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.
Since our eight-way 16x roundup, almost all of the manufacturers have updated their units to burn -R and +/-RW media at twice the speeds of their predecessors. We'll take...
Purav Sanghani on 3/6/2005
We took the 8 fastest and most capable burners and put them head to head in our Fall 2004 DVD recordable roundup.
Anand Shimpi & Virginia Lee on 11/1/2004
Even though we have an extremely thorough DVDR roundup to publish in the next few weeks, we couldn't help but show off some of our thoughts about BenQ's cheap...
Kristopher Kubicki on 9/29/2004
The much awaited eighth generation Pioneer burner makes a splash and certainly impresses us at under $100.
Kristopher Kubicki on 8/31/2004
With DVD write speeds increasing Sony tries to keep up by introducing its own 12x DVD burner.
Purav Sanghani on 8/14/2004
12X DVDR beckons closer with less pricey models than Plextor and LG's offerings, but can they compete with the quality of already available burners?
Kristopher Kubicki on 7/17/2004
What will $450 get you? About 400GB worth of storage, thanks to Hitachi's new Deskstar.
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/10/2004
With software RAID "free" on motherboards today, users are often buying two drives for use in RAID-0 arrays to improve performance. But is performance really improved?
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/1/2004
Maxtor's newest drive not only doubles the buffer size of its closest competitor to 16MB, but it also enables Native Command Queuing to make it one of the fastest...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2004
Considering DVD-RAM, but can't bear to ditch DVD-R or DVD+R? Look no farther as LG attempts to bridge the gap between all formats including DVD+R9.
Kristopher Kubicki on 6/17/2004
We're finally ready to bring back hard drive reviews, and for good this time. Read on to see what our new test suite is like and how the latest...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2004
Plextor floored us with the first retail 8X DVD+R recorder six months ago. Today, we see if they can do it again with the first retail 12X DVD+R...
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/14/2004
Here it is, the first look at a soon-to-be popular first DVD+R Dual Layer drive! DVDR-9 is here, but is it worth the premium?
Kristopher Kubicki on 5/5/2004
We tested half a dozen DVD burners to determine which burner is, in fact, the best drive before DVD DL hits the market.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/28/2004
ASUS' DRW-0804P is another revision on today's most popular DVD recorder.
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/20/2004
Before our 8x dual DVD roundup, we decided to show off one more 8X DVD+R that should have received more attention than it did...
Kristopher Kubicki on 4/7/2004
Sony and Phillips both unveiled DVD DL (Dual Layer) drives in recent weeks, but it will probably be several months before we have sample drives to provide an in...
Kristopher Kubicki on 3/29/2004
Now that recordable DVD drives are breaking the sub $200 (and sub $100) level, virtually anyone who has ever made an optical product is pushing their recorder to be...
Kristopher Kubicki on 12/11/2003
Nu Tech recently made a few waves for itself by introducing an 8X DVD+R/W burner for under $160. Although it’s not based on the traditional Ricoh DVD+RW chipset...
Kristopher Kubicki on 10/22/2003
Since both the DVD dash and plus forums failed to become a unified standard, manufacturers and consumers have been forced to adopt both. Fortunately, creative manufacturers continue to...
Kristopher Kubicki on 9/21/2003