Subject: Storage | November 20, 2012 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, 840, tlc
As part of their review of the Samsung 840 250GB SSD, The Tech Report covers the specifics of the TLC flash memory which is used in the 840 series as opposed to the MLC we saw in the 830 series. As well they show off some of the capabilities of the control software, which Samsung has dubbed the SSD Magician utility. Of course from there the benchmarking begins which showed performance continually below the similarly priced 830 series which hurts the new SSDs on the price to performance chart. Overall they are hard pressed to recommend the drive over the previous models, not only because of the performance but also the shortened lifespan of TLC flash. As that flash technology matures we may see those concerns fade, as Allyn pointed out in his review.
"Samsung's 840 Series SSD combines a next-gen fabrication process with an extra bit per cell to lower the cost per gigabyte. We take a closer look at the implications and see how the drive stacks up against the competition."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD Review @ Neoseeker
- Intel 330 Series 120 GB Solid State Drive Review @ Hardware Secrets
- SanDisk Extreme 480GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB SSD VTX3-25SAT3-240G Review @ PCSTATS
- Silicon Power Slim S70 240GB SSD @ Tweaktown
- Lexar JumpDrive S73 32 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Lexar JumpDrive 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review @ PCSTATS
- Silicon Power Firma F80 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Review @ NikKTech
- Vantec NST-400MX-S3R NexStar MX Enclosure Review @ Pro-Clockers
- Super Talent USB3 Express RC8 100GB Flash Drive @ SSD Review
- ADATA DashDrive Elite 500GB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive @ Kitguru
- Patriot Memory Gauntlet 320 Wireless 2.5 Hard disk Enclosure @ Funky Kit
- WD My Passport Edge 500GB Portable Hard Drive Review @ Legit Reviews
Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2012 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, galaxy note 2, phablet
Even with its overly large body the original Samsung Galaxy Note sold well, as it sported a large screen to go with its large body. The second version now has a slightly larger screen of 5.5" and slightly smaller body but not enough to shrink the phone noticeably. Apart from its size the other unique feature that the Note 2 has is the S Pen which allows you to draw and write on the screen, a feature that attracted many users to the original model. Also worth noting is the graphics chip, instead of the more common Snapdragon this phone has a Exynos processor which is up to most tasks but when running apps which are optimized for the other graphics chips you may notice the quality degrade a bit. TechSpot has a full review of this phablet right here.
"The Samsung Galaxy Note II is big. Colossally big. It's important to get that description out of the way because anyone who sees or holds the Galaxy Note II will have no choice but to be taken aback by how large is the phone-meets-tablet.
The same predicament made doubters believe that the original Galaxy Note was too big to succeed, but millions of phones sold later, that proved to be a false prediction. The Galaxy Note II is a smooth and dynamic experience from top to bottom. It's probably too big as a phone or too small as a tablet for most, but many will find it's a comfortable compromise between the two form factors."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Is There a Touchable Windows 8 Laptop For You? @ Techspot
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Review @ TechReviewSource
- CyberPowerPC Zeus-M2 Ultrabook Review @ Custom PC Review
- Microsoft Surface RT @ The Inquirer
- Google Nexus 4 Review - Google's new Flagship @ AnandTech
- Galaxy SIII, iPhone 5, HTC One X+ and 8X shootout: comparing video quality @ Hardware.info
- LG Optimus G 16GB Smartphone Review @ Legit Reviews
- Sony Xperia Miro Smartphone @ HardwareHeaven
- Samsung Galaxy S III Mini @ Hardware.Info
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 16, 2012 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: oled, Samsung, smartphone
If the marketing had been accurate we would now all be using millimetre thin displays with vibrant colours and near instantaneous response, either on our desks or in some form of electronic paper. Unfortunately organic LED screens have proven both difficult and expensive to make, with manufacturers still trying to find a way to make large OLED devices affordable for consumers. The next possible product is one we have seen prototypes of but if Samsung is to be believed they will be hawking bendable plastic phones next year. OLED phones would have several benefits, without glass they would weigh less than a traditional phone and could be somewhat slimmer, but the biggest benefit to OLEDs is that they can tolerate bending and twisting and still function properly. Hit up The Register for more on Samsung's new plans as well as a look at some of the prototypes previously offered by their competitors, but not Apple.
"Development work on Samsung mobiles fitted with flexible OLED displays is nearing completing, with handsets set to be released in the first half of 2013, it has been claimed.
