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NVMe, otherwise known as Non-Volatile Memory Express is a newer storage inteface that allows PCIe to interface with Non-Volatile Memory.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, January 20, 2020 - 8:00am

If you are familiar with Orico, you’ll probably think of their seemingly limitless selection of drive accessories. From docks to interface adapters to multi-drive RAID enclosures, they have about everything you could possibly imagine covered. Today we’ll be taking a look at a product that’s not an enclosure, but a fully-fledged portable SSD. Orico’s GV100 High-speed Portable NVMe SSD combines the ultra-portability and convenience of a flash drive, the space of a hard drive and the raw performance of an NVMe SSD. The USB Type-C interface is compatible with almost everything from laptops to phones to desktops and 4 capacities from 128GB to 1TB offer enough space for everything you need on the go. Let’s take a closer look!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, January 20, 2020 - 8:00am

Very little in the computer world has escaped the RGB craze the last few years and even something as small as the now humble M.2 drive couldn’t avoid it for long. While many M.2 drives are scattered around the motherboard where there is some free space, many motherboard manufacturers have settled on providing one slot it a clearly visible spot between the GPU and CPU. Viper Gaming has taken advantage of this with the new VPR100 RGB M.2 NVMe SSD. Featuring full-color zones of RGB lighting showing through an integrated heatsink, the VPR100 also provides maximum performance with more than 3300MB/s reads and 2900MB/s writes and capacities up to 2TB for even the largest game libraries.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, January 20, 2020 - 8:00am

One of the biggest issues with data is the constantly growing amount of it we need, and the need to have it with us. A byproduct of this is the need for speed. Those old USB 2.0 drives you had a few years ago are fine for a few documents, but transferring hundreds of gigabytes to or from them is something that takes seemingly eons in a time of instant data. Crucial gets around this problem by using the latest connectivity and internal architecture on its X8 series portable SSD. Capable of hitting transfer speeds of around 1GB a second, you don’t have to wait hours to take your large files along for the ride. It may even be faster than your internal storage! Taking advantage of USB’s faster 10gbps speeds and near-universal Type-C compatibility, the X8 can connect to anything and move data at the speed of you. Let’s take a little closer look and see how it does!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 8:00am
Kingston KC2000 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD

The world of SATA based SSD’s is slowly coming to a close with the raw speed and performance of PCIe based drives falling to near price parity. The benefit is radically increased bandwidth, up to about 6x the raw speed and some drives are so small they can slot right into your desktop motherboard or laptop with no need for pesky cables. Kingston’s latest KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD falls into this category in its M.2 2280 form-factor that brings 3200 MB/s reads and 2200 MB/s write speeds to capacities from 250GB to 2TB. Add in a 5-year warranty and you have the recipe for success, but does that translate to real-world performance? Let’s find out!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:00am
Silicon Power P34A80 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Silicon Power is no stranger to the world of flash memory and SSD’s, but today we’ll be taking a look at one of the first entries into the high-speed NVMe market segment. Featuring the latest Phison E12 controller, the P34A80 Drive can run at 3200MB/s read and 3000MB/s writes. Coming in 3 capacities from 256GB to 1TB, the P34A80 gives you both speed and capacity at an affordable price with zero compromises. Let’s check out how it performs!

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, April 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Intel’s 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point) has been one of the very few of the dozens of annual groundbreaking storage technologies to make it to retail, and the only one in recent memory to actually deliver on the hype. This technology arrived in the form of a 16GB or 32GB M.2 module called ‘Optane’ that could be used as a very high-speed cache for your existing SATA drive. While many enthusiasts argued that ‘high speed’ was a bit of a stretch when mistakenly compared to top end NAND drives that were easily clearing the 3GB/s mark on high-queue depth sequential transfers in synthetic tests, those that could see the difference between apples and oranges saw the more than order of magnitude increase Optane provides in low queue depth random I/O that more closely resembles daily real-world usage.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 8:00am
Intel SSD DC P4510 Series 2.0TB PCIe 2.5” Datacenter SSD

Intel has been making SSD’s for more than ten years now, but the average consumer is probably only familiar with them from the more recent Optane based drives. On the Enterprise side of the world, Intel is regarded as the defacto standard for reliability and performance. Some of this has spilled over into the prosumer world a few years back with the Intel 750 series drives. Today we’ll be looking at Intel’s SSD DC P4510 series drive. Designed for the rapidly growing and evolving cloud architecture, the P4510 series provides higher capacity, low latency and scalable performance for continued innovation.

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