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Game installs are not exactly shrinking, and even game updates can sometimes require an enormous amount of storage space. There's good news, though—Black Friday is here and it brought with it some delightful discounts on solid state drives. We're talking about savings of up to 60% off the MSRP, with some drives falling to their all-time low. That describes the 1TB Samsung 980 Pro. It's on sale for $169.99 at Amazon (save $60), and has never been cheaper. I use the 2TB version in my main PC (also on sale) and can attest it's a zippy SSD. Or as we described it in our review of the Samsung 980 Pro, it's a blazing fast PCIe 4.0 drive. These drives are rated to deliver sequential read and write... Read more...
It's been a little while since Kioxia last introduced a client solid state drive line, that being the BG4 series we reviewed in 2019. Now a bit over two years later Kioxia is following that up with its new BG5 series, which aims to "bring a suitable balance of performance, cost, and power to everyday gamers and PC users." Does it deliver? That's a question we'll address another day when we have an opportunity to review the latest lineup. In the meantime, we can relay what makes the BG5 series tick and go over the features and specifications, including its status as a PCI Express 4.0 SSD line. The BG5 is built around fifth-generation 3D BiCS Flash memory and packaged in a compact M.2 2230 single-sided... Read more...
Kioxia announced a couple of treats for data center clients in need of expansive storage options. The first is the introduction of the first production-ready 9.5mm XD6 Series Enterprise and Data Center Standard Form Factor (EDSFF) E1.S solid state drives, and the second is the unveiling of its CD7 Series drives designed with PCI Express 5.0 technology, for what amounts to denser storage with better lane management. More on that in a moment. Let's start with the XD6 Series. Kioxia actually first mentioned its XD6 drives towards the end of last year, as the industry's first EDSFF E1.S SSDs. It's taken a bit find their way to market, but now several months later, they're being deployed for servers... Read more...
Need more high-speed storage space for your growing games catalog and other programs? Or maybe you're plotting a new build from the ground up around either Intel's Alder Lake (soon) or AMD's Zen 3+ (early next year, likely) processors. Whatever your reason for wanting more storage, there are some attractive SSD bargains on the table right now. One of them is the WD Black SN750 series. The 1TB model has bounced around in price over the past several months, sometimes falling to $119.99. Now is one of those times—the 1TB WD Black SN750 SSD is $119.99 at Amazon right now, which is more than half off its list price (the actual savings over recent street pricing is less, but this is still around... Read more...
Some older PC users may have noticed a hit to their computer's performance recently. The cause may not be because they upgraded to Windows 11 (if you are fortunate enough for your PC to meet the requirements), but on legacy Windows 10 installations and due to older solid state drives in combination with a recent Google Chrome update. In a recent diagnosis due to sluggish performance on a legacy ASUS laptop, HotHardware discovered a major hit on an Intel X25-M SSD while using Google's Chrome browser. During testing it was found that Chrome was pegging the SSD at 100 percent utilization. Yikes! All the typical culprits were addressed by first doing a disk clean-up and temporary file deletion,... Read more...
Intel is about to bring PCI Express 5.0 into consumer homes with the launch of Alder Lake and its accompanying Z690 chipset, but what about actual products that can tap into the extra bandwidth the upcoming platform provides? Phison is on it. The controller maker sent us a note today announcing it is working on customizable PCIe 5.0 SSD solutions for enterprise and client products alike. The main attraction of the PCIe 5.0 standard is that it once again doubles the bandwidth compared to the previous generation (PCIe 4.0). It takes some time for device makers to really leverage the fatter lanes, and as it stands, the PCIe bus is not really a bottleneck for graphics, even with high-end gaming thrown... Read more...
Though cryptocurrency has drawn some ire worldwide, there is some serious market potential, and it would be foolish for tech companies to ignore potential financial gains. Take, for example, a cryptocurrency called Chia, which utilizes unused storage as part of a proof of space and time blockchain. The faster, the better, so SSDs were selling out incredibly quickly overseas. Now, it seems PNY is playing to the crowd and is launching a Chia-optimized SSD. As mentioned, Chia is a proof of space and time cryptocurrency, which relies on unused storage on drives to be used for “plotting.” Plotting is a write-intensive process that records hashes which are then compared to a challenge broadcast... Read more...
