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CES 2014 - We visited Plextor's CES showroom yesterday and found a broad range of new products that span several markets. Over the years, Plextor's image changed from optical products to consumer SSDs and now the company looks to just make it all SSDs.
First up is the new M6e, a PCIe 2.0 m.2 SSD that uses two lanes to outperform SATA based storage products. The M6e drives we saw at the booth include an adapter for desktop use. This makes the M6e the ultimate performance SSD since end users keep TRIM and avoid the hassles of RAID.
Moving closer to the mainstream consumer level, the M.2 form factor could dominate the notebook market with both SATA and PCIe based drives. M.2 products will cost less to manufacture when the economics of scale catch up.
CES 2014 -Seagate displayed it's new 5mm HDD's that stick with the standard SATA connection. For a complete view of the performance capabilities of the drive feel free to take a look at the Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review by our very own Tyler Bernath.
To give some perspective, I took a snap of the HDD next to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This thin profile allows this HDD to be deployed into just about any thin device.
The thin HDD's from Seagate's competitors feature a new edge connector, which hasn't made much headway in terms of mass adoption. The slow uptake, or lack thereof, of the edge connector has led Seagate to forgo use of the spec, since it is much more financially viable for companies to use existing standards at this point. Of course that could be subject to change in the future as devices shrink, but selling relevant products for today's market is Seagate's focus.
CES 2014 -LaCie unveiled their new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 storage solution, which is geared for maximum performance for video editing professionals. This power is delivered via dual M.2 Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD's that are configured in factory RAID 0.
Each unit is capable of delivering up to 1,375 MB/s of speed for 4K video editing. The Little Big Disk 2 comes with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports which allows daisy chaining for even more extreme performance, as demoed here with a new Mac Pro.
Storage Visions 2014 - TweakTown sat down with Netgear at Storage Visions 2014 to discuss new business class NAS products and 10GbE network integration.
2014 will be a break out year for 10GbE thanks to Netgear's low-cost switch products that work seamlessly with the new ReadyNAS 716.
Storage Visions 2014 - TweakTown sat down with Louis from Kingston to talk about upcoming SSD products on display at CES 2014.
Later today we'll publish all of the Kingston products on display at CES 2014. Here is a preview of that coverage.
Storage Visions 2014 - Dinesh Bahal from SanDisk sat down with TweakTown at Storage Visions 2014 to discuss SanDisk Connect. Connect has been on the market for several months now but the company just announced a new 64GB model.
Dinesh also discussed the comapany's new Wireless Media Drive with longer battery life and more concurrent users.
CES 2014 - The first product born from the marriage of OCZ Technology and Toshiba was displayed today at the OCZ suite. Soon, OCZ will ship Vertex 460, in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB. The new drive will deliver up to 550MB/s sequential reads, up to 95,000 4KB IOPS and uses Toshiba Type C 19nm Toggle flash.
No need to beat around the bush with stock pics, we have ours in hand.
We can't talk about the performance outside of what OCZ displayed at the suite so the image above tells you exactly what we know right now and exactly what we can say at this point. The cool thing is this, the Vertex 460 is faster than Vertex 450. What we hope to see is a price that is lower than the Vertex 450 and in stock at etailers.
CES 2014 Just days ago we tested the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer with a PCIe 2.0 x2 m.2 socket. In that preview article we used a SanDisk A110 PCIe based m.2 drive, but that's old news now. Just moments ago we sat down with Marvell and tested a new controller named Altaplus. This controller, model number 88SS9293, can use four PCI Express lanes.
There are other PCIe 4-lane controllers coming and we've seen read benchmarks, but the new Marvell 4-lane controller is able to read and write data at a high speed already.
In the test Marvell ran, the drive achieved a 128KB sequential read speed of 1445 MB/s. In the same sequential test the drive wrote at 1051 MB/s. Making the performance even more impressive is the test is a full span read and write. We didn't test 4KB random performance, but it won't be long before we have a working sample in our hands. When it comes to general availability, Marvell tells us to check back in at Computex for an update. We can say this, the drive looks very strong right now.
Storage Visions 2014 - Cloud storage is a segment of the storage market that is going to do nothing but continue to skyrocket over the next decade, and companies are beginning to unveil some awesome products that take the cloud and place it in your home. Today we had the chance to speak with Paul Du from Transporter about some of their new home cloud storage devices.
The Transporter is a personal home cloud storage device that features a built-in HDD that lets users upload and sync their data between all of their PC, Mac and mobile devices thanks to dedicated apps. The smaller Transporter Sync does not feature any internal storage, but lets users utilize their existing external storage devices via an on-board USB 2.0 port.
Storage Visions 2014 - Today we stopped by the Samsung Booth to take a look at some of their new SSD technology. Unfortunately many of the products they planed to show off were delayed by the blizzard that has crippled much of the US this week.
We did however get a chance to talk with Michael Willett who had the only 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD that was on display at the show. Michael showed off the drive as well as talking a little about the EVO series' built-in encryption. The 840 EVO series also won an Visionary Award at last night's awards banquet.