Intel's upcoming Optane memory technology is one of the most exciting products of the last few years, with the company developing the technology with Micron.
Intel and Micron use 3D XPoint technology that promises super-fast speeds with high capacity, and now we're getting closer to Optane becoming a reality. Intel recently revealed you will need a new 200-series chipset motherboard with specific M.2 slots, and a Kaby Lake-based processor. You'll also need to make sure your motherboard has a BIOS that supports Intel's Rapid Storage Technology (RST) driver v15.5 or higher.
The required 200-series motherboard also need to have an M.2 type 2280-S1-B-M or 2242-S1-B-M storage connector linked to a PCH Remapped PCI-E controller with two or four lanes and B-M keys meeting Non Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) v1.1 standards.
ADATA has announced their new XPG SX950 SSD, with a "gaming-styled" EX500 drive enclosure - available in up to 960GB powered by 3D MLC NAND flash, and a SMI controller.
The company has used a custom PCB with an extra-strict chip sorting process to ensure that your new XPG SX950 SSD lives a long life, pushing its 560MB/sec read and 530MB/sec writes. The EX500 external enclosure is aimed at gamers and case modders, with a slick textured enclosure that has a spacer and bracket for easy installation on both desktops, and notebooks.
ADATA's new XPG SX950 SSD sports SLC Cache and DRAM Cache Buffer that will handle the high speeds over long periods of time, across the 240GB, 480GB and 960GB drives - with the 3D NAND being 10% faster than 2D NAND. The SMI controller and ADATA-designed firmware is ready for everything you can throw at it.
Western Digital has announced the first enterprise NVMe-based SSD under their SanDisk brand, with the new SanDisk Shykawk SSDs being 2.5-inch U.2-based SSDs for the datacenter.
WD's own HGST division has its own NVMe SSDs, and their own WD branded Black M.2 NVMe SSD, while the new Skyhawk drive is powered by SanDisk's proprietary Fusion-IO architecture. The new SanDisk Skyhawk SSDs in two models: Skyhawk, and Skyhawk Ultra.
Skyhawk comes in 1.92TB and 3.84TB sizes with up to 1500MB/read and 1170MB/sec writes, with 99K IOPS on mixed random read/whites, while the Skyhawk Ultra arrives in 1.6TB and 3.2TB varieties, with up to 1700MB/sec reads and 1200MB/sec writes, while the IOPS soar to 150K.
It feels like only yesterday that Seagate revealed its massive 10TB HDD, but now the company is teasing something for 2018: a new 16TB HDD.
Yes, 16 terabytes of storage on a single drive - even with Seagate having their own 60TB SSD, a 16TB HDD is equally as mad. Seagate's upcoming 16TB HDD would be the single largest magnetic HDD ever, with the company teasing its 16TB HDD would still fit into the 3.5-inch form factor.
Seagate's current 10TB HDD is $534.99, so we should expect the 16TB model to be at that price range, or higher.
Pioneer has teased that it has two Ultra HD Blu-ray drives coming to the PC, both in the usual 5.25-inch form factor, but there are some super strange PC requirements for 4K content to work.
First, you'll need Intel's new Kaby Lake-based processors - so your still awesome Core i7-6700K won't work, nor will that expensive Core i7-6950X, oh - and you'll need Windows 10. On top of that, you'll need a 4K monitor of course - and it has to have HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support or it won't work.
On top of that, there's only a single Ultra HD Blu-ray playback software package available, and that's from CyberLink in the form of their latest version of PowerDVD - which Pioneer includes in the box. There'll also be CyberLink's other software included, with PowerDirector 14, PowerProducer 5.5, Power 2 Go 8, InstantBurn5, PowerBackup 2.5, MediaShow 6, Label Print 2.5, PhotoDirector 5 LE and a trial version of Media Espresso 6.5.
As for the pricing and availability, Pioneer has said that the initial back will reach Japan in late February, and in other markets soon after. Pioneer hasn't made pricing details available, and CyberLink will also have retail copies of their Ultra HD Blu-ray supported version of PowerDVD, but no dates on that yet either.
Shortly following the announcement that Nintendo's new Switch handheld-console hybrid supports up to 2TB SDXC Micro SD cards, ADATA chimed in to highlight their new ultra-performance Micro SDXC solution that hits blazing fast 260MB/sec write speeds.
ADATA's latest premium 256GB SDXC card uses 3D MLC NAND from SK Hynix to hit high capacities and dramatically improve speeds, reliability, and all-around efficiency, hitting blazing fast micro SDXC speeds of up to 275 MB/sec reads and 260 MB/sec write speeds. In fact, this particular SDXC card utilizes the UHS-II bus and boasts Class 10, U3 and V90 ratings from the SD Association indicating its a high-end storage device--it can support 2K 120FPS, 4K 120FPS and 8K 120FPS video recordings.
