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February 13, 2015

Review: Toshiba Canvio AeroMobile 128GB Wireless SSD

High Performance Wireless Storage

With the increase of users with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, wireless storage devices have become quite popular to not only help provide additional external storage to many mobile devices, but also to bridge the gap between PCs and these devices as well.

Currently on the market, we typically see two classes of these wireless storage products – one which includes some sort of integrated storage (usually a hard drive) while the second includes a slot for some sort of external storage such as a SD card or micro SD card.

Toshiba’s latest wireless storage device, the Canvio AeroMobile Wireless SSD, is a bit [...]

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May 22, 2014

Crucial Readying MX100 SSD Using Micron 16nm NAND Flash

According to a recent article by hardware site Hardware.Info, Crucial/Micron is preparing to announce their next generation SSD, the Crucial MX100, in early June which just so happens to coincide with Computex Taipei. The Crucial MX100 is expected to be using Micron’s upcoming 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND which Micron had begun sampling back in June 2013.

Although no specific performance figures were revealed, the MX100 is expected to perform somewhere between the Crucial’s current Micron 20nm 128Gb MLC based M500 and M550. Given the finer lithography, pricing on the drive is expected to be even lower than the Crucial M500, which is currently hovering at [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: Micron M500DC 480GB Enterprise SATA SSD

Micron’s M500 for DataCenters

A little over a year ago when Micron/Crucial introduced the M500, it was the first time any SSD manufacturer was able to offer a SATA SSD with a capacity of 1TB at a reasonable cost. The trick to this was the use of Micron’s newest 20nm L85 128Gb NAND flash, which allowed Micron to cram up to 128GB into a single NAND package. By cramming double the data capacity into the same amount of silicon, Crucial/Micron was able to sell the M500 at a mere $0.50/GB-$0.65/GB – something that was only dreamed of in years past.

Despite pricing on consumer grade SSDs reaching new lows, pricing on enterprise SSDs haven’t really changed all [...]

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May 14, 2014

Google Glass Now Available, Still Rocks $1,500 Pricetag

If you’ve missed out on the chance to be one of the first owners of Google Glass when it initially launched, then missed out again when Google had a one day public sale for the Glass last month, now’ s your chance to finally get your hands on the seemingly elusive gadget!

Unlike when Google first launched the Glass, Google is now offering the Glass in numerous colors, frame styles, and is even compatible with prescription lenses for those who are visually impaired. Unfortunately, while the software and hardware have gotten much better since its early days, becoming a Google Glass Explorer is still going to set you back $1,500 – not to mention the fact [...]

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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 3D NAND and SK Hynix is [...]

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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 any TCG Opal [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: MSI Z97 Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Motherboard

All Around sub-$200 Gaming Motherboard

For those who’ve been closely following the Z97 launch these past couple weeks, you’ll know that it hasn’t been anywhere near the smoothest chipset launch in Intel history. Despite Intel’s NDA set for May 11, we’ve literally known practically everything about Z97 for months and almost every motherboard maker has been either leaking their own products or breaking some sort of NDA to get their products some early media coverage.

With Intel’s NDA now expired and Z97 chipset based motherboards now rolling out at major retailers (with Intel’s new Haswell Refresh CPUs following suit), today we’ll [...]

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February 13, 2015

Review: SteelSeries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse

Sensei, Now without Wires!

Back in 2011, SteelSeries unleashed the original Sensei gaming mouse which at the time was one of the most advanced gaming mice ever produced. Along with the now familiar Sensei gaming mouse design, SteelSeries also crammed some of the most advanced technology into the gaming mouse including an ARM processor, onboard memory, and a LCD display allowing full profile and setting adjustment without the need of additional software.

Since then, SteelSeries also unveiled the Sensei [RAW], which removed some of the fancy features of the original Sensei in favor of low pricing, and most recently also unveiled the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless, which utilizes [...]

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May 5, 2014

Import Data Sheds Light on GM204, Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 Specs

Recently, a member over at Chinese hardware forums ChipHell revealed some interesting data regarding Nvidia’s upcoming next generation GM204 Maxwell GPU (GeForce GTX 880). The poster revealed that the production of A01 stepping GM204 silicon has been successful using TSMC’s 28nm process and engineering samples are being put together in Bangalore. This will be followed by the production A02 stepping GM204 silicon which is expected to launch at the end of this year. This differs significantly from previous rumors that the GM204 will be using TSMC’s 20nm process, which was recently rumored to be having issues, and also differs from previously rumored specs as [...]

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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 at 50% [...]

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