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All the latest storage news, with everything related to solid-state drives, hard drives & plenty more - Page 6.

QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS: AMD EPYC CPU, 25GbE networking +100GbE upgrade

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 4, 2022 6:28 PM CDT

QNAP's new monster TS-h1290FX NAS is a new storage solution that would be perfect for a multitude of use cases, with content creation + video editing teams collaborating from the super-powered QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS.

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The new QNAP TS-h1290FX NAS is powered by an AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU, with up to 1TB of DDR4 ECC RAM, and 25GbE networking by default. There's also PCIe Gen4 expansion as well, so you can throw in a couple of super-speed 25/50/100GbE networking cards for up to 20 workstations to be directly connected to the TS-h1290FX NAS. In this way, you don't need a switch -- everyone can be directly connected into the NAS -- the QNAP way.

QNAP is offering different configurations of the AMD EPYC "Rome" CPU inside of its new TS-h1290FX NAS, the flagship rocks the AMD EPYC 7302P 16-core/32-thread processor (Burst up to 3.3 GHz) and 256GB of DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory (8 x 32GB sticks) by default, upgradeable to a huge 1TB of DDR4 ECC RDIMM memory.

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Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD: 64TB SSD @ 28GB/sec insanity

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 26, 2022 11:49 PM CDT

Sabrent doesn't sleep, with its thirst for storage dominance knowing no bounds, the company has just unleashed its new Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD... and man, it's a monster.

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The new Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Destroyer 2 SSD features 8 x Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 8TB M.2 SSDs for a total of 64TB (terabytes) of SSD storage. They're all connected into Highpoint SSD7540 PCIe 4.0 x16 RAID card, with Sabrent adding a Broadcom PCIe 4.0 8 series PEX switch, which handles the 8 separate M.2 slots.

64TB of insanely fast SSD storage comes in a nice and thin single-slot design, and on a PCIe 4.0 x16 interface, requiring a single 6-pin PCIe power connector on the end of the card. We're looking at up to an insane 28,000MB/sec (28GB/sec) read and writes, which blows PCIe 4.0 (7.5GB/sec or so) and the next-gen PCIe 5.0 (12GB/sec to 15GB/sec) out of the water.

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KIOXIA teams with HPE for the 'next wave of digital transformation'

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 23, 2022 9:00 PM CDT

KIOXIA will be showcasing its next-gen, flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) that are optimizing Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) solutions, and in the words of KIOXIA "paving the way for the next wave of digital transformation".

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We'll see it all unveiled at HPE Discover 2022 between June 28-29, but before that we've got news that KIOXIA has been collaborating with HPE on best-in-class storage solutions over the last few years. This spans from mobile, through to data center, through to enterprise.

KIOXIA explains that these new class of SAS SSDs will be doubling the performance of PCIe 4.0-based SSDs, as well as new form factors that enable high performance and density. KIOXIA will have both live demos of its new HPE-beefed storage solutions, as well as two breakout sessions that will be focusing on its new products, and its longstanding collaboration with HPE that "showcases the companies' leadership in storage technology".

Continue reading: KIOXIA teams with HPE for the 'next wave of digital transformation' (full post)

Microsoft killing HDD boot drive off by 2023: welcomes all-SSD world

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 8, 2022 8:46 PM CDT

If video killed the radio star, then Microsoft is killing the mechanical HDD as a boot option to Windows 11... at least according to data storage industry analyst firm Trendfocus.

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A new report says that OEMs have said that Microsoft is pushing OEMs to not support HDDs as the primary storage device in pre-built Windows 11 PCs, using much faster SSDs in their place. Microsoft has plans to do this by 2023, so we should expect the world of all-SSD PCs of the future by next year.

Windows 11 minimum requirements from Microsoft are for a "64GB or larger storage device" right now, but this will most likely change when Microsoft makes the big change to drop HDDs as the primary storage option on pre-built PCs with Windows 11. At the moment: Microsoft DirectStorage and the Windows Subsystem for Android both require an SSD, but those features aren't forced on you... you can use a HDD and not use those features.

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ASUS ROG Strix SQ7 SSD specs: works in PS5 + PC, up to 7GB/sec reads

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 3, 2022 8:22 PM CDT

ASUS teased its ROG Strix SQ7 SSD but now we have more specifications on the first ROG Strix SSD.

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The new ASUS ROG Strix SQ7 comes in 1TB, rocking the Phison E18 SSD controller, Micron's 176-layer TLC flash, DDR4 cache, and reads of up to 7GB/sec (7000MB/sec) and writes of up to 6GB/sec (6000MB/sec). This brings it in line with other high-end SSDs based on the Phison E18 controller.

ASUS says that its new ROG Strix SQ7 SSD will work inside of the PlayStation 5 console, with ASUS explaining: "The ROG Strix SQ7 internal M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD redefines speed with DRAM buffering and a large SLC cache for up to 7000 MB/s data transfers. Built for superior security and accelerated gaming, the Strix SQ7 offers comprehensive hardware encryption and software solutions as well as extensive compatibility with both PCs and PlayStation 5. Level up your gaming experiences with faster loading times".

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Phison teases Gen5 SSD controller on AMD X670 chipset at 12.5GB/sec

Anthony Garreffa | May 29, 2022 7:25 PM CDT

Phison unveiled its next-gen PS2026-E26 platform earlier this week, which will be the basis of PCIe 5.0 x4 storage solution for both consumers, and enterprise solutions.

