Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a system - displays, USB devices, external storage, PCI Express, and even graphics cards. The first version of Thunderbolt supported up to 10Gb/s bandwidth (uni-directional) for each port (double that of USB 3.0, but at a much higher implementation cost). Thunderbolt 2 doubled the bandwidth to 20 Gbps per port (bi-directional) by combining the four 10Gb/s channels into two 20Gb/s channels, thus enabling support for 4Kp60 raw video transfer (which may need up to 15 Gbps). Motherboards with Thunderbolt 2 certification started rolling out in the second half of 2013, but peripherals capable of taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 were quite rare. We were expecting a number of...

Early Benchmarks and Teardown of LaCie Little Big Disk

LaCie released its first Thunderbolt-equipped storage solution called Little Big Disk (LBD) last week, and some people have already received their units. A user ender21 over at MacRumors Forums...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2011

The Samsung SSD 830 Review

Samsung is a dangerous competitor in the SSD space. Not only does it make its own controller, DRAM and NAND, but it also has an incredible track record in...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2011

OCZ Releases Synapse SSD for Caching

OCZ has released a new series of SSDs called Synapse Cache today. This announcement is a bit different from normal SSD announcements since OCZ will be bundling Dataplex caching...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 9/21/2011

LaCie Brings (more) Affordable Thunderbolt Storage to Macs with Little Big Disk, Available in Retail

At IDF I met with LaCie and got a quick demo of its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. The heavy metal chassis is home to two 2.5" drive...

17 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/20/2011

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

LaCie's Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Chassis at IDF

I met with LaCie this morning to talk about its upcoming Little Big Disk Thunderbolt storage solution. Unlike the Promise Pegasus R4/R6, the Little Big Disk only accommodates two...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Officially Announces SSD 710 Series for the Enterprise

Intel just announced its latest SSD: the enterprise focused Intel SSD 710 series. The specs don't deviate very far from what we published a couple of months ago. The...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Tons of Thunderbolt Peripherals at IDF

We've been asking for more Thunderbolt devices and it looks like we're seeing the first examples of that today at IDF. Check out the gallery below for a bunch...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2011

OCZ Reveals 7.5mm 2.5" SSDs

OCZ just issued a press release revealing that LG is using OCZ's brand new 7.5mm 2.5" SSD in their P220 laptop. Note that regular 2.5" drives have height of...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/13/2011

Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II 6TB Review

While we await more Thunderbolt storage devices, Western Digital grabbed headlines not too long ago for the announcement of its 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Mac-ready external drive...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

Seagate's GoFlex Desk 4TB External HDD Review

I'm off to IDF this week while Ryan and Brian cover Microsoft's BUILD conference, so expect lots of CPU and Windows 8 news in the coming days. Just before...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

Hitachi Ships First 3.5" HDD With 1TB Platters

Without increasing rotational speed the only hope for improving mechanical hard drive performance is through greater platter densities. There are other benefits realized through increasing platter density: larger capacities...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

Seagate Ships World's First 4TB External HDD

Just over a year ago Seagate introduced the world’s first 3TB hard drive. Although it shipped in an enclosure for external use, the Seagate GoFlex Desk was available with...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

File Server Builder's Guide

The proliferation of mobile devices, multi-computer homes, broadband internet access, inexpensive mass storage, and the replacement of many other home electronics by the PC (such as media devices like...

150 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/4/2011

OWC Releases Mac-Compatible SSD Firmware Updater

One thing that SandForce based SSDs have lacked since their introduction has been a Mac supported firmware updater. Updating the firmware has required Windows installation, which is something that...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2011

The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009

When we first reviewed Crucial's m4 SSD we came away with mixed feelings on the drive. In some cases it was the first or second fastest drive we'd reviewed...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/31/2011

HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end

Most USB 3.0 controller cards available on the market today utilize the PCIe x1 interface. With a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 5Gbps, it is possible that these controllers...

40 by Zach Throckmorton on 8/30/2011

Corsair Releases 90GB Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSDs

Corsair just released two new 90GB SSDs: Force 3 and Force GT. Both drives were released a while ago, this update just adds the 90GB model. Corsair claims up...

5 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2011

Intel SSD 320 Firmware Posted, Addresses Bad Context 13x Error

How about that for turnaround time? Just two days ago Intel announced that it had found the root cause of the power cycle bug that could leave your SSD...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

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