Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB Review

Released earlier this year, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus line is the latest NVMe SSD portfolio from the company. The 970 EVO Plus line comes in M.2 2280 form factor and is aimed at IT professionals, pro gamers, creative professionals, and general tech enthusiasts. Not part of the initial release, Samsung has now rolled out a 2TB capacity of the drive. The new version doubles the initial 1TB capacity and brings a few performance bumps with reported speeds of 3.5GB/s read 3.3GB/s write sequentially, and random (QD32) of 620K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write, with random (QD1) of 19K IOPS read and 62K IOPS write. 

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by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC Kit NUC7CJYS Review

The system in this review is an Intel NUC7CJYS which is a low-priced, small form factor kit computer.  It is considered a kit as it only comes with a limited amount of storage and RAM. We used the 7CJYS in an article that we wrote about building your own VDI client but thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of the capabilities of this system.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron c200 microSDXC Card Review

The Micron c200 microSDXC UHS-I card is dubbed the world’s highest-capacity microSD card at an impressive 1TB (though that makes it tie between other cards like the 1TB SanDisk Extreme). With Micron’s 96-layer, quad-level cell (QLC) 3D NAND and a UHS Speed Class 3 and Video Speed Class 30 ratings, the c200 is designed for 4K HDR video capture/playback use cases inside cameras and high-end tablets and Android mobile phones.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology DiskStation DS419slim NAS Review

The Synology DS419slim is an ultra-compact 4-bay NAS that comes equipped with dual USB 3.0 ports (one on the back and one on the front), 2x 1GbE RJ-45 ports and supports 2.5-inch drives. Powered by a Marvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core 1.33GHz processor, this cube-shaped NAS is quoted to deliver over 220MB/s read and 94MB/s write in a dual Gigabit Link Aggregation environment. The DS419slim fits nicely in the home user demographic, especially those looking to create their own cloud solution or 24-hour backup device.

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by Tom Fenton

Intel NUC 8 Mainstream Kit (NUC8i7BEH) Review

We recently had the opportunity to review an Intel NUC7CJYS; a low priced NUC. We were impressed with the value that it delivered and thought it would be interesting to see how much power Intel packs into a mid-tier NUC systems, in this case the NUC8i7BEH (Bean Canyon). Intel NUC systems are used by enthusiast that want to build a home lab that take up a minimal amount of space, custom builders that configure them for a specific purpose such as entertainment systems, home users that are looking for a quiet, small computer, and others that want a system that take up a minimal amount of space. 

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is a consumer drive for users looking to leverage the NVMe interface inside their ultra-thin laptops, workstations, and desktop PCs, though it’s also available in a 2.5 SATA model. First revealed during CES 2019 in January, the BarraCuda 510 features 3D cTLC NAND and capacities up to 512GB. The new Seagate drive also comes bundled with SeaTools SSD, which is the company’s free software that tests and analyzes their drives for health monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD Review

The Kingston KC2000 SSD is the company’s next generation M.2 NVMe drive that is geared toward power users. The drive leverages 96-layer, 3D TLC NAND and the latest Gen 3.0 x 4 controller to deliver quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s read and 2.2GB/s write. With the drive’s performance and endurance, Kingston states it would be a good fit for desktops, workstation, and high-performance computing systems. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Card Review

Announced in February of this year, the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UGH-I microSDXC card is one of the world’s first 1TB microSD cards, and is quoted to be the fastest. This card is designed to address a number of issues, such as capturing and storing large files while out in the field, successfully removing the need to carry and swap multiple cards due to small capacity limitations.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review

Announced at CES this year, Intel Optane Memory H10 is the marriage of two technologies that brings Optane performance in a higher capacity SSD, without the higher associated costs. Intel Optane flash and Intel QLC 3D NAND are combined on a single M.2 2280 form factor in a hybrid storage configuration. Optane brings the performance for end user workloads, while QLC brings affordable capacity. 

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by Lyle Smith

PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 Review

The PNY Elite-X USB 3.1 Gen 1 is the company’s newest portable flash line that is available in a wide range of capacities. As its name indicates, it uses a USB 3.1 interface, supports both Windows and OSX and is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections.

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