Last year I was fortunate enough to be among the first to review the Samsung T3 Portable SSD. The drive was small, durable, fast, available in capacities up to 2TB, and relatively good looking making it not only my favorite portable SSD, but also my most highly recommended as well.
Of course, with Samsung’s annual release cycles, Samsung recently launched the new Samsung T5 Portable SSD which we’ll be reviewing today.Samsung Portable SSD T5 SpecificationsManufacturer SamsungModel T5Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TBInterface Type-C USB 3.1 (Gen 2), USB 3.0, USB 2.0Transfer Speed Up to [...]
For FMS 2017, Seagate made a slew of new announcements including a new 64TB NVMe PCIe SSD, updates to the Nytro SSD lineup, a new RealStor storage appliance, and Nytro Q-Boost technology.
When Seagate announced their 60TB SAS SSD last year, it was an impressive feat however, Seagate and its partners quickly realized that there were limited use cases for the SSD. The capacity was simply too large for the relatively performance limited SAS interface.
For 2017, Seagate went back to the drawing board and announced a new 64TB NVMe SSD which is simply a full height, half-length form factor add-in card containing eight M.2 22110 PCIe Gen 3 x4 [...]
After the successful release of the Force MP500 PCIe SSD earlier this year, Corsair is adding another PCIe SSD to the mix with the new Corsair Neutron NX500.
The new SSD will be available in capacities of 400GB, 800GB, and 1600GB will come in an HHHL form factor and feature support for NVMe over a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. Performance of the Neutron NX500 is rated at up to 3,000/2,400 MB/s sequential reads/writes and 300K/270K IOPS 4K random reads/writes. The NX500 will also feature MLC NAND for greater performance and reliability compared to TLC NAND.
The Corsair NX500 400GB and 800GB capacity drives are now available with the 1,600GB capacity drive available [...]
For FMS 2017, Samsung shared several new releases along with its SSD/NAND flash roadmap for the coming years. Among the new releases include Samsung’s 96-Layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND and a few new enterprise SSDs.
64-Layer 3D V-NAND Transition
Samsung is already transitioning its entire line of products to utilize 4th Generation 64-layer 3D V-NAND. Their 64-Layer 3D V-NAND has been in mass production since June of this year and promises to be 30% faster, 30% more power efficient, and 20% more reliable than previous generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND.
This could potentially mean that Samsung’s successor to the 960 Pro and 960 [...]
Dell announced a massive refresh of its Precision line of workstations at SIGGRAPH 2017, marking the first refresh of the Precision lineup in five years.
Since it’s the 20 year anniversary for Dell’s workstation business, it’s only fitting to talk about Dell’s first workstation and to see how far they’ve come in the 20 years. Dell’s first workstation was the WorkStation 400, which came in a beige box packed with either one or two Intel Penium II processors running at either 266 MHz, 300 MHz or 333 MHz. The system took as much as 512 MB of RAM and ran Windows NT. In 1997, this was absolutely cutting edge [...]
At a special event at SIGGRAPH 2017, Dell revealed the Precision 5520 mobile workstation, commemorating 20 years of Dell Precision workstations.
Crafted in a beautiful brushed aluminum finish, the Dell Precision 5520 mobile workstation is according to Dell the thinnest and lightest 15-inch mobile workstation on the market. The laptop features a thickness of just 0.66-inches at its thickest point and a weight of just under 4lbs for the fully loaded unit.
What do you get in such a compact package? Well, you get a choice between the Intel Core i7-7820HQ or the Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6, up to 32GB of DDR4, Nvidia Quadro M1200 graphics and up to 1TB M.2 [...]
Dell showed off an entire array of new lineup of Skylake-W and Skylake-SP servers at SIGGRAPH 2017 which we’ll be covering soon, but before that, we wanted to share a few of the docking solutions and adapters for PCIe NVMe SSDs that caught our eye.
The first is a hot swappable M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD dock which is the first time we’ve seen such a solution. Designed for Dell Precision workstation users who want to be able to take full advantage of NVMe PCIe SSD storage, but also want to be able to take it on the go, Dell’s M.2 hot swap dock includes a compact hot swap tray for M.2 SSDs which allow the hot swap [...]
Over the past few days, Amazon has been running multiple pre-sales leading up to their big Prime Day sales event, but starting at 9PM EST today, July 11, and ending exactly 30 hours later at 3AM EST tomorrow, July 12, Amazon will be hosting their largest sale for the year with deals coming up every five minutes.
We’ve went through the first round of deals and here’s a list of some of the deals to watch out for:
PCs:SkyTech Omega Gaming PC /w Intel Core i7-7700K, 16GB DDR4, GeForce GTX 1080, 240GB SSD + 2TB HDD – $1,499.99 CyberPowerPC Gaming PC /w Intel Core i7-7700K, 16GB DDR4, GeForce GTX 1070, 128GB PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD – [...]
Are you one of those gamers who wears a full set of camo and combat boots before launching Battlefield 1? Apacer has got just the perfect SSD for you.
Aptly called the Apacer PT920 Commando, the new PT920 is a MLC NAND based PCIe x4 SSD carrying a heatsink styled off the lower of an AR-15 rifle. Apacer says this is not only an aesthetic decision, but it’s also a strategic one for improved heat dissipation.
Performance wise, the Apacer PT920 Commando features sequential read performance up to 2,500 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 1,350 MB/s with the 480GB capacity model. The PT920 will arrive in capacities of 240GB and 480GB.
Pricing and [...]
As always, our friends at Razer had some big introductions at E3 this year with their new Razer Blade Stealth and the Razer Thresher Ultimate Gaming Headset.
Mid-2017 Razer Blade Stealth
On their systems side, Razer’s big announcement is the new Razer Blade Stealth. The biggest change for the Razer Blade Stealth is its appearance. While the traditional Razer Blade Stealth is far from being the most “gamer” looking laptop out there, it still has a hard time blending into a meeting room with its black and green color scheme. As such, Razer introduced their new Gunmetal grey color that’s a lot more boardroom friendly with [...]