While most Switch gamers may not need this insane caliber of performance, ADATA's Micro SDXC cards are the beginning of a HDD-less future, and stand as a testament to what the very near future holds for flash-based memory. As Anandtech notes, "ADATA is the second independent supplier of NAND flash-based devices to introduce a microSDXC card with 256 GB capacity after Patriot."
CES 2017 - Plextor's new high-end memory fleet consists of some interesting solutions that will be armed with 3D NAND flash memory to ensure reliability, fast speeds across all protocols, and improved capacities.
Among Plextor's new SSDs, the M8Se Series is the most eye-catching. The M8Se SSD Series now has a blazing fast contender that taps the NVMe PCIe Gen 3x 4 M.2 protocol to deliver amazing transfers of up to 2.45GB/sec reads and 1GB/sec writes, with IOPS up to 210,000 read and 175,000 writes. The M8Se Series leverages Toshiba's 15nm Super High Performance TLC NAND flash memory to expand capacities up to 1TB, with a 1.5 million MTBF rating and an onboard Marvell 88ss1093 memory controller for optimum reliability. This series comes in both HHHL and M.2 form factors.
Plextor also showcased a rather interesting external SSD called the EX1 Series. The EX1's shock-resistant case is incredibly lightweight and ultra-slim for optimum portability, and leverages high-end flash memory across USB Type-C to deliver 550MB/sec reads and 500MB/sec write speeds. The EX1 Series comes in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities and has a wide array of uses from expanding PC memory, console memory, and even supports OTG capability with Android devices. The EX1 has a 5-year warranty and a MTBF rating of 1.5 million hours.
CES 2017 - Mushkin's 2017 storage lineup is pretty beefy, featuring a myriad of SSDs and flash memory to suit the needs of all consumers, from enterprise-grade PCIe M.2 solutions to SATA III drives with 3D flash memory.
Mushkin's new storage fleet includes its first-ever M.2 PCIe 3 SSD lineup, the Helix Series. The Helix SSDs feature up to 2TB of 3D MLC flash memory that leverages the M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 protocol to hit blazing fast 2.5GB/sec read speeds and 1.1GB/sec write speeds. The Helix line features a reliable 1 million MTBF rating, and is built on a Silicon Motions SM2260 SSD processor.
The fleet also includes some familiar hardware that's been upgraded with high-end 3D NAND stacked flash memory for expanded capacities and performance. Mushkin's REACTOR and TRIACTOR SSDs now have stacked 3D MLC and 3D TLC flash memory, respectively, and have been rebranded as the REACTOR ARMOR3D and TRIACTOR 3D. Both of these SSDs use the SATA III 6Gbs protocol to deliver 565MB/sec reads and 525MB/sec writes, with the TRIACTOR hitting 520MB/sec writes.
CES 2017 - SSDs are getting smaller and smaller, and as they do, they become more and more potent. Toshiba's latest BG Series M.2 NVMe SSD lineup is a prime example of this trend, and the company took to the show floor at Las Vegas to display its tiny-yet-mighty storage drives.
Toshiba's latest BG Series M.2 SSDs are shorter than most M.2 drives on the market, measuring just 16mm by 20mm. Despite their size, the drives still harness the power of Toshiba's high-end BiCS Flash memory, which sees TLC NAND flash memory cells stacked vertically in 48 layers to enable capacities up to 512GB in size and take full advantage of NVMe and PCIe 3.0 x2 protocols.
Toshiba's BG Series comes in 128GB, 256GB or 512GB capacities, but don't expect to be able to buy these chips: they'll only be available to select OEMs for specific products like mobile tablets and 2-in-1 notebooks.
CES 2017 - Enterprise storage giant EDGE Memory has unveiled a rather sizable lineup of high-end storage, encompassing new SSDs in all form factors including M.2, M.2 PCIe, and SATA racking all the way up to blazing-fast 3D TLC NAND memory.
EDGE Memory's storage fleet is pretty sizable, so I've included a number of product spec sheets that you can find below. The most impressive of the lot is the company's NextGen M.2 PCIe SSD, which features up to 2TB of Tier-1 3D MLC flash memory on the M.2 protocol using PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.2 to hit insane 2.5GB/sec read and 1.1GB/sec write speeds.
EDGE also has some formidable drives based on the SATA protocol that use 3D VNAND flash memory. These include the eMerge 3D SSD, which sports the same grade 3D MLC flash memory as the NextGen M.2 set in a 2.5-inch SATA 6Gb/s profile. This model features 90,000 IOPs and up to 565MB/sec read and 525MB/sec write speeds.