Storage, HDs & SSDs
Not the Tomb Raider One You might have been thinking of the evil corporation in conflict with the Crofts. While we’re not talking about that Trinity, the device is far more versatile than the initial appearance would suggest. Patriot introduced a USB flash drive that can handle multiple ports, but we also want to see how well it performs. First, let’s look at a brief statement from the company.
Introduction Building yourself a PC is often considered expensive but can you save money with used parts? PCs have a number of components and some of them are safer to buy second-hand, but which ones? Let’s find out.
Who is Eluktronics? You would be forgiven if you asked who Eluktronics is. To be fair, I was actually looking for a completely different NVMe drive when I stumbled across them. On the other hand, I’m glad I did. The company looks like it became an official business in 2011. All considering, that’s incredible young even for a tech biz. The large portion of their products seems to come from laptops. If you’ve ever wanted a BYO option for a gaming laptop, this is the company to check out. I might address that more later, but let’s get back to the NVMe drive.
Solid State Reliability Samsung has always had a good reputation for reliability. Since the Pro Endurance is leaning heavily on longevity, it’s a good thing that it has a strong name behind it. However, this microSD card isn’t going to take the crown in the speed competition. The real question we want to answer is how well this card holds up to its specs, and how well it costs in comparison to the market. We want to give a huge thank you to Samsung for providing the sample in this review.
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 ...