Storage

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at least reduce) throttling of modern, high-performance drives under high loads. The pads are made of silicone and Silverstone claims they can reduce temperature of SSDs by over 10°C. M.2 SSDs have a number of advantages over drives in traditional 2.5” form-factor: they are smaller, they are faster (because they use the PCIe interface with the NVMe protocol), they are (sometimes) cheaper to make, and so on. However, one of the main drawbacks of higher-end M.2 SSDs is the high heat dissipation of their controllers (and memory chips) despite their small form factor, which can lead to...

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

142 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Western Digital To Acquire SanDisk

Western Digital announced today that they have entered in to an agreement to acquire SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. Western Digital is one of the few remaining hard drive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 10/21/2015

The Plextor M6V (256GB) SSD Review

Plextor's M6V SSD was originally planned to be their first drive using TLC NAND, but that has now been put off to next year's M7V. Instead, Plextor is taking...

52 by Billy Tallis on 10/12/2015

Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 Review

Western Digital is well known to the average consumer as a hard drive manufacturer. By extension, it also opens up the network-attached storage (NAS) market to them. In 2014...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/9/2015

The Seagate Game Drive For Xbox: Do You Need A Green Drive?

When Seagate first announced the Game Drive for Xbox, they chose Gamescon as a venue to launch the new product. With the prolific Xbox branding, this is not a...

41 by Brett Howse on 10/8/2015

Synology Launches DSM 6.0 Long-Term Beta and New Hardware

We had the opportunity to attend the Synology 2016 Conference in San Francisco last month. The event gave us quite a bit of insight into what Synology has lined...

34 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2015

Netgear's New ReadyNAS 21x Models Go Quad-Core

We had covered Netgear's ReadyNAS 200 series launch at the 2015 CES. Based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC designed by Annapurna Labs, the ReadyNAS RN202 (2-bay) and RN204...

4 by Ganesh T S on 10/1/2015

Netgear ReadyNAS RN202 2-bay NAS Review

NAS units with four bays present the best balance between cost and expandability for home consumers. However, with increasing hard drive sizes, two bays make the cut for many...

22 by Ganesh T S on 9/25/2015

Intel Announces SSD DC P3608 Series

Intel is introducing a new family of enterprise PCIe SSDs with the aim of outperforming their existing DC P3600 series and even beating the DC P3700 series in many...

28 by Billy Tallis on 9/23/2015

WD Red Pro 6 TB Review - High Performance NAS HDD Gets a Capacity Bump

Despite the increasing affordability of SSDs, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Specialty drives have...

62 by Ganesh T S on 9/7/2015

Toshiba Announces Q300 And Q300 Pro Consumer SSDs

After all the enterprise and OEM drive announcements last month surrounding Flash Memory Summit, we've finally got a new drive to talk about that will be sold directly to...

30 by Billy Tallis on 9/4/2015

Seagate Announces a Trio of 8TB Drives for Enterprise Applications

Seagate was the first hard drive vendor to launch a cost-effective 8TB hard drive. The Archive HDD v2 (ST8000AS0002) uses Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) to drive up the areal...

14 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2015

Corsair Flash Voyager GS USB 3.0 512GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

The ubiquity of USB 3.0 as a high speed interface for PCs and the increasing affordability of flash memory has led to some very interesting products. USB flash drives...

8 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2015

Intel Announces Optane Storage Brand For 3D XPoint Products

At IDF 2015 this year Intel has announced that their forthcoming 3D XPoint technology based products will be sold under a new brand for the company, Optane. The Optane products...

50 by Ryan Smith on 8/18/2015

Western Digital Updates WD Red Pro and WD Black with 5 & 6TB Models

It is that time of the year when Western Digital updates their Red lineup. Launched in 2012, the WD Red drives target network attached storage units with an optimized...

51 by Ganesh T S on 8/18/2015

HGST And Mellanox Show Off SAN Fabric Backed By Phase Change Memory

It seems that NAND flash memory just isn't fast enough to show off the full performance of the latest datacenter networking equipment from Mellanox. They teamed up with HGST...

19 by Billy Tallis on 8/14/2015

Seagate Introduces New Nytro PCIe SSDs: XP6500 & XF/XM1440

After acquiring SSD controller designer SandForce, LSI took the quick route towards creating high-performance PCIe SSDs by putting multiple SandForce controllers and an LSI RAID controller on a single...

20 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2015

StarTech.com 8-bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Removable Hard Drive Enclosure Review

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices have become quite popular over the last five years or so, but Direct Attached Storage (DAS) units were the go-to devices for consumers looking...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/11/2015

Seagate Announces 2TB Game Drive for Xbox At Gamescom 2015

Today Seagate is announcing a new product aimed squarely at the console market, and specifically at the Xbox brand. Seagate partnered with Microsoft to create the Xbox branded Game...

28 by Brett Howse on 8/5/2015

Toshiba and SanDisk Announce 48-layer 256Gbit TLC 3D NAND

This week Toshiba and SanDisk are announcing a new milestone in their joint development of flash memory. Back in March Toshiba announced a 48-layer 3D NAND technology that they...

29 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2015

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