Category: storage

SSD MAINTENANCE

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SSD drives are increasingly popular for PC gaming boxes. With the recent move to motherboard mounted SSD drives, Windows is now faster to boot and games load faster. SSD drives need some minor maintenance. The disk optimizer in Windows 10 can TRIM SSD drives properly which is one of the many reasons to upgrade immediately, …

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INTEL OPTANE 905P

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Intel has a new model of their Optane phase change storage unit available. The 905P is based on NVMe PCI 3.0 x4 host interface, and available in two form factors – HHHL add-in card with LED light (960GB), and 2.5″ U.2 with heatsink on housing (480GB). The storage capacity is double the previous 900P series. …

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SAMSUNG PM1643 30TB SSD

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Samsung has improved over their last monster 15TB SSD with the new PM1643 30TB SSD monster.  Unfortunately none will be available for gaming as Samsung only wants to sell them to corporate data centers. With 30TB it would be possible to install every Steam game we own and still have room for iTunes etc. The …

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MORE BACKUP OPTIONS

Transcend 32GB JetFlash 790 USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Many carry on without even considering the consequences of a hardware failure, malware or the theft of a machine, Today there are more choices than ever. For most users today, a larger capacity USB stick with 64GB or 128GB can handle a vast number of images from digital cameras etc. USB 3.0 sticks are now …

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INTEL SSD 900P 280GB AIC

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The Intel SSD 900P 280GB AIC is a NVMe  PCI Express 3.0 x8 card for desktop computers. The Intel Optane technology was announced 2 years ago and now Intel has finally stared delivering the hardware. The problem with the PCI Express card is the bus speed is inadequate to handle the extreme bandwidth. The Optane …

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TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

TeamGroup L5 SSD 480GB is the top capacity model of the series. TeamGroup also markets memory and other solid state hardware. The L5 SSD is an entry level SSD marketed primarily to laptop users. The L5 SSD uses the new 3D NAND technology. Featuring great durability and low energy consumption, it has become the mainstream memory …

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SAMSUNG 960 PRO & EVO SERIES M.2 SSD

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Samsung has now released a new series of M.2 SSD products under the 960 Evo and Pro groups. These new SSD products are promising to deliver more than 2GB/s of bandwidth. MZ-V6P512 (PRO 512 GB) MZ-V6P1T0 (PRO 1024 GB) MZ-V6P2T0 (PRO 2048 GB) MZ-V6E250 (EVO 256 GB) MZ-V6E500 (EVO 512 GB) MZ-V6E1T0 (EVO 1024GB) The highest …

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INTEL 3D XPOINT (OPTANE)

On July 28, 2015, Intel and Micron have announced a new type of storage. Intel’s new 3D XPOINT is a new class of storage that they hope will be able to bring to the PC market in the next couple of years. Compared to NAND memory Intel claims 10x lower latency, 3x write endurance, 4x writes …

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SFF-8639

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The SFF-8639 ia a faster interface designed primarily for SSD products in a 2½” form factor. More recently it has been rebadged as U.2 to compete with M.2 which is more constrained physically. Both U.2 and M.2 can use up to 4 PCI Express lanes. There are more pins which increase the bandwidth considerably to …

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ST2000DM001

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The new Seagate ST2000DM001 is high capacity 2TB disk with 500GB on each side of 2 plates. Operating at 7200rpm, the ST2000DM001 manages to reach 120MB/s of bandwidth. Seagate decided that the performance loss of moving to 5900RPM wasn’t justified by the power savings. It believed that by introducing a more power efficient 7200RPM drive it …

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