U.2

Toshiba is announcing a trio of new enterprise SSD models intended for large-scale datacenter deployments. The new CD5, XD5 and HK6-DC respectively use 2.5" U.2, M.2 22110 and 2.5" SATA form factors. The drives use different Toshiba controllers but share an emphasis on read-intensive workloads, with write endurance rated for less than one drive write per day (DWPD). They also lack some of the features of high-end enterprise SSDs, but still include full power loss protection. All three new SSDs use Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Toshiba considers their datacenter SSDs and enterprise SSDs to be separate product lines, with the latter being more suited to mission-critical servers and including more high-endurance and high-performance options, and sometimes advanced features like redundant dual-port...

The Intel SSD DC P4510 SSD Review Part 1: Virtual RAID On CPU (VROC) Scalability

Today, Intel is introducing their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND to the enterprise SSD market with the new Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe drive. They are also finally giving us...

20 by Billy Tallis on 2/15/2018

The EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard Review: A Smaller Take on X299

The EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard is mid-range microATX offering aiming to please a wide range of users but isn't marketed towards any one function in particular. It supports 2-way...

23 by Joe Shields on 2/9/2018

Dual Xeon Scalable Overclocking: ASUS WS C621E 'Sage' Workstation Motherboard Announced

ASUS has quietly announced a new motherboard: the WS C621E SAGE (or just 'Sage' for short). This workstation class board offers users dual Intel LGA-3647 sockets with CPUs up...

48 by Joe Shields on 10/24/2017

The GIGABYTE Z170X-Ultra Gaming & Z170X-Designare Motherboard Review

In this review we are having a look at GIGABYTE's Z170X-Ultra Gaming and Z170X-Designare, motherboards that were designed with a way of bringing U.2 support to the market. The...

28 by E. Fylladitakis on 12/28/2016

Super Talent Launches their PCIe Nova U.2 SSDs, up to 2 TB and 3 GB/s

The march to U.2 adoption is slow but coming - it is already more successful than SATA Express ever was. Consumer motherboards are now coming equipped with slots, and...

16 by Anton Shilov on 7/21/2016

Toshiba Announces Three New NVMe SSD Families

On the eve of Flash Memory Summit (August 11-13), Toshiba has announced a full range of NVMe-based PCIe SSDs using Toshiba controllers and Toshiba MLC flash. Toshiba NVMe Drive Families Drive...

17 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2015

SFF-8639 Connector Renamed as U.2

As SATA Express never took off because of the two-lane limitation, the SSD and motherboard industries have been looking for an alternative connector for connecting 2.5" SSDs over PCIe...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

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