Storage, HDs & SSDs
Newegg has a sale on an enterprise level NVMe SSD that ends up being cheaper than a lot of SATA SSDs with the same capacity. Some performance numbers can be a tad slower than expected, but the sequential read and write speeds can make this an excellent games drive.
Team Group not only released Delta RGB SSDs, but the advertising adequately clarifies between addressable and simple lighting. There's choices between white and black shrouds, as well as some really solid looking performance numbers.
The best storage solution for a computer isn't the fastest one. It's the SSD that can balance price, performance and capacity. The Crucial MX500 does this the best and is a must have product for anyone building a computer. It won't compete with NVMe, but it's top tier among SATA performance.
Patriot Viper is getting serious about entering the NVMe SSD market. A new m.2 storage drive has over 3000 MB/s read and write speeds, with an impressive 600k IOPS read and write speeds. Of course, testing will need to be done to confirm if Viper can measure up.
Samsung announced a new SATA SSD that mentioned having DDR4! On further research, I realized these storage solutions are like a mini-computer. The controller, RAM and NAND modules work together before communicating with the rest of the PC. The 860 Pro has minor performance improvements, but a 4 TB capacity!
Sometimes, a single number change can be overlooked. The MX500 SSD is a new release that follows in the footsteps of the MX300. This drive has a new controller though, as well as decent improvements in read and write speeds across the board. Pricing looks great on these drives as well.
NVMe SSD speeds are expected if you have an M.2 or PCI storage slot. Patriot brings fast read and write speeds to an external SSD though. Using USB Type C and Thunderbolt technology, the Evlvr will give incredibly fast file transfers for users and shock resistance.
PureOC will always recommend building your own computer, but we understand that isn't for everyone. iBuyPower does an excellent job selling pre-built custom PCs and we really enjoyed getting a chance to review the Element. Besides, we couldn't say no to the chance to try an Intel i7-7900X and Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti!
Two companies that intrigued as at Computex were Enermax and GeIL. The former showed off a Titanium Rated PSU that has a built in Wattage meter. The latter introduced a peak at an NVMe drive that has an impressive heat sink on it.
Finding a high capacity SD card can seem easy until you try to find a high speed class. Samsung offers a great capacity and top speed class with the EVO Plus Micro SD Memory Card. If you're a content creator who uses a lot of video, this is a great option to use to expand storage.
Welcome back to our second roundup of hardware news that happened this month. The CPU and GPU side of things may have slowed down a tad, but there’s a lot that happened with cooling and cases. Let’s dive in and get excited about what’s coming down the road! CPUs Let’s start out with an update on Kaby Lake. Geekbench came out with some impressive results and the story made it look like INTEL has merely been holding back for a while. Recently however, an i5-7500K sample was benchmarked and only showed about a 10% improvement over Skylake. This is actually pretty disappointing, especially considering that the 4970K is still a top tier single thread performer. On the plus side, it looks like all 100 series motherboards will be able to support Kaby Lake with a BIOS update, but I doubt many will see the need to upgrade from Skylake in such a short time table. At the time being, ASUS is the only brand this is confirmed for, but that’s a good indication that other manufactures will follow suit. We’re still a ways out from release so we can almost expect performance to fluctuate a bit more until closer to release. http://wccftech.com/intel-core-i5-7600k-kaby-lake-cpu-benchmarks/ http://wccftech.com/kaby-lake-support-asus-100-series-motherboards-confirmed/ GPUs The big news this month was the release of the GTX 1050 Ti and the 1050. Each GPU offers a great budget option for 1080p gaming while being extremely energy efficient. Rather than reinvent ...
