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AMD Radeon R7 SSD (240GB) Review

In 2011 AMD took the first step in expanding the Radeon brand and partnered with Patriot and VisionTek to provide AMD branded memory. With the launch of the Radeon R7 SSD AMD is continuing this strategy by jumping into the SSD market. Just as they did with memory, AMD...

42 by Kristian Vättö - 2 days ago

OCZ ARC 100 (240GB) SSD Review

OCZ launched the Barefoot 3 platform and the Vector SSDs in late 2012, and with their new direction OCZ has been trying to change their image to become a premium manufacturer of high performance SSDs rather than a budget brand. The Vector remained as the only Barefoot 3 based...

48 by Kristian Vättö - 4 days ago

Zotac ZBOX EI750 Plus: A Feature-Rich Iris Pro mini-PC

Intel's Crystal Well parts (-R series) with integrated eDRAM have arguably been the most interesting products in the Haswell line-up. In the early stages, only Apple had access to these parts. However, since the beginning of 2014, we have seen other vendors roll out products based on the -R...

34 by Ganesh T S - 5 days ago

SanDisk X300s (512GB) Review

Back in May SanDisk announced the X300s, which is the company's first SED (Self-Encrypting Drive). The X300s is based on the same Marvell platform as SanDisk's client drives but with the differentiation that the X300s is the only drive that supports encryption via TCG Opal and IEEE-1667 (eDrive) standards...

34 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/21/2014

Transcend SSD340 (256GB) Review

A couple of months ago we reviewed JMicron's JMF667H reference design SSDs, which did relatively well in our tests especially when taking JMicron's older SSD controllers into account. As always, reference designs are only meant for evaluation and do not make their way into retail, so today we are...

56 by Kristian Vättö - on 8/4/2014

ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus: Zotac's Take on the NUC

The Intel NUC has created a very successful niche for itself in the SFF PC market. While Gigabyte has released the BRIX lineup (with more options compared to the Intel NUC line, including AMD-based ones and NVIDIA GPU-equipped units), most offerings we have seen (such as the Logic Supply...

40 by Ganesh T S - on 8/1/2014

Intel SSD Pro 2500 (240GB) Review

Last year Intel introduced the SSD Pro 1500, the company's first SSD for the business segment. The Pro 1500 brought support for hardware accelerated encryption in the form of TCG Opal 1.0 certification, but with the Pro 2500 Intel is updating the spec to 2.0 along with support for...

43 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/30/2014

ECS LIVA Review: The Nettop Rises Again

Nettops and netbooks, as a class of products, have been on the decline over the last few years. However, the introduction of SoCs based on the new Silvermont Atom cores has given the segment a chance to reinvent itself. ECS is trying to take the lead here with their...

54 by Ganesh T S - on 7/18/2014

Testing Samsung 850 Pro Endurance & Measuring V-NAND Die Size

Last week Samsung announced the 850 Pro, which is the first mainstream SSD to utilize 3D V-NAND. We already reviewed the drive and covered the fundamentals of V-NAND in detail but there is one thing I did not have the time to test: endurance.

34 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/7/2014

Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) Review: Enter the 3D Era

Over the last three years, Samsung has become one of the most dominant players in the SSD industry. Samsung's strategy has been tight vertical integration ever since the beginning, which gives Samsung the ability to be in the forefront of new technologies. That is a massive advantage because ultimately...

147 by Kristian Vättö - on 7/1/2014

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD (256GB & 512GB) Review: Say Hello to an SMI Controller

The ADATA Premier SP610 is the first SSD with a new Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller to enter our test labs. This is a drive going after the lower cost markets, but performance is almost a complete unknown. Now we're ready to see what the SMI controller can do, so...

24 by Kristian Vättö - on 6/27/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review

I can't believe it's only been sixteen months since I published our review of the original Microsoft Surface Pro. It feels like longer but that's likely because Surface RT made its sale debut a few months prior to that, and both devices were announced in the Summer of 2012...

267 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 6/23/2014

HP ZBook 14 Review: Mobile Workstation Meets Ultrabook

What do you get when you cross an Ultrabook with enterprise features including an optional professional OpenGL GPU? This is apparently the question HP's engineers were asking, and the result is the ZBook 14. We haven't seen many Ultrabooks with discrete graphics so far, which isn't too surprising considering...

65 by Jarred Walton - on 6/20/2014

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) Review: The Fastest Just Got Faster

The SSD market is currently going through the biggest change in its history. Ever since consumer SSDs started appearing around 2006, SATA has been the dominant interface, but now that is about to change. With PCIe and NVMe making their way into the consumer space, SATA will sooner than...

83 by Kristian Vättö - on 6/16/2014

GIGABYTE BRIX Pro: A Second Look at the Intel i7-4770R with Iris Pro HD 5200

Earlier this year, we had our first look at the GIGABYTE BRIX Pro, along with a note about further benchmarks to follow. It was our first look at the Intel Core i7-4770R, a Crystal Well part with 128 MB of eDRAM built into the package. The part was aimed...

53 by Ganesh T S - on 6/14/2014

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