Samsung finds itself in a braggadocios mood over the continued development of its vertical NAND flash memory chips, and in a blog post spanning nearly 1,400 words, the company talked about what makes it so special, and where it is headed. To that latter point, its 7th generation V-NAND flash memory chips are punching their ticket to both PCI Express 4 and, eventually, PCI Express 5.0 solid state drives. The chest-thumping is not unwarranted. Three-dimensional (3D) chip stacking is what has enabled higher capacities on increasingly fast storage products, at acceptable thickness levels for today's electronic devices, like smartphones and PCs. It's pretty remarkable when you take a moment to think... Read more...
Is cryptocurrency mining the reason why we can't have nice things? You could make that argument in some instances, even with solid state drives (SSDs). Case in point, PNY has significantly reduced the endurance rating on its high-performance XLR8 CS3030 SSD family, and by extension, potentially slashed the warranty period. That's because when it comes to SSD warranties, most manufacturers (including PNY) typically guarantee a drive for a set period of time or when a certain write threshold has been reached (labeled as terabytes written, or TBW), whichever occurs first. For most people, it is the former. But for people who mine Chia, which taps into unused storage space, the latter happens much... Read more...
It may seem hard to believe, but storage makers are already approaching the limits of the PCI Express 4.0 bus in a typical NVMe drive, with the latest controller designs pushing transfer speeds in the neighborhood of 7 gigabytes per second (GB/s). That being the case, Silicon Motion is already at work developing controllers that leverage the PCI Express 5.0 bus. Before we get to that, let's go over the bandwidth limits of each PCI Express specification to date, starting with PCI Express 1.0... PCIe 1.0: 2.5GT/s transfer rate, 250MB/s per lane bandwidth, 4.0GB/s x16 bandwidth PCIe 2.0: 5.0GT/s transfer rate, 500MB/s per lane bandwidth, 8.0GB/s x16 bandwidth PCIe 3.0: 8.0GT/s transfer rate, 1GB/s... Read more...
Amid all of the hoopla surrounding AMD's next-generation Ryzen processors based on its Zen 2 CPU architecture is an interesting technology that complements the launch. We are talking about PCI Express 4.0. This is part of AMD's accompanying X570 chipset for Ryzen, and it doubles the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0. One of the immediate benefits we will see from this is the introduction of faster NVMe solid state drives, such as Gigabyte's newest AORUS model. The caveat is that, on the consumer side, the only combination that supports PCIe 4.0 right now is an X570 motherboard paired with a third-generation Ryzen processor, both of which you will be able to get your hands on in July. In the meantime, we... Read more...
While some companies have begun trotting out PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid state drives, Toshiba on Wednesday announced an updated version of its XG6 series from last year. The new XG6-P still shuttles data through the PCIe 3.0 bus, but ups the ante over the previous generation drives with faster sequential and random read and write speeds. Toshiba also doubled the capacity of the new drive series. The previous generation XG6 series made waves for being the first NVMe SSDs to incorporate 96-layer BiCS 3D NAND flash memory chips. Compared to its 64-layer predecessors, the then-new 96-layer tech allowed Toshiba to increase the capacity per unit chip size by 40 percent. As a result, that drive line topped... Read more...
An interesting thing is happening in the solid state drive (SSD) industry. We are in the midst of a transition from SATA to speedier NVMe SSDs, the latter of which are more costly. At the same time, NAND flash memory prices continues to fall, pushing down the costs of SSDs. So, it's interesting whenever a company announces a new NVMe SSD line, and the first thing we look at is the price. Case in point, Kingston today introduced a new KC2000 family of NVMe SSDs starting at around $62. We'll circle back to pricing in a moment, but first let's talk a bit about the new drive series. Kingston's latest SSD family pairs 96-layer 3D TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash memory built by Toshiba and SanDisk... Read more...
Solid State Drive (SSD) prices are falling, which is good news for consumers. As seen in our review of WD Blue SN500, prices for NVMe PCIe SSDs are coming down to the 13 cents/GB range with superior performance than what's available with garden variety SATA SSDs. Even more promising is the fact that 512GB and 1TB SSDs are expected to dip down even further to 10 cents/GB mark before the close of 2019. But for those that need a new SSD right now, we're got a roundup of some incredibly cheap NVMe PCIe SSDs that won't break the bank, and will still give you a significant performance advantage over traditional HDDs, or even SATA SSDs. The following NVMe PCIe SSDs available from Amazon... Read more...
