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...

High Density Storage Technologies; Pixie Dust and Perpendicular Recording

With current hard disk capacities inching toward their ceiling, R&D teams from the big name manufacturers have come up with a new technologies to write data to the platter...

13 by Purav Sanghani & Kristopher Kubicki on 7/19/2005

Summer 2005 16x DVDR Roundup

The new generation of 16x DVDR drives are here, now with -R DL write capabilities and updated DVD+/-RW write capabilities. Take a look at how 6 drives perform.

54 by Purav Sanghani on 7/12/2005

SATA II to the Power of 3.0Gb/sec: Three Drives Reviewed

The SATA International Organization's 3.0Gbps updates finally show up in retail drives; see how they perform in our benchmark filled review of offerings from Hitachi, Samsung, and Western Digital.

52 by Purav Sanghani on 6/25/2005

What's in a name? SATA II Misconceptions

Should you be worried that your next SATA hard drive might not feature the data rates or features you had anticipated? The SATA Organization attempts to clairify some...

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/20/2005

Seagate Barracuda 7200.8: 400GBs with NCQ

Seagate brings on its 400GB 7200.8 Barracuda mammoth with Native Command Queuing a year after Hitachi's 7K400 and Maxtor's MaXLine III with NCQ. Take a look at how the...

44 by Purav Sanghani on 4/20/2005

Sony DRU-720A: Speed Increases All Around

Since our eight-way 16x roundup, almost all of the manufacturers have updated their units to burn -R and +/-RW media at twice the speeds of their predecessors. We'll take...

18 by Purav Sanghani on 3/6/2005

Fall 2004 DVDR Roundup: Dual Layer and 16X DVD+R

We took the 8 fastest and most capable burners and put them head to head in our Fall 2004 DVD recordable roundup.

65 by Anand Shimpi & Virginia Lee on 11/1/2004

BenQ DW1620: An Elegant, Robust DVDR Surprise

Even though we have an extremely thorough DVDR roundup to publish in the next few weeks, we couldn't help but show off some of our thoughts about BenQ's cheap...

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 9/29/2004

Pioneer DVR-108D - Crowning a new Champion

The much awaited eighth generation Pioneer burner makes a splash and certainly impresses us at under $100.

36 by Kristopher Kubicki on 8/31/2004

Sony DRU-540A: Sony's Answer to the 12x Call

With DVD write speeds increasing Sony tries to keep up by introducing its own 12x DVD burner.

15 by Purav Sanghani on 8/14/2004

MSI DR12-A Preview: Still pushing for 12X DVDR

12X DVDR beckons closer with less pricey models than Plextor and LG's offerings, but can they compete with the quality of already available burners?

6 by Kristopher Kubicki on 7/17/2004

Hitachi Brings 400GB to Desktops with the Deskstar 7K400

What will $450 get you? About 400GB worth of storage, thanks to Hitachi's new Deskstar.

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/10/2004

Western Digital's Raptors in RAID-0: Are two drives better than one?

With software RAID "free" on motherboards today, users are often buying two drives for use in RAID-0 arrays to improve performance. But is performance really improved?

126 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/1/2004

Maxtor's MaXLine III 250GB: Bringing 16MB Buffers and NCQ to Hard Drives

Maxtor's newest drive not only doubles the buffer size of its closest competitor to 16MB, but it also enables Native Command Queuing to make it one of the fastest...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2004

LG GSA-4120B: High Speed Multi-format Champion

Considering DVD-RAM, but can't bear to ditch DVD-R or DVD+R? Look no farther as LG attempts to bridge the gap between all formats including DVD+R9.

17 by Kristopher Kubicki on 6/17/2004

Q2 2004 Desktop Hard Drive Comparison: WD Raptor vs the World

We're finally ready to bring back hard drive reviews, and for good this time. Read on to see what our new test suite is like and how the latest...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2004

Exclusive: Plextor 712A, First 12X DVD+R to Retail

Plextor floored us with the first retail 8X DVD+R recorder six months ago. Today, we see if they can do it again with the first retail 12X DVD+R...

11 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/14/2004

Exclusive: Sony DRU-700A Dual Layer Recorder

Here it is, the first look at a soon-to-be popular first DVD+R Dual Layer drive! DVDR-9 is here, but is it worth the premium?

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 5/5/2004

Spring 2004 DVD Performance Roundup: More DVD Dual 8X

We tested half a dozen DVD burners to determine which burner is, in fact, the best drive before DVD DL hits the market.

24 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/28/2004

ASUS DRW-0804P: Another 8X Dual Contender

ASUS' DRW-0804P is another revision on today's most popular DVD recorder.

8 by Kristopher Kubicki on 4/20/2004

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