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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...

52 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.

32 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...

144 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...

266 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...

64 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...

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

The Intel SSD DC P3700 Review Part 2: NVMe on Client Workloads

Last week we reviewed Intel's first NVMe drive: the DC P3700. Based on a modified version of the controller in Intel's SSD DC S3700/S3500, the P3700 moves to an 18-channel design, drops internal latencies and sheds SATA for a native PCIe interface. The result is an extremely high performance...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 6/10/2014

Crucial MX100 (256GB & 512GB) Review

Computex is officially kicking off today and unlike many of the products announced at trade shows, we actually have a full review of the Crucial MX100 that is launching today at Computex. The MX100 is Crucial's new mainstream drive, replacing the popular M500 while the M550 will continue to...

42 by Kristian Vättö - on 6/2/2014

JMicron JMF667H Reference Design (128GB & 256GB) Review

Back in 2008 and 2009, JMicron was a relatively big name in the SSD industry. Many OEMs were using their controllers as there weren't many alternatives and JMicron had very alluring pricing. However, as soon as SandForce entered the market in late 2009, JMicron faced issues. Their controllers had...

28 by Kristian Vättö - on 5/29/2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Hands On, Display & Performance Preview

Earlier today Microsoft announced its 3rd generation Surface Pro device, aptly named the Surface Pro 3. This is the first Surface model to deviate from the 10.6" 16:9 form factor of all four previous devices (Surface Pro, Surface RT, Surface Pro 2, Surface 2) and instead standardizes on a...

295 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 5/20/2014

Samsung SSD XP941 Review: The PCIe Era Is Here

For most of the last decade, SATA has been the dominant interface in the consumer storage space. As long as hard drives were the major media for storage, SATA provided everything that the industry needed. It was fast, efficient and low in cost. But that all changed when SSDs...

109 by Kristian Vättö - on 5/15/2014

DigitalStorm Slade Pro Workstation PC Review

While system integrators are often best known for their high performance gaming PCs, they can also carve out a niche with customized workstation systems.

51 by Dustin Sklavos - on 4/23/2014

Plextor M6S & M6M (256GB) Review

Continuing our spring full of new SSDs, the next drives under the scope are Plextor's M6S and M6M. Both drives were already showcased at CES this year but after a series of delays the release was pushed to April, which brings us to this review. Similar to the M5...

29 by Kristian Vättö - on 4/10/2014

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