Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a system - displays, USB devices, external storage, PCI Express, and even graphics cards. The first version of Thunderbolt supported up to 10Gb/s bandwidth (uni-directional) for each port (double that of USB 3.0, but at a much higher implementation cost). Thunderbolt 2 doubled the bandwidth to 20 Gbps per port (bi-directional) by combining the four 10Gb/s channels into two 20Gb/s channels, thus enabling support for 4Kp60 raw video transfer (which may need up to 15 Gbps). Motherboards with Thunderbolt 2 certification started rolling out in the second half of 2013, but peripherals capable of taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 were quite rare. We were expecting a number of...

A Lesson in User Failure: Investigating the Serial ATA Connector

We learn about failure prevention when we break a SATA wafer connector

64 by Ryan Smith on 1/18/2008

Thermaltake Muse R-Duo: External RAID

Thermaltake sent us their Muse R-Duo for testing, and external enclosure supporting RAID 0/1, USB, and eSATA. We put the device through the performance wringer to see what it...

12 by Dave Robinet on 12/14/2007

MTRON MSP 7000 SSD - Raptors Beware

We take a quick first look at the new MTRON 7000 series and come away impressed, again.

48 by Gary Key on 12/3/2007

Seagate and Western Digital 1TB Drives: Improved and Green

Hitachi beat everyone to the 1TB drive level, but can these more recent offerings offer a compelling alternative? We'll find out, as Western Digital and Seagate target your green.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/26/2007

Ultra ULT40010: Keeping it Cool

We put Ultra's new HD cooler through the ringer and it barely breaks a sweat.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/2/2007

Transcend TS16GSSD34E: SSD ExpressCard for those on the Go...

We take a look at one of the first ExpressCards featuring SSD technology and will not be giving up our USB thumb drives, just yet.

11 by Dave Robinet on 10/25/2007

Transcend 16GB SSD

We put one of Transcend's latest SSD drives through the wringer and look at the benefits and drawbacks of this technology.

17 by Dave Robinet on 10/23/2007

ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: eSATA with a twist

ICY DOCK's 12 year quest to build market share continues. Do they have a hit with the MB664?

20 by Dave Robinet on 10/9/2007

RAID Primer: What's in a number?

In preparation for some upcoming RAID product reviews, we wanted to provide a brief introduction to the concept of RAID storage setups, what the various levels mean, and the...

41 by Dave Robinet on 9/7/2007

MTRON 32GB SSD: Better in a Notebook?

Our early look with a notebook platform and the MTRON 32GB SSD reveals this drive is faster than a speeding bullet. Well almost.

25 by Gary Key on 8/17/2007

MTRON SSD 32GB: Wile E. Coyote or Road Runner?

Our preview reveals one very fast SSD drive from MTRON, but how fast depends on whether you are using an Intel or NVIDIA chipset.

37 by Gary Key on 8/15/2007

Western Digital SE16 750GB: "Quiet" a Performer

With the prices of 750GB drives falling like a rock, they are finally becoming a realistic option for many buyers. How does Western Digital's offering stack up to the competition?

38 by Dave Robinet on 8/9/2007

Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP - SATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure on a Budget

We take a look at one of the more inexpensive SATA/USB 2.0 enclosures on the market that provides SATA functionality and USB portability.

8 by Gary Key on 7/15/2007

ICY DOCK MB559US-1SMB: eSATA Enclosure with Pizzazz

We take a look at ICY DOCK's newest external eSATA/USB 2.0 enclosure and wonder how to keep it clean in a lab full of dirty hands.

14 by Gary Key and Dave Robinet on 7/11/2007

Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB: Cool, Quiet, and Quick

Our first look at Samsung's latest SpinPoint T166 drive reveals a quick and affordable drive... oh yeah, did we mention it was quiet?

44 by Gary Key on 7/9/2007

Seagate 7200.10 500GB: Hitting the Sweet Spot

Our updated look at Seagate's mid-range Barracuda 7200.10 desktop series that proves you get performance close to what you pay for today.

20 by Gary Key and Dave Robinet on 7/6/2007

Super Talent SSD: 16GB of Solid State Goodness

We provide a first look at the Super Talent SSD16GB25/25M Flash Drive that is designed for the commercial and industrial markets.

45 by Gary Key on 5/7/2007

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000: Two Terabyte RAID Redux

We are back with a new test bed to provide an updated but brief review of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0.

28 by Gary Key on 4/23/2007

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0: Is Two Terabytes really better than One?

Armed with a retail unit we provide a quick second look at the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0 and wonder what all the fuss is about.

49 by Gary Key on 4/19/2007

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000: Terabyte Storage arrives on the Desktop

Our first look at Hitachi's new Deskstar 7K1000 desktop series featuring second generation perpendicular recording technology in a massive 1TB drive.

75 by Gary Key on 3/19/2007

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