Storage

The rollout of AMD’s PCIe 4.0 Ryzen platform has accelerated releases of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD drives. Team Group this week introduced its versions of SSDs based on Phison’s PS5019-E16 controller. Interestingly, unlike competing drives using the same chip from other makers, Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 do not feature an aluminum heat spreader, but relies on a different cooling system. Set to ship in 1 TB and 2 TB configurations, Team Group’s M.2-2280 T-Force Cardea Zero Z440 SSDs use 3D TLC NAND. As far as performance is concerned, the drives promise up to 5000 MB/s sequential read speeds, up to 4400 MB/s sequential write speeds, as well an 750K peak read/write random IOPS, which is in line with competitors. Unlike most of drives featuring...

Vigor iSURF II Hard Drive Cooling System - Keeping it Cool...

We take a quick look at Vigor Gaming's hard disk cooling system that provides a unique design which actually works.

17 by Gary Key on 7/31/2008

64GB SSD on the Desktop: Samsung and OCZ go mainstream

We provide a desktop oriented review of the new mainstream 64GB Solid State Drive from Samsung and its fraternal twin from OCZ Technology.

41 by Gary Key on 5/15/2008

Western Digital VelociRaptor- No longer just a Raptor

We provide a quick update on the WD VR150 series after receiving a new drive from Western Digital that proves this dinosaur is serious about ruling the storage world.

31 by Gary Key on 5/2/2008

Western Digital VelociRaptor: A Drive with a Bite

We provide a preview of the new VelociRaptor and a drive hampered by early firmware that still manages to set new performance standards.

31 by Gary Key on 4/22/2008

Western Digital 640GB - Twice the Platters, Twice the Fun

We take a first look at the new WD6400AAKS and find Western Digital has turned performance up a notch in the mid-range market.

42 by Gary Key on 3/21/2008

Western Digital serves up 320GB on a Platter

We take a first look at Western Digital's latest drive that will have you scrambling for part number WD3200AAKS-00B3A0.

29 by Gary Key on 2/22/2008

A Lesson in User Failure: Investigating the Serial ATA Connector

We learn about failure prevention when we break a SATA wafer connector

64 by Ryan Smith on 1/18/2008

Thermaltake Muse R-Duo: External RAID

Thermaltake sent us their Muse R-Duo for testing, and external enclosure supporting RAID 0/1, USB, and eSATA. We put the device through the performance wringer to see what it...

12 by Dave Robinet on 12/14/2007

MTRON MSP 7000 SSD - Raptors Beware

We take a quick first look at the new MTRON 7000 series and come away impressed, again.

48 by Gary Key on 12/3/2007

Seagate and Western Digital 1TB Drives: Improved and Green

Hitachi beat everyone to the 1TB drive level, but can these more recent offerings offer a compelling alternative? We'll find out, as Western Digital and Seagate target your green.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/26/2007

Ultra ULT40010: Keeping it Cool

We put Ultra's new HD cooler through the ringer and it barely breaks a sweat.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/2/2007

Transcend TS16GSSD34E: SSD ExpressCard for those on the Go...

We take a look at one of the first ExpressCards featuring SSD technology and will not be giving up our USB thumb drives, just yet.

11 by Dave Robinet on 10/25/2007

Transcend 16GB SSD

We put one of Transcend's latest SSD drives through the wringer and look at the benefits and drawbacks of this technology.

17 by Dave Robinet on 10/23/2007

ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: eSATA with a twist

ICY DOCK's 12 year quest to build market share continues. Do they have a hit with the MB664?

20 by Dave Robinet on 10/9/2007

RAID Primer: What's in a number?

In preparation for some upcoming RAID product reviews, we wanted to provide a brief introduction to the concept of RAID storage setups, what the various levels mean, and the...

41 by Dave Robinet on 9/7/2007

MTRON 32GB SSD: Better in a Notebook?

Our early look with a notebook platform and the MTRON 32GB SSD reveals this drive is faster than a speeding bullet. Well almost.

25 by Gary Key on 8/17/2007

MTRON SSD 32GB: Wile E. Coyote or Road Runner?

Our preview reveals one very fast SSD drive from MTRON, but how fast depends on whether you are using an Intel or NVIDIA chipset.

37 by Gary Key on 8/15/2007

Western Digital SE16 750GB: "Quiet" a Performer

With the prices of 750GB drives falling like a rock, they are finally becoming a realistic option for many buyers. How does Western Digital's offering stack up to the competition?

38 by Dave Robinet on 8/9/2007

Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP - SATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure on a Budget

We take a look at one of the more inexpensive SATA/USB 2.0 enclosures on the market that provides SATA functionality and USB portability.

8 by Gary Key on 7/15/2007

ICY DOCK MB559US-1SMB: eSATA Enclosure with Pizzazz

We take a look at ICY DOCK's newest external eSATA/USB 2.0 enclosure and wonder how to keep it clean in a lab full of dirty hands.

14 by Gary Key and Dave Robinet on 7/11/2007

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