Consumer Reviews
by Adam Armstrong

Kingston Canvas Select SD & microSD Card Review

Earlier this year, Kingston released its new series of both SD and microSD cards with its Canvas Series. The new series covers three different cards for three different use cases and therefore performances. For this review we will be looking at the lower end of the spectrum, in terms of performance, with the Canvas Select. 

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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 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 Lyle Smith

Intel Optane SSD 900P Series Review

The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series is a high-endurance NVMe SSD designed for the storage-demanding workloads in client systems. The series comes in PCIe and 2.5” form factors and has a range of different use cases such as engineering workloads, media creation (specifically game development), and gaming. Though the 900P has been available for quite some time, we have been working on a new CGI-rendering benchmark to properly illustrate Optane's performance profile. That test is fully online now; the results were worth the wait.

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by Ed Hardy

Seagate DJI Fly Drive Review

Data growth and backup of footage is front of mind for every professional drone camera operator during a production setting. That’s why Seagate partnered with drone-maker DJI to create a 2TB drive designed specifically for this application. The DJI Fly Drive combines a 2TB external hard drive with a microSD card reader (card of choice for many drones) to make it a seemless process for prosumers and professionals alike to move footage off the drone after each use.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Optane 800P NVMe SSD Review

The Optane 800P is Intel’s latest storage product for end users. This new M.2 NVMe SSD is equipped with 3D XPoint memory and storage controllers and is designed for fast application loading, RAID configurations, and fast boot for mobile and desktop platforms. In this new SSD release, Intel has put its toe in the water with Optane Memory technology again, which is designed to accelerate slow storage and deliver faster responsiveness.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Precision 7820 Tower Workstation Review

The Dell Precision 7820 Tower (T7820) is a powerful workstation designed to handle data-intensive workloads, delivering dual-socket performance through Intel’s current gen Xeon processor Scalable Family (up to 28 cores per processor). Though it uses a fairly compact design, the T7820 is a fully customizable workstation that can be scaled as your needs grow. For example, the T7820 can be outfitted with a massive 384GB of 2666MHz memory and up to 24TB in storage capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 EVO SSD Review (1TB)

The Samsung 860 EVO 1TB is the mid-range capacity model of the company’s newest consumer SSD line, which was announced concurrently at CES 2018 with the Samsung 860 PRO. Like the previous generations of this immensely popular line, Samsung’s new 860 EVO SSDs are designed for general desktop use cases and those who won’t be going too far in queue depths.

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