by Lyle Smith

HP ZBook 15u G5 Review

HP has released the ZBook 15u G5, the 5th generation of their popular mobile workstation line. Announced back in April of this year, HP describes the 15u G5 as an entry-level, performance-driven workstation that is ideal for professionals on the go, which is pretty much in line with other 15u models we looked at over the past few years (we found that they are generally solid mobile rigs that offer a good bang for their lower price tag). The new 15u is highlighted by an optional 4K, touch display, quad core Intel Core processors and 3D professional graphics, all packed inside a thin mobile workstation.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Refreshes Its Z Family Of Entry-Level Workstations

Today HP Inc. unveiled what it is calling the world’s most powerful entry workstations, with its updated HP Z Workstation lineup. These new entry workstations are aimed at product designers, architects, creative professionals, OEMs, educators, and financial workers. HP states that the new workstations will provide enhanced productivity and performance while being cost-effective and secure. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Review

Last week Seagate Technologies announced their latest SSD, simple named BarraCuda SSD. The naming follows in line with the rest of the company’s Guardian Series of drives and naming scheme. The BarraCuda SSD will serve as a drop in HDD SATA replacement that, due to the change in faster technology, will boost PC and laptop performance.

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by Michael Rink

Samsung Announces First 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

Samsung are the first to announce that they have successfully developed a 10-nanometer class (process node between 10 and 20 nanometers). This announcement is not only ahead of Samsung’s competitors, but also ahead of the finalization of the specifications for DDR5 & LPDDR5. JEDEC, the standards group for the microelectronics industry, is still forecasting the release of the full DDR5 standardsfor later this year. Samsung similarly made their announcement for their LPDDR4 chips ahead of the associated standards in 2014. Since then, they tell us, they have been setting the stage to transition to the LPDDR5 standard for use in upcoming 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered mobile applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo Unveils New ThinkStation P330 Desktop Workstations

Lenovo has just launched the ThinkStation P330 series, a new line of entry-level workstations that focus on optimal performance and feature a compact design. Available in tower, small form factor (SFF), and “Tiny” models, this new family is highlighted by an 8th Gen Intel Xeon E and Core processors, high-end professional graphics cards like the NVIDIA Quadro P620 GPU (as well as dual graphics support), and M.2 NVMe storage directly on the motherboard.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP TVS-951X 9-Bay Hybrid NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has added another high-capacity, compact 9-bay NAS with the multimedia-centric TVS-951X NAS. Highlighted by a 7th-generation Intel Kaby Lake processor and its affordability, the 951X can be used as private cloud solution due to its storage capabilities and 10GbE high-speed connectivity. Moreover, its 10GbE connectivity, multimedia transcoding/streaming, and 4K HDMI output makes for highly-efficient, feature-rich, and high-performing NAS solution.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Announced

Seagate has announced the newest addition to their BarraCuda portfolio, simply dubbed the BarraCuda SSD. Designed for speed, reliability and versatility, this affordable 2.5” form factor SATA 6GB/s drive is built for everyday computer use and for those looking to upgrade their system to solid-state technology.

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by Lyle Smith

PCI-SIG and the SD Association Partner to Develop SD Express Memory

PCI-SIG and the SD Association have announced a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the new SD Express memory card as a component in the PCIe ecosystem. SD Express technology is equipped with both an SD legacy protocol and a PCIe interface, claiming transfers rates of up to 985MB/s. It is also backward compatible with existing SD hosts in the market.

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by Lyle Smith

Facebook Announces a Significant Storage Overhaul of Their Messenger App

Facebook has announced a huge overhaul to their Messenger application (which over a billion people currently use) with a range of improvements, including a modernization of their storage service to make it faster and more efficient. This update will also make it much easier to upgrade the app with new features.

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by Kevin OBrien

Samsung PRO Endurance Card Review (128GB)

Last month Samsung launched the PRO Endurance line of memory cards, specifically designed for intensive video recording use cases. Offered in capacities up to 128GB, the microSDHC/microSDXC cards deliver what Samsung states is the industry-best for continuous video recording. The 128GB card delivers 43,800 hours while the 64GB card offers up to 26,280 hours and 32GB card offers up to 17,520 hours. The cards offer read speeds of 100MB/s, but in this case the writes are more important. The PRO Endurance cards support 30MB/s writes, meaning the cards can ingest full HD (1920×1080) streams with 4K support, which requires 26 Mbps. 

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