The StorageReview.com review database offers in-depth analysis and comparison of the latest storage products. The latest HDD reviews (hard disk drive), SSD reviews (solid state drive), external storage reviews and related accessories are listed below.

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

Kingston DC500M Enterprise SSD Review

Released in March of this year, the Kingston Data Center DC500M is a SATA enterprise SSD that leverages the latest 3D TLC NAND. Kingston's new SSD implements the company’s strict QoS requirements to ensure predictable random I/O performance as well as predictable low latencies over a wide range of read and write workloads. Where the DC500R (R stands for read intensive) tended fall behind as write activity increased, the DC500M is built to excel in these types of workloads.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory NoSQL Performance Review

Earlier this year we posted Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory data in our review of the Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT platform. Supermicro was one of the first out of the gate with Intel persistent memory support and the dual-processor 2U system has done great work as a persistent memory test bed. Looking at Optane DC persistent memory speed in the traditional block storage way is instructive, but the real value of persistent memory is revealed by applications that can natively take advantage of this new medium, intelligently placing data in DRAM, persistent memory or onboard storage as the application needs. To better understand the performance profile of Optane DC persistent memory, we put the Supermicro server to work using a leading NoSQL platform, Aerospike.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD 3.84TB Review

The Seagate IronWolf SSD family was launched a few months ago near the end of April with the promise of improved reads and writes (and thus a longer life span) via the company’s Durawrite technology. We previously looked at the new IronWolf drive in a NAS environment with 8 samples of the 240GB SSDs in RAID 6. For this review, we are looking at a single 3.84TB capacity IronWolf 110 SSD within a server. As we mentioned in the previous review, the benefits of using SSDs in a NAS environment are significant if the cost, durability and capacity all match customer needs. 

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series Review

The Dell EMC PowerVault ME4 Series is a family of storage arrays designed to meet the needs of the entry storage market, which is generally thought of in the sub-$25K price band. However, the PowerVault ME4 Series is exceedingly flexible. The system can be deployed in an HDD configuration to meet the needs of the entry market or edge with starting pricing below $10K, or it can be configured in hybrid or as all-flash to meet more demanding needs of a growing business. Regardless of how it's deployed, the PowerVault ME4 provides organizations with an easy-to-deploy and manage storage solution that offers a depth of features that are common in enterprise storage products.

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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 Tom Fenton

Atrust mt188L Mobile VDI Client Review

The Atrust mt188L client is geared towards mobile virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users that need a laptop form factor VDI client. To give a brief overview of its specifications, the Atrust mt188L is a laptop format, thin client that has a 15.6” screen, with multiple USB and video ports, is powered by an Intel CPU that runs a bespoken Linux operating system. It has 700mAh, 64.98Wh battery. It supports all the major VDI environments.

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by Marshall Gunnell

Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD NAS Review

The Seagate IronWolf 110 SSD, though announced at CES back in January, only recently hit the market at the end of April. The IronWolf 110 SSD is an edition to Seagate’s enterprise-class drives, promising accelerated reads and writes through Seagate’s exclusive Durawrite technology, which also is said to extend the life of the flash. But let's not go too far into this without acknowledging the fact that Seagate has launched an SSD specific to the NAS use case, an industry first. If nothing else this gives more creedence, as if there wasn't enoungh prior, that the performance profile of flash is wanted in just about every use case possible, so long as cost, durability and capacity meet customer's needs. The last one is an interesting point. While HDDs have hit the 14TB water mark, SSDs are far too costly to go into NAS workloads at that capacity. What flash unlocks however, is the ability to enable deduplication, compression and erasure coding to net effective capacities of 4:1 or more, depending on workload. So the top capacity Ironwolf 110 SSD, could really come out at nearly 12TB effective in the right environment.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Acromove ServerPack 35 SP3B Review

The Server Pack 35 is Acromove’s portable server family. Unique to the Server Pack 35 compared to other portable servers is that it is a hyperconverged software-defined system (SDS) that packs the biggest punch into the smallest footprint. The combination of compute, storage, and networking gives users everything they need in one portable box that is designed to work in nearly any environment. Aside from physical environment flexibility, the server is also operating-system- / software-application- agnostic.

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