Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Western Digital WD Black NVMe SSD
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Western Digital WD Black NVMe SSD Review

Western Digital is a still is a major player in the storage market, but when it comes to solid state drives WD has not really broken into the gaming and enthusiast market that well. Their current solid state drive offering was late to the game by all accounts and was not all that impressive given what else is out there. Being late to the game and not having those high-performance parts that gamers and enthusiasts want has made way for other companies (specifically Samsung) to dominate this market. Well today Western Digital is releasing a high-performance NVMe SSD that is targeted directly at gamers. It is the WD Black NVMe SSD, which has been built completely in house by Western Digital and boasts read and write speeds of 3400 MB/s and 2800 MB/s respectively. Is this the new must-have NVMe SSD for gamers and enthusiasts? Read on as we find out...

ADATA XPG Gammix S10
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ADATA XPG Gammix S10 M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Like most companies out there ADATA now has a dedicated gaming line of products, which is their XPG line. One of the newest products in this line is the XPG Gammix S10 M.2 solid state drive. This small little drive with its flashy looks is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. ADATA has gone with the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller teamed with Micron’s first gen 32-layer 3D TLC NAND. ADATA says this drive will have read and write speeds of 1800 MB/s and 850 MB/s respectively, so not the fastest drive out there, but is definitely faster than your normal SATA III SSD. ADATA also backs the drive with a 5-year warranty so you know it is going to last a while. Let's jump in and see what this drive can do!

WD My Passport SSD
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WD My Passport SSD 1TB Review

Fast portable storage is something that is almost necessary these days, especially for content creators. If you have ever tried to edit 4K video on a slow drive you know exactly what I am talking about. Fast portable drives are also great for moving data, and no one wants to wait around for file transfers! WD's fastest portable drive solution is their My Passport SSD, which is a true solid state drive that makes use of a USB 3.1 connection for the fastest speeds possible. Available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities the My Passport SSD boasts transfer speeds of up to 515 MB/s! Let's see if this drive is the perfect gift for the media creator on the go!

Crucial BX300 Solid State Drive
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Crucial BX300 240GB Solid State Drive Review

This year has been an interesting one for solid state drives. First, M.2 NVMe drives have become more popular and are now the high-end choice of system builders. With that you have many people using 2.5-inch SATA solid state drives for a more entry-level system and OS drive, and to even some extent high-capacity storage drives. One entry-level solid state drive that you definitely want to have on your radar is the Crucial BX300. It makes use of the Silicon Motion SM2258 controller, and Micron 3D MLC NAND. Offering speeds of 555 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write and available in capacities ranging from 120 GB to 480 GB, this could be the perfect drive for your next build. Read on as we take a look...

WD My Book Duo 20TB External Hard Drive
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WD My Book Duo 20TB External Hard Drive Review

WD's line of My Book external hard drives have been around for quite a long time. Today we are checking out their latest My Book Duo drive, which if you can guess by the name features two drives. With two drives you can either run them in RAID-0 mode for super-fast speed, or switch to RAID-1 for redundancy as the drives will mirror each other. The WD My Duo is the perfect thing for someone who is looking for large capacity storage without having to setup a NAS or install drives themselves. This is a USB 3.1 drive so you can connect it to any PC or Mac for easy backups and file sharing. WD is offering this drive in capacities from 4TB all the way up to 20TB. They have sent us the 20TB model so lets see what it can do!

Samsung Portable SSD T5
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Samsung Portable SSD T5 Review

One of my favorite products from last year that I take with me everywhere is the Samsung Portable SSD T3. This portable solid state drive is super small, fast, and is what I've used to edit 4K content when I'm on the go. This year Samsung has a new Portable SSD T5, which has increased transfer speeds, a full metal casing design, and the same small footprint. This drive is perfect for content creators on the go and anyone who is looking for fast transfer speeds. Let's see if this drive can live up to how great the SSD T3 was and if it is worth upgrading.

ADATA SE730H External Solid State Drive
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ADATA SE730H External Solid State Drive Review

>Fast portable storage is something that more and more people are starting to need. With file sizes of photos, video, and other content getting bigger we want fast storage to not only transfer these files between PCs, but to also view and work on large files or projects. Trying to work in Adobe Premiere with 4K content on a normal hard drive is not fun at all. That is where portable solid state drives come in, they are small and compact, as well as offer some serious transfer speeds. Today we are checking out the ADATA SE730H, which comes in capacities up to 512GB and offers transfer speeds of up to 500 MB/s. On top of that you have IP68 dust and waterproofing as well as military-grade shock proofing. Let's see if this is the perfect drive for all of the content creators on the go.

Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive
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Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Over the past few years Kingston has delegated their high-performance products to their HyperX brand. This includes memory, solid state drives, and gaming products. It is no surprised that Kingston launched their first PCI-Express solid state drive under that brand. The HyperX Predator was released over two years and now Kingston has the KC1000 under the main Kingston brand. This is to appeal to more mainstream customers, but this drive still packs in a punch with advertised sequential read and write speeds of 2700 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. Kingston powers this drive with the Phison PS5007-E7 controller and Toshiba 15nm MLC NAND. Let's see what this drive can do!

Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive
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Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive Review

Almost a year ago now we were invited by Zotac to celebrate their 10th Anniversary and tour their factory. With the celebration they announced a few "10th Anniversary" products, one of which was the new 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCI-Express solid state drive. The new drive boosted speeds of the drive (via firmware update) by up to 10%, changed the shroud from silver to black, and added RGB lighting to the Zotac logo on the back of the drive. When thinking about parts for our upcoming RGB build we thought this product would fit right in so Zotac sent it over for us to take a look at. Does it compete with other current PCI-Express NVMe solid state drives out there? Read on as we find out!

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Unitek USB 3.0 Hub + Card Reader Review

When it comes to accessories for our PCs one that I always seem to need is a card reader. We shoot quite a lot of photos and video here at ThinkComputers and if we chose to transfer these files directly from our camera it would take forever. That is where a card reader comes in, which can take advantage of a faster USB 3.0 connection. Today we have one such card reader from Unitek, but it also comes with a 3-port USB hub as well. This makes it the perfect accessory for all of your external storage needs for your PC. Read on and see if that turns out to be true!

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