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Seagate is following its Backup Plus Slim mobile hard drive with the Backup Plus Ultra Slim and claiming the world's thinnest 2TB mobile HDD title in the process.
The Ultra Slim measures 113.5 x 76 x 9.6 mm, weighs 135g, and makes use of Seagate's 2.5'' HDD tech, which they say makes it twice as thin as rival 2TB drives; it supports USB 3.0 and 2.0 with transfer speeds up to 120MB/s.
Vying to give users peace of mind, OCZ has announced further expansion of its ShieldPlus Warranty to 66 new countries including Australia, Japan, Thailand and more. This expansion brings the total coverage up to 99, marking a major global presence by this technology giant.
Alex Mei, CMO, says that this expansion aligns with OCZ's company agenda, stating that "It has always been important for OCZ to provide high-caliber products and service and our ShieldPlus warranty raised the bar for end-user support." "We are pleased to announce that key regions such as China, Japan, and Australia can now partake in ShieldPlus, furthering our commitment to reduce hassle, minimize downtime, and provide top-notch service to the masses," he continued.
Covering products released after July 2014, ShieldPlus Warranty is extended to drives from the ARC 100 series, the Radeon R7 series, the Vertex 460A series, the Vector 180 series, and the Trion 100 series.
CES 2016 - Samsung is staying ahead of the portable SSD game announcing their new T3 SSD, a portable SSD that arrives in capacities all the way up to 2TB.
The new T3 SSD is a little bigger than its predecessor, but it's smaller than most business cards. It's twice as heavy as the T1, weighing in at 1.8 ounces (51g). The extra weight isn't just there as additional heft, Samsung has included a shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, meaning that the new T3 SSD can take up to 1500Gs of force, and a drop from up to six feet.
Samsung adds that it has included an integrated Thermal Guard feature that stops the T3 from overheating in extreme temperatures. The T3 SSD features vertical 3D-NAND (V-NAND) memory, which is found in Samsung's 850 EVO SSD, with the T3 capable of read/write speeds of up to 450MB/sec.
CES 2016 - SanDisk has shown further commitment to the portable storage realm with its recent announcement of an all-terrain SSD and new flash drives.
The rugged portable SSD is named the SanDisk Extreme 510 and comes packed with a 480GB drive within. Capable of protecting your drive with its rubber bumper and IP55 water and dust resistance rating, this new product transfers files at up to 430 MB/s. Further featuring 128-bit encryption, this product is available for $249.99 with a two-year warranty.
Adding to the portable storage realm is SanDisk's new highest capacity flash drive, the Connect Wireless Stick and its sibling, the Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0. Storing a massive 200GB, SanDisk's new Connect Wireless stick is compatible with Apple and Windows desktop or mobile devices, allowing users to stream content or transfer files around. The Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is marketed towards those looking at smaller solutions, allowing users to manage their Android device storage via the SanDisk Memory one app, making full use of this products' 128GB storage. The Connect Wireless Stick is available for $119.99 with the Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 being now on the shelves for $59.99.
CES 2016 - On the showfloor at Las Vegas, SanDisk today announced the "world's thinnest" 1TB solid state drive in the SATA M.2 form factor.
M.2 SSD's are traditionally quite slim and lithe, but SanDisk's new X400 SSD's push the limits of M.2 storage by packing a full 1TB of capacity into an ultra-thin NAND drive. The X400 super thin at 1.5mm, and SanDisk notes that it's the first single-sided 1TB SATA M.2 with such a minimal size.
Like other SanDisk storage modules, the X400 comes with the company's nCache 2.0 and DataGuard baked-in for quick responsiveness and high reliability. The new X400 SSD line is also built on the company's X3 Technology to use 90% less power than traditional HDD's.
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.