by Lyle Smith

Dell Mid-Range Monitor Review: P2219H, P2319H, P2419H and P2719H

Dell has recently updated their mid-range lineup of monitors: P2219H (21.5-inch), P2319H (23.0-inch), P2419H (23.8-inch) and P2719H (27.0-inch). We will be looking at these new Dell  displays in one sweeping review as there's virtually no difference between each model from this updated line, except for the display size, which is indicated in the first two numbers of their product name.

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by Adam Armstrong

HyperX Announces Gaming microSD Cards

Today HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, announced new gaming microSD cards. The cards come in capacities of 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The new cards provide the capacity and speed needed for mobile gamers as well as those that enjoy the Nintendo Switch.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Releases Two New ThinkPads

Today Lenovo expanded its ThinkPad line with the release of two new models, the ThinkPad P1 and the ThinkPad P72. The P1 will be Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest mobile workstation to date, and still packing a 15.6” 4K screen. The P72 is a 17” mobile workstation with up to 6TB of storage offered.

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by Adam Armstrong

AMD Announces Radeon Pro WX 8200

Today at SIGGRAPH, AMD announced that it was expanding its powerful workstation, Radeon Pro WX, line with a new addition, the WX 8200. The WX 8200 is billed as the most powerful workstation GPU under a thousand dollars. The company is also announcing major updates to its Radeon ProRender technology.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 660p Series Review

Released today, the Intel SSD 660p Series is the company's first client SSD to ship with 64-layer QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND. What this means to the end user is a less expensive SSD that has a reasonable performance profile. As will be true for most QLC SSD launches, the conversation is going to be about finally having an SSD that can replace HDDs both in terms of price and capacity. The 660p for its part is positioned as an NVMe SSD in a single-sided m.2 form factor that will accelerate the demise of HDDs and value-based SATA SSDs in client computing. The 660p is part of the larger Intel portfolio play that include faster drives based on TLC and Optane that hit mainstream and performance use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Announces 4TB QLC SSDs For Consumers

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced that it is mass-producing a 4-bit or quad-level cell (QLC) SATA SSD for consumers. The company states that this will result in a 4TB SATA SSD for the consumers market, an industry’s first using QLC. 

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SX8200 SSD Review (480GB)

ADATA is calling the XPG SX8200 its fastest consumer SSD to date. The new drive is an M.2 form factor that leverages the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface (NVMe 1.3 supported) as well as second generation 64-Layer 3D NAND. ADATA gives quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s sequential read, 1.7GB/s sequential write, and for random performance the drive is able to hit up to 310K IOPS read and 280K IOPS write. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB Review

The Samsung 970 Pro 1TB is the largest capacity model of the company's newest high-performing consumer M.2 NVMe SSD line. We previously reviewed the 512GB version, and though it had a strong showing, we were expecting it to be a bit faster. To show best-case performance we've wrapped up testing of the larger 1TB model, which as you will soon find out impressed us even more.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7530 Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7530 is a high-end mobile workstation designed to excel during graphic or data-heavy applications. To emphasize its capabilities, Dell boldly claims that it is the world’s most powerful and first "Ready for VR" 15-inch mobile workstation to hit the market. That said, users can certainly outfit the 7530 with some pretty impressive builds, which is highlighted by 8th Gen Intel Core and Xeon 6-core processor options and Radeon Pro and NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs. The mobile workstation also supports up to a whopping 128GB of 3200MHz SuperSpeed memory with a maximum storage capacity of an impressive 6TB via up to three 2TB PCIe Solid SSDs or 2x and 1x 2.5” HDDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba XG6 96-layer 3D TLC Client SSD Announced

Toshiba has announced the XG6, the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory. The XG6 fits right in the middle of Toshiba’s client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe entry, replacing the impressive XG5, targeted towards client PCs, high-performance mobile device, gaming segments and embedded use cases. The XG6 is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage. Toshiba indicates their new SSD boasts an increase of roughly 40% per unit chip size compared to the 64-later 3D flash memory.

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