A source said to be close to the matter reckons Samsung is almost ready to launch flexible displays for mobile handsets, the Wall Street Journal reports."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Samsung fabs 64Gb NAND chips on a 10nm process node @ The Inquirer
- Sinofsky denies failed putsch led to his defenestration @ The Register
- Everspin makes ST-MRAM a reality @ SemiAccurate
- Lenovo UEFI Bug Only Likes Windows and RHEL @ Slashdot
- Newer Technology NuGreen LED Desk Lamp Review @ Madshrimps
- The Ultimate Kitguru Giveaway – Modded GTX690/SSD/RAM
- Win an Antec P280 Window or P280 White Window Computer Case @ Tweaktown
Subject: Storage | November 7, 2012 - 02:32 PM | Allyn Malventano
Tagged: ubisoft, Samsung, 840 pro
We're used to seeing various video card vendors tossing in some game titles to sweeten the deal. Now Samsung has jumped in the ring by including bonus copies of Assassin's Creed III with the purchase of 128, 256, or 512GB 840 Pro Series SSDs.
Press blast after the break:
Subject: Displays | November 6, 2012 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, S27B970D, Super IPS, 2560x1440, 27
Super PLS is Samsung's attempt to improve IPS displays, they suggest that this technology will provide better brightness and viewing angles as well as lowering production costs, the latter benefit perhaps being the most attractive. At a selling price of $1000 this might be hard to believe as is the 4th most expensive 27" on NewEgg right now. ModSynergy also ran into issues trying to use the onboard speakers as HDMI cannot provide the maximum resolution of 2560x1440 and while using Dual-DVI you can get sound because there is no dedicated sound input jack. See if it is worth the investment by checking out their full review.
"Today we look at Samsung's second integration of Super PLS technology in their lineup with this time the Series 9 S27B970D. What a great follow-up to the Series 8 S27A850D we had for you one month ago. It will be interesting to see and pinpoint the differences between both models aside from the higher price tag. One of the key differences being pushed off the bat by Samsung is the built-in calibration engine and factory professional tuning that the Series 9 S27B970D offers out of the box for unmatched visual experience, according to Samsung."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Samsung LN40E550F Review @ TechReviewSource
- ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor @ Kitguru
- ASUS VG278HE 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor Review @ Hardware Canucks
- LG 55LM760S TV review: higher mid-range TV @ Hardware.info
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2012 - 09:40 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: xe303c12, Samsung, laptop, google, Exynos 5250, Chromebook, chrome os, arm
While Android gets most of the attention, it is not the only operating system from Google. Chrome OS was released two years ago, and despite the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, it is still very much alive and kicking on the cloud-connected “Chromebooks.”
In fact, earlier this week Samsung announced a brand new Chromebook powered by its own Exynos 5250 ARM System of a Chip (SoC). The new system is lighter than the company’s previous Chromebook offerings at 2.43 pounds and is less than an inch thick. The specifications are not impressive for a laptop, but in the context of a Chromebook where much of the processing is done on Internet-connected servers the internals should ensure that you get good battery life – up to 6.3 hours – out of the mobile machine.
The 11.6” Chromebook has a display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, 1.5W stereo speakers, and a full physical keyboard with trackpad.
External I/O options include:
- 1 x USB 3.0
- 1 x USB 2.0
- 1 x Headphone/Mic combo jack
- 1 x SD card slot
The USB 3.0 option is interesting, and should allow you to hook up fast external storage should you need more caching space for offline use.
On the outside, the Chromebook very much resembles a standard laptop, but on the inside it is closer to the specifications of a smartphone or tablet. Interestingly, Samsung has chosen its Exynos 5250 system on a chip to power the XE303C12 Chromebook. That processor is packing two Cortex A15-based ARM CPU cores and an ARM Mali T604 GPU. While the Exynos 15 is capable of clocking up to 2GHz, it is unclear whether or not the Chromebook will feature chips clocked at that speed or not. It is certainly a possibility though, since the laptop form factor would provide ample cooling versus a more constrained smartphone or tablet. Beyond the SoC, Samsung has packed in 2GB of RAM and a 16GB solid state drive (SSD). Additionally, the XE303C12 Chromebook includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip – useful for business uses – and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi radio with a 2x2 antenna configuration.
The new Samsung Chromebook is available for pre-order now, and will be officially available for purchase at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, and other retailers beginning October 22, 2012. It has an MSRP of $249.99.
I’m interested to see how this compared to the Windows RT offerings, and whether the cheaper price will win people over versus those devices. On the other hand, it may be that Android tablets – like the Nexus 7, Nook Tablet, and new Kindle Fire tablets – are the favored devices for all but road warriors needing a decent keyboard. What do you think?
