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September 29, 2015

CyberPowerPC Announces FangBook 4 Xtreme Gaming Laptops

Boutique PC maker CyberPowerPC has just announced the FangBook 4 Xtreme gaming laptop series equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake CPUs.

Targeted towards enthusiast gamers looking for a desktop replacement, the CyberPowerPC FangBook 4 Xtreme is loaded with the latest and fastest hardware. When fully decked out, the CyberPowerPC FangBook 4 Xtreme can feature up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-6700K CPU. Yes, that’s the desktop chip with the 91W TDP. CyberPowerPC claims that the CPU will maintain a clock speed of 4.0GHz and can be over-clocked to 4.2GHz. Even with the incredible power efficiency of the the Skylake [...]

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September 22, 2015

2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit: Samsung Launches 950 Pro SSD

Samsung has just launched its 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD at the 2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, Korea.

As the latest addition to the consumer SSD line, the 950 Pro is Samsung’s first consumer-ready M.2 SSD with Vertical NAND (V-NAND) and the NVMe protocol. V-NAND enables Samsung to cram more storage space onto a small form factor as well as improved power savings while NVMe protocol removes the limitations of AHCI by offering better multi-core support, higher queue depth, and lower latency. With the introduction the 950 Pro, enthusiasts and professionals now have a high-performance storage option in the consumer market space without the throughput bottleneck [...]

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May 14, 2014

Toshiba, SanDisk Announce Plans for 3D NAND Fab

According to a recent joint press release, Toshiba and SanDisk has recently announced plans to build a new fab to replace Fab 2 in Yokkaichi Japan to help the companies’ transition to 3D NAND technology. Toshiba/SanDisk expects to begin construction on the new fab in September this year with a completion date sometime in Summer 2015.

Given the difficulty and increased cost of shrinking NAND further than 1xnm, 3D NAND is expected to be the logical successor to current 2D Planar NAND. Currently, the only NAND/SSD manufacturer mass producing 3D NAND is Samsung with their 40nm V-NAND technology. Micron recently pushed back sampling of their [...]

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May 14, 2014

SanDisk Announces X300s Self-Encrypting Business SSD

Earlier this month, SanDisk’s made some huge announcements in the enterprise SSD space by unveiling the 4TB Optimus MAX SSD and Lightning Gen. II SAS SSDs, and recently they’re also making some moves in their business SSD line as well with the announcement of a brand new business oriented client SSD, the SanDisk X300s.

While the SanDisk X300s performance (520/460MB/s sequential read/write) is relatively similar compared to the older SanDisk X210, the SanDisk X300s’ key improvement is that it will feature Self Encrypting Drive (SED) technology (support for TCG Opal 2.0/IEEE-1667). This will allow the SanDisk X300s to be encrypted using [...]

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May 1, 2014

Corsair Launches the AX1500i, 1,500 Watt 80 Plus Titanium PSU

With the increasing popularity of GPU cryptocurrency mining and multi-GPU configurations, Corsair has recently launched their first 1,500w PSU, the AX1500i. Whether you’re trying to break overclocking records, trying to break GPU khash/s records, or simply a hardcore PC enthusiast, the AX1500i has practically everything you’ll need to feed 1,500 watts of stable, digitally-controlled power to your system, even on typical North American 115V 15A circuits. By using a Digital Signal Processor (DSP) to regulate the power output, it’s also the world’s first 1,500W PSU to receive the 80 PLUS Titanium certification by carrying a 94% efficiency rating [...]

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May 1, 2014

SanDisk Announces Lightning Gen. II SAS 12Gb/s SSDs

Along with the recent refresh of SanDisk’s Optimus SSD lineup and the introduction of the SanDisk Optimus MAX, SanDisk also announced the launch of their new Lightning Gen. II enterprise SSDs which now fully support 12Gb/s SAS. By using 12Gb/s SAS, SanDisk Lightning Gen. II SSDs are capable of up to double the performance capable from SATA/SAS 6Gb/s.

“The new Lightning Gen. II SSD product family doubles interface speeds over previously available 6Gb/s SSDs, providing the highest performance possible for mission-critical and virtualized data center application workloads. Additionally, the Lightning Gen. II family of drives has a [...]

