While the first round of Viper gaming accessories was successfully launched Patriot has been hard at work creating their next expanded and more developed line of products. While none of these products are finished or ready for production it is cool to see where they are headed and get an idea of what is coming.
Mushkin was also previewing a 4TB drive at the show. But how can that be when the SM2246EN controller only supports a 2TB capacity? Mushkin was able to solve this by basically putting two Reactor 2TB solid state drives on a single PCB. The drives are then joined together via JBOD with a separate controller.
Portable storage has taken many faces throughout history from 5.25″ floppies to portable hard drives. Although if these storage mediums are dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures, critical data that’s stored on them can easily be lost. Samsung’s T3 is their latest portable SSD which is faster than a portable hard drive and is better at protecting data.
Do you need a fast external hard drive? Well LaCie has definitely got you covered with their new Chromè drive. This is actually the world’s fastest USB 3.1 hard drive with blistering speeds of 940 MB/s!
SanDisk knows storage being a leader in the market, especially when it comes to solid state drives. They introduced their Extreme 500 solid state drive last year and at CES they are launching the Extreme 510, which adds water and dust resistance.
This year at CES Zotac was showing off two new products that they are currently working on. The first is one that you really wouldn’t expect from Zotac, a VGA water block. The water block is currently in the development stage, but looks very promising.
Next week at CES Plextor will launch the M8Pe NVMe PCI-Express x4 solid state drive. The drive is actually based on a M.2 form factor (M.2 on a PCI-E card) over the non-volatile memory express protocol. The drive will effectively replace Plextor’s own M6e.
Samsung is reportedly putting their final touches on an affordable M.2 PCIe solid state drive, which will be called the 750 EVO. This drive will be significantly cheaper than the company’s 950 Pro drive, but still will offer transfer rates that are faster than the company’s fastest solid state drive.
Zotac is a company we mainly know for their high performance graphics cards and line of ZBOX Mini PC’s. Recently they announced they were getting into the solid state drive market with their Premium Edition solid state drive line. Entering the solid state drive market for Zotac makes more sense than most companies. The solid state drive market can be very profitable, plus it gives them an option for storage with their ZBOX line of mini PCs. Zotac’s Premium solid state drives are powered by the quad-core Phison S10 controller and matched with MLC NAND. Zotac will be initially offering this drive in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB versions. Today we have the 240 GB version (ZTSSD-A5P-240G-PE) on the review block. Let’s see if Zotac has a winner in their Premium Edition solid state drives!
Over the past year ADATA has released a number of different solid state drives aimed at different market segments. Not that long ago we took a look at ADATA’s XPG SX930 which was aimed at gamers and enthusiasts. Today we will be taking a look at the Premier SP550 which sits as ADATA’s entry-level solid state drive aimed at people who are looking to upgrade to an SSD and still want very good performance. The drive features the Silicon Motion SM2256 controller matched with SK Hynix TLC NAND. This is the first time we’ve seen this combination together. The 240GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today boasts sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 510 MB/s respectively. Let’s get this drive on our test bench and see what it can do!