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Seagate intros huge 30TB capacity HDDs powered by HAMR technology

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Sep 23 2021 9:35 PM CDT

Seagate has teased its huge new next-gen HAMR HDD with up to 30TB capacities now in mass production.

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We don't know when the new Seagate HAMR HDDs with 30TB capacities will reach the market, but it shouldn't be too far away with rumors of early 2023 for the 30TB HAMR HDDs. Meanwhile, the 50TB HDDs with HAMR technology from Seagate are expected sometime in 2025.

Seagate CFO Gianluca Romano explains: "We have a 20TB HAMR that we actually started to sell December last year, [...] we are just producing enough quantity that we can sell to our main customers so that they get familiar with the new drive. We are developing our second-generation HAMR drive that will be probably around 30TB. That is the drive that we want to ramp in volume".

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KIOXIA teases PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype: 14GB/sec reads, pure insanity

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Sep 23 2021 7:11 PM CDT

KIOXIA has just unveiled an incredible new prototype SSD based on the next-gen PCIe 5.0 standard, which is offering an incredible 14GB/sec (14,000MB/sec) read speeds.

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Intel will be launching its new 12th Gen "Alder Lake" CPUs just weeks from now, offering PCIe 5.0 connectivity and DDR5 technologies. On the PCIe 5.0 side of things we now have companies like KIOXIA that will be using its CD7 series SSDs in the 2.5-inch EDSFF E3S form factor and PCIe 5.0 standard for 14,000MB/sec reads.

KIOXIA will be concentrating on the data center 8-channel controller and enterprise 16-channel markets before consumers will get their hands-on these tasty 14GB/sec capable PCIe 5.0 SSDs.

Continue reading: KIOXIA teases PCIe 5.0 SSD prototype: 14GB/sec reads, pure insanity (full post)

Addlink launches AddGame A95 PCIe 4.0 SSD for PlayStation 5, up to 4TB

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Sep 17 2021 7:07 PM CDT

Addlink has just unveiled its new AddGame A95 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD with a Premium heat sink, ready for upgrading your next-gen PlayStation 5 console.

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The company is offering its new AddGame A95 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities with up to 7.4GB/sec (7400MB/sec) reads and up to 7GB/sec (7000MB/sec). The company includes a premium heat sink with high-grade aluminum, and a shark-fin heat sink design with a heat-conducting silica gel pad that keeps the PS5-compatible SSD as cool as possible.

Addlink is using a low-profile heat sink design that measures in at 9.1mm, fitting into the PS5 internal M.2 SSD expansion slot without a problem. You can get the AddGame A95 M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities with all of them having a 5-year warrranty.

Continue reading: Addlink launches AddGame A95 PCIe 4.0 SSD for PlayStation 5, up to 4TB (full post)

KIOXIA expands the PCIe 4.0 SSD world with new FL6 Series SSDs

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Sep 17 2021 4:33 PM CDT

KIOXIA has just announced its new FL6 SSDs that use the PCIe 4.0 NVMe 1.4 interface, here to take up a battle against Intel's enterprise-focused Optane SSDs.

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We don't have any hard numbers yet, but KIOXIA is saying that its new FL6 series SSDs are cheaper, and faster than Intel Optane offerings. KIOXIA is using its own in-house SLC XL-FLASH technology mixed with their BiCS 3D NAND flash memory on their new FL6 series PCIe 4.0 SSDs.

There's native dual-port support, with much faster program times of 7ms and lowered latencies of just 5ms -- a 10x improvement over TLC-based SSDs. KIOXIA is making its new FL6 series in capacities between 800GB and 3.2TB, so you'll be able to get something for any system with up to 3.2TB capacities available.

Continue reading: KIOXIA expands the PCIe 4.0 SSD world with new FL6 Series SSDs (full post)

Sabrent details their PS5 SSD heat sink, prepared to upgrade your PS5

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Sep 13 2021 2:40 PM CDT

Sabrent has better detailed, as well as answered some questions from its users regarding their PlayStation 5-optimized SSD heat sink. You can check out Mike from Sabrent cover it all in the video below:

The new PS5-optimized SSD heat sink from Sabrent won't just keep the wicked-fast Rocket 4 Plus SSD cool, but any PS5-optimized M.2 NVMe SSD. Sabrent didn't just make any ol' M.2 heat sink for the PlayStation 5, but a custom PS5-optimized heat sink that was engineered to keep the fast speeds and high temps of an NVMe SSD as cool as possible.

This is centered around the fact that Sony cools the M.2 slot inside of the PS5 with negative pressure, where Sony recommends gamers use their M.2 cover slot over their M.2 slot, because if you don't you will lose the negative pressure and the temperature will skyrocket. Sabrent notes that this spot is around 10C hotter than ambient temperatures -- if the M.2 slot is empty -- meaning that it really does need some good cooling to keep things under control when a super-fast 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB M.2 NVMe SSD is installed into the PS5.

