Computex 2015 - Buying an SSD isn't easy these days as there are countless options: 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps, SATA 10Gbps, NVMe, PCIe SSDs, different controllers and much more. But Seagate was demonstrating its reference SSDs powered by their SandForce SF3500 controller.
The company was demoing an SF3500-based M.2 2280 SATA reference SSD at Computex 2015 with 500MB/sec+ performance in 80/20 mixed read/write workloads. The drive is powered by the latest 15nm MLC NAND flash from Toshiba, where performance is maintained at a much higher level than competing drives.
The SSD was so good at multi-threaded performance that Seagate were demonstrating the SF3500 controller running 9 x 1080p videos at once, from the single SSD.
Computex 2015 - We stopped by the Crucial and Micron offices during Computex 2015 to check out their range of NAND flash, SSDs and RAM. Starting with their two SSDs for consumers, the BX100 and MX200 SSDs.
Crucial's BX100 SSDs come in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB with read speeds of up to 535MB/sec and varying write speeds depending on the size of the drive. The 120GB model has sequential write speeds of 185MB/sec, with the 250GB model capable of 370MB/sec and the 500GB and 1TB models pushing 450MB/sec.
The company was also showing off their Ballistix DDR4 range of RAM, offering up to 16GB in four different ranges.
Computex 2015 - OCZ was demoing their new Trion 100 and Vector 180 SSDs at Computex 2015, in a beautiful system powered by an Intel Core i7-4790K, ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac motherboard, and Avexir Core Original Series RAM.
As for the SSDs, they are powered by Toshiba's latest A19 TLC NAND flash, in the 2.5-inch form factor and SATA 6Gbps standard. They pack up to 550MB/sec reads, with 91,000 IOPS. They both come in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
Computex 2015 - Sporting support for one USB 3.1 10 Gbps port, two SATA (6G/bs) ports and more, this case enclosure will solve your storage issues with quick transfer speeds.
There's inbuilt support for BOT-UASP, RAID 0/1/JBOD and it measures up at a small 4.6 x 3 x 1.1 inches in total.
Unfortunately there is no purchase information just yet, stay tuned to TweakTown for more information.
Computex 2015 - Memory specialist Kingston has released its DataTraveler microDuo 3C USB flash drive, a USB 3.1 product. Designed as a dual interface that works with standard USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports, the drive complements portable devices, Kingston said.
USB Type-C is a reversible connector standard that will open the door to slimmer and sleeker devices. The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C ships in three capacities: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. The 16GB has 100MB/s read and 10MB/s write, while the 32GB and 64GB drives provide 100MB/s read and 15MB/s write.
"DataTraveler microDuo 3C has a dual interface that accommodates both USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports to give users easy access to the latest USB interface," said Nathan Su, flash memory sales director of the APAC region at Kingston. "Our drive provides more storage, features fast data transfer speeds and helps make the new technology more accessible to consumers."
4K lovers rejoice, there has been a myriad of products released for you in the last few weeks with many more to come. The latest installment is that of these Patriot EP Pro microSDHC/SDXC 4k capable cards.
Boasting 95MB/s read and 80MB/s write speeds, this card is capable of Full HD, Ultra HD and 4K2K live capture, marketed as "ideal for the extreme sports enthusiast, outdoorsmen and professional photographer" in a recently issued press release.
These cards will hit the shelves in 32GB and 64GB size options, in SDHC and SDXC configurations respectively. Expect to see them from July 2015.
Computex 2015 - Storage company SanDisk has introduced the Ultra Fit, a 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive that is the world's smallest USB 3.0 storage device.
The Ultra Fit is smaller than a dime with up to 130MB/s speeds. You can purchase the drive now for $119.99 MSRP.
In addition, SanDisk also showed off the 256GB Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive, the company's highest capacity USB flash drives. It's the first USB flash drive from SanDisk to reach 256GB, and supports transfer speeds up to 100 MB/s. It is available with a $199.99 MSRP.
Computex 2015 - SanDisk has thrown down the gauntlet in the portable SSD market by announcing the Extreme 900 and Extreme 900 Portable SSDs. The Extreme 500 has speeds up to four times faster than a traditional portable hard drive, while the Extreme 900 has up to nine time faster speeds, according to SanDisk.
The Extreme 900 has speeds up to 850MB/s, and is designed to allow for extremely fast file transfers - or instant playback on saved content. Meanwhile, the Extreme 500 has speeds up to 415MB/s, and is half the size of a smartphone.
SanDisk will make the Extreme 500 available with 120GB ($99.99), 240GB ($149.99), and 480GB ($239.99), while the Extreme 900 will be available with 480GB ($399.99), 960GB ($599.99), and 1.92TB ($999.99) storage capacities.
Yep you read it right, a total of 1.92TB is on offer by SanDisk through its brand new Extreme 900 Portable SSD range - designed with people working on 4K resolution projects in mind.
Released alongside the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs, this 900 series comes packed in an aluminum case and offers speeds of up to 850MB/s, featuring both USB Type-C and Type-A cables.
The Extreme 500 Portable SSDs are less than half the size of a smartphone and boast a four times speed increase on regular hard drives. With speeds on offer of up to 415MB/s, these models will come in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB size options and will be priced at $99.99, $149.99 and $239.99 respectively.
Don't you just love spare or backup computers? It's sad but true that I'm currently rocking an AMD quad-core and 4GB of DDR2 RAM thanks to my main desktop motherboard recently dieing after 4 years of long hard service.
In comes QNAP to make me feel really inadequate with its new AMD-powered TS-563 NAS. Sporting an "AMD Embedded G-Series quad-core 2.0GHz SoC processor and up to 16GB RAM," this 5-bay NAS was announced in a recently issued press release.
QNAP's senior director of marketing Dilip Ramachandran says that the AMD G-Series SOC has been chosen because it "offers a low power solution delivering high performance at attractive cost levels," with the release further explaining that this 64-bit AMD Embedded chip is coupled with SATA 6Gb/s support, 2x 1GbE LAN ports and more.