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September 28, 2016

Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 Keynote

At the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung not only introduced two of the most highly anticipated SSDs of this year, but they also shared a number of insights into the rapidly growing industry.

Kicking off the keynote was Willow You, Director of Branded Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor who discussed a number of current SSD industry trends. Among the first is the growth of the SSD market. According to Willow You, the SSD market has grown by 54% over the past 5 years which is significantly larger than the growth of the smartphone market which has grown just 19.1% over the same period. Samsung expects this trend to [...]

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June 17, 2016

Computex 2016: Gigabyte Motherboards Updated for X99, Z170 unveiled

During our stay at Computex we stopped by the Gigabyte suite and took a look at their motherboards.

GA-X99 Designare EX

The Designare series is a class of motherboards aimed at those looking for productivity, which is a very interesting step from Gigabyte. While very similar to their “Gaming” focused boards, this one has a focus on faster storage with dual SATA Express slots and support for U.2 and M.2 storage under the white shroud. It also supports the new Broadwell-E 10 core with a beefy 8+1 phase power design, which we would assume is from International Rectifier. Gigabyte boasts that with this board it won’t take a professional overclocker to get [...]

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June 9, 2016

Computex 2016: Plextor Displays M8Pe PCIe SSD Variants


Plextor had some brand-new PCIe SSDs to show at Computex this year with fancy heatsinks and some great performance.

Plextor M8PeY

Plextor first unveiled the M8PeY at this year’s CES. This new PCIe SSD features the Marvel 88SS1093 controller and 15nm Toshiba TLC NAND. Boasting sequential read/write performance of up to 2,500MB/1,400MB/s and a random read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000IOPS, the M8PeY is the fastest storage device Plextor has in their arsenal. Although I’m not quite sure why since the PCIe bus can provide 75w of power, it even comes with an additional SATA power connector at the top for “added power [...]

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June 5, 2016

Computex 2016: MEGA Booth Babes (Show Girls) Gallery

Booth Babes of Computex 2016!

As many of you have noticed, this is now the fourth Computex we’ve covered and as tradition dictates, we bring you the 2016 edition of Booth Babes of Computex!

Once again we’d like to credit our good friend, David Chang of Yuki-no photography who has helped us provide you with another glimpse of the Computex booth babe experience. As usual, if you’ve enjoyed his work, be sure to thank him by giving his Facebook page a like as well. Those who missed our MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2013, MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2014, or MEGA Booth Babes of Computex 2015, be sure to check it out as [...]

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June 3, 2016

Computex 2016: Gigabyte Factory Tour

For Computex 2016, we had the opportunity to tag along with Gigabyte to tour their Taiwan factory. Gigabyte’s pretty excited to show us exactly why they’re so confident in the quality of their motherboards.

Gigabyte’s factory in Taiwan is actually located in Nan Ping. It covers an area of 45,000 square meters and while it’s a relatively large factory, it isn’t the biggest factory Gigabyte owns. Gigabyte also has two more factories in mainland China, with the biggest being 60,000 square meters. This is however perceived as the “premium” factory as many OEMs specifically request components manufactured in [...]

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June 1, 2016

Computex 2016: Thermaltake CaseMOD Being Mass Produced, RGB Power Supply and more

As some of you may already know Thermaltake has been running the Thermaltake CaseMOD invitational, with a total prize pool of 15k, at their computex booth, they’ve displayed the finalists builds! One of the most interesting builds from last year is “TheTower” by the owner of WaterMod, Mathieu Heredia who gave a speech on his experience there.

“Every time I mod, I try to do something different from my other friends and modders. When I was invited to the Thermaltake CaseMOD competition, I completely rethought the Core X9. I wanted to build fully functional case with a unique design, and in the end I created Project The Tower. I was surprised when [...]

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January 8, 2016

CES 2016: Patriot Announces New M.2 PCIe SSDs, USB 3.1 Flash Drives

Patriot this week has announced their latest solid state offerings, The aptly named Patriot Hellfire in M.2 and full PCIe form factors.

Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD

The M.2 variant will be designed with a PCIe Generation 3.0 X4 interface with full NVME 1.2 compliance and will reach speeds of 2,500 MB/s read and 600MB/s write for the ultra high end enthusiasts and content creators.

The M.2 variant will be relesed in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB models and a M.2 2280 form factor, powered by the Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND.

Hellfire PCIe Add in Card SSD

Patriot also has the full sized add in card drive, for those looking for the best performance possible. It is [...]

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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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September 3, 2015

Asus’s New GX700: Water Cooled Mobile Monster

With the upcoming IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) Consumer Electronic Show in Berlin set to begin on September 4th, many companies have begun to announce their latest products. One of the notable announcements came from Asus with a new flagship gaming laptop, the GX700. This monstrosity is an ode to the desktop replacement laptop as it favours the bulky chassis and follows the sharp, aggressive angular lines signature of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers products such as the the ASUS G751 gaming notebook. In terms of physical stature, the GX700 is comparable to the MSI GT80 Titan, but the headline feature of the GX700 is not a built-in Cherry MX [...]

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August 19, 2015

FMS 2015: JMicron Displays JMF815, JMF60F, JMF680 SSD Controllers

Every SSD controller manufacturer was out in full force at FMS this year including JMicron, who showed off three of their controllers catering towards all performance ranges.



The JMF815 is JMicron’s offering for the high-performance market. Utilizing a PCIe Gen 3 x2 interface, the JMF815 can reach speeds up to 1,200/1,000 MB/s sequential reads and writes. Unfortunately, no NVMe support has been announced at this time. Supporting a maximum capacity of up to 2TB, the JMicron JMF815 is expected to support all the latest NAND including 3D NAND from various vendors.

The JMF815 is expected to launch early [...]

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