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Western Digital announces new WD Black NVMe M.2 SSDs

By Derek Strickland | Jan 5, 2017 07:35 am CST

CES 2017 - Western Digital today announced its new line of PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe SSDs, the WD Black series.


The WD Black SSDs are built on the PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 2280 socket and use the NVMe spec to hit high-end transfers of up to 8Gb/s and keep the actual storage footprint at a minimum. WD Black SSDs come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, and feature enhanced reliability with a Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) rating of 1.75M hours.

As far as performance, the 512GB WD Black SSD trumps the lower model with 2,050 MB/sec read and 800 MB/sec write speeds, whereas the 256GB flavor features 2,050 MB/sec reads and 700 MB/sec write speeds. The series' 4KB random read speeds are rated at 170K IOPS, with the 4KB random writes hit 130 IOPS (256GB) and 134K (512GB).

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Phison's new SSDs hit 2 million IOPS

By Derek Strickland | Jan 5, 2017 01:40 am CST

CES 2017 - At the CES 2017 show floor in Las Vegas, TweakTown's storage editor Jon Coulter found a nice surprise: Phison's new enterprise class Element AIC SSD can hit an insane 2 million IOPS in a steady state.


According to Jon, 2 million IOPS (Input-Ouput Operations Per Second) is the best we've ever seen. The Element AIC SSD can rock up to 8TB of NVMe high-performance flash memory with blistering fast speeds of 7GB/s.

It'll be interesting to hear more about Phison's SSDs in the future, and be sure to keep a look out for more exciting coverage from this year's Consumer Electronics Show on TweakTown's homepage.

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Super Mario Run downloads hit 40 million in four days

By Derek Strickland | Dec 21, 2016 11:19 am CST

Super Mario Run may not have impressed investors, but Apple iOS users everywhere have snapped up the free-to-try mobile game, which led to an astounding 40 million total downloads.

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has amassed 40 million downloads in four days of availability on Apple iOS, smashing milestones like the no. 1 free game on iOS in 140 countries and ranking in the top 10 out of 100 most profitable App Store games.

Interestingly enough, Super Mario Run's launch was met with disdain from shareholders and investors, who saw Nintendo's mobile business strategy as a potential roadblock to revenue earnings. This caused Nintendo shares to slide by 5%, representing billions of potential market loss. Super Mario Run is free to download, but only the first 3 levels are free, with the rest of the game being locked behind a $10 paygate. What's more is that Super Mario Run is online-only and requires a persistent cellular or Wi-Fi internet connection to play, and eats up about 75MB per hour of play.

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Corsair reveals ultra-fast Force MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

By Derek Strickland | Dec 13, 2016 02:19 pm CST

Corsair today unveiled its fastest-ever Force MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD lineup that delivers speeds up to five times faster than traditional SATA III 6Gbps SSDs.


The Force Series MP500 rocks Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controller and high-bandwidth PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 interface to deliver insanely fast transfers of up to 3,000 MB/s read speeds and write speeds of up 2,400 MB/s. Corsairs Force MP500 lineup comes in three different sizes: 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, all set in the sleek and minimalist M.2 form factor.

The drives have built-in SmartECC, SmartRefresh and SmartFlush tech designed to thwart corruption, and the Force MP500 is also fully compatible with Corsair's SSD Tool Box which allows for easy SSD health, maintenance and secure drive wiping.

Corsair's ultra-fast Force MP500 SSDs are now available in the following pricing tiers. Check below for full specifications and more technical info.

  • Corsair Force MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD120GB - $109.99
  • Corsair Force MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 240GB - $169.99
  • Corsair Force MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 480GB - $324.99


  • NVMe PCI Express Gen. 3 x4 interface provides up to a 5x performance improvement over SATA SSDs, allowing you to access all your data with blazing speed.
  • M.2 2280 industry standard compact form factor.
  • Available in various storage capacities including 120GB, 240GB and 480GB.
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, with no special driver or administrative rights required.
  • Enhanced error correction improves data retention.
  • Toughened contact surface material gives better contact to the motherboard and provides vibration resistance.
  • Static and dynamic wear-leveling extends the life of the disk SSD.
  • Advanced garbage collection support provides extended drive management tasks.
  • Compatible with CORSAIR SSD Toolbox for advanced functionality.
  • Extensive 3-year warranty.

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ADATA reveals new SU900 2.5-inch 3D NAND SSD lineup

By Derek Strickland | Dec 13, 2016 11:25 am CST

ADATA today released its new Ultimate SU900 SSD lineup with 3D NAND memory, offering "superior stability, durability, and power efficiency" to both desktops and laptops.


The Ultimate SU900 Solid-State Drives come in 2.5-inch, 7mm height sizes and utilize performance-driven SLC Caching and DRAM Cache Buffers to hit blistering-fast read and write speeds of up to 560MB/s and 525 MB/s, respectively, over the SATA III 6b/s protocol. The line comes in four capacities--256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB--all of which utilize MLC 3D NAND flash memory.

