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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Intel's Optane DC Persistent Memory DIMMs Push Latency Closer to DRAM

12/12/2018 - 10:17

Intel's architecture day press release contains the following storage goodness mixed within all of the talk about 3D chip packaging: Memory and Storage: Intel discussed updates on Intel® Optane™ technology and the products based upon that...

Samsung 860 QVO 1TB and 4TB SATA SSD Review - Samsung Goes QLC

11/27/2018 - 11:37

With recent QLC SSD launches like the Intel 660P and Crucial P1, folks may have been wondering when Samsung would jump on the QLC bandwagon. I'm happy to report that your wait is now over: [inline:files/review/2018-11-27/181127-094929.jpg] Samsung...

StorCentric Drobo 8D DAS Review - 8 Bays and Thunderbolt 3

11/26/2018 - 18:59

It has been 9 years since I reviewed the DroboPro. For its time, that product was a beast of a device, with the closest to a 'set it and forget it' RAID implementation I had ever seen. It was also robust enough to shrug off any combination of...

MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review - 240GB, 480GB, 960GB Tested!

10/30/2018 - 09:48

MyDigitalDiscount doesn't seem to have been satisfied with their performance BPX line or their value SBX line, and have now launched a BPX Pro, which looks to carry the budget pricing of the SBX while offering performance *higher* than the original...

Intel Expands Optane SSD 905P HHHL AIC and U.2 to 1.5TB Capacity + Quick Look Review

09/20/2018 - 16:14

Intel just sent over a note that they have officially launched the 1.5TB capacity for the Optane SSD 905P (for both HHHL and U.2 form factors). We'd been expecting this for a while now, considering we had tested a full system incorporating the U.2...

Quick Look: Toshiba XG6 1TB NVMe SSD - Upgraded to 96-Layer BiCS Flash

09/06/2018 - 17:23

Today we take a quick look at an update to Toshiba's line of OEM SSDs. The first product to employ 96-layer 3D TLC NAND, the XG6: [inline:files/review/2018-09-06/180906-122143.jpg] I'm going to keep this one brief since this is to be an OEM-only...

Samsung Unveils Plans for Data Center SSDs You Can Actually Buy!

09/05/2018 - 22:54

Samsung was strangely absent from FMS this year, but they had us out to NYC yesterday for a briefing we've been waiting a looong time for: [inline:files/news/2018-09-05/180904-153234.jpg] Above is a spec layout for Data Center SSDs that are to...

Samsung Portable SSD X5 1TB Review - Quickest External

08/28/2018 - 16:14

Samsung has been in the portable SSD business for a good while now. They released their T1 back in 2015, with the T3 and T5 coming in at a yearly cadence. Keeping with tradition, today we see the release of a new model on a new interface -...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

08/28/2018 - 15:52

Conclusion PROS Best performing portable SSD tested to date (by a large margin). Solid construction. Attractive design. CONS Physical size seems a bit larger than needed. Thermal design limits cooling for longer transfers (>5 minutes at >...

Performance Results and Potential Issues

08/28/2018 - 15:26

Given the higher performance of these newer Thunderbolt 3 capable parts, it seemed fitting to apply a more demanding workload, so I pointed our PCPer Test Suite at the round of test samples. This suite is actually well suited for external use, as...