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April 30, 2014

SanDisk Unveils 4TB Optimus MAX SAS SSD, Refreshes Optimus SSD Lineup

According to a recent press release, flash storage giant SanDisk is announcing the industry’s first 4TB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD), the SanDisk Optimus MAX. The SanDisk Optimus MAX is SanDisk’s answer for businesses and enterprise users who have traditionally been limited by either cost or performance when looking for high density, high performance storage options.

“Customers have been looking for a way to transition their data centers from HDDs to NAND flash, but have been forced to decide between cost and performance, or give up important functionality,” said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General [...]

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April 30, 2014

Nvidia Bundles Watch Dogs with Qualifying GeForce Graphics Cards

In response to AMD’s Never Settle Forever bundle, Nvidia has recently launched their own gaming bundle, which gives prospective buyers of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 690, 760, 770, 780, 780 Ti, or Titan Black a free copy of the highly anticipated open world action game, Watch Dogs. Watch Dogs, developed by the famous Ubisoft Montreal (Assassin Creed, Far Cry, etc.) game studio, makes heavy use of Nvidia’s TXAA and HBAO+ technologies to achieve its stunning visual effects.

Those looking to take advantage of this sweet, sweet bundle can head on over to Amazon or your favorite retailer/system integrator (full list here) to pick [...]

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April 29, 2014

Acer Announces the Aspire V 11(Touch) and E 11 with FlowCurve Design

According to a recent press release, Acer recently unveiled two new 11.6″ inch notebooks today – the Aspire V 11 (Touch) and the Apire E 11, both featuring Acer’s new FlowCurve design. Acer’s new FlowCurve design is unique as it takes the rear of the notebook and curves it inside, creating a more seamless and stylish appearance while also allowing the laptop to stay comfortably cool and whisper-quiet despite being completely fanless.

The Aspire V 11 (Touch) will pack an Intel Pentium Quad Core while the Aspire E 11 comes with an Intel Celeron CPU.  Both models have up to 8GB of onboard DDR3, a 1366 x 768 HD display, [...]

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April 28, 2014

Samsung Begins Mass Production of PM853T Enterprise SSD

According to a recent press release by Samsung, the company has recently announced that they’ve begun mass production of the first 3-bit per cell MLC NAND (TLC) based enterprise SSD, intuitively dubbed the PM853T.

“Utilizing Samsung’s 10 nanometer (nm)-class* 3-bit NAND flash components and advanced controller technology, the new drive features a sequential read speed of 530 megabytes per second (MB/s), while writing sequentially at 420MB/s. It also will read data randomly at 90,000 IOPS and handle sustained random writes at 14,000 IOPS. “

While Samsung had already begun offering consumer oriented TLC NAND SSDs since late 2012, [...]

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April 23, 2014

SanDisk Announces Availability of 15nm NAND, Production Ramp 2H2014

Following Toshiba’s recent announcement regarding their mass production of 15nm NAND, SanDisk recently announced the availability of their own 15nm technology (SanDisk 1Z-nanometer technology) on both 2bit per cell and 3-bit per cell MLC NAND. Along with Toshiba’s 15nm NAND, this SanDisk’s 15nm NAND is currently the world’s finest with competitors such as SK Hynix, Samsung, and IMFT at 16nm, 19nm and 20nm respectively.

SanDisk’s 15nm NAND continues to use their proprietary All-Bit-Line (ABL) architecture which SanDisk claims will allow 15-nm NAND to deliver without “…sacrifice in memory performance or [...]

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April 23, 2014

Toshiba Announces Mass Production of 15nm NAND

Once again, the SanDisk/Toshiba juggernaut takes the lead as Toshiba recently announced plans for mass production of 15nm 2-bit MLC at the SanDisk/Toshiba jointly owned Fab 5 in Yokkaichi, Japan. The new 15nm fabrication process will be the world’s finest 2-bit and 3-bit MLC NAND fabrication process with SK Hynix at 16nm, Samsung at 19nm, and IMFT trailing at 20nm.

In addition to the finer manufacturing process, Toshiba additionally claims that the new 15nm NAND will contain improved peripheral circuitry technology allowing the new chips to achieve the same write speed as 19nm NAND; however, with a new high speed interface will achieve a 533 Mb/s data transfer [...]

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