The Serial ATA International Organization didn't have much to worry about when hard drives were the primary (only) media. The laws of rotational physics ensured hard drive speeds would not increase dramatically and hence updates to the SATA spec were only seldom needed. However, with SSDs that all changed. NAND provided so much lower latencies and higher throughputs that SATA-IO faced an issue: they couldn't keep up with the speed of SSDs. As a result the SATA-IO had to look elsewhere to increase interface bandwidth but at the same time they had to ensure backwards compatibility. SATA Express, a combination of SATA and PCIe, was born as a result. But what exactly is it and how does it perform? Read on to find out.

Google Makes ASUS Supplied Nexus 7 Tablet Official - Update: Play Store Page Live

Google just announced its first Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7. The specs are pretty much what we expected, including a 1280x800 LCD display, Tegra 3 SoC (probably T30L, we're...

31 by Brian Klug on 6/27/2012

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) Review

Since the release of the first Eee Pad Transformer (can you believe it's only been about a year?), ASUS has released several members of the Eee Pad and Transformer...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2012

ASUS Demonstrates Displays with Integrated Touch and WiDi

Years ago ASUS made the transition from being just a motherboard company to a notebook manufacturer. These days I'm getting the distinct impression ASUS would like to be much...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Colorful X401 Series

Priced below the S-series Ultrabooks is ASUS' X401, a fairly standard notebook without discrete graphics. ASUS seems to be really on point with the styling of its 2012 Ivy...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

The MacBook Pro Inspired ASUS S-Series Ultrabook, Below $899

While the world waits for thinner, higher-resolution notebooks from Apple, ASUS delivered part of that with its new S-Series Ultrabooks revealed at Computex this year. Priced below $899 (basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

ASUS' Touch Enabled Zenbook Prime UX21A

Ultrabooks got off to a very rough start. The initial designs failed to impress, but the second generation based on Ivy Bridge seem to be a lot better. We...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2012

Computex 2012: ASUS Motherboard Technical Showcase - ZEUS with dual GPU onboard

Producing concept boards is common in the automotive industry. Every year, companies such as Ford, Audi, Jaguar or Volkswagen will produce a concept as an indication of 'this...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2012

ASUS' Thunderbolt EX Upgrade Card for 7-series Motherboards

Only two members of ASUS' Z77 stack feature integrated Thunderbolt support: the P8Z77-V Premium and the P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt. As the interface is still fairly new and the controllers still...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

Hands on With ASUS' Tablet 600 & Windows RT

Earlier today ASUS announced its first Windows RT device, the Tablet 600. Based on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC (T30), the Tablet 600 features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 IPS...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2012

Other new ASUS products: Monitors, and a Reverse Screen Laptop

Not content with just showing the Transformer concept to AIOs and Notebooks, ASUS had another couple of new interesting devices of note in our press conference today. The...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2012

New ASUS AIO Transformer. Oh, it’s also a tablet.

With the push towards more powerful AIOs and tablets, ASUS have decided you can have both in one device. At their press conference today ASUS announced the new ASUS Transformer...

9 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2012

New ASUS Transformer Book - Ultrabook meets Tablet

In a spate of announcements today, ASUS have shown us their latest innovations, including the new ASUS Transformer Book. In almost every way, this looks like a normal...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2012

ASUS Tablet 810 & 600: Giving us Almost Exactly What We Want in a Windows 8 Tablet

ASUS had another amazing Computex press conference this year. Along with the dual-screen Taichi notebook, the Transformer All-in-One and the Ivy Bridge based Transformer Book, ASUS announced two more...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/4/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Teardown

ASUS' Zenbook Prime is due for its official launch later this month. As we found in our early review of the UX21A, ASUS addressed nearly every problem we had...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

Thunderbolt on Windows Part 2: Intel's DZ77RE-K75 & ASUS' P8Z77-V Premium

Quad-core mobile Sandy Bridge, 2.5" SSDs and Thunderbolt together have allowed me to use a notebook as my primary work machine. I get all of the portability benefits of...

116 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2012

ASUS Zenbook Prime (UX21A) Review: The First of the 2nd Gen Ultrabooks

The first round of Ultrabooks were mostly underwhelming. It shouldn't be a surprise, but many of the efforts were just half hearted at best. Of the companies who shipped...

192 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/22/2012

ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe Review - Know Your SKU

Now that Panther Point is in full swing, and perhaps Sandy Bridge processor stocks may start to dwindle in favor of Ivy Bridge, market segmentation of motherboards is all...

51 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2012

Intel Z77 Motherboard Review with Ivy Bridge - ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI

So we have survived one of the biggest days of the year for all things computer performance related - the release of Intel's new Ivy Bridge processor. It...

117 by Ian Cutress on 5/7/2012

ASUS Ivy Bridge/7-Series Chipset Video & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago we ran a call for questions as I got word that ASUS would be paying me a visit in NC. JJ from ASUS sat...

2878 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/24/2012

Mobile Ivy Bridge and ASUS N56VM Preview

Intel is firing a massive artillery barrage at its competition today with the release of desktop and mobile Ivy Bridge processors. Last year’s Sandy Bridge gave Intel a huge...

49 by Jarred Walton on 4/23/2012

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