Category: Hardware

New hardware articles that are shared on Lunarsoft. From graphics cards, hard drives, solid state drives, motherboards, keyboards, and all kinds of hardware.

PCI-Express 4.0 to arrive in 2017

PCI-Express 4.0 to arrive in 2017

The PCI-Express 3.0 standard was released four years after 2.0. It is now 6 years since 3.0 was introduced and it is about time we see a continuation named 4.0. With the availability of new connection standards like M.2 or U.2, the push for the higher bandwidth is finally reaching PCI devices.  Although PCIe 4.0 is not released yet, PCI special group is already looking...

Seagate unveils 10TB BarraCuda

Seagate unveils 10TB BarraCuda

Seagate today announced a new line of hard drives with up to 10TB of capacity for desktops computers, network-attached storage (NAS) and surveillance systems. The high-capacity drives, dubbed the Guardian Series, represent a 2TB increase over the capacity of previous Seagate hard drives in the consumer and small business category. The Guardian series consists of the BarraCuda Pro desktop drive, the Seagate IronWolf for NAS...

You’ve been charging your smartphone wrong

You’ve been charging your smartphone wrong

Yes, we know. Our smartphone batteries are bad because they barely last a day. But it’s partially our fault because we’ve been charging them wrong this whole time.  Many of us have an ingrained notion that charging our smartphones in small bursts will cause long-term damage to their batteries, and that it’s better to charge them when they’re close to dead. But we couldn’t be...

Samsung’s 4TB SSD is built to replace your hard drive

Samsung’s 4TB SSD is built to replace your hard drive

It's not hard to get a capacious solid-state drive if you're running a server farm, but everyday users still have to be picky more often than not: either you get a roomy-but-slow spinning hard drive or give up that capacity in the name of a speedy SSD. Samsung may have finally delivered a no-compromise option, however. It's introducing a 4TB version of the 850...

Samsung Mass Producing 512-Gigabyte NVMe SSD

Samsung Mass Producing 512-Gigabyte NVMe SSD

Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first NVMe* PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features an extremely compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash...

IBM’s optical storage is 50 times faster than flash

IBM’s optical storage is 50 times faster than flash

Flash storage is too slow for your device’s main memory, but RAM is expensive and volatile. Thanks to a breakthrough from IBM, phase-change memory (PCM) might one day replace them both. The crystal-based storage has been used in optical disks and other tech for at least 15 years, but the technology has been limited by the cost and storage density — cells are either...

Samsung announces 256GB microSD card

Samsung announces 256GB microSD card

Samsung has just announced a 256GB microSD card, raising the bar for storage on the format. SanDisk recently released a 200GB microSD card  — that up until now was the highest capacity microSD card  — back in March, but it’ll have to settle for second place for now. The EVO Plus 256GB microSD card has read and write speeds of 95MB/s and 90MB/s respectively, and can store...

Hardware requirements for Oculus Rift

Hardware requirements for Oculus Rift

Through years of dev kits, prototypes, and trade show demos of the Oculus Rift, we’ve been stuck guessing at just how much hardware power the eventual consumer version of the device would require. Now, with that consumer launch officially slated for early 2016, Oculus has announced what PC hardware it recommends for a quality VR experience. According to Oculus, those recommended hardware specs are:...

Windows intelligently defrags your SSD

Windows intelligently defrags your SSD

There has been a LOT of confusion around Windows, SSDs (hard drives), and whether or not they are getting automatically defragmented by automatic maintenance tasks in Windows. There's a general rule of thumb or statement that "defragging an SSD is always a bad idea." I think we can agree we've all heard this before. We've all been told that SSDs don't last forever and...

Backblaze updates hard drive reliability tests

Backblaze updates hard drive reliability tests

At Backblaze we now have 34,881 drives and store over 100 petabytes of data. We continually track how our disk drives are doing, which ones are reliable, and which ones need to be replaced. I did a blog post back in January, called “What Hard Drive Should I Buy?” It covered the reliability of each of the drive models that we use. This month...