USB 3.1

​Samsung has been an active participant in the high-performance external SSD market with their Portable SSD series. The T1 was introduced in early 2015, while the T3 came out in early 2016. The T3 was the first retail product to utilize Samsung's 48-layer TLC V-NAND. Today, Samsung is launching the Portable SSD T5. It is a retail pilot vehicle for their 64-layer TLC V-NAND as they ramp up its production. The Portable SSD T5 also moves up to a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface, while retaining the same compact form factor and hardware encryption capabilities of the Portable SSD T3. Read on for our analysis of the product's performance and value proposition.

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34 by Ganesh T S on 7/5/2017

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23 by Ganesh T S on 6/28/2017

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13 by Ian Cutress on 1/12/2017

Axtremex Micro SSD Gen2 mSATA - USB 3.1 Gen 2 Storage Bridge Review

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. On the external side, they usually have one or more downstream SATA ports. The most popular...

6 by Ganesh T S on 12/13/2016

CRU ToughTech Duo C Storage Enclosure (2x 2.5" to USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C) Review

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25 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2016

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5 by Ganesh T S on 11/16/2016

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10 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2016

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33 by Ganesh T S on 9/26/2016

Netac Z5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology including planar 1x nm NAND, TLC, and 3D V-NAND. External high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.x have also...

22 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

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40 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

USB-C Authentication Tech to Restrict Usage of Uncertified USB-C Accessories and Cables

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28 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

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31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

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49 by Ganesh T S on 2/22/2016

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23 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

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When ASUS emailed a couple of weeks before CES announcing that they had cancelled their press event for the show, we had a few question marks. Previous shows involve...

50 by Ian Cutress on 1/19/2016

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54 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2016

Seagate Updates DAS Portfolio at CES 2016

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12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2016

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13 by Brett Howse on 1/3/2016

EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard Launched with USB 3.1 Type-C on mATX

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9 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

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