The launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000 and the new X570 chipset has come with new memory speed capabilities for Ryzen. Also, supported is PCIe Gen 4, which is all but useless for GPUs, but one area definitely makes good use of it, storage! Storage supporting PCIe Gen 4 launched with GIGABYTE and Corsair leading the charge, but we knew it would not be long until others entered the ring. Enter TEAMGROUP and their well-established prowess in both memory and storage.
T-Force Dark Z DDR4
TEAMGROUP today announced its first entrants into official Ryzen 3000 and X570 targeted memory and SSD products. The memory labeled T-Force Dark Z is offered in several capacities and frequencies. The baseline for the Dark Z is 3200MHz, with kits reaching up to 3600MHz and 4000MHz. Most enthusiasts know that the proposed sweet spot for Ryzen 3000 is 3600 for a smooth plugin and go performance option as the FCLK and UCLK can all be synchronized across the platform for optimal performance.
Many users have found that DDR4 3800 can be done while still syncing the clocks, but that's a bit more involved. By the time you reach 4000MHz, you are going to be tweaking your FCLK and other things to get optimal performance and offset the latency hit; you will take when changing from 1:1 to 2:1.
Kingston is a well-known name in the memory game, but some may not be aware that they also hold a powerful position in the SSD storage space as well.
Kingston has been in the flash storage game since the onset of the consumer SSD. Many may think of Samsung when thinking storage, without realizing that an industry stalwart such as Kingston while being the less celebrated holds a lot of the cards in the market.
According to a recent report from TrendFocus, Kingston has already surpassed the 13.3 million unit sales in the first half of 2019. 13.3 million in an economy of scale may not seem like much, but in reality, that is 11.3% of the total SSD purchases globally. Kingston's market presence goes into every facet of the PC flash storage realm from base consumer 2.5" drives which they currently are reported to hold over 27.3% of the market share. To the enterprise/data center market which Kingston is already within and picking up steam.
**DISCLAIMER: this is a prototype and does not reflect an actual product. This is a technology demonstration and eventual product specs will differ.**
That's right friends, we have a pair of TweakTown boots on the ground in Seoul Korea. Today at Intel Memory and Storage Day, Intel showed something that can only be described as HOLY S*&% fast.
Intel had a demo rig, with a prototype version of new OPTANE DC Persistent Memory modules. This was not just for show as the modules had plenty of GO! Now we have to temper our expectations for this as this is purely a tech capabilities demo which is why we added the above disclaimer. With that out of the way, I will mirror the words of our soldier on-site Mr. Jon Coulter who passed this info along and observed the demo first hand.
ADATA have released their new SC680 external SSD which weighs just 35g and is 10mm thick, has a USB-C connector and some high-speed transfers to get your data to and from the external SSD.
The new SC680 external SSD has up to 530MB/sec read speeds and up to 460MB/sec write speeds which ADATA points out is over 6.6 times faster than an external HDD. ADATA using a USB-C connector makes using the SC680 external SSD a breeze, because you can't pout the cable in the wrong way like you can with traditional external HDDs.
Even better, the new ADATA SC680 external HDD works with Windows, Mac OS, and Android -- meaning you can plug it into virtually any device you own.
GIGABYTE has officially launched its new AORUS Gen4 AIC, a new quad-SSD PCIe 4.0 adapter that can take up to 4 x NVMe SSDs and offer up to a huge 15GB/sec of throughput.
The new AORUS Gen4 AIC SSD 8TB uses a full PCIe 4.0 x16 slot and has 4 x 2TB M.2-2280 SSDs that are powered by the Phison PS5016-E16 controller. GIGABYTE is using a heat sink and active fan to keep the AORUS Gen4 AIC operating cool, too.
As you can see, it feature a huge 5.5mm pure copper heat sink, two ball bearing blower fan, a baseplate, and even 8 thermal sensors that keep everything monitored. AORUS Storage Manager software will let you keep tabs on your AORUS Gen4 AIC and you'll be able to tweak the cooling to your liking with 3 modes: Silent, Balance, or Performance.
Samsung has just unveiled its new PCIe 4.0-based SSDs with some truly insane brute speed, where they are close to invicible and will never die.
First off, the new Samsung SSDs won't be finding their way into your gaming PC at home and rather enterprise/server markets. The new PM1733 and PM1735 (at least for now) are going to be a family of new SSDs with 19 new models on the way.
Samsung will offer them in various form factors and capacities, with PCIe add-in cards and 2.5-inch U.2 drives with capacities between 800GB and 30.72TB. The new SSDs tap PCIe 4.0 for some crazy speeds, offering sequential writes of up to 3.8GB/sec -- but the reads can top 6.4GB/sec and for its add-in card model it'll reach the dizzying heights of 8GB/sec.
