Storage Visions 2016 - TweakTown was able to get one of the first photos ever of a working prototype 3D XPoint DDR4 DIMM today at Storage Visions 2016.
Intel/Micron's phase change persistent memory technology known as 3D XPoint is undoubtedly the hottest storage technology on the horizon. Intel and Micron envision 3D XPoint causing a revolution not in just storage, but computing as a whole.
3D XPoint will have many storage applications, the most powerful and compelling of which is coming in the form of persistent addressable system memory. Designed to run on the system memory bus, Intel's 3D X-Point DIMM technology moves more data closer to the CPU.
CES 2016 - Patriot Memory just announced the Hellfire line of SSD's, their next-gen line of that are PCIe 3.0 x4 compliant. It'll come in both PCIe slot variants and in the increasingly popular M.2 form-factor.
Their new SSD's will use a new Phison 5007 SSD controller and MLC NAND to deliver up to 2,500mb/s read rates in the M.2 version and up to a massive 3,000mb/s read speed and 2,200mb/s write speed for the single-slot PCIe kind. With the new controller from Phison, they'll be NVMe 1.2 compliant.
Both of the new Hellfire SSD's will come in sizes from 240GB to 960GB and should be available in the 1st quarter of 2016, so very soon. This means another great choice if you're looking to upgrade storage in your gaming rig.
CES 2016 - ZOTAC has just unveiled its new premium PCIe SSD, which is a performance product with sequential transfer rates north of 2GB/sec.
ZOTAC is tapping a Phison processor, using Toshiba's 10nm class MLC NAND flash. The impressive PCIe-based SSD features an integrated heat spreader with some cool ZOTAC branding on the back, and slots right into a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot.
We will be meeting with ZOTAC tomorrow to check out their entire range of products, with some hands-on time with this bad boy.
After a while cooking in the oven, Thecus has announced the continued development of ThecusOS 7.0, with the release of the ThecusOS 7.0 Beta.
ThecusOS 7.0 was designed on a 64-bit architecture, works with HTML5, and offers countless improvements in not only the design but performance and the user experience. Thecus CEO Florence Shih explains: "Individuals and businesses alike demand storage solutions that provide productivity, efficiency, and agility. With the release of ThecusOS 7.0, we plan to transform user experience by providing an optimized, feature-rich platform for data management and application use". here are the main points on ThecusOS 7.0:
- Redesigned User Interface: With a modernized, translucent design, ThecusOS 7.0 provides a smooth desktop experience with increased performance and easy navigation.
- Optimized Storage Management: The integration of the File Center feature provides a centralized portal for users to manage their data. Users can create personal user profiles to manage their data and administrators can control access rights. Sharing is made easy through URL or QR code and can be password protected. The addition of SSD cache provides increased performance and efficiency to the system.
- Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities: ThecusOS 7.0 allows users to centrally access and manage multimedia and offers media streaming via HDMI, VGA, Chromecast, Apple TV, and USB devices. With the new Photo Station, users are given a convenient, centralized hub to upload, store, browse and share images.
- Streamlined Application Use: Incorporating the App Center in ThecusOS 7.0 allows users access to the over 700 official and 3rd party apps available on Thecus NAS directly from the user interface. The Thecus App Center offers a host of utilities for users for backup, security, file management, cloud services, and much more.
If you want to try ThecusOS 7.0 out, visit Thecus' live demo site, here.
Plextor is finally going to reveal the true successor to the highly successful M6e SSD, which also happened to be the very first PCIe based SSD as well. The new M8Pe will build upon that success with the addition of NVMe and a faster 4x PCIe 3.0 M.2 connection.
The new drive from Plextor will be their first foray into adding NVMe, and as a result, it'll have blistering fast read and write speeds. Plextor quotes it as being able to sustain 270,000 read IOPS at a 4KB transfer size and up to 150,000 write IOPS at the same transfer size. IOPS aren't exactly the metric of choice for gamers, but it does translate into smooth and fast performance. The new M8Pe will also make use of their PlexTurbo RAM caching and PlexCompressor, their software for compressing data to maximize space.
Aside from that spec, we don't know much more Hopefully we'll get much more information, such as read/write speeds, what kind of NAND it's using and what kind of controller they'll be putting to use here. This'll be a great addition to the very small stable of consumer NVMe enabled SSD's. Overall exciting news for those looking to upgrade their gaming rig.
Complete with a drop-proof resistance rating of up to 1.2 meters or 3.8 ft, SilverStone's new MMS01 USB 3.0 hard drive enclosure can take all sorts of user abuse.
Carrying an IP65 standard rating, this 2.5-inch enclosure boasts to be dust proof and water resistant, further claiming to the subjected to rigorous US military standardizing tests, earning that badge of honor. As part of these tests, this device successfully endured rapid temperature changes, vibration, a 1.2 meter drop, salt spray, sand exposure and fungal growth, explained in a rent press release.
Supporting 7mm thick 2.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs, this product will be available from today and comes priced at $31 USD.
If you're in the market for a super-fast, super-huge microSD card, Samsung has just announced its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD card - priced at $199.99. T
The price might seem high, but for $199.99 you're getting a 128GB microSD card that has huge read speeds of 95MB/sec and write speeds of 90MB/sec. This is a huge increase over Samsung's existing 128GB EVO Plus microSD card offerings, which maxed out at read speeds of 80MB/sec and write speeds of only 20MB/sec. This means the new 128GB PRO Plus is 4x faster at writing, which makes a huge difference for fast-snapping cameras.
Samsung says that its new 128GB PRO Plus microSD cards are waterproof (IEC 60529, IPX7), temperature proof, X-ray proof, and magnetic proof.
Microsoft changed its OneDrive plans recently, reducing its free 15GB cloud storage offer to 5GB, prompting more than 70,000 users to express their displeasure on the OneDrive feedback website.
Now, Microsoft is reverting its decision. Curiously, you'll have to opt-in here in order to get the extra space back. Note you still get the 15GB camera roll bonus for a total of 30GB.
There's nothing worse than your small, light and portable laptop taking forever to boot up or complete simple tasks - I mean, that's why tablets were invented, or so some people say.
In comes the magical invention of the solid state drive, helping ancient PCs and blisteringly fast gaming machines boot up quickly much faster than a hard disk drive could ever manage. In a report seen on Storage Newsletter, some claim that 30% of all laptops in 2016 could come packed with an SSD within.
With the number being more exact at 25-28% overall, reports claim that this increase is partly due to the 10% price drop in SSDs, while common sense also says that it is partly to do with consumer demand. With this in mind, Storage Newsletter also said that "Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," which could signify a rise in SSDs during 2016 or not, depending on how you understand the wording.
Renowned hard drive maker Western Digital is now shipping the world's first 10 terabyte (TB) hard drive in the HGST Ultrastar He10.
The He10 is a helium drive that features perpendicular magnetic recording and is said to provide the lowest power consumption per TB on the market (56% fewer watts/TB than competing helium HDDs). Additionally, it includes a five-year warranty and claims a 2.5 million mean-time-between-failures rating. I might be inclined to be skeptical of this figure, but WD's reputation precedes it, and my own WD drive has been going strong for more years than I can remember.