Category: Hardware

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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...

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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:...

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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...

Seagate debuts 8TB hard drive

Seagate debuts 8TB hard drive

When it comes to technology, it is almost impossible to stay on the forefront. You will drive yourself nuts, and empty your wallet, chasing after every new thing. Got the newest and most expensive graphics card? Yesterday's news within months. The newest iPhone? You can make that claim for one year at best. Hard drives are no different and are probably the longest-running way...

New Middleware Technology Quadruples SSD Speed

New Middleware Technology Quadruples SSD Speed

A Japanese research team developed a technology to drastically improve the writing speed, power efficiency and cycling capability (product life) of a storage device based on NAND flash memory (SSD). The team is led by Ken Takeuchi, professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering of Chuo University. The development was announced at 2014 IEEE International Memory...

Hard drive reliability study names names

Hard drive reliability study names names

In November, online backup provider Backblaze published some interesting statistics on hard drive mortality based on over 25,000 units in active service. It found that failure rates were higher in the first 18 months and after three years. Those conclusions matched the findings of other studies on the subject, but frustratingly, they didn't include information on specific makes and models. Today, Backblaze is naming...

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Alienware Steam Machine not an easy upgrade

PC manufacturer Alienware has clarified an earlier report that its upcoming Steam Machine cannot be upgraded by users. Owners will not be locked out of modding, the company has now explained, but making alterations to the hardware will not be "easy". "Enabling customers the opportunity to upgrade components has been a core tenet for Alienware since the company was founded, and that remains true...