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But in a recent test, Phison tested out its new E26 SSD controller on AMD's next-gen X670 chipset with the use of the ASUS X670 Crosshair Hero motherboard. In this new test, we get to see that Phison's next-gen E26 PCIe 5.0 SSD controller is capable of a huge 12.5GB/sec reads, and 10GB/sec writes.

If you've got a new Intel Z690-based motherboard or one of AMD's upcoming next-gen X670 or X670E-based motherboards, then you'll be all good for the world of PCIe 5.0 SSDs. That is, if you have the need... the need for speed... and lust after more and more storage performance.

Continue reading: Phison teases Gen5 SSD controller on AMD X670 chipset at 12.5GB/sec (full post)

Crucial adds P3 + P3 Plus Value M.2 NVMe SSDs: PCIe 4.0 + PCIe 3.0

Anthony Garreffa | May 25, 2022 6:15 PM CDT

Crucial has just introduced its new P3 and P3 Plus Value M.2 SSDs that are for the mainstream market, and available in both PCIe 4.0 and PCIe 3.0 variants.

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The new Crucial P3 Plus Gen4 NVMe and Crucial P3 NVMe SSDs offer some great speeds, with the Crucial P3 Plus SSD pushing up to 5000MB/sec (5GB/sec) reads, and up to 4200MB/sec (4.2GB/sec) writes. The new Crucial P3 SSDs offer slower, but still great speeds of up to 3500MB/sec (3.5GB/sec) reads, and up to 3000MB/sec (3GB/sec) writes.

Crucial is making its new P3 Plus and P3 SSDs available in up to 4TB capacities, the additional speeds that the P3 Plus SSDs are pushing is all thanks to its PCIe Gen4 standard. The regular Crucial P3 Gen3 NVMe SSD is still hella-fast, but if you've got a Gen4 board, get the Crucial P3 Plus Gen4 NVMe SSD.

Continue reading: Crucial adds P3 + P3 Plus Value M.2 NVMe SSDs: PCIe 4.0 + PCIe 3.0 (full post)

APACER is first with PCIe 5.0 SSDs: up to 13,000MB/sec reads (!!!)

Anthony Garreffa | May 24, 2022 2:47 AM CDT

APACER has announced the world's first consumer-grade PCIe 5.0 NVMe M.2 SSD, which are capable of up to 13,000MB/sec (13GB/sec) reads and up to 12,000MB/sec (12GB/sec) writes.

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The new APACER PCIe Gen 5 NVMe SSDs are available in two versions: a standard APACER design, and then the ZADAK one, which looks virtually the same. Both of the new PCIe 5.0-ready SSDs support the latest NVMe 2.0 standard, with reads of up to 13GB/sec and writes of up to 12GB/sec on both drives.

You'll need a PCIe 5.0-ready motherboard (Intel Z690 or AMD X670E/X670) to get the huge speeds of 13GB/sec+ but both the APACER + ZADAK PCIe 5.0 SSDs are backwards compatible, working on PCIe 4.0 at half the speed.

Continue reading: APACER is first with PCIe 5.0 SSDs: up to 13,000MB/sec reads (!!!) (full post)

Phison teams with AMD + Micron for PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs of the future

Anthony Garreffa | May 23, 2022 4:47 AM CDT

AMD has now revealed its next-gen X670E and X670 chipsets, dropping later this year with the new AM5 socket and Zen 4-powered Ryzen 7000 series CPUs -- and with it: DDR5 + PCIe 5.0 support.

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Phison has announced a strategic collaboration with AMD + Micron to form a cooperative PCIe Gen 5 ecosystem of compatible products. Phison will be at the heart of this with their flagship PCIe Gen5 SSD controller -- the new Phison PS5026-E26 -- that has 2x the performance over its previous generation flagship SSD controller.

Leo Huang, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Phison said: "We are pleased to announce our cooperative effort with Micron and AMD to advance the technological development of PCIe Gen5 storage offerings, as this validates Phison's commitment to upholding customer-centric values. The E26 controller enables gamers to compete at the highest level and helps content creators to maximize the overall system performance to increase productivity".

Continue reading: Phison teams with AMD + Micron for PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs of the future (full post)

OWC's new Envoy Pro mini: full-sized SSD perf, fits in your pocket

Anthony Garreffa | May 18, 2022 6:25 PM CDT

OWC has just announced their new Envoy Pro mini SSDs, a super-small portable SSD with full-sized SSD performance that fits in your pocket.

The new OWC Envoy Pro mini SSDs are available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities that works with everything. We're talking USB and Thunderbolt-powered (USB-C) Macs, PCs, Linux servers, iPads, Chromebooks, and more as millions of USB devices are in the wild.

We're looking at up to 450MB/sec reads and up to 465MB/sec writes over USB 3.2 Gen 1, while we can expect up to 1025MB/sec reads and 1026MB/sec writes on USB 3.1 Gen 2 (the speeds vary slightly between 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities). You'll get somewhere up to that across your Xbox, PlayStation, iPad, PC, Mac, or everything in-between.

Continue reading: OWC's new Envoy Pro mini: full-sized SSD perf, fits in your pocket (full post)

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