require reliable high speed storage. Capacity Part Number 16GB FM5016MTRM 32GB FM5032MTRM 64GB FM5064MTRM 128GB FM5128MTRM The mSATA SJ2 is part of an extensive list of SSDs manufactured by Super Talent for a variety of industry needs and applications. With the computing market growth focused on the mobile sector, the mSATA SJ2 is here to provide a quality option for OEMs to select from when making a business decision. Additional information on Super Talent’s mSATA SJ2 can be found here. About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer electronics. An ISO 9001 certified company, Super Talent utilizes its state-of-the-art factories and leading-edg...



ADATA Launches HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

ADATA Launches HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant  USB 3.0 External Hard Drive More Durable Than Ever – Exclusive For Mac Taipei, Taiwan – April 1, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the HD710A Waterproof / Dustproof / Shock-Resistant USB 3.0 External Hard Drive. ADATA’s HD710A is an ultra-durable external hard drive designed especially for Macbook. It comes with large storage capacities of 1TB or 2TB, provides superior data transfer speeds, and also undergoes stringent tests for waterproofing, dustproofing and shock resistance. The HD710A is the ultimate in portable protection for your data!   Military Rugged, Reliable, Better Than Ever Designed especially for active users of Apple Macintosh platforms, the HD710A provides rugged protection from shock, dust and water. The triple-layer construction of the HD710A incorporates exceptionally elastic silicone material to provide great shock absorption from all angles. By passing the MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military-grade shock-resistant test, the HD710A ensures your data’s safety even after unexpectedly suffering a shock. It has also passed the stringent IP68 test, offering excellent water and dust resistant protection. Thanks to the durable design, the HD710A works normally even in a dusty environment or after being submerged in its storage state in meter-deep water for up to 30 minutes. When not ...



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Samsung 850 EVO mSATA & M.2 SSD Review

Many moons ago there was an article based on solid state memory and how it would change everything we do, if they could get it to work correctly. Many were amazed at the thought of drives having no moving parts, a major reduction in size and energy consumption. There were many factors that prevented these early SSDs from being a viable replacement to platter drives, MTBF, speed, capacity and of course cost being the most prominent.



SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50

SP/ Silicon Power Releases the Sportscar-like USB 3.0 Flash Drive—Blaze B50 Taipei, Taiwan – March 9th, 2015 –SP/ Silicon Power, the world’s leading provider of memory storage solutions, today releases the specially-designed USB 3.0 flash drive—Blaze B50. Inspired by muscular curving and dynamic spirit of sports cars, the Blaze B50 is tailored to delivering the streamlined and breathtaking look with powerfully-sculpted lines and delicate carbon fiber surface treatment. Consideration to every detail is echoed in the exterior design that represents a sense of movement and appears to be a great attraction for sports car enthusiasts. Not just a characteristic styling choice for fashion-conscious users, the Blaze B50 also appears to be the top gear by offering comprehensive capacity solutions up to 256GB and utilizing the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface. Emphasizing the power of remarkable performances and superb designs, the Blaze B50 lines up as the very best in its segment. Give in to the euphoria in every curve and angle Encouraged by the dynamic concept of sports cars, the Blaze B50 USB flash drive is designed to be an artistic production with flowing lines and exquisite surface treatment that altogether create a sensuous character and an aggressive expression of style. To thoroughly accentuate the sense of speed and sportiness, the Blaze B50 applies the special surface treatment with carbon fiber pattern that lends the drive an exceptionally energetic gesture. No ...



ADATA Launches OTG microReader

 ADATA Launches OTG microReader A Smarter Way to Share Taipei, Taiwan – March 3, 2015 – ADATA® Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash application products, today launches the OTG microReader, which combines microUSB and standard USB connectors to share files among different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and PCs, making it an extremely convenient tool for sharing and backing up data in your mobile life.  Use It Simply By Sliding Thanks to its OTG (On-The-Go) design, the microUSB interface connects directly to mobile devices running Android 4.0 or higher without the need for a cable or an adaptor; and its standard USB 2.0 head connects to any desktop or laptop computer’s USB port. If you want to switch the connectors, just press and slide out the desired connector. The OTG microReader supports all microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards. Simply insert the card into the base of the standard USB connector, connect to your device and access to the data directly. To eject the card, just slide another button on the back and remove the card.   Compact, Easy-to-Carry  With its slim profile, the OTG microReader won’t interfere with other USB devices you are using your PC. Thanks to its capless design and strap hole, the OTG microReader is easy to carry without worrying about losing an end cap. There are two configuration options to choose from – the OTG microReader and the OTG microReader with a microSDHC or ...



