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TweakTown's Best of CES 2019 Awards (Page 2)

By Anthony Garreffa from Jan 11, 2019 @ 18:21 CST

AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPUs

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AMD teased its new 7nm CPUs at CES 2019 with the unveiling of a prototype Ryzen 3000 series CPU of some sort, which is based on the new Zen 2 architecture. It was compared against an Intel Core i9-9900K processor (8C/16T) and the prototype 7nm Zen 2 CPU was beating it. We should expect Zen 2 processors with the Ryzen 3000 series to roll out during Computex 2019 later this year alongside the new X570 chipset that'll rock PCIe 4.0 connectivity.

Thermaltake WaterRAM RGB RAM

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We all knew it was coming in droves, and here it is: Thermaltake has unveiled its first RAM modules that are liquid cooled and of course rock RGB lightning. The new Thermaltake WaterRAM RGB liquid cooling memory arrives in both 16GB and 32GB packages at up to DDR4-3200 spec. It'll cost you a fair bit, with the company pricing it at $439 for the 32GB kit.

G.Skill Trident Z Royal DDR4 RAM

Man oh man does the G.Skill Trident Royal DDR4 RAM look good, but it's also ridiculously good RAM as well. It is available with up to 64GB in a kit, and is gold and diamond infused and just looks so ridiculously good.

Corsair Capellix LED technology

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Corsair took a big leap with its ultra-small LED Capellix modules, where they have shrunk LEDs by an astounding 92% which lets the company put even more LEDs on the PCB for brighter hues, as well as lowers power consumption by a huge 40% and lifespans jump 35%. You really can't complain about that. They look better, use less power, and are awesome. Awesome, again.

Storage

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State storage

What do you get with an Intel Optane Memory (cache) SSD and an Intel SSD 660p in the same system? An excellent user experience on the cheap. Sometime around June or July you will be able to buy a single SSD with both 3D XPoint and QLC flash technology combined in a single M.2 SSD that Intel calls Optane Memory H10. It's not like Intel's 660p SSD is slow on it's own. The drive delivers impressive random read performance but QLC, by nature, doesn't offer the same endurance as TLC. Intel's upcoming "hybrid SSD" will increase overall endurance and should deliver a three times boost to random read performance.

Seagate IronWolf SSD

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After years of urging companies to make a purpose-built NAS SSD, Seagate is the first out of the gate with such a product. The new Ironwolf SSD uses Seagate's Durawrite technology acquired in the LSI acquisition. The SandForce derived technology lives on and should make an excellent drive for use in SMB and SME NAS.

Seagate says the new series plays a dual role as a high-speed cache tier either in systems or as primary storage. Capacities range from 240GB to 3.84TB. Like the Ironwolf HDDs, the new Ironwolf SSD products use the SATA bus to maximize compatibility with NAS appliances. Also like the HDDs that share the same namesake, the new SSDs support advanced monitoring and reporting details implemented in systems from QNAP, Thecus, Synology and Asustor.

Phison E16 SSD

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Phison isn't the first to talk about PCie 4.0 consumer SSDs, that honor goes to Silicon Motion with the upcoming SM2264 controller. Phison is the first to show a working reference design that will eventually become a branded product and it's already faster than every existing consumer drive shipping today. The E16 delivered just over 4,000 MB/s sequential read and write speeds while on display using a PCIe 3.0 x16 to PCIe 4.0 x4 bridge that is required to reach the record setting speeds. The E16 should improve on the existing E12 controller currently shipping by 500 to 600 MB/s.

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