Hardware Review Roundup: 1/26/21

Storage: Crucial P2 2TB M.2 NVMe @NikKTech, Samsung SSD 870 EVO @ HotHardware, Samsung 870 EVO @ TweakTown, TeamGroup CX2 1TB SATA3 SSD @ Guru3D, Patriot PXD 1TB Portable USB 3.2 External SSD @ [M]adShrimps, ADATA XPG Gammix S70 2TB M.2 NVMe @ TweakTown

Cases: Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW @ TweakTown,Lian Li O11 Dynamic Mini @ OCInside, SilverStone Fara R1 @ ThinkComputers, SilentiumPC Armis AR7X EVO TG ARGB @ NikKTech

Memory: GeIL Orion AMD Edition DDR4-3200 16GB @ TweakTown, Patriot Viper RGB 32GB DDR4-3600 MHz Kit @ ThinkComputers

Graphics: ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 OC Edition @ TweakTown, MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT GAMING X TRIO @ TweakTown

KBM: i-Rocks K71M @ NikKTech, Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse @ NikKTech, HyperX Pulsefire Haste Gaming Mouse @ TweakTown

Cooling: EK Water Blocks EK AIO 360 D-RGB AIO @ NikKTech, ARCTIC Freezer 50 @ TweakTown

Hardware Review Roundup: 1/15/21

Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 FTW3 Ultra @ Guru3D
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x16GB DDR4-2666 SODIMM @ [M]adShrimps
Storage: ADATA SE800 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSD @ NikKTech, Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers
Cases: Corsair 5000D @ Guru3D
Audio: EPOS Sennheiser GSX 300 Gaming Series @ NikKTech
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X63 RGB LCS @ Guru3D

Review Roundup: 1/5/21

Cases: DeepCool Macube 110 @ Modders Inc

Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB White DDR4-3200 32GB @ ThinkComputers, Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB 2666MHz 2x16GB CL18 SODIMM @ [M]adShrimps

Storage: TerraMaster F5-221 NAS @ Guru3D, WD Blue SN550 @ Hot Hardware, Silicon Power US70 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech, addlink S92 2TB QLC M.2 PCIe SSD @ TweakTown, WD My Passport SSD @ ThinkComputers

GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 NITRO+ @ Guru3D, MSI Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming X TRIO @ Guru3D, MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X @ Hot Hardware, ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 Ti TUF Gaming OC @ Hexus, EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming @ Hexus

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo V2 @ OCInside, DEEPCOOL AS500 @ TweakTown

Weekend Hardware Roundup: 12/21/20

Storage: Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 1TB M.2 NVME SSD @ TweakTown, Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe SSD @ ThinkComputers, Silicon Power US70 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 1TB SSD @ [M]adShrimps, Silicon Power Stream S06 & S07 6TB @ NikKTech
Monitors: AOC U32U1 Porsche Design Monitor @ OCInside
Cooling: Thermaltake ToughFan 12 @ OCInside, Scythe Ninja 5 @ Guru3D
KBM: Cooler Master MM720 @ Modders Inc, SteelSeries Aerox 3 Wireless @ [M]adShrimps
Networking: EnGenius ECW230 Access Point Review @ Modders Inc

Intel Announces Its Next Generation Memory and Storage Products

What’s New: Today, at Intel’s Memory and Storage 2020 event, the company highlighted six new memory and storage products to help customers meet the challenges of digital transformation. Key to advancing innovation across memory and storage, Intel announced two new additions to its Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive (SSD) Series: the Intel® Optane™ SSD P5800X, the world’s fastest data center SSD, and the Intel® Optane™ Memory H20 for client, which features performance and mainstream productivity for gaming and content creation. Optane helps meet the needs of modern computing by bringing the memory closer to the CPU. The company also revealed its intent to deliver its 3rd generation of Intel® Optane™ persistent memory (code-named “Crow Pass”) for cloud and enterprise customers.

“Today is a key moment for our memory and storage journey. With the release of these new Optane products, we continue our innovation, strengthen our memory and storage portfolio, and enable our customers to better navigate the complexity of digital transformation. Optane products and technologies are becoming a mainstream element of business compute. And as a part of Intel, these leadership products are advancing our long-term growth priorities, including AI, 5G networking and the intelligent, autonomous edge.”
–Alper Ilkbahar, Intel vice president in the Data Platforms Group and general manager of the Intel Optane Group

What Else Intel Announced: Intel also announced three new NAND SSDs featuring 144-layer cell memory: the Intel SSD 670p, the company’s next-gen144-layer quad-level-cell (QLC) 3D NAND SSD for mainstream computing; the Intel SSD D7-P5510, the world’s first-to-market 144-layer triple-level-cell NAND design; and the Intel SSD D5-P5316, a greater-density, higher-endurance SSD built around the industry’s first 144-layer QLC NAND.

Read more @ Intel Newsroom

Team Group MP33 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD

This NVMe model in M.2 2280 is using the PCI Express 3.0 standard. Leveraging NVMe, the drive has maximum quoted speeds of 2,100/1,700MB/s and random 4K throughput of 220K IOPS. These are not brilliant numbers anno 2020; then again, if it’s a multitude faster than a SATA3 SSD or faster, who am I to complain, really. The TBW values we learned ar listed at like so for the models 512GB / >400TB 1TB / >600TB 2TB / >1,000TB, which is a lot as you could completely write the SSD 600x before NAND would get exhausted.

Read more @ Guru3D

ADATA Swordfish & Falcon M.2 NVMe SSDs

It seems many people are building brand new PCs this time of year and when it comes to storage we’ve seen a shift from people moving from traditional hard drives and even SATA-based solid state drives to M.2 NVMe storage.  With prices pretty low and many motherboards offering at least two M.2 slots it makes sense to go the M.2 route.  Today we will be taking a look at two M.2 NVMe solid state drives from ADATA.  The first is the Falcon, which offers sequential read and write speeds of 3100 MB/s and 1500 MB/s respectively.  Then we have the Swordfish, which is a bit slower with sequential speeds of 1800 MB/s read and 1200 MB/s write. 

Read more @ ThinkComputers

WD Black AN1500 2TB & Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB

WD Black AN1500 2TB

WD Black has been the enthusiast and gaming brand for WD for the last decade. More recently, WD has lit a fire under the brand, releasing new products to the portfolio, namely the SN850, which out of nowhere, no hype involved, became the best drive you can buy without question.

Another part of that portfolio release was the AN1500 alongside the D50 Game Dock. The AN1500 is your traditional AIC (Add-in Card) sporting a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface offering increased throughput up to 6500 MB/s read and 4100 MB/s write with several capacity options including both 1TB and 2TB, along with a 4TB part at the high-end.

Read more @ TweakTown

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 2TB

Naturally, enthusiasts are all over this drive, but Sabrent’s latest and greatest deserves a close look from prosumers and professionals as well. If you are processing write-intensive data by the terabytes, then the Rocket 4 Plus is the drive for you. It offers unparalleled write performance, class-leading endurance, and will be available in capacities of up to 4TB.

Speaking of capacity, we have for your viewing pleasure the capacity point that we consider the current sweet spot for enthusiasts/gamers – 2TB. We will have a 1TB Rocket Plus review coming soon. Also, this review marks the debut of our next Gen SSD test system based on AMD’s 5900X CPU and our Gen4 only chart.

Read more @ TweakTown