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September 6, 2018

Samsung Announces 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, 983 ZET Datacenter SSDs

At a recent event in New York, Samsung recently updated their datacenter SSD lineup with four new models including the Samsung 860 DCT, Samsung 883 DCT, Samsung 983 DCT, and Samsung 983 ZET.

In their DCT based SSD lineup, Samsung will launch three SSDs, the 860 DCT, 883 DCT and 983 DCT.

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December 30, 2017

Chinese Regulators Hint at Investigation into Potential DRAM Price Fixing

If you’ve been surprised by the massive surge in RAM pricing lately, you’re not alone. China is now closely monitoring DRAM prices, hinting that it’s possibly looking to conduct an investigation for price fixing. Xu Xinyu, an official of China’s National Development and Reform Commission’s Pricing Supervision Department, stated:

 “We have noticed the price surge and will pay more attention to future problems that may be caused by ‘price fixing’ in the sector”

The officials didn’t specifically mention which major manufacturers will be scrutinized, but the according to Wang Yanhui, Secretary General of the Mobile China Alliance, NDRC [...]

 
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August 21, 2018

Difference Between Modem, Router and Switch, Explained

In the computer networking world, the three most ubiquitous pieces of equipment are modems, routers, and switches. These are used everywhere from the datacenter hosting Google to the internet connection in your own home. However, despite how important these three pieces of equipment are, many people are completely oblivious as to what each piece of equipment does, so in this article, we’ll attempt to clarify the difference between the modem, router and switch, and how it all fits in your home network.

 

What is a Modem?

A modem is the short way of saying “modulator, demodulator”. The primary purpose of a modem when used in a home [...]

 
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May 26, 2017

SoftBank Makes Massive $4 Billion Investment into Nvidia

No question about it, Nvidia is red hot these days thanks to its superior graphics processing technology driving massive increases in datacenter and automotive technology revenue.

It’s then no surprise that Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank wants a piece of the action as a recent report from Bloomberg claims that SoftBank has slowly acquired a$4 billion stake in Nvidia for 4.9% share of the company. This will make SoftBank the 4th largest shareholder of Nvidia behind Fidelity, Vanguard, and PRIMECAP.

While there’s no question that Nvidia is an strong company with strong financials and a strong product to back it up, it’s interesting [...]

 
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May 17, 2017

AMD Teases Threadripper CPU: 16 Cores and 32 Threads for Consumers

Confirming previous rumors, it turns out that the Ryzen 7 1800X is not the top-end chip for AMD. At AMD’s 2017 Financial Analyst Day, AMD officially confirmed a new 16 core and 32 thread Ryzen CPU codenamed Threadripper along with a new HEDT platform.

This powerful chip is likely AMD’s direct answer to Intel’s 12-core Core i9-7920X and the beginning of their assault on Intel’s dominance in the workstation and datacenter. AMD also has a 32-core, 64-thread chip codenamed Naples in the works as well. Details are currently scarce on Threadripper, though the chip is expected to make its appearance at Computex. Recent rumors have also indicated that [...]

 
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April 21, 2017

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Windows 10 Mobile PCs Coming 4Q2017

Back in December 2016, Qualcomm and Microsoft had demonstrated Windows 10 running on a mobile device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. In the demo, Windows 10 was shown running on a smartphone via emulation. The demo also showcased the scaling functionality of Windows Universal Apps.

At the time, no additional information was provided as to when a Snapdragon SoC based Windows 10 device would ship.

However, at their recent earnings call, Qualcomm revealed plans to “disrupt” existing suppliers of PC by launching a Snapdragon 835 powered Windows 10 device by the end of this year.

According to Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkoph:

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February 1, 2017

HGST HDDs Most Reliable Once Again as Backblaze Releases 2016 Hard Drive Failure Stats

Popular low cost cloud storage company Backblaze recently shared their hard drive failure rates for 2016 and to no surprise, HGST is once again the most reliable HDD maker.

According to the stats, Backblaze has a total of 71,939 HDDs in their datacenter and 1,225 of them failed in 2016. Most of the failures came from Seagate’s 4TB ST4000DM000 drives which saw 938 of the 34,738 drives fail over the year with an average age of 21.73 months.

Aggregating all the hard drive failures by manufacturer, the hard drive maker with the least failure rates once again was HGST which only experienced a failure rate of 0.60%. The drivemaker with the [...]

 
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January 28, 2017

Intel Launching Optane SSD in 1Q2017, 3D XPoint DIMM Now Sampling

Intel’s 3D XPoint has been long touted as a revolutionary new non-volatile memory technology ever since Intel announced it back in 2015. Unlike traditional NAND, 3D XPoint uses a mesh of storage cells that can greatly improve access times compared to conventional storage. According to Intel’s internal testing, Optane SSDs can reach speeds up to 10x faster than current generation SSDs. However since its launch, 3D XPoint has been more talk than anything else with both Intel and development partner, Micron, doing little more than talking about the performance, applications, and missing potential launch dates.

That said, this time it appears that Intel may [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

How We Built a DIY Home Office Server Using FreeNAS

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Being an Editor here at Custom PC Review, I’m constantly in need of lots of mass storage. At CES 2017, I took over 1,000 14-bit RAW images using a Nikon D800 camera which generated files somewhere between 40MB-45MB each. After exporting them, another set of images are then created which take less, but still require quite a significant amount of storage space. Tack that onto 50Mbps 1080p video along with the thought of possibly doing 4K video down the road and the need for lots of reliable storage quickly adds up.

Of course, the easy solution is to throw a couple hard drives into your PC because that’s cheap and easy, but I also wanted the data [...]

 
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October 14, 2016

AMD to Power Alibaba Cloud with Radeon Pro Graphics

Slowly but surely, AMD is clawing their way back in both the CPU and GPU space, and the newest win for AMD comes from a recent announcement that Chinese internet giant Alibaba has signed on to utilize AMD Radeon graphics technology in their cloud datacenters.

“The partnership between AMD and Alibaba Cloud will bring both of our customers more diversified, cloud-based graphic processing solutions. It is our vision to work together with leading technology firms like AMD to empower businesses in every industry with cutting-edge technologies and computing capabilities,” said Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud.

AMD has been missing from the server, datacenter, and [...]

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