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PS5, Xbox Scarlett SSD may use Optane-like ReRAM to supercharge speeds

PS5, Xbox Scarlett SSD may use Optane-like ReRAM to supercharge speeds

Next-gen consoles may use Optane-like cache modules to supercharge SSD speeds and keep storage costs low. | Nov 26, 2019 at 9:18 pm CST

Investigation: m.2 Heatsinks, are they worth it?

Investigation: m.2 Heatsinks, are they worth it?

We have run m.2 Heatsinks through some of our tests, are they really necessary? | Apr 18, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT

Thunderbolt 3 Cable Roundup: Do they differ?

Thunderbolt 3 Cable Roundup: Do they differ?

We collected 20 Gbps and 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 cables from several vendors and put them to the test to see if there is a difference between them. | Jun 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm CDT

Alienware 15 R3 Laptop Storage Performance Investigation

Alienware 15 R3 Laptop Storage Performance Investigation

We investigate the storage performance and options of the Alienware 15 R3 Kaby Lake laptop as it becomes the base of our Thunderbolt 3 testing. | May 23, 2017 at 10:25 am CDT

Intel Optane Memory: What It Is and Why It Matters

Intel Optane Memory: What It Is and Why It Matters

Intel's Optane memory module is available for pre-order from today. Do you want one for your Z270 motherboard? Probably. Read on and find out why. | Mar 27, 2017 at 11:00 am CDT

Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 SSD Storage Performance Analysis

Microsoft Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 SSD Storage Performance Analysis

We take a close look at Windows 10 versus Windows 8.1 SSD storage performance so you will know what to expect from Microsoft's newest operating system. | Aug 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm CDT

Kaspersky's NSA HDD Firmware Spying Revelations - Data Was Never Safe

Kaspersky's NSA HDD Firmware Spying Revelations - Data Was Never Safe

The NSA has backdoor access to a huge amount of computers, if not all, and we're not seeing a word from world leaders - and this shouldn't surprise you. | Feb 18, 2015 at 11:12 am CST

Q&A with QNAP regarding Intel Baytrail and its latest NAS products

Q&A with QNAP regarding Intel Baytrail and its latest NAS products

Today QNAP takes some questions from us and tells us why it thinks it's leading its competition in the NAS game right now with Intel Baytrail and more. | Nov 13, 2014 at 9:00 am CST

TweakTown's Complete SSD Toolbox Software Roundup

TweakTown's Complete SSD Toolbox Software Roundup

Today Chris gives us a rundown on all of the current SSD toolboxes available. We look at software from all the big players in this handy article. | Oct 10, 2014 at 8:03 am CDT

PNY SandForce based Optima SSD - The Switch Side Discussed

PNY SandForce based Optima SSD - The Switch Side Discussed

We caused quite a stir with our bait and switch SSD allegation, but we stand behind it 100%. We looked at the bait, now it's time to see the switch. | Jul 1, 2014 at 9:00 am CDT

Thunderbolt 2: Ready for Windows with the ASUS ThunderboltEX II

Thunderbolt 2: Ready for Windows with the ASUS ThunderboltEX II

Today we take a close up look at the ASUS ThunderboltEX II and all the amazing performance that goes along with the new Thunderbolt 2 standard. | Apr 14, 2014 at 5:03 pm CDT

Thunderbolt - Do cables actually matter in Storage Applications?

Thunderbolt - Do cables actually matter in Storage Applications?

We explore the performance of various different Thunderbolt cables to see if they make any difference in storage application tests. Let's go! | Apr 9, 2014 at 1:08 am CDT

TweakTown Interview with Alex Mei from OCZ Storage Solutions

TweakTown Interview with Alex Mei from OCZ Storage Solutions

This past week, we sat down with Alex Mei from OCZ Storage Solutions to discuss topics including past, present and OCZ's future as part of Toshiba. | Mar 20, 2014 at 8:40 am CDT

SSD Consistency Testing - 18 Drives Tested for Real-World Performance

SSD Consistency Testing - 18 Drives Tested for Real-World Performance

With a new test in hand via Futuremark, we look at worst case and recovery performance to find real differences in SSD performance. | Feb 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm CST

Thecus brings RAID 50 and RAID 60 to its NAS' - We check out the Performance Numbers

Thecus brings RAID 50 and RAID 60 to its NAS' - We check out the Performance Numbers

Two weeks before CES, Thecus announced RAID 50 and RAID 60 support. With one supported NAS in hand, Chris sees how the new RAID formats perform. | Feb 7, 2014 at 2:03 am CST

ASUS is ready for SATA Express - Early tech and performance preview

ASUS is ready for SATA Express - Early tech and performance preview

With SATA III limiting performance nowadays, SATA-I/O went to work designing the storage technology for the future, and now we have it to try out. | Dec 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm CST

The State of Solid State 2013 Edition

The State of Solid State 2013 Edition

It's been two years since Chris released his signature series that covers the SSD market. Today he talks about OCZ, next-generation NAND and more. | Dec 4, 2013 at 8:05 am CST