Club 3D USB 3.0 Active Repeater Cablesnull

Amsterdam, February 18th 2015 Club 3D today officially launches its USB 3.0 active repeater cables. With lengths of 5, 10 and 15 metres we are convinced that they will be a good addition to the computing experience for those who need to place webcams,storage devices or other peripherals a bit further away from their desktop PC. The active repeater cables are available from today and have recommended enduser prices of USD 39 for CAC-1401, USD 59 for CAC-1402 and USD 89 for CAC-1403. In Euro this would be 36/54/81 for the respective items based on current exchange rate. All prices are ex.VAT. USB 3.0 Active Repeater Cable Tethering your devices up to 15 meters The maximum practical length for the USB 3.0 cable is 3 meters but often certain applications require flexibility when it comes to cable lenght. To lift this lenght barrier, the USB 3.0 Active Repeater cable allows you to extend the USB 3.0 cable far beyond its maximum length. All 3 items will be available by Mid of February 2015.             CAC-1401 5 METERS 16 FEET CAC-1402 10 METERS 32 FEET CAC-1403 15 METERS 49 FEET Applications TETHER Tethered shooting is connecting a computer to the camera via the USB port so the pictures you take are downloaded to the computer instead of the memory card. Previewing photos in the field can be quite challenging. The small screen on the back of the camera doesn’t exactly give you a good representation of how well photos are turning out. You can easi...



An SSD build with reliability and performance in mind for commercial and industrial applications

Super Talent DuraDrive ZT4 Update An SSD build with reliability and performance in mind for commercial and industrial applications San Jose, California — February 16, 2015 — Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of NAND Flash storage solutions, announces its DuraDrive ZT4 solid state drive for commercial and industrial storage solutions. The DuraDrive ZT4 is the successor to the highly popular DuraDrive ZT3 that utilizes a 40-pin Zero Insertion Force connector with an IDE interface. The ZT4 is commonly used in aerospace, enterprise computing, and medical systems to provide reliable and high application performance. The smaller form factor allows the ZT4 to fit into smaller enclosures ensuring that precious device real estate is available for expansion and cooling. DuraDrives are Super Talent’s state-of-the art solid state storage solution where applications require high performance storage while being subjected to a variety of environments. DuraDrive products are available in a variety of configurations with multiple features to choose from based on a project’s needs. Additional information on Super Talent’s DuraDrive ZT4 can be found here. Available At: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&rh=n%3A493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cp_4%3ASuper%20Talent&bbn=493964 About Super Talent Technology Super Talent Technology Corporation based in San Jose, California, designs and manufactures flash based SSD and USB storage devices for computers and consumer...



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Emtec International Power Plus X150 240GB Solid State Drive Review

We have already seen how some once premier companies collapsed under the weight of falling NAND prices. Where once once fell, another shall stand. Emtec a new entrant into the low cost solid state drive business seeks to offer a compelling product at value prices.



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HyperX Launches High-Performance PCIe SSD

HyperX Launches High-Performance PCIe SSD Powered by Marvell Controller Bootable via Standard AHCI Drivers Speeds up to 1400MB/s Read and 1000MB/s Write PCIe Gen. 2×4 Interface in M.2 Form Factor (with optional Half-Height, Half-Length Adapter) 2015 International CES & Fountain Valley, CA – January 6, 2015 – HyperX®, a division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD. Shipping in February, HyperX Predator PCIe SSD will be the highest-end SSD with the fastest speeds in the HyperX lineup. HyperX Predator PCIe SSD offers large capacities (240GB, 480GB) and incredible speeds to take systems to the edge. A 960GB version will ship in later Q1/Q2. Faster than SATA-based SSDs, the generation 2.0 x4 interface delivers speeds up to 1400MB/s read and 1000MB/s write for ultra-responsive multitasking and an overall faster system. It is powered by the Marvell 88SS9293 controller. The M.2 form factor ensures next-generation platform support with an M.2 PCIe slot. An optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) adapter is also available for many existing motherboards without an M.2 socket. The HHHL adapter comes with both standard and low-profile brackets to fit in slim profile desktop builds. “As enthusiast desktop users and datacenter customers seek greater performance to break through 6Gb/s SATA limitation, Marvell’s X4-lane PCIe SSD Controller 88SS9293 provides lightning fast, n...



