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Western Digital Announces the PC SN720 and PC SN520 NVMe SSDs

Addressing the needs of a growing landscape of Internet of Things (IoT) and Fast Data applications at the edge, Western Digital Corporation today announced two new NVMe SSDs - Western Digital PC SN720 and Western Digital PC SN520 - powered by a new NVMe storage architecture, scalable for a range of emerging implementations, from IoT and edge computing to mobile computing systems.

ADATA XPG Gammix S10

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!

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Plextor Debuts Their Latest M9Pe Gaming PCIe SSDs

PLEXTOR, a leading manufacturer of award-winning solid-state drives (SSDs) and other high-performance digital storage devices for consumers, today announced the launch of its newest NVMe PCIe SSD the M9Pe Series. The new M9Pe SSD Series has adopted advanced 64-layer 3D NAND and flagship controller along with exclusive PlexNitro, smart cache technology, delivering unprecedented sequential read/write up to 3,200/2,100 MB/s and random read/write up to 400,000/300,000 IOPS.

Kingston KC1000 960GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive

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

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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AMD Will Enable NVMe RAID On X399 ThreadRipper Platform

One of the shortcomings of AMD's X399 ThreadRipper HEDT platform was that it lacked NVMe RAID support. You did have the ability to build soft-RAID arrays using NVMe drives, you were not able to boot from them. It looks like AMD will be remedying this by adding support for NVMe RAID through a software update, which is scheduled for September 25th.

Aorus X399 Gaming 7 Motherboard
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AMD’s HEDT X399 Platform Lacks NVMe RAID Boot Support

Well all this hype around AMD's ThreadRipper processors and X399 platform it seems one major issue has been reported. ThreadRipper processors of course feature full 64-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root complexes, which allow you to run two graphics cards at full x16 bandwidth and drop in other devices like PCI-Express NVMe SSDs. It looks like if you plan on striping these NVMe SSDs in RAID and booting from them it will not be possible, the platform lacks NVMe RAID booting support.

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