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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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Intel Quad RAID-0 Optane Memory 32GB Bootable Without VROC Key!

10/04/2017 - 21:24

We've been playing around a bit with Intel VROC lately. This new tech lets you create a RAID of NVMe SSDs connected directly to newer Intel Skylake-X CPUs, without the assistance of any additional chipset or other RAID controlling hardware on...

Intel VROC Tested! - X299 VROC vs. Z270 RST, Quad Optane vs. Quad 960 PRO

10/02/2017 - 09:08

Introduction We've been hearing about Intel's VROC (NVMe RAID) technology for a few months now. ASUS started slipping clues in with their X299 motherboard releases starting back in May. The idea was very exciting, as prior NVMe RAID...

ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card Closer Look, Wrap Up and Conclusion

10/02/2017 - 05:09

ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card Closer Look Before we wrap, let's take a closer look at the nicely built ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card: [inline:files/review/2017-10-02/171001-142643.jpg] Nice brushed aluminum heatsink. [inline:files/review/2017-10-02/171001-142955...

Performance Comparison: X299 VROC vs. Z270 RST

10/02/2017 - 04:26

Alright, so now that we have looked at X299 VROC, let's see how it stacks up against Z270's RST implementation. Note that we did not have a Z270 board on hand which supported triple M.2 RAID via the PCH, but we can saturate DMI with only two fast...

Performance Focus: 4x Optane Memory and 4x 960 PRO in VROC RAID-0

10/02/2017 - 03:27

In the interest of speed, I'll be sticking with random and sequential reads only for the charts. Note that each array was fully sequentially written prior to testing (fresh out of the box SSDs that have never been written may 'cheat' and...

More Confusion, Configuration, and Test System Setup

10/02/2017 - 02:12

Quick note: After this article went live we did manage to boot from an Intel SSD VROC array *without* a VROC key installed! Now let's continue. I'd first like to point out that we have no idea how or why this is even working in the first place....

Samsung Portable SSD T5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 10Gbps 500GB and 2TB Review - Even Faster!

08/15/2017 - 10:23

Introduction: Back in January of 2016, Samsung launched the Portable SSD T1. This was a good way to get more of their VNAND flash out into the market in the form of a speedy and portable USB connected SSD. The launch went so well that they followed it up...

Performance, Pricing, and Conclusion

08/15/2017 - 10:20

Performance: 2TB model, ASMedia USB 3.1 (ThreadRipper platform) [inline:files/review/2017-08-15/as31-2tb.png] 500GB model, ASMedia USB 3.1 (ThreadRipper platform) [inline:files/review/2017-08-15/as31-500.png] 2TB model, ASMedia USB 3.0 (ThreadRipper...

Externals, Internals and Software

08/15/2017 - 10:00

Externals: [inline:files/review/2017-08-15/170814-153100.jpg]

TinkerTry Gets a Real Look at the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X

08/14/2017 - 08:09

We reviewed the Intel P4800X - Intel's first 3D XPoint SSD, back in April of this year. The one thing missing from that review was product pictures. Sure we had stock photos, but we did not have the product in hand due to the extremely limited number...