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ASUSTOR to Debut New NAS Applications at CES 2015

ASUSTOR Unveils Trendsetting NAS 4K Multimedia Solutions at CES 2015 ASUSTOR will be showcasing its innovative NAS products for four straight days starting from today, at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel. ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its 70, 51, 50 series models equipped with powerful Intel Haswell and BayTrail processors. The ASUSTOR Portal app is the first to integrate XBMC 13 and provide 4K UHD or 1080p Full HD playback, and offering a comprehensive, high-value home multimedia center and cloud storage solution. The latest ADM 2.3 version will be introduced along with the new video streaming and digital TV recording app LooksGood and mobile multimedia streaming app AiVideos. Surveillance Center has added electronic maps and ONVIF Profile S support functions while enterprise functions such as the new VM Center virtual machine console, SSD Trim and SNMP have been added. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, January 5th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, will be showcasing its innovative NAS products for four straight days starting from today, at CES 2015 at the Trump International Hotel. ASUSTOR will be exhibiting its cutting-edge 70, 51 and 50 series NAS devices and exclusive ADM 2.3 operating system featuring all new functionality including multimedia, surveillance, business management and data protection applications. ASUSTOR’s 70 series devices come with powerful high performance processors combined with ASUSTOR’s multim...



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QNAP Partners with AMD to Launch 10GbE-ready 2.4GHz Quad-core Processor TVS-863+ Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS

QNAP Partners with AMD to Launch 10GbE-ready 2.4GHz Quad-core Processor TVS-863+ Golden Cloud Turbo vNAS Taipei, Taiwan, January 5, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. have partnered with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD®), and announced the release of the high-performance 10GbE-ready TVS-863+ and 4/6/8-bay TVS-x63 Turbo vNAS series, with an AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.4GHz processor and a RAM module expandable to 16GB. With highly-efficient hardware encryption, SSD cache acceleration, and advanced AMD Radeon™ graphics, the TVS-x63+ series provides an affordable 10GbE unified storage solution to safeguard all stored contents and to process intensive tasks and high-quality multimedia files. “QNAP is renowned for providing comprehensive cutting-edge NAS solutions with high-quality features for users, and we feel very honored to cooperate with QNAP to release the new TVS-x63+ series NAS, powered by AMD embedded solutions,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides high performance while being energy efficient and meets the requirements of a NAS designed to deliver 24/7 continuous and reliable services.” Powered by an energy-efficient 64-bit AMD quad-core 2.4 GHz processor with 8GB/4GB fast DDR3L-1600 RAM (upgradable to 16GB), coupled with the support of SATA 6Gb/s, 2 Gigabit LAN ports and 10GbE capability (the TVS-863+ has built in 10GbE), the TVS-x63+ series d...



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SanDisk 64GB Ultra PLUS and Extreme SD Review

Today we're looking at the SanDisk Extreme 64GB and Ultra PLUS 64GB SD cards. In a hint of what's to come during testing, the speed results were a very pleasant surprise, despite what the labels might seem to indicate in terms of speed expectations. We'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what SanDisk has to offer with the latest high performance SD cards.



Samsung Unleashes New Era of 3-bit V-NAND SSDs

SEOUL, South Korea – December 8, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 EVO, the latest addition to its branded solid state drive (SSD) line-up. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, the 850 EVO SSD provides a significant boost in performance and endurance as compared to its predecessor, making it ideal for use in mainstream PCs. With the slogan of “a new caliber of performance & endurance,” the new drive will be globally launched in a total of 53 countries in the United States, Europe and Asian markets later this month. “We are thrilled to be providing users with an improved computing experience through the new 850 EVO SSDs,” said Unsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of the Branded Product Marketing team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to introduce V-NAND-based SSDs in a variety of form factors, while accelerating the growth of the global SSD market.” While the Samsung 850 PRO SSD that launched in July uses 2-bit 3D V-NAND for professional use in high-end client PCs and small- and medium-sized enterprise servers, the 850 EVO is built with 3-bit 3D V-NAND technology. This makes it more suitable for general consumer use in devices such as notebook and gaming PCs. With the introduction of the 850 EVO, Samsung launches the next iteration of its consumer SSD product line-up with new V-NAND-based SSDs. The Samsung 850 EVO series comes in 1TB, 500GB, 25...



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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

We've seen some very impressive SSDs from Samsung in the recent past, as they've gone to considerable lengths to indeed push those boundaries, offering consumers something very special that can't be found elsewhere with other SSDs: RAPID Mode. Sounds like marketing jingo, we agree, but you'd be wrong to dismiss this one. RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 500GB and see just what this SSD can do.






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