Thanks to the SU900 line's MLC 3D NAND flash memory and LDPC error correcting code, efficiency is at the forefront, with the drives rocking out up to 800TB Total Bytes Written and a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rate of 2 million hours.

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Western Digital reveals new 12TB Helium He12 hard drives

By Derek Strickland | Dec 7, 2016 02:22 pm CST

Western Digital has announced its new massive 12TB Ultrastar He12 helium hard drives.


WD's new fourth-gen 12TB Ultrastar He12 drives are the industry's first-ever 8-disk helium drives--with the added helium allowing for two disks more than the maximum air-filled HDDs. Most HDDs are filled with air, but adding lighter helium allows manufacturers to fit more lighter, thinner disk platters into the drives, thus improving storage density, power efficiency, and actuator arm accuracy. The 12TB He12 drive is available in both 6Gb/s SATA or 12 Gb/s SAS interfaces, and has a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) rating of 2.5 million hours.

Hermetically sealed with Western Digital's HelioSeal process, Western Digital affirms that the Ultrastar He12 drives are "perfect for any application that requires massive amounts of cost-effective storage." If 12TB isn't enough, the company has revealed that it will "leverage SMR to provide even more capacity from the same essential hardware to deliver 14TB" of data storage.

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Interview with Dov Moran, inventor of the USB stick

By Lana Jelic | Dec 5, 2016 09:24 am CST

"I'm not a genius, I wasn't born into a wealthy family nor in a big country. And I don't have a formula for success!", this is how Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB memory stick, described himself to the audience of European Business Angels Network (EBAN) conference.


Moran formed M-Systems in 1989, a pioneer in the flash data storage market. The company invented the USB Flash Drive (DiskOnKey), the FlashDisk (DiskOnChip) as well as several other innovative flash data storage devices. He says he got the idea for the USB stick after a presentation when his laptop shut down and he lost all of his slides.

Under Moran's leadership, M-Systems grew to $1 billion revenue within 18 years, and at the end of 2006, it was acquired by SanDisk Corp for $1.6 billion, which is now part of Western Digital (WD). However, Moran didn't retire. He started numerous other successful companies, and today he's the CEO of the investment fund Grove Ventures. He also holds 40 patents.

I had the privilege of speaking with Dov Moran, and we discussed startups and business, but also about the future and what it holds.

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SSD costs expected to rise by 6-10% in early 2017

By Derek Strickland | Dec 2, 2016 01:15 pm CST

Supply of 2D NAND (the traditional flash memory used in mainstream SSDs) was essentially put on the back burner as key storage manufacturers like SK Hynix, Toshiba, Micron and Intel ready their respective transitions to high-performance 3D NAND. Demand for planar 2D NAND is still quite strong, however, causing supply and demand complications that will likely lead to higher SSD prices between Q4 2016 and Q1 2017.


"Most NAND Flash suppliers (with the exception of Samsung) will still have complications in their transition to the 3D-NAND technology," said DRAMeXchange analyst Alan Chen. "Furthermore, the consensus of leading suppliers will continue to be the maximizing of their profitability. Therefore, contract prices of mainstream SSDs are expected to keep climbing during the period."

SSD prices aren't expect to jump by too much, with projections estimating a price hike from 6-10%, with the price jumps expected to normalize sometime after Q1 2017.

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Seagate announces 512GB external SSD for Xbox One

By Anthony Garreffa | Nov 1, 2016 03:07 am CDT

Seagate has announced its new 512GB SSD for the Xbox One and Xbox One S, with super-fast load times for console owners at a price of just $200.


The new 512GB SSD plugs into one of the USB 3.0 ports on the Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles, and requires nothing but the single USB 3.0 cable to give your Xbox One a massive increase in game load times. Seagate says: "Slow-loading screens are for newbs. Built for elite gamers, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD uses flash storage to help you decimate game load times and get into the action quicker. Designed exclusively for Xbox®, it lets you store the hottest titles in one thin and ultra-portable drive".

Seagate continues:

  • Load games faster and transition quicker between levels
  • Store 15+ games1 and more downloadable content
  • Plug-and-play setup gets you up and playing in seconds
  • Compact size and no power cable makes it perfect for your living room or bringing to a friend's house

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ZOTAC's new Sonix PCIe 480GB SSD reads at 2.8GB/sec

By Anthony Garreffa | Oct 26, 2016 12:35 am CDT

ZOTAC has unleashed a plethora of new products to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, with a new GeForce GTX 1080 ArcticStorm and Magnus EN1080 mini-PC - but they also announced the ZOTAC 10 Year Anniversary Special Edition Sonix SSD.


The new ZOTAC Sonix PCIe arrives with a 480GB capacity, 512MB of DDR3 used as DRAM cache, and arrives on the NVMe 1.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and rocks some serious read/write speeds. We're talking about sequential reads of up to 2800MB/sec and writes of up to 1500MB/sec, not bad.


ZOTAC has included LED lighting on the back of the Sonix 480GB PCIe SSD, with a slick black heat shroud that will keep the SSD cool.

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