Storage

Last year, Intel and Samsung proposed new form factors for enterprise/datacenter SSDs with the goal of overcoming the shortcomings of the existing M.2, U.2 and PCIe add-in card form factors. Samsung's NF1 form factor (previously known as NGSFF) had little presence at Flash Memory Summit this year without Samsung's participation in the show, but the derivatives of Intel's Ruler design were all over the place. Unfortunately, the Ruler has spawned not just one industry standard, but a whole family of new form factors. Working with SFF, the committee originally formed to standardize the 2.5" hard drive form factor, Intel's Ruler has led to the Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) family of standards. Why new form factors? The existing form factor options for enterprise SSDs have...

Pioneer DVR-108D - Crowning a new Champion

The much awaited eighth generation Pioneer burner makes a splash and certainly impresses us at under $100.

36 by Kristopher Kubicki on 8/31/2004

Sony DRU-540A: Sony's Answer to the 12x Call

With DVD write speeds increasing Sony tries to keep up by introducing its own 12x DVD burner.

15 by Purav Sanghani on 8/14/2004

MSI DR12-A Preview: Still pushing for 12X DVDR

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?

6 by Kristopher Kubicki on 7/17/2004

Hitachi Brings 400GB to Desktops with the Deskstar 7K400

What will $450 get you? About 400GB worth of storage, thanks to Hitachi's new Deskstar.

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/10/2004

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?

127 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

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