Toshiba has just unveiled the world's first PCIe 4.0-based enterprise SSDS at Flash Memory Summit 2019, with the new Toshiba CD6 and CM6 series SSDs use PCIe 4.0 lanes to drive speeds through the roof.
Mixed with Toshiba Memory's in-house and latest 96-later BiCS4 FLASH NAND we have up to 6.7GB/sec transfer rates. Yeah, 6700MB/sec.
Toshiba's previous-gen CD5 and CM6 were based on PCIe 3.0 x4 lanes with max speeds of around 3.2GB/sec, so the lanes opening up on the PCIe 4.0 highway drive speeds at up to 6.7GB/sec is a huge win. Even more so when you consider it's a huge 12x speed improvement over the normal SATA drives at 525MB/sec (0.5GB/sec compared to 6.7GB/sec is huge).
Western Digital has just launched five new external storage devices that are being aimed at gamers, with both PC and Xbox One options on offer as well as a super-fast external SSD that I need in my life.
The new WD Black range of gaming drivers comes with up to 12TB of storage, which is enough to keep every single one of the games in the Xbox Games Pass safe and sound. Western Digital made these new drivers with gamers in mind, taking into consideration that most gamers have around 20 games installed that use around 1.7TB of space.
- WD Black P10 Game Drive. It has up to 5TB (125 games) for $150. 2TB for $90 and 4TB for $130. The largest has a capacity for 125 games on a 2.5-inch drive. The 2TB drive has 140 megabytes (MB) per second transfer time, and while 4TB and 5TB versions have 130 MB/second. It has Superspeed USB of 5GB/second connectivity, with one drive and multiple platters. It ships in August.
- WD Black D10 Game Drive. It has 8TB, or up to 200 games on one drive. It has a 250MB/second transfer speed with 7200 RPM drives. This drive has active cooling technology and two 7.5-watt charging ports on its power supply so you can charge gaming accessories. It costs $200, stands vertically or horizontal. It has its own fan and ships in September.
- WD Black P50 Game Drive SSD. It has 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB. It uses the Superspeed USB at 20 gigabits per second with Type-C connector. It ships in the fourth quarter, has USB-powered LED lights. It transfers data at 1,980MB/second and it has forged aluminum for its top for passive cooling. Pricing is TBD.
- WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One. It costs $110 for 3TB or $150 for 5TB. You also get two months of free subscription to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - a $30 value. It has 130MB/second transfer rates and USB 3.2 Gen1 connectivity.
- WD Black D10 Game Drive for Xbox One. It has8TB for 200 games or 12TB for up to 300 games, 250MB/second transfer speed, 7200 RPM, two 7.5-watt charging ports, and external power. It can stand vertically or horizontal and comes with a three-month subscription for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It ships in September for $300.
SK Hynix has returned to the retail SSD market with its surprise unveiling of the new SuperCore SSD series, which will be a retail-focused line of SSDs with capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
The new SK Hynix SuperCore SSDs will begin with the Gold S31 in the 2.5-inch form factor, will use a "SK Hynix Controller" and use SK Hynix 3D NAND flash. We're to expect sequential read speeds of up to 525MB/sec while sequential writes are at 560GB/sec.
There's nothing too special with the new SSDs as the read/writes are on par with most other high-quality 2.5-inch SATA SSD, but SK Hynix is backing them up with a large 5-year warranty. The 1TB model has much higher endurance with up to 600TBW compared to 200/300TBW (TBs written) on the smaller 250/500GB drives.
- SK Hynix Gold S31 - 250GB - $49.99
- SK Hynix Gold S31 - 500GB - $77.99
- SK Hynix Gold S31 - 1TB - $123.99
Samsung's new PM1733 is a thing of beauty, and will be the first to use the company's in-house PCIe 4.0 SSD controller and fifth-generation 512Gb TLC V-NAND chips.
The upcoming Samsung PM1733 rocks up to huge 8GB/sec in random read speeds, and up to 1,500,000 IOPS. It will come in two form factors with the first being the U.2 drive that will use four PCIe 4.0 lanes and come with up to 30.72TB of storage. Samsung's other PM1733 SSD will come in a HHHL model (half height, half length) that will use eight PCIe 4.0 lanes, and up to 15.36TB of storage.
Samsung's new PM1733 SSD will work in existing PCIe 3.0 slots but you'll be restricted by the maximum PCIe 3.0 bandwidth and not receive all what the new PCIe 4.0-capable SSDs push out with up to 8GB/sec on the new PM1733.