Continue reading: Sabrent details their PS5 SSD heat sink, prepared to upgrade your PS5 (full post)

Google intros 5TB plan for $25 per month for Google One cloud storage

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Sep 13 2021 12:22 AM CDT

Google offers a few different storage tiers for its Google One cloud storage subscriptions, with the company adding a new 5TB tier for $25 per month.

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Until now, there was the 2TB plan for $10 per month and 10TB plan for $40 per month -- so now Google One has the 5TB plan for $25 per month. You can pay $249.99 per year, where you'll save 17% paying up-front over the monthly cost.

You will get 10% on any Google Store purchases, improved Google support, family sharing, and even a VPN for an Android-based smartphone. This seems global for the most part, I'm based in Australia and it's available for me right now. Having cloud-based storage with your Google account is incredibly useful, especially if you have any Android devices -- and especially if you're an Android smartphone user.

Continue reading: Google intros 5TB plan for $25 per month for Google One cloud storage (full post)

Sabrent teases its crazy huge, crazy fast Rocket 4 Plus SSD with 8TB

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Aug 27 2021 2:32 PM CDT

Sabrent is about to unleash its biggest and most badass SSD yet -- the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD.

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The new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD will have the same crazy high read and write speeds as its 4TB variant, with up to 7200MB/sec (7.2GB/sec) reads and 6900MB/sec (6.9GB/sec) writes. The 4TB version of the drive is already one of the best that exists on the planet right now, but now there's an insane 8TB version right around the corner.

I can see this being the soul of my new Intel Alder Lake GPU test bench, where I will be updating to Intel's next-gen Core i9-12900K processor + DDR5 RAM + PCIe 5.0 on day one. Windows 11 will be used on it, and man I think I'm going to need more than one of these new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSDs inside. I mean, it would be blasphemy to not do that, right... these new 8TB SSDs from Sabrent are going to be crazy.

Continue reading: Sabrent teases its crazy huge, crazy fast Rocket 4 Plus SSD with 8TB (full post)

ADATA's new LEGEND PCIe Gen4 SSD: up to 7400MB/sec speeds

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Aug 5 2021 8:20 PM CDT

ADATA has just finished hosting its "Xtreme Innovation" online product launch, where it unveiled next-gen DDR5 modules with 64GB kits on the way, as well as next-gen PCIe 4.0 SSD storage with huge speeds.

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The new ADATA LEGEND PCIe 4.0 SSD was unveiled, offering huge read speeds of up to 7400MB/sec (7.4GB/sec) which is more than enough speed for even the craziest storage speed freak in your life. Whether it's benchmarking, video editing, 3D rendering, or everything in between -- ADATA has your LEGEND... get it?

ADATA explains: "In an era of social media, video streaming, and 5G, high-quality content has become the backbone of our world. ADATA is ready to meet the needs of creators with a slew of new products. Among them is ADATA's new LEGEND PCIe Gen4 SSD. The SSD is able to achieve blazing-fast read speeds of up to 7400 MB/s, ideal for video editing and 3D rendering".

Continue reading: ADATA's new LEGEND PCIe Gen4 SSD: up to 7400MB/sec speeds (full post)

PlayStation 5's new firmware: supports up to 4TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Jul 29 2021 6:50 AM CDT

Sony is pushing out its first massive PlayStation 5 software beta update, which includes support for M.2 storage expansion, so you can upgrade that puny SSD inside of the PS5 up to a monster 4TB SSD.

There are some requirements with that though, while Sony will support PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs with sizes between 250GB and 4TB, they'll need to have 5.5GB/sec of sequential read speeds or better. Not only that, but there are some requirements that Sony has for cooling on the M.2 SSD, too.

Sony explains: "Using an M.2 SSD with your PlayStation 5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heat sink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heat sinks) built in".

Continue reading: PlayStation 5's new firmware: supports up to 4TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD (full post)

DirectStorage API Developer Preview now available, works on Windows 10

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 20 2021 8:13 PM CDT

Microsoft's new DirectStorage API was previously touted as exclusive to Windows 11, but not anymore -- Microsoft has announced that the DirectStorage preview will be compatible with Windows 10 version 1909 and above.

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The new DirectStorage API debuted with Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series X/S consoles, with the company promising it would debut in developer preview form on the PC in the summer. At the time, it was thought DirectStorage would be a Windows 11 exclusive, but nope.

Program Manager Hassan Uraizee explains: "Microsoft is committed to ensuring that when game developers adopt a new API, they can reach as many gamers as possible. As such, games built against the DirectStorage SDK will be compatible with Windows 10, version 1909 and up; the same as the DirectX 12 Agility SDK".

Continue reading: DirectStorage API Developer Preview now available, works on Windows 10 (full post)

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