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If you’ve been following along with all of the new Intel platforms this year like Z370 and X299, you’ve probably heard buzzwords about support for Intel Optane Memory Technology, but what does that mean exactly? It means a lot of big words layered over some existing technologies and married with a little bit of new Intel magic. In English? Well, it means you can skip the big, expensive new NVMe drive, and use a slower but much larger hard drive or solid state drive you already have, and let Intel Optane make it much faster and more responsive.
Sometime back Crucial came out with a new BX300 lineup of drives and while TLC (Triple Level Cell) has been raging through the market Crucial holds the line with the BX300 lineup and moved back to MLC (Multi-Level Cell) a more durable more expensive type of flash. Not only did they return to MLC for the BX300 they chose 3D Flash! Most techies know TLC flash stores 3 Bits of information per cell making it less expensive but each cell is used more so it has a shorter lifespan than MLC which stores 2 Bits of Information per cell and is a little more expensive than TLC. Now SLC is Single Level Cell and stores 1 Bit of information per cell and is mostly reserved for Enterprise class drives hence so expensive you have to sell the family cow to afford it.
The Toshiba OCZ TR200 480GB TLC is a BiCS flash DRAMless SSD and it’s the first DRAMless SSD to cross the test bench here at the lab. While the box says Toshiba OCZ TR200 Toshiba says OCZ no longer exists as a standalone brand and moving forward their SSD’s will be sold under the Toshiba name but that OCZ will be a subcategory of Toshiba products. Toshiba goes on to say that their SSD’s will still maintain the OCZ essence and target enthusiasts and gamers. Let’s face it we saw OCZ floundering and if it weren’t for the acquisition by Toshiba the brand would be extinct. We still have a set of OCZ Reapers around the Lab you would have to pry from our cold dead hands but Toshiba is doing a good job of carrying the flag forward and in a lot of ways improving on what we came to expect from OCZ.
Kingston has had a wide variety of storage devices but until now they haven’t ventured into the NVME market. With the Kingston KC1000 M.2 2280 480GB NVMe MLC Internal Solid State Drive that has changed and Kingston has dipped their proverbial storage foot into the NVME arena. We’ve seen PCIe SATA, and M.2 devices from Kingston and many of them were impressive like the Kingston Savage PCIe they released a couple of years ago.
While BIOSTAR is known for motherboards, they too now have SSDs to offer and their newest offerings is the G330 SSD Series which we will be looking at today. The BIOSTAR G330 SSD uses the standard 2.5-inch form factor and packs a SMI 2258 controller and SK Hynix DRAM cache. Let us see how well will the BIOSTAR G330 do in our tests using Intel’s latest HEDT offerings.
The evolution of portable media and digital content has driven the creativity of storage solutions over the past several years. Users want access to their ever growing collections of music, videos, photos and other content on the go. This has spurred storage solutions to keep pace in the frenzied race for the best solutions tailored to the average user, with the intent of making life easier and simpler for everyone. NOONTECH has created several storage solutions, of which their TerraMaster D2-310 will be explored today.
Kingston has been actively expanding their offerings of USB Flash Drives since UBS 3.1 became a standard. Today we will be a taking a look at one of these new flash drives, the DataTraveler 50. It features an extremely small silver aluminum body colored accents that vary by capacity. Capacities range from 8GB up to 128 GB, with the 8GB and 16GB drives rated at 30MB/s read and 5MB/s write. The 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB rated at a much higher 110MB/s read and 15MB/s write.