by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Higher Capacity Optane SSD With The 905P

Today Intel expanded its Optane family with the addition of the Optane SSD 905P. The latest addition adds higher capacity to the family to handle larger data sets and address one of the factors that may be holding adoption of Optane back, with its smaller capacities. The 905P is made for enthusiasts, prosumers, and those looking into system acceleration. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Review

Samsung has updated its highly-popular consumer SSD line again with the 970 EVO, which is being released along side the 970 PRO. The new 970 EVO is the 2nd generation of Samsung’s 3-bit MLC NVMe SSDs for client PCs and features upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite technology and the all-new, enhanced Phoenix controller. Using the tiny M.2 2280 form factor, the new Samsung drive is targeted specifically prosumers, gamers and media professionals who require reliable performance under high workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 970 PRO Review

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the third generation of its popular M.2 NVMe SSDs. Again releasing a high-performing 970 PRO and a higher capacity 970 EVO. As with previous versions, the 970 is pushing performance levels even higher with quote speeds of 3.5GB/s read, 2.7GB/s write, and up to 500K IOPS in both read and write. This level of performance is ideal for prosumers and tech enthusiasts as well as those that work with 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (SanDisk Extreme Pro) Review

Recently Western Digital released a new high performance PCIe NVMe SSD with the second generation WD Black. Being a “Black” drive it is intended for general, higher-end PC use. The drive come in a M.2 2280 form factor making it ideal for notebooks and ultrabooks. With the advancements in speed and capacity, the drive is made with gaming, video editing, and VR in mind. A parallel offering from the SanDisk brand in the Extreme Pro family is also available and is essentially the same drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Surveillance & Video HDDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced that it would be expanding its consumer HDD line up with new surveillance and video streaming drives, the S300 and V300. The S300 comes in capacities up to 10TB and offers support for up to 64 HD camera streams, making it an ideal choice for surveillance. For home streaming, the V300 comes with capacities up to 3TB and is also well suited for video recording.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Digital Now shipping UV500 SSDs

Kingston Digital is now shipping their UV500 line of SSD products, which is available in three different form factors (2.5″, M.2 2280, mSATA) to accommodate a wide range of client systems. UV500 is also the company’s first 3D NAND-enabled SSD with full-disk encryption. Featuring Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller and 3D NAND Flash, the UV500 is quoted to deliver read and write speeds up to 520MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Unveils 5th Gen ZBook Mobile Workstations

Today HP Inc. announced a new range of fifth-generation HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. These new workstations are all designed with the creative and technical professional in mind. The new line up features what the company is calling the world’s most powerful convertible PC, HP ZBook Studio x360 G5, and the world’s most powerful mobile workstation, the HP Z Book 17 G5.

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Black 3D High-Performance NVMe SSD Announced

WD has announced the Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD, a high-performing drive that features the company’s own SSD architecture and in-house controller. The drive is designed to accelerate data performance for PC applications including high-resolution video, audio, and gaming content.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston A1000 M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Kingston A1000 is a high-performance, budget NVMe SSD that uses the standard M.2 2280 form factor with a PCIe Gen3 x2 interface. While there are higher-performance options available now such as the KC1000, which was the company’s first dabble in the PCIe NVMe market, the A1000 is more in line with Kingston's usual budget-friendly, price per performance storage products. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Unveils Workstations For Machine Learning

Today HP unveiled new workstations specifically built around machine learning (ML). The new ML platforms leverage the power of HP’s Z Workstations, including graphics technology and software tools, and uses them to optimize workflows in ML. Included in this announcement is the HP Z8, what it is referring to as the world’s most powerful workstation for ML development (based on power and hardware specs).

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