TweakTown Best of Consumer Storage for 2013

TweakTown Best of Consumer Storage for 2013

Tyler takes us on a journey back checking out some of the best consumer storage devices for the year. Let's go! | Nov 30, 2013 at 8:12 am CST

Tiered Storage Setup for Consumers - Tips for boosting performance

Tiered Storage Setup for Consumers - Tips for boosting performance

Chris talks about why you should try to keep some data types off your SSD and why large programs should be installed on a mechanical hard drive. | Oct 31, 2013 at 5:01 am CDT

Samsung 840 EVO Overview - New SSDs with Interesting Rapid Mode Cache

Samsung 840 EVO Overview - New SSDs with Interesting Rapid Mode Cache

With two new SSD drives on hand to review today, we're breaking the technology and software features out into a separate article. Let's discuss Samsung's 840 EVO. | Jul 25, 2013 at 6:00 am CDT

The Great SSD Flash Shortage of 2013 - EOL 25nm, the pain and the future

The Great SSD Flash Shortage of 2013 - EOL 25nm, the pain and the future

Most SSD products with 25nm IMFT NAND are now end of life, but finding products with 20nm flash is difficult. Companies that traditionally used IMFT NAND are now turning to Toshiba and SanDisk to keep product going. | Jun 26, 2013 at 6:20 pm CDT

A look at SanDisk's Extreme II SSD Architecture

A look at SanDisk's Extreme II SSD Architecture

Today SanDisk launches a new flagship SSD for the enthusiast market. We'll have three reviews with performance data, but to start today out, let's take a look at what Extreme II has under the hood. | Jun 3, 2013 at 10:00 am CDT

Bang for Your Buck: Best 256GB Class SSD's under $200

Bang for Your Buck: Best 256GB Class SSD's under $200

The best capacity size and the highest value, today Chris walks us through the best buys. Through extensive investigation, we uncover the fastest SSD's that give your computer a performance kick, not your wallet. | May 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm CDT

Seagate's 2013 Consumer and Enterprise SSD Product Overview

Seagate's 2013 Consumer and Enterprise SSD Product Overview

Seagate finally gives in and prepares to enter the consumer SSD market. At the same time, the company is extending their enterprise portfolio in an effort to catch up to competitors. | May 7, 2013 at 7:00 am CDT

Kingston LSI SandForce B02 for Low Power SSD's - Power Consumption Investigation

Kingston LSI SandForce B02 for Low Power SSD's - Power Consumption Investigation

LSI SandForce announced the new B02 stepping several months ago. Now companies are starting to build hardware. SF-2281VB2 uses technologies introduced by LSI to reduce the power consumption of the successful 2281 SATA III controller. The result is the same SF-2281 performance, but now paired with ultra low power consumption. | Feb 28, 2013 at 7:15 am CST

Samsung 840 SSD Storage Endurance Testing - TLC to the End

Samsung 840 SSD Storage Endurance Testing - TLC to the End

Today we start on an adventure. Despite reviewer's claims, Samsung has never stated the endurance life of its new TLC NAND flash used in the new 840 SSD. We're going to find out just how many program erase cycles the flash can take... in time. | Feb 12, 2013 at 12:12 am CST

LSI SandForce 5 Series SSD Firmware - TRIM Lost and Found, Performance Investigated

LSI SandForce 5 Series SSD Firmware - TRIM Lost and Found, Performance Investigated

If you've bought an SSD in the last five months or updated your firmware, you need to read this article. Chris concludes a quest he started exactly five months ago and is now ready to guide you to higher performance with your LSI SandForce controlled SSD. | Aug 1, 2012 at 8:24 am CDT

LSI Evolves to PCI Express 3.0 - New Products Announced

LSI Evolves to PCI Express 3.0 - New Products Announced

LSI discusses several new products that make the leap to PCIe 3.0, unlocking bandwidth on RAID controllers and improving IOPS performance on HBAs. | Jul 4, 2012 at 12:34 am CDT

Kingston Factory Tour - Making of an SSD from Start to Finish

Kingston Factory Tour - Making of an SSD from Start to Finish

Kingston invited us exclusively into its Taiwan factory and we see the process of making an SSD from start to finish. | Apr 6, 2012 at 10:53 am CDT

LSI Nytro Product Family Overview - New WarpDrive XD Revealed and more

LSI Nytro Product Family Overview - New WarpDrive XD Revealed and more

What we dubbed as the LSI WarpCache has been revealed. LSI didn't use our product name, but instead went with Nytro WarpDrive. See it and the rest of the Nytro family of products right here. | Apr 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm CDT

To Hell with their Cloud. Build your own Today!

To Hell with their Cloud. Build your own Today!

