USB 3.1

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 uplink port is some sort of USB connection. eSATA as an uplink interface is on the way out. High-end products have Thunderbolt support. Within the USB storage bridge market, device vendors have multiple opportunities to tune their product design for specific use-cases. Today's review will take a look at the StarTech.com S251BU31C3CB and the Satechi B01FWT2N3K. Both of them are USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C enclosures for 2.5" SATA drives with a metallic exterior. There are some subtle differences between the two - the StarTech.com unit has the Type-C cable integrated, and the chassis is designed...

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...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

Bus-powered storage devices have traditionally been limited by USB 2.0's power delivery specifications. The low power limit meant that only 2.5" drives (typically with a spindle speed of 5400 RPM...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

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

The USB Implementers Forum has announced a new addition to the USB Type-C specification, which is projected to restrict usage of uncertified or potentially malicious accessories with reversible USB-C...

28 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Samsung launched the Portable SSD T3 at CES 2016. The claim to fame was the availability of 2TB of flash in a palm-sized enclosure with a USB 3.1 Gen...

47 by Ganesh T S on 2/22/2016

ASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform

ASUS has introduced its latest motherboard for AMD FX microprocessors that brings up-to-date features to the platform. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura belongs to a new class of AMD...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

ASUS Booth Tour at CES 2016: 10G Switches, External GPU Dock, USB-C Monitor and more

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

AMD Announces A10-7890K APU and Upgrades Desktop Platforms

AMD plans to improve performance of its desktop computing platforms by launching a new accelerated processing unit as well as another generation of AM3+ and FM2+ motherboards with USB...

47 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2016

Seagate Updates DAS Portfolio at CES 2016

Seagate has announced four new DAS (direct attached storage) products at CES 2016. Three of them target the premium / luxury market under the LaCie brand name. Seagate Backup Plus...

12 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2016

Lenovo Launches ThinkVision Displays With USB-C Docking At CES

As soon as the USB-C connector and alternate modes were announced with DisplayPort adding support, I instantly envisioned a monitor with USB-C as the single cable to allow docking...

13 by Brett Howse on 1/3/2016

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

We’ve covered a number of X99 motherboards since the launch of Haswell-E, as well as how USB 3.1 is entering the market through the ASMedia ASM1142 controller or with...

9 by Ian Cutress on 7/31/2015

Thermaltake Computex 2015 Booth Tour

Winner of Thermaltake's modding contest As E., our case, cooling and peripheral editor, wasn't at Computex this year, I had the opportunity of meeting with most of the companies to...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

ADATA Displays XPG SX930 SSD, Two New TLC SSDs, Several PCIe Drives & USB Type-C Products

After a long week of meetings and over a day worth of traveling, I'm finally back from Taipei. Given our hectic schedule (it was just me and Ian at...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/8/2015

Intel Announces Thunderbolt 3 - Thunderbolt Meets USB (At Last)

A lot has been happening in the world of external communication buses over the past year. In the last 12 months the USB consortium has announced both 10Gbps “Superspeed+&rdquo...

91 by Ryan Smith on 6/2/2015

SanDisk Announces 2TB USB 3.1 External SSD

SanDisk is announcing the availability of a host of external flash drives at Computex 2015. Two of them are being marketed as external portable SSDs with a Type-C interface...

10 by Ganesh T S on 6/1/2015

MSI Releases 970A SLI Krait Edition Motherboard with USB 3.1

The motherboard market is now laying down some heavy USB 3.1 marks in the sand. We saw motherboards at CES, then immediately followed that with some testing on the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 3/25/2015

ASUS Goes USB 3.1: Motherboards, PCIe Cards and Enclosures Tested

As the motherboard reviewer at AnandTech, I speak to my contacts at the motherboard manufacturers on a regular basis. All the recent talk has had a heavy sprinkling about...

32 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2015

ASRock to Introduce USB 3.1 Cards and Motherboards

On the back of our USB 3.1 performance coverage, as well as seeing some motherboards in the flesh at CES, other manufacturers are now announcing their USB 3.1 implementations...

52 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2015

Testing USB 3.1: Some Preliminary Results with the MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

Everyone wants more. Everyone wants more storage space, faster access, cheaper costs. It should have been here yesterday, but we are restrained at the current rate of development which...

33 by Ian Cutress on 1/28/2015

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