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2012 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Samsung, 830 SDD
DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung's previous quarter earnings were over $7 billion (editor note: corrected typo), a record for the company continuing the trend from the previous quarter. Samsung has a huge range of products from appliances to PCs and so the profit comes from a variety of business units, with the mobile division mentioned as a star player. This is perhaps not the reason that 830 series SSDs are so inexpensive right now, but if you are thinking of upgrading your storage now is the time. Right now at NewEgg you can grab the 830 256GB for $200, and the 128GB model is a mere $90. You can also check Amazon and your other favourite retailers but for right now the Samsung 230 represents the best deal in SSDs going. Take advantage now, as the 830 series is on its way out and if their profit margins drop the 840 series won't see the same discounts
"Samsung previously indicated that its smartphone sales would remain strong in the third quarter. In addition, the company's system LSI division is set to register solid sales growth in the quarter, thanks to growing sales generated from its advanced process manufacturing targeting mobile application processors and CMOS image sensors used for high-end mobile products."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Microsoft releases Kinect update for Windows SDK @ The Inquirer
- Is Desktop PC a Dying Breed? Many Think Not! @ Benchmark Reviews
- NVIDIA Says No to Voltage Control - EVGA Forced to Remove EVBot Connector from GTX 680 Classified @ Overclockers.com
- IBM unchains new storage monsters to spook upstart hybrids @ The Register
- TSMC announces two 20nm reference flows for chip designers @ The Inquirer
- Weekly Giveaway: Win one of three Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W Power Supplies @ Tweaktown
- ASUS RT-AC66U review: enhanced RT-N66U @ Hardware.info
- Microsoft sets date for Windows Phone 8 unveiling @ The Register
- AVG Internet Security 2013 Software Review @ Legit Reviews
- Canon Selphy CP900 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Camera Lens Buying Guide @ TechARP
- Win Award winning chassis with Cooler Master and Kitguru
- Win limited edition 120mm KITGURU fans
- Jabra Joint Contest @ NikKTech
Podcast #221 - Intel Clover Trail, AMD's Trinity Desktop APUs, the Samsung 840 SSD with TLC, and more!
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2012 - 02:56 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: trinity, TLD, ssd, Samsung, podcast, nand, clover trail, APU, a8, A10-5800k, a10, 830
PC Perspective Podcast #221 - 10/04/2012
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Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2012 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, win8, surface, google, Android, nexus 7, Samsung, Pegatron
Two companies which for the most part sold software only are making a name for themselves in the hardware sector, in two very different ways. Google's Android has become quite a player and the upcoming release of the Nexus 7 platform is anticipated by many mobile players because Google has no intentions of making its own phones. Instead they will make their money licensing the platform to a variety of established cellphone and tablet manufacturers, as they have in the past. According to what DigiTimes has heard, Microsoft is going in the exact opposite direction with Surface and will be continuing with the same plan as their tablet, which has already caused negative backlash from many of the major player in the market such as Acer. Designers of Microsoft Win8 based phones are required to use the same platform and interface in order to meet the requirements of Microsoft's licensing agreement which will make phones difficult to differentiate as competitors are very limited in the customization they can offer, at least on the software side. To make the market even more confusing, Microsoft is reaching out to Pegatron to manufacture their own branded Surface phone, which will find its self in direct competition with the phones from established players, the ones Microsoft is count on to license the portable version of Win8. It would be hard to come up with another way that Microsoft could make licensing their new OS even less attractive for OEMs and ODMs.
"Google and Microsoft both reportedly plan to extend the Nexus 7 and Surface tablet lineups to include smartphones as a means to further increase the penetration of their own platforms, but the two companies will implement the strategies in a different tune, according to industry sources.
Google aims to launch smartphones based on its Nexus 7 platform in cooperation with a number of smartphone branded vendors with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and HTC likely to be potential partners, said the sources.
On the other hand, Microsoft is reportedly tapping ODM maker Pegatron for the production of WP8-based smartphones slated for launch in the first half of 2013, the sources indicated."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- How To Make Movies in Linux With OpenShot @ Linux.com
- Refined hack opens locked hotel rooms… with a magic marker @ ExtremeTech
- Home Automation and the 'Internet of Things' @ AnandTech
- ASUS RT-N66U Dual-Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router Review @ Legit Reviews
- Will Elpida be gobbled by a rival or get a multi-billion cash jab? @ The Register
- Red Dwarf Series 10 on Dave @ 9PM BST today
Introduction, Specifications and Packaging
Last week, Samsung flew myself and a few of my fellow peers in the storage review community out to Seoul, Korea. The event was the 2012 Samsung SSD Global Summit:
At this event, Samsung officially announced their new 840 Pro, which we were able to obtain early under NDA and therefore publish in concert with the announcement. The 840 Pro was largely an incremental inprovement over their 830 Series. Newer, faster flash coupled with a higher clocked controller did well to improve on an already excellent product.
As the event closed, we were presented with the second model of the lineup - the 840. This model, sans the 'Pro' moniker, is meant more for general consumer usage. The first mass marketed SSD to use Triple Level Cell (TLC) flash, it sacrifices some write speed and long-term reliability in favor of what should become considerably lower cost/GB as production ramps up to full capacity. TLC flash is the next step beyond MLC, which is in turn a step after SLC. Here's a graphic to demonstrate:
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