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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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Performance, Pricing and Conclusion

12/23/2014 - 16:04

Performance: With four WD Red 6TB drives installed and formatted to defaults (single disk redundancy), we connected the Drobo to a few different USB 3.0 devices to verify compatibility and speed. Nearly all of our results looked something like this:...

Installation and Drobo Dashboard Features

12/23/2014 - 15:22

Installing the Drobo is about as easy as it could be. Plug in the power supply, connect to your system with the included USB 3.0 cable. Install the Drobo Dashboard software, and you're off to the races. Note that you may need to update any dated...

Packaging and Internals

12/23/2014 - 14:34

First let's dive into the packaging. Drobo has done very little to change their packaging over the years, and it's clear that there is really no reason to do so.  [inline:files/review/2014-12-23/DSC06499.JPG] Packaging here is top notch,...

Inateck FE2005 USB 3.0 UASP External 2.5" SATA Enclosure Review

12/17/2014 - 12:18

We've seen USB 3.0 in devices for a few years now, but it has only more recently started taking off since controllers, drivers, and Operating Systems have incorporated support for the USB Attached SCSI Protocol. UASP takes care of one of...

Performance, Pricing and Conclusion

12/16/2014 - 17:33

Performance: Since this is such a simple design and with such a simple bridge controller, it did not take much to find the ultimate capabilities of it. We tested on several different USB 3.0 controllers under Windows 8.1 Update (UASP support was native...

Samsung's 32-layer VNAND dissected by TechInsights, analysed by 3DInCities

12/11/2014 - 15:30

Since Samsung announced VNAND, we have been following its developments with great interest. You might have seen some of Andrew Walker's cool mock ups of what this new VNAND might look like: [inline:files/news/2014-12-11/AndyFig1.png] Once a...

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 500GB RAID and RAPID Review - VNAND Goes TLC

12/08/2014 - 10:04

Mid last year, Samsung introduced the 840 EVO. This was their evolutionary step from the 840 Pro, which had launched a year prior. While the Pro was a performance MLC SSD, the EVO was TLC, and for most typical proved just as speedy. The reason for this...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

12/08/2014 - 09:57

Conclusion: PROS: Excellent write performance (when in TurboWrite SLC mode) Excellent IOPS performance, especially in the higher capacities Improved TLC write speeds, thanks to VNAND CONS: Smaller capacity models launching at a relatively high cost/GB...

RAID and RAPID testing

12/08/2014 - 09:40

There are other ways to squeeze added performance out of Samsung EVO SSDs. You can put a pair of smaller capacities into a striped array, roughly doubling the performance (as well as the effective amount of TurboWrite cache available). [inline:files/...

Random Performance - Iometer (IOPS/latency), YAPT (random)

12/08/2014 - 08:56

We are trying something different here. Folks tend to not like to click through pages and pages of benchmarks, so I'm going to weed out those that show little to no delta across different units (PCMark). I'm also going to group results...