Category: SSD

GIGABYTE SSD 120GB & 240GB

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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. Gigabyte has launched a couple of low cost …

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ADATA SU800 SATA SERIES NOW HAS 2TB MODEL

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ADATA SU800 series SSD drives are now available at up to 2TB in capacity, ADATA originally launched the SU800 series back in 2016 but now they have new capacity points to offer. The SU800 series are standard 2½” laptop size SSD drives. The SU800 are 7mm thick so they can fit most any machine. The …

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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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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 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 the flagship …

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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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The TeamGroup L5 SSD 480GB (T2535T480G0C101)  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  mature 2D NAND technology. Featuring great durability and low energy consumption, it has become the …

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KINGSTON A400 120GB SSD

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The Kingston A400 SSD drives are intended for laptop and desktop machines. The A400 dramatically improves the responsiveness of your existing system with incredible boot, loading and transfer times compared to mechanical hard drives. The S400 comes on basic card packaging used by hook style retail displays. There are no screws or other accessories included. …

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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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SSD ENDURANCE

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There has been a lot of development in the SSD market over the years. Today modern SSD products are very inexpensive but people should not take them for granted with their large MTBF ratings. The first SSD products suffered from firmware problems which adversely affected performance etc.  Some years have passed and new chips and …

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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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