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...

SanDisk Extreme II Review (480GB, 240GB, 120GB)

A few weeks ago I mentioned on twitter that I had a new favorite SSD. This is that SSD, and surprisingly enough, it’s made by SanDisk. The SanDisk part is...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2013

Western Digital Launches RX4100 Rackmount SMB Storage Server

Western Digital's Windows Storage Server based DX4000 has been very well received by SMBs. However, its desktop form factor restricted the target market. After listening to feedback from customers...

3 by Ganesh T S on 5/30/2013

Synology Launches DS1813+ Quad-GbE 8-bay NAS

A few weeks back, we had the launch of the DS1513+ 5-bay NAS from Synology. Today, we have the follow-up product in the 8-bay DS1813+. Similar to the DS1513+...

16 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2013

Synology Launches DS1513+ Quad-GbE 5-bay NAS

In the desktop form factor NAS space, it is quite difficult to find units with more than two network ports and / or PCIe expansion slots. These features are...

6 by Ganesh T S on 5/14/2013

Western Digital and SanDisk Announce Partnership to Produce Hybrid Drives

Yesterday Western Digital and SanDisk announced their collaboration for hybrid hard drives (or SSHDs as they are now called). The idea behind the move is that SanDisk will supply...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 5/9/2013

The Seagate 600 & 600 Pro SSD Review

If you had asked me back in 2008 who I thought would be leading the SSD industry in 2013 I would’ve said Intel, Western Digital and Seagate. Intel because...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/7/2013

Seagate 1200 SSD: Custom Seagate SAS Controller, X8 PCIe SSD Also Announced

Alongside the Seagate 600 and 600 Pro SATA SSDs, Seagate is also announcing its 1200 SSD aimed squarely at the enterprise market. While the 600/600 Pro use Link A...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/7/2013

Synology's DS213j Targets Budget-Conscious Home NAS Market

Synology is one of the few NAS vendors to successfully pull through multiple units in our labs without any showstopper failures. The quality and breadth of the feature set...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2013

QNAP Lauches Marvell-based TS-x20 / x21 Series with Revamped QTS 4.0 OS

QNAP's entry level NAS models received an upgrade recently with the launch of the TS-x20 and TS-x21 series. Both of therm are based on Marvell CPUs (and the lack...

8 by Ganesh T S on 5/2/2013

Micron P420m Announced: MLC PCIe SSD

Nearly two years ago Micron announced its first native PCIe SSD: the P320h. We finally got to review it over a year later. In the time between announcement and...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/2/2013

Kingston SSDNow V300 (120GB & 240GB) Review

Update: Kingston is now using slower Micron NAND in the V300 so you may want to think twice before buying this drive since the results in this review are...

41 by Kristian Vättö on 4/30/2013

QNAP's TS-EC1279U-RP 12-bay Flagship Rackmount NAS Review

Our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems till now. These units have enough performance for a moderately sized workgroup and lack some of the...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2013

Plextor M5M (256GB) mSATA Review

Plextor has been increasing their presence in the SSD market month by month. It's not a coincidence, we have been very pleased with all Plextor's drives that we have...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 4/17/2013

Plextor M5 Pro (128GB) SSD Giveaway

Plextor has been making a name for itself in the SSD space lately with its M-series of drives. The M3 and M5 lines are well received and remarkably competitive...

1842 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/15/2013

Hardware Accelerated BitLocker Encryption: Microsoft Windows 8 eDrive Investigated with Crucial M500

Most modern SSDs come with some form of hardware encryption. On these drives with hardware encryption, it’s usually permanently turned on - all data written to the NAND is...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2013

Intel Confirms Falcon Ridge Production in 2013, Ramp in 2014

Yesterday Intel announced its updated Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt controllers (adding 4K/DP1.2 support, lower power operation and slightly lower BOM cost) as well as next year's Falcon Ridge family of...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

The Crucial/Micron M500 Review (960GB, 480GB, 240GB, 120GB)

This is probably the most excited I've been about any SSD launch in quite a while. At CES this year, Crucial announced its M500 SSD - the world's first...

107 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5" & mSATA (240GB) Review

When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 4/3/2013

QNAP Launches Marvell-based 4-bay Rackmount NAS Units

Rackmount NAS units introduced in recent days have been mostly based on the powerful Intel processors, but there is a market demand amongst small workgroups and SMBs for low...

7 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2013

ReadyNAS 100, 300 and 500 Series Reboots Netgear's SMB NAS Lineup

Netgear got into the SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market with the purchase of Infrant Technologies in May 2007. The first generation ReadyNAS NV products were based on...

20 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2013

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