Storage

Memblaze has introduced its new generation of server-class NVMe SSDs for mixed and mission critical workloads. The PBlaze5 SSDs are based around Micron's 3D eTLC memory and paired with a Microsemi Flashtec controller. The SSDs come in PCIe 3.0 x8 AIC or 2.5” U.2 form-factors, carry up to 11 TB of 3D TLC NAND, and feature sequential read performance of up to 6 GB/s as well as random read performance of up to 1M IOPS. The Memblaze PBlaze5 700 and 900-series SSDs are based on Microsemi’s Flashtec PM8607 NVMe2016 controller that features 16 compute cores, 32 NAND flash channels, and supports everything one might expect from a contemporary SoC for server SSDs (LDPC 550 bit/4KB ECC with a 1x10-17 bit error rate, NVMe 1.2a, AES-256...

Western Digital's Raptors in RAID-0: Are two drives better than one?

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?

126 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/1/2004

Maxtor's MaXLine III 250GB: Bringing 16MB Buffers and NCQ to Hard Drives

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...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2004

LG GSA-4120B: High Speed Multi-format Champion

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.

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/17/2004

Q2 2004 Desktop Hard Drive Comparison: WD Raptor vs the World

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...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2004

Exclusive: Plextor 712A, First 12X DVD+R to Retail

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...

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/14/2004

Exclusive: Sony DRU-700A Dual Layer Recorder

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?

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/5/2004

Spring 2004 DVD Performance Roundup: More DVD Dual 8X

We tested half a dozen DVD burners to determine which burner is, in fact, the best drive before DVD DL hits the market.

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/28/2004

ASUS DRW-0804P: Another 8X Dual Contender

ASUS' DRW-0804P is another revision on today's most popular DVD recorder.

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/20/2004

MSI DR8-A: The Plextor 708A's little brother

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...

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/7/2004

AT News Update: DVD Dual Layer Primer

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...

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 3/29/2004

Holiday Shopping Roundup: Eight Dual Format Recordable DVD Drives

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...

41 by Kristopher Kubicki on 12/11/2003

Nu Tech DDW-081: More DVD+R madness

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...

25 by Kristopher Kubicki on 10/22/2003

ASUS DRW-0402P/D: ASUS joins the dual format fray

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...

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/21/2003

Plextor 708A: First exclusive look at 8X DVD+R

Philips spearheaded the DVD+R forum into 8X DVD+R speeds back in July, but today, we get to see the first actual 8X DVD+R drive in action. Who wouldn’t...

38 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/12/2003

CR52-M: CDRW ramps up to 32X

CDRWs are still finding their niche in many developing countries, but in the US, they are starting to show their age. MSI’s newest CR52-M produces solid performance, but...

13 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/9/2003

Price Guides August 2003 Part II: Hard Drives and Memory

This is our first week of actively tracking hard drives. Today we take a quick look at some SATA solutions, along with IDE and DDR memory.

13 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/2/2003

Western Digital's Raptor - Part I: The World's Fastest Desktop Drive

Less than a week after we took a look at Western Digital's Raptor we received a production drive. Let's just say that the performance improvement is just shy...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/11/2003

Western Digital Raptor Preview: 10,000RPM & Serial ATA

In our first storage review in years, we take a look at one of the most highly anticipated hard drives in recent history - the world's first 10,000RPM Serial...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2003

ASUS CRW-5224A: CDR's Reach The End of the Line

Many people are claiming CDRW drives won't get any faster than 52X. This really is the end of the line for the CDRW drive, although it will be...

2 by Kristopher Kubicki on 1/13/2003

ASUS CRW-4012A-U: High Speed Mobile Burning

ASUS takes a stab at the mobile market with their 40X USB 2.0 burner but are they successful? Find out as we take a look at the ASUS...

0 by Kristopher Kubicki on 11/6/2002

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