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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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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...

Write Pressure, Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

04/20/2017 - 12:04

Write Pressure Before we wrap up, I wanted to reiterate and expand on a chart that Intel showed us at our briefing: [inline:files/review/2017-04-20/optane-16.png] Since we had an additional comparison point and some increased testing flexibility on our...

Bridging the Gap and Polling vs. IRQ

04/20/2017 - 11:51

Bridging the Gap [inline:files/review/2017-04-20/optane-4.png] XPoint sits in the middle of this 'gap', but the gap is way larger than this slide demonstrates! Some other charts I put together for this piece were to try and visualize just what...

High Resolution Quality of Service (QoS) 4KB Random

04/20/2017 - 11:50

Required reading (some additional context for those unfamiliar with our Percentile testing):

Saturated IOPS Performance - 4KB, 8KB Random, 128K Sequential

04/20/2017 - 11:22

I'm carrying over the IOPS vs. % Read charts from my P3608 review. The former IOPS vs. Latency plots also used in that review has been superseded by the far superior Percentile method (on the next page). With sweeps of R/W in 10%...

Enterprise SSD Testing and Jargon

04/20/2017 - 10:52

While enterprise SSDs typically share controller and flash memory architecture with consumer products shipping from the same company, there are some important differences to take note of. Enterprise units are typically equipped with high grade / more...

AMD Releases Ryzen Balanced Power Plan - Test Results Inside

04/06/2017 - 18:03

AMD Releases Ryzen Balanced Power Plan - Test Results Inside AMD has published Community Update #3 to their blog. This update details a new Power Plan that should yield improved gaming performance for those who were previously using the Windows default...

Drobo 5N2 5-bay NAS Review - Bonded GbE Made Simple

03/29/2017 - 17:47

Data Robotics shipped their first product 10 years ago. Dubbed the Drobo (short for Data Robot), it was a 4-bay hot-swappable USB 2.0 connected external storage device. At a time where RAID was still a term mostly unknown to typical PC users, the...

Samsung EVO Plus (2017 Model) 128GB UHS-I U3 microSD Card Quick Look

03/28/2017 - 14:27

Today Samsung released an update to their EVO+ microSD card line. The new model is the 'EVO Plus'. Yes, I know, it's confusing to me as well, especially when trying to research the new vs. old iterations for this mini-review. Here's a few...