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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Computex 2017: Western Digital Launches Client SSDs Sporting 64-Layer NAND

05/29/2017 - 23:42

Western Digital bought SanDisk nearly two years ago, but we had not really seen any products jointly launched under both brand labels. Until today: [inline:files/news/2017-05-29/PRN-Graphic_3D-NAND.jpg] The WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD and SanDisk Ultra 3D...

Micron Launches SolidScale Platform Architecture, Consolidates NVMe in the Datacenter

05/24/2017 - 20:45

A few weeks back, I was briefed on Micron’s new SolidScale Architecture. This is essentially Micron’s off-the-shelf solution that ties together a few different technologies in an attempt to consolidate large pools of NVMe storage into a...

Western Digital Launches 10TB Red and Red Pro

05/17/2017 - 21:57

Western Digital increased the capacity of their Red and Red Pro NAS hard disk lines to 10TB. Acquiring the Helioseal technology via their HGST acquisition, which enables Helium filled hermetically sealed drives of even higher capacities, WD expanded the...

Intel Optane Memory 32GB Review - Faster Than Lightning

04/24/2017 - 13:03

Introduction: [inline:files/review/2017-04-24/170421-115336a.jpg] Finally! Optane Memory sitting in our lab! Sure, it’s not the mighty P4800X we remotely tested over the past month, but this is right here, sitting on my desk. It’s shipping,...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

04/24/2017 - 12:55

Conclusion: Pros: Simple, no-frills installation process Outstanding performance gains, especially to HDD-equipped systems It's the fastest (lowest latency) thing we've ever tested. Period. (yes, again) Cons:

Power Consumption and Polling

04/24/2017 - 12:38

Power Consumption [inline:files/review/2017-04-24/power.png] Intel clearly wanted to certify Optane Memory in the worst case installation scenarios, which means power draw must be kept considerably lower than your typical M.2 NVMe SSD. While the 960 EVO...

Client Performance (including RAID testing!)

04/24/2017 - 12:29

We pushed all cached and uncached solutions through our exclusive custom client suite. I also snuck in a few surprises: [inline:files/review/2017-04-24/client-1.png]

In-Depth Performance

04/24/2017 - 12:20

Ok, we're going to go a bit deep on technical data for a consumer part, but I feel it's necessary to convey just what makes Optane Memory able to be such a damn good storage accelerator, and to do so, I'm going to compare it against the...

Installation, Timed Tests and Observations

04/24/2017 - 12:04

Installation Intel shipped us a pre-built machine that was meant to match the typical OEM-style build one would expect to receive with Optane Memory installed. The hardware was all 7th generation gear, but not necessarily high end. The CPU was an i5-7500...

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 375GB Review - Enterprise 3D XPoint

04/20/2017 - 13:22

Introduction [inline:files/review/2017-04-20/Intel-3D-Xpoint.png] XPoint. Optane. QuantX. We've been hearing these terms thrown around for two years now. A form of 3D stackable non-volatile memory that promised 10x the density of DRAM and 1000x...