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Allyn Malventano
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San Antonio, TX

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IDF 2014: Through Silicon Via - Connecting memory dies without wires

09/10/2014 - 14:34

If you're a general computer user, you might have never heard the term "Through Silicon Via". If you geek out on photos of chip dies and wafers, and how chips are assembled and packaged, you might have heard about it. Regardless of your...

IDF 2014: Western Digital announces new Ae HDD series for archival / cold storage

09/09/2014 - 15:51

We talked about helium filled, shingled HDD's from HGST earlier today. Helium may give you reduced power demands, but at the added expensive of hermetically sealed enclosures over conventional HDD's. Shingling may give added capacity, but at the...

IDF 2014: HGST announces 3.2TB NVMe SSDs, shingled 10TB HDDs

09/09/2014 - 13:00

It's the first day of IDF, so it's only natural that we see a bunch of non-IDF news start pouring out :). I'll kick them off with a few announcements from HGST. First item up is their new SN100 line of PCIe SSDs: [inline:files/news/2014-09-09...

Corsair Force LX 256GB and 512GB Review - Silicon Motion on the cheap

09/05/2014 - 07:14

Introduction: We first looked at the Silicon Motion 2246EN controller in our Angelbird SSD wrk review. In that review, we noted the highest sequential performance seen in any SATA SSD reviewed to date. Eager to expand our testing to include additional...

Western Digital My Passport Wireless - Mobile Wireless Terabytes

09/03/2014 - 07:00

Introduction: Today I'm going to talk to you about something you might not have thought you needed, but once you realize what this new device can do, you might just want one. Imagine a Western Digital My Cloud, but only smaller, battery powered, and...

Performance, Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

09/03/2014 - 00:47

Performance: WiFi Reads: [inline:files/review/2014-09-03/speed1.PNG] WiFi Writes: [inline:files/review/2014-09-03/speed2.PNG] Direct connecting to a PC or Mac via USB 3.0 will automatically disable the built in WiFi and switch to direct connected mode,...

Dashboard and Configuration

09/03/2014 - 00:20

Configuring the My Passport Wireless is quite simple. Simply launch the configuration via the icon under 'Storage' in Windows Explorer, or by navigating to 'http://mypassport' in your browser of choice. You are presented with this GUI...

Internals, Setup, and usage via My Cloud app

09/02/2014 - 23:52

Internals: We don't normally get to completely disassembly Hard Drives, but this one has more than just a HDD to it, so here we go. Disassemble!: [inline:files/review/2014-09-03/DSC05044.JPG] With the lid off we see some WiFi logic and a rather beefy...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

09/02/2014 - 15:20

Conclusion: PROS: Excellent sequential read performance thanks to the Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller. CONS: Sharp write speed limits at lower capacities (comapred with solutions using 64Gbit dies) IOPS performance is lower than competing...


09/02/2014 - 14:56

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...