Category: SSD

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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TEAMGROUP L5 SSD 480GB

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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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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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BACKUP WITH FILE HISTORY

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File History is the new Backup solution that comes with Windows 8 and above. File history can now transparently backup Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files.as well. Beware that File History can use a fair amount of storage so its not a bad idea to have a larger capacity disk to …

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NVM EXPRESS

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Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is an extension to the UEFI for SSD and other non volatile storage hardware It was designed for SSD and other technologies where latency is minimal and bandwidth can be much higher. NVMe is designed around the PCI Express hardware which has been in use since 2003. SSD are capable …

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SOLID STATE DRIVES (SSD)

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Solid state drives have become popular with many gaming machines. Changes in the industry will be bringing extreme performance for mainstream gaming rigs. TYPES SSD products started off with digital cameras. The move to video motivated the industry considerably. When mobile machines were equipped with SATA based products, it revolutionized their capabilities, it did not …

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SSD TRIM

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The trim command (ATA TRIM, SCSI UNMAP) allows an operating system to inform a SSD device that certain blocks are no longer active and can be reused. Trim has been available with SSD products very early on however operating system support lagged the hardware development. Early SSD drives often were wiped (reset) to be able …

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