BIOSTAR Unleashes New RACING Series Products in Thailand BIOSTAR Debuts Racing B150GTN motherboard and BIOSTAR SSD G300 to Thai Media and Power Users October 11th, 2016, Bangkok, Thailand – BIOSTAR is excited to announce its formal launch of the SSD G300 series and the RACING B150GTN mini-ITX motherboard for the Thailand market. Held last September 27 at Bangkok, BIOSTAR unveiled its latest addition to its ever-growing list of solutions for gamers, power users and enthusiasts. The new products will be available in the Thai market via STREK. In attendance were Thailand’s media and power users who were treated to try the latest and greatest line-up of BIOSTAR’s RACING series as well as its mainstream series of motherboards and other products. On display were numerous builds and systems in cooperation with various partners including Thermaltake, Apacer SSD & Memory, Cooler Master and AMD Radeon graphics which together with BIOSTAR showcased their excellent line-up of enthusiast products as well. BIOSTAR’s own Justin Wang addressed the attendees and states that “BIOSTAR intends to expand its line-up further and this is just us getting started. For now while we grow, we’re also showing our regional partners and customers that BIOSTAR is still committed in showing them that the company still invests in building a healthy relationship with them by holding this regional events and giving the opportunity to personally showcase our excellent products and give f...
If there’s one thing we should all know by now, always expect SAMSUNG to outdo themselves. Their 950 Pro NVMe SSDs were already blistering fast, but apparently that wasn’t enough for them. Today, SAMSUNG announced the latest in the SSD lineup, the 960 Pro and the 960 Evo. If being faster isn’t enough, the price on the EVO is looking pretty enticing as well. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw sequential read and write speeds of 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s respectively. Of course, we’ve come to expect that on the Pro series. I shouldn’t be that surprised, but the Evo line comes in at 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s! This has been a trend for the Evos for a while, but I’m still slightly shocked how close that performance is to the Pros. The 960 Pro will be available in up to a 2 TB capacity while the 960 Evo will only reach a 1 TB capacity for the time being. What really caught my eye was that starting cost for the Evo. The recommended retail is $130 which is really good for an NVMe M.2 drive. No doubt that will be for the 250 GB option, but if that trend holds pretty closely for the 500 GB drive, we might see a price around $250. That’s really affordable considering the Evo is faster than most M.2 drives on the market right now by a good margin. Needless to say I’m excited about this release. If you want the full details, check out the rest of the press release below. Samsung Electronics Accelerates the NVMe Era for Consumers wit...
Introduction NVMe SSDs are the enthusiast topic of interest right now. The storage industry has become affordable in the SSD market, but is trending towards NVMe as a replacement. This is faster and can reach GB/s rather than MB/s. It does this by bypassing the ACHI protocol and pushes the boundaries of what basic SSDs can’t. I will be looking at a Zotac implementation of NVMe using an HHHL PCIe card at 480GB. This is Zotac’s first consumer NVMe drive, and claims speeds of up to 2600 MB/s over PCIe gen 3. Let’s see if this drive can push the limit of NVMe and stand out among its competitors. The specifications are as follows: Form Factor PCIE Add-in-Card Interface NVME 1.2 PCIE Gen 3 x 4 Flash Type MLC DRAM Cache 512MB DDR3 Capacity 480GB Sequential Read Up to 2,600 MB/s Sequential Write Up to 1,300 MB/s Random Read Random Write Power Consumption Read: 5.57W Write: 7.27W Idle: 0.5W Thickness Supported OS Windows, Mac OS, Linux MTBF (hours) 2,000,000 Accessories Bundled low-profile bracket
Introduction USB storage is one of those somewhat mundane things that we use all the time without giving it much thought: Backups, sneaker-net transfers, boot devices for installing new OS’s, transportable cinema, you name it. Chances are, you have a number of these devices scattered about your desk, home or office. In all honesty, these devices have utterly revolutionized portable storage, replacing Floppy Disks of all types, Zip Drives, write-able CD’s and in many cases write-able DVD’s and Blu-Ray disks. While USB 1 and USB 2 versions of these devices may have wowed us for a brief instant in time, it wasn’t until the advent of USB 3 that external USB Storage came into its own. The theoretical transfer rates of USB 3 (5 Gb/s or 640 MB/s) coupled to NAND flash with its high read and write speeds make USB external storage as fast or faster than most spinning disks and some internal SSDs and the small size of these devices coupled with their low power requirements make them astonishingly capable. Booting from a floppy or CD/DVD is pretty painful. Booting from a USB 3 thumb drive is (in some cases) all but indistinguishable from booting from an internal HDD or SSD. So, it’s with a certain amount of excitement that I find myself in possession of not one, but two cool storage devices from EMTEC. The first is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Flash drive packaged in the traditional “Thumb Drive” format. The second is a 256 GB USB 3.0 Portable SSD. Yes, ...