by Lyle Smith

HP EliteDesk 705 Workstation Edition Announced

HP has unveiled the HP EliteDesk 705 Workstation Edition. Designed for power users, STEM Students, architects and engineers looking to upgrade to an accessible performance-driven workstation, the EliteDesk 705 is HP’s most affordable professional certified desktop to date. This workstation features up to an AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 2700X Eight-Core, 64 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SED Opal 2 TLC M.2 SSD, and professional graphics cards including the AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Graphics and NVIDIA Quadro P1000.

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by Lyle Smith

HyperX Gaming MicroSD Card Review

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology known for their affordable products (memory, headsets, and storage devices), have unleashed microSD cards catered directly to gaming use cases. The new line of  HyperX microSD cards are available in capacities 64GB, 128GB and 256GB and meet the UHS-I, CL10, Speed Class (U3), A1 performance requirements.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Fast SSD Review

The boldly-named Seagate Fast is company's latest portable SSD to hit the market. It features a unique design, the latest USB-C connectivity, and much faster transfer rates over tradition external hard disk drives as per the norm with SSD technology. The Fast allows users to sync their files via the bundled backup and folder mirroring software, which automatically monitors target folders for any new files, deletions or modifications so files will always be latest version. The Fast comes with a fully-reversible USB-C cable, eliminating the often-frustrating attempts to connect your USB device to your computer. 

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by Michael Rink

Seagate Releases 14TB Drives

Seagate Technology (NASDAQ: STX) released a wide range of new 14TB hard drives, enhancing the company’s enterprise and specialty drive portfolio. Releasing no less than five new drive designs at the same time, Seagate has given us a lot to talk about. The new designs are IronWolf and IronWolf Pro for network attached storage (NAS) applications; the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive; surveillance-targeted SkyHawk; and Exos X14 for data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review

Samsung introduced what it is calling the first NVMe based portable SSD, the Samsung Portable SSD X5. Leveraging both NVMe and Thunderbolt 3 technology, the X5 is all about max performance. Samsung quotes speeds as high as 2.8GB/s read and 2.3GB/s write (2.1GB/s for the 500GB model). All this quoted performance is housed in a small, portable footprint and runs in capacities as high as 2TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba XG6 SSD Review

The Toshiba XG6 is the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory, joining the company`s impressive mid-range client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe drive.  Announced back in July, the XG6 replaces the highly-impressive XG5, a drive we really liked that would work well inside client PCs, high-performance mobile devices, gaming segments and embedded applications. Though the XG6 is certainly built for these use cases as well, it is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage.

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by Marshall Gunnell

QNAP TS-332X 3-Bay 10GbE NAS Now Available

QNAP recently announced the worldwide availability of the second member of its multifaceted 3-bay NAS family, the TS-332X. The new NAS solution is simple in form yet provides a comprehensive array of features including SSD Caching and Auto Tiering and comes equipped with 10GbE SFP+ port and three M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD slots, making it a seamlessly integrable device for the startup and SMB environments.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 5530 Review

The Precision 5530 is the successor to Dell's sleek, stylish and powerful Precision 5520 mobile workstation, claiming an even lighter and thinner design. The new Dell workstation has also been upgraded with impressive component options, including support for both Intel Core and the Xeon 6-core processors, the latter which will certainly add a ton of potential in the performance category. The 5530 also offers Thunderbolt type-C and HDMI 2.0 connectivity, Quadro professional graphics, and memory and storage options, making it a viable mobile workstation for a range of different applications. If you have the budget, the Precision 5530 can be outfitted to compete against most mid-to-high-end workstations on the market.

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by Michael Rink

HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation Review

The HP Z2 Tower G4 workstation is the next generation up from the Z240. HP is targeting the Z2 at entry and mid-range creators needs in AEC/Product Dev (e.g., CAD), Higher Education (e.g., Engineering labs), as well as Media and Entertainment (e.g., Maya). It is 13% smaller but with options for graphics packages providing 60% more power than the Z240.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung USB 3.1 BAR Plus Review (256GB)

Samsung has updated its BAR USB drive with a modern design, more color options and much more capacity. The drive is now for USB 3.1 and comes with more performance, including up to 300MB/s in read speeds. The drive comes in a range of capacities with the top going up to 256GB, the previous BAR we tested topped out at 64GB. 

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