Category: hardware

GIGABYTE UD PRO SSD 256GB & 512GB

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Gigabyte is best known for its motherboard and graphics cards, but like so many PC component companies with diversified product portfolios, it’s now officially entered the SSD market as well. What’s unique, however, is that Gigabyte is the only top tier motherboard maker to expand into SSDs: so far Form Factor: 2.5-inch internal SSD SATA …

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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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QLC SSD CHIPS MARKET HEATING UP

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The new quad level cell (QLC) NAND provides a new 33% improvement in capacity at the expense of write endurance, Thee chips are better suited for secondary storage which does not change often such as with most games (DOTA 2 notwithstanding). Toshiba, Intel and Micron all have been all developing QLC NAND mostly as demand …

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SAMSUNG 970 SSD SERIES

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Samsung has revamped their M.2 SSD drives with the new 970 series. The Samsung 970 EVO and PRO delivers breakthrough speeds, best-in-class reliability, and a broad range of capacity options up to 2TB (M.2 2280).   The latest V-NAND, new Phoenix controller, and Intelligent TurboWrite technology enhance high-end gaming. M.2 2280 NVMe 64-layer TLC NAND 3500 …

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100TB SSD

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Yes it’s true, somebody has made a 3½” size SATA/SAS type SSD with 100TB of storage. Our Corsair Carbide 300R has 4 drive bays so that would be 400TB which should keep a handle on Steam games for a few months. A company called NIMBUS has the SSD in 100TB capacity. The Exadrive DC100 is …

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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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EVGA Z370 CLASSIFIED K MOTHERBOARD

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The EVGA Z30 Classified K motherboard (134-KS-E379-KR) is their flagship model for enthusiast gaming. One of the changes with the Z370 is the new power requirements which used a 13 phase design for the regulator. Chipset: Intel Z370 Socket: LGA1151 Form Factor: ATX SLI: 2-Way SLI + PhysX Memory: 4 DIMM Dual-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (up …

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INTEL Z370 MOTHERBOARDS

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Intel has the Coffee Lake Z370 chipset which is their most expensive one. This affords to most features that gamers want. Combined with an i5 or i7 processor, the Z370 provides excellent gaming with an elite graphics card. It does not make a lot of sense to use an i3 CPU on the Z170 as …

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INTEL CPU BUG

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It seems that Intel CPUs have a problem with the way they handle address space randomization and the prefetch logic. Its now known that Intel, AMD, Apple ARM, and Qualcomm processors are all affected by the problem. IBM Power CPU products are also affected. The security nightmare of having keys and passwords in the open …

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