In case you have not noticed, prices for solid state drives have fallen off a cliff over the past year. At this point, there is really no excuse to go with a mechanical hard drive over an SSD as your primary storage, unless you must have oodles of capacity for your boot drive. Otherwise, grab yourself a speedy SSD and never look back. If that is in fact your plan, one of the best deals right now is for a Kodak-brand 2.5-inch 480GB internal SSD (EKSSD480GX150K). We don't see Kodak's name pop up in the storage space all that often, so it's interesting that the lowest price 480GB-class SSD belongs to a company that is best known for cameras and photography. This specific model falls under the Power... Read more...
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD we'll be showing you here today is the follow-up to the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. This new drive fully embraces USB-C while retaining USB Type-A compatibility for older Macs and PCs. It promises speedy storage (up to 550 MB/s claimed), a wide range of capacities (250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB), and an IP55 rating against dust and water intrusion. The drive’s slim body looks more like a portable charger for your cell phone than the bulky external hard drives of old, and it fits in a shirt pocket easily. It feels rugged, with black soft-touch material covering its back, textured hard plastic on the front panel (also black), and an orange-accented... Read more...
We have come a long way from the days of using bulky CRT monitors that were power hungry, heavy, and dominated our desktop real estate with their large footprints. As if to underscore the progress that has been made in the monitor market since then, among the many items Dell is showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are a pair of new gorgeous looking ultrathin displays. Dell is pitching these new monitors as the world's brightness ultrathin displays in their class. There are two models—the 23.8-inch S2419HM with a 1920x1080 resolution and the 27-inch S2719DM with a 2560x1440 resolution, each at 60Hz. Both have a curved backside that is similar looking to Apple's all-in-one... Read more...
SanDisk has announced the release of third-generation Fusion ioDrive PCIe and Mezzanine flash cards, in doing so marking the first integration of SanDisk NAND flash and Virtual Storage Layer (VSL) software into the ioMemory product line since the company acquired Fusion-io in June 2014 for $1.1 billion. Flash technology has moved significantly forward since the SanDisk's acquisition of Fusion, with smaller geometries and denser dies, all of which mean more flash capacity can now be placed on a PCIe flash card with performance raised and/or prices cut. Which explains why SanDisk is saying that their new products — built with SanDisk NAND — will offer a four times price performance improvement,... Read more...
In an effort to help making upgrading to a solid state hard drive more affordable, Kingston Technology is announcing the SSDNow V Series solid-state drive (SSD) upgrade bundles. Designed for mass-market consumers and small and medium businesses, the Kingston SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles are the first products in Kingston’s series of low-cost, value-driven SSD solutions for existing desktops and notebooks. The new drives are available in 128GB and 64GB capacities. "The SSDNow V Series upgrade bundles are a terrific solution - given the current economy - for cost-conscious consumers who want an instant performance increase on an existing computer at a very reasonable price point," said Ariel... Read more...
Although there is no mention that the product even exists on Corsair's own Website, U.K.-based online retailer, Scan, purports to now be selling a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) from Corsair. As a matter of fact, Corsair's site makes no mention that the company has even entered into the SSD market; albeit, such a move is a logical choice for a memory manufacturer, as other memory makers, such as Crucial, Kingston, and OCZ, have already made the plunge into SSDs. This new mystery drive is listed on Scan as the "CMFSSD-128GBG1D." The drive is a 2.5-inch, SATA-II-based SSD with a stated maximum sequential read speed of 90MB/Sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 70MB/Sec. The drive is based... Read more...
Solid State Drives (SSDs) are very quickly becoming a very popular alternative to traditional, platter-based hard drives. Not only can SSDs read and write data quicker overall, but since they have no moving parts, they can withstand a lot more abuse than traditional hard drives. SSDs are still relatively expensive and available storage capacity limits still pale in comparison to today's traditional hard drive options; but as the technology matures, prices are steadily coming down, and storage capacities are going up. If not for one significant potential flaw, SSDs might appear to be the perfect storage medium. That one potential flaw is in some sense, one of a perception. Because the actual lifespan... Read more...
At a time when many hard drive manufacturers are looking into producing SSDs (solid state drives) as a way to create a new market opportunity, Western Digital is dragging its feet. Claiming the company is open to entering the SSD market when it presents "appropriate opportunity," Richard Rutledge, Western Digital's SVP for marketing, recently shed a bit more light on the company’s position with regards to this segment of the market.According to Rutledge, "Western Digital enters markets that exist, announces products when they are available, and runs a tight model with opportunities greater than resources such that we take a controlled, methodical, sequential, incremental approach to product portfolio... Read more...
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