A Thunderbolt won't even scratch the Surface

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2018 - 02:01 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, ignite, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, surface laptop 2

Microsoft's Ignite covered a large array of topics, many of which focused on Azure and the new services it offers as well as updates to a vareity of their software suites.  However we are more interested in the hardware reveals, which include the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2


The Surface Pro 6 contains an unspecified 8th gen CPU, either an i5 or i7 depending on your preference and up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, with a 12.3", 2736x1824 screen.  It does not have USB-C nor Thunderbolt, Microsoft stuck with USB 3.0, mini DP, and microSD again.


The Surface Laptop 2 is the same under the hood as the Surface, with a battery rated at 14.5 hours as opposed to the Pro's 13.5.  Aesthetically it matches the previous model, up to an including the lack of Thunderbolt.  If either device interests you, you can opt to sign up for Surface All Access, via Dell, which will get you a device, support, an O365 license and mysterious benefits on the Microsoft Store.  That will cost you $46 a month, or more depending on the model you request, for 24 months as opposed to paying for the Surface up front.  You can get the Surface Go for $25 a month, if you are so inclined.


Last up is the new Surface Studio all in one PC. If you though the lack of USB-C was an odd choice then meet the Studio, which eschews new silicon for a 7th gen i5 or i7 processor and will contain either a GTX 1060 or 1070.  The screen has been updated as Microsoft claims it is 38% brighter with increased contrast.  As well you now have 4096 levels of pressure on the touchscreen to enhance your artistic flair. 

This generation the change is only surface deep, perhaps next year will see greater changes.

"At a media event in New York City on Tuesday, Microsoft refreshed its Surface hardware with the introduction of the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC."

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Source: The Register
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: PC Perspective

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


Back in November of last year, we tested the Corsair Neutron XT, which was the first product to feature the Phison PS3110-S10 controller. First spotted at Flash Memory Summit, the S10 sports the following features:

  • Quad-core controller - Quad-core CPU dedicates three cores just to managing flash and maintaining performance
  • Maximum throughput and I/O - Offers speeds of up to 560 MB/s read and 540 MB/s write and 100K IOPs on read and 90 IOPs on write, saturating the SATA 6Gbps bus
  • End-to-end Data Path Protection - Enterprise level CRC/ECC corrects internal soft errors as well as detecting and correcting any errors that may arise between the DRAM, controller, and flash
  • SmartECC™ - Reconstructs defective/faulty pages when regular ECC fails
  • SmartRefresh™ - Monitors block ECC health status and refreshes blocks periodically to improve data retention
  • SmartFlush™ - Minimizes time data spends in cache to ensure data retention in the event of power loss
  • Advanced wear-leveling and garbage collection

Corsair was Phison's launch partner, but as that was a while ago, we now have two additional SSD models launching with the S10 at their core:


To the left is the Kingston HyperX Savage. To the right is the Patriot Ignite. They differ in flash memory types used, available capacities, and the stated performance specs vary slightly among them. Today we'll compare them against the Neutron XT as well as a selecton of other SATA SSDs.

Read on for the full review!

Patriot Launches New High Performing/High Capacity Ignite SSD

Subject: Storage | January 6, 2015 - 02:59 PM |
Tagged: ssd, patriot, ignite, ces 2015


Patriot has released a new series of Ignite SSDs which use the Phison S10 controller and MLC NAND.  They have opted to release large drives, the two models which will be available are 480GB and 960GB, priced at $0.44 and $0.42 if they come out at the MSRP.  With these drive sizes the reported performance of up to 560MB/s sequential read and 545MB/s sequential write likely apply to both drives.  We have seen this controller in action before when Al reviewed the Corsair Neutron XT 240GB which hit nearly those reported speeds.


** Edit by Allyn**

Here's the Ignite at Patriot's briefing suite:


Click here for the full PR.


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Source: Patriot