We keep hearing about how the Cloud will do this and it will do that - so on and so on. Let's ignore future tense and see what it does right now! | Nov 21, 2011 at 8:04 am CST

An Interview with LSI about the SandForce Acquisition

An Interview with LSI about the SandForce Acquisition

Chris sits down with LSI's VP, Gary Smerdon to talk about the company's recent acquisition of SandForce - the biggest player in the SSD controller market. | Oct 28, 2011 at 2:15 am CDT

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better

OCZ Technology Vertex 3 SSD Form Factor: Bigger isn't Always Better

It seems OCZ's latest drives take on a form factor all their own. | May 18, 2011 at 2:03 am CDT

SandForce SF-2141 Controller & Intel Z68 Chipset: Destined to be Together?

SandForce SF-2141 Controller & Intel Z68 Chipset: Destined to be Together?

Chris plays a game of connect the dots while speculating all the way to the big picture. | May 3, 2011 at 5:30 am CDT

TweakTown's SSD Fill Testing Explained

TweakTown's SSD Fill Testing Explained

After a month of testing and fine tuning, we are ready to explain the new SSD test used exclusively in our SSD reviews hereon. | Mar 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm CDT

SandForce SF-2000 Series Client Launch

SandForce SF-2000 Series Client Launch

SandForce has just released details of their two new consumer controllers - the SF-2100 and SF-2200. Chris shares these details with us in perspective. | Feb 25, 2011 at 8:15 am CST

The State of Solid State in 2011

The State of Solid State in 2011

Marvell, SandForce, Intel, Toshiba and Indilinx are ready for 2011 with high-speed SSDs running at speeds of up to 550MB/s. | Jan 18, 2011 at 9:36 am CST

SandForce SF-1200: Does Lower Capacity Mean Lower Performance?

SandForce SF-1200: Does Lower Capacity Mean Lower Performance?

Does lower capacity always have to mean lower performance with SSDs? Four different capacity OCZ Vertex 2 drives should let us know. | Jun 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm CDT

How to make an SSD: Touring A-DATA's Taipei Factory

How to make an SSD: Touring A-DATA's Taipei Factory

Chris and Cameron visited A-DATA's Taipei SSD production facility and captured on video how to make an SSD. | Jun 9, 2010 at 9:29 am CDT

Indilinx Barefoot Firmware Testing with the RunCore Pro IV SSD

Indilinx Barefoot Firmware Testing with the RunCore Pro IV SSD

Chris looks at Barefoot performance over three generations of firmware using RunCore's Pro IV. | Mar 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm CST

The Future of Storage is Small

The Future of Storage is Small

Like it or not, the storage industry is going small. We'll explain how and why today. | Jan 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm CST

SATA 6Gbps Implementation Investigated - ASUS vs. GIGABYTE P55

SATA 6Gbps Implementation Investigated - ASUS vs. GIGABYTE P55

GIGABYTE and ASUS chose different paths for SATA 6Gbps on P55 motherboards. Today we put them to the test to see which is better implemented. | Dec 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm CST

The State of Solid State - Chapter II

The State of Solid State - Chapter II

Chris brings you up to speed with all things happening in the SSD market. | Dec 8, 2009 at 2:37 am CST

Early look at USB 3.0 X25-M SSD performance versus USB 2.0, eSATA and more

Early look at USB 3.0 X25-M SSD performance versus USB 2.0, eSATA and more

We visited the Macpower office and ran some benchmarks to get an early look at USB 3.0 performance using an Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD. | Nov 10, 2009 at 9:01 pm CST

SATA 6G Implementation Preview - Ironing Out The Creases

SATA 6G Implementation Preview - Ironing Out The Creases

Sean looks into the implementation of the new generation SATA 6G interface, the issues it brings with it and the ways around them. | Nov 3, 2009 at 12:20 am CST

TweakTown Storage Product Testing - Our How To Video Guide

TweakTown Storage Product Testing - Our How To Video Guide

There are many ways to test hard drives and NAS servers. Come see how we do it in a series of easy to follow video demonstrations so that you can too. | Sep 28, 2009 at 11:04 pm CDT

RunCore 32GB Pro IV SSD Home Theater PC Upgrade - Worth it?

RunCore 32GB Pro IV SSD Home Theater PC Upgrade - Worth it?

During our visit to China last month, RunCore gave us one of their 32GB Pro IV SSDs. We hooked it up to our HTPC - Worth upgrading? Watch our video! | Aug 13, 2009 at 11:19 pm CDT

Flash Memory Summit Coverage - Part 1

Flash Memory Summit Coverage - Part 1

Flash memory has become a key component to nearly all technology, from cell phones to SSDs. | Aug 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm CDT

Runcore Factory Tour Video - Production of an SSD

Runcore Factory Tour Video - Production of an SSD

This week we traveled to Hangzhou, China to visit Runcore and see their new range of SSDs. We also stopped by their factory to see how an SSD is made! | Jul 28, 2009 at 11:02 am CDT

Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection Explained

Adaptec Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection Explained

Adaptec launches new technology that will take the server room by storm, resident in the newly launched 5Z series of controllers. | Jun 25, 2009 at 5:35 am CDT