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...

Western Digital Launches My Cloud Consumer NAS Platform

The network attached storage market is growing by leaps and bounds. While the SMB (small and medium business) / enterprise market is driven by speed, IOPS and concurrent access...

27 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2013

Corsair Force LS (240GB) Review

Like many manufacturers without a NAND fab or controller technology, Corsair's SSD portfolio has focused a lot on SandForce based SSDs, but lately Corsair has been exploring other options...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 9/25/2013

SanDisk Announces Optimized iNAND Extreme eMMC for Bay Trail

We've started looking more closely at the embedded storage used in smartphones and tablets, and have mostly come away disappointed. Thankfully there appears to be some progress being made...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/19/2013

Hardware Tricks: How to Not Fix a Crashed Hard Drive

Earlier this year, I posted a short story and video of my attempt at – and success – repairing a Gateway notebook that was suffering a Code 43 GPU...

60 by Jarred Walton on 9/13/2013

Intel's SSD Pro 1500: SF-2281 with vPro Support, Aimed at OEMs/SIs

IDF 2013 is almost upon us, and Intel's NSG (NAND Solutions Group) is kicking off the pre-show with a new SSD announcement. The drive in question? Intel's SSD Pro...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Seagate's Ultra Mobile HDD: Putting HDDs in Android Tablets

In a move I honestly never thought would happen, Seagate is announcing today plans to brings its 5mm 2.5" Laptop Ultrathin HDD to Android tablets. The drive will come...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Seagate to Ship 5TB HDD in 2014 using Shingled Magnetic Recording

It's not just planar NAND that's running into physical limits lately. According to Seagate, its latest 1TB platter 3.5" drives have shrunk read/write heads as small as they can...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Samsung’s V-NAND: Hitting the Reset Button on NAND Scaling

SSD pricing has come down tremendously since Intel’s X25-M hit the scene in 2008. Back then we were talking about 80GB for around $600, while today Micron and Samsung...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2013

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Review: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB & 1TB Models Tested

I'm continually amazed by Samsung's rise to power in the SSD space. If you compare their market dominating products today to what we were reviewing from Samsung just a...

131 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2013

OCZ Announces ZD-XL PCIe SQL Accelerator SSD Solution

About a year and a half ago OCZ announced the acquisition of Sanrad, an enterprise storage solutions company with experience in flash caching. Today we see some of the...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2013

Micron Announces 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND, SSDs in 2014

Earlier today Micron announced its first 16nm MLC NAND device. The 128Gbit device is architecturally identical to the current 20nm/128Gbit 2-bit-per-cell MLC device that's shipping today but smaller. That...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2013

Addonics Secure NAS R5 - A NAS / DAS Combo for the Security-Conscious

The number of readers requesting for encryption benchmarks after reading our NAS reviews has shown an uptick in the recent past. For consumers paranoid about security, Addonics is launching...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/29/2013

Strontium Hawk (240GB) Review

Strontium is probably a new acquaintance for many of our readers, but their story may be familiar. Founded in 2002 in Singapore, Strontium is one of the many memory...

28 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2013

Western Digital Acquires STEC

Western Digital just announced that they've entered into an agreement to acquire STEC for approximately $340 million in cash. Technically STEC will be acquired by HGST (Hitachi Global Storage...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/24/2013

Synology DS1812+ 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS Review

Synology recently refreshed their 8-bay SMB / SOHO NAS lineup with the DS1813+. Based on the same platform as the DS1812+ (Atom D2700), it added two extra network ports...

93 by Ganesh T S on 6/13/2013

Intel SSD DC S3500 Review (480GB): Part 1

We always knew that Intel would build a standard MLC version of its flagship S3700 enterprise SSD, and today we have that drive: the Intel SSD DC S3500.

54 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2013

Seagate Introduces NAS HDD: WD Red Gets a Competitor

Consumers looking to fill their SOHO / consumer NAS units with hard drives haven't had too many choices. Western Digital recognized early on that the dwindling HDD sales in...

46 by Ganesh T S on 6/11/2013

2013 MacBook Air: PCIe SSD and Haswell ULT Inside

This morning Apple updated its MacBook Air to Intel's Haswell ULT silicon. The chassis itself didn't get any updates, nor did the displays. Both the 11 and 13 inch...

175 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Intel's Thunderbolt 2: Everything You Need to Know

At Computex, Intel officially branded its next-generation Thunderbolt as Thunderbolt 2. As a recap, current Ivy Bridge platforms use Cactus Ridge Thunderbolt controllers while newly launched Haswell platforms use...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/9/2013

QNAP Launches TS-x70 Pro Series with Core i3-3220

QNAP had a number of interesting announcements at Computex, and one that grabbed my attention right away was the new TS-x70 Pro series. Available in 4-bay, 6-bay and 8-bay...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/7/2013

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