Intel SSD 600p (512GB) Review

Intel SSD 600p (512GB) Review

Intel’s SSD 600p was the first PCIe SSD using TLC NAND to hit the consumer market. It is Intel’s first consumer SSD with 3D NAND and it is by far the most affordable NVMe SSD: current pricing is on par with mid-range SATA SSDs. While most other consumer PCIe SSDs have been enthusiast-oriented products aiming to deliver the highest performance possible, the Intel

LaCie Launches 6big and 12big: Up to 60/120 TB External Storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie Launches 6big and 12big: Up to 60/120 TB External Storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie this week has introduced two new workstation-grade external storage solutions using Thunderbolt 3 with the focus on big on-the-desk data storage. The 6big and 12big devices pack in six or twelve enterprise-grade hard drives respectively and can provide up to 60 TB or up to 120 TB of storage space. The HDDs can be implemented as a JBOD or work in various RAID modes.

Zotac ZBOX CI523 nano Fanless Skylake-U mini-PC Review

Zotac ZBOX CI523 nano Fanless Skylake-U mini-PC Review

Passively cooled computing systems are popular amongst consumers worried about noise from fans and their associated maintenance requirements (particularly, for industrial use-cases). Traditionally, fanless high-performance PCs have come with a high price tag. However, with the focus on low-power Core-series CPUs by Intel, we have many vendors targeting this market segment

HP Z240 Workstation With The Core i7-6700K

HP Z240 Workstation With The Core i7-6700K

HP has an interesting announcement today – they are refreshing their existing Z240 workstation, which is targeted towards small and medium-sized businesses, with a non-Xeon Core i7 based processor. It was already available with Skylake based Xeon CPUs, up to the Intel Xeon E3-1280 v5. That’s a 3.7-4.0 GHz Xeon, with 4 cores, 8 MB of cache, with an 80-Watt Thermal Design Power (TDP).

Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD on a Skylake NUC

Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD on a Skylake NUC

The Skylake NUCs have faced plenty of issues since their introduction late last year. However, stability has improved with the latest BIOS updates. One of the issues with the early BIOS versions was the M.2 SSD slot being effectively limited to PCIe 2.0 rates despite the chipset supporting PCIe 3.0. The latest BIOS version resolves this issue. We had carried a detailed evaluation of

NVIDIA Announces PCI Express Tesla P100: Shipping In Q4 2016

NVIDIA Announces PCI Express Tesla P100: Shipping In Q4 2016

  Kicking off this week in Frankfurt, Germany is the annual International Supercomputing Conference, better known as ISC. One of the two major supercomputing conferences for the year, ISC is commonly used as a backdrop for high performance processor announcements, and this year is no different. Starting things off this year is NVIDIA, who is taking to the show to announce the PCI Express version of the

My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi Hard Drive Review by Western Digital

My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi Hard Drive Review by Western Digital

Wireless storage peripherals have traditionally targeted users of mobile devices (where internal storage space is at a premium). As multimedia capture devices (both consumer and professional) become more connected, it makes sense for these storage peripherals to evolve and cater to a professional audience with premium features. Today, Western Digital is launching a suite of Pro products

ASUS RX 480 New GPU Design

ASUS RX 480 New GPU Design

After a lengthy tease from AMD we are finally seeing the new AMD Radeon RX 480 roll out. As we saw in our preview the card successfully makes leaps in its power to performance profile and brings a healthy performance jump to the mainstream market. It goes without saying that there will be custom cards coming from other vendors. ASUS is the first to throw their hat into

Intel SSD 540s (480GB) Review

Intel SSD 540s (480GB) Review

Every few years, Intel releases a new SSD controller that raises the bar for the whole industry. In between those shake-ups, the competition catches up and surpasses Intel. This pattern is especially pronounced in the consumer SSD market where Intel’s mostly enterprise-focused chips cannot keep pace with the constant price cuts. During those interim years Intel turns to third-party

AMD Radeon RX 480: Polaris Makes Its Mainstream Mark

AMD Radeon RX 480: Polaris Makes Its Mainstream Mark

Back in December of last year, AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group began slowly trickling out the plans for what would be their first GPU architecture built for the now-modern FinFET processes: Polaris. As part of a broader change in how GPU architectures have been handled – more information is now released ahead of launch – AMD laid out what they wanted to do with Polaris. Aim for

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Capsule Review

SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD Capsule Review

Rapid advancements in flash technology has coincided with the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. This has led to the appearance of small and affordable direct attached storage units with very high performance for day-to-day data transfer applications. We have already looked at many flash drives with SSD controllers and a USB 3.0 – SATA bridge over the

Intel Compute Stick (Core m3-6Y30) Review

Intel Compute Stick (Core m3-6Y30) Review

Small and power-efficient computers in the form of NUCs and Compute Sticks have emerged as bright spots in the PC market over the last few years. The Compute Stick form factor is the x86 version of the popular ARM-based HDMI sticks. The first-generation x86 Compute Stick came from Intel and used a Bay Trail-T SoC. At the 2016 CES, Intel introduced a Cherry Trail version, as well as

AMD Radeon RX 480: Launching June 29th For $199

AMD Radeon RX 480: Launching June 29th For $199

Kicking off at this moment is AMD’s Computex 2016 keynote. The company has multiple announcements scheduled this evening, but we’re going to jump right into an area that has been of extreme interest for many of our readers: GPUs. Ahead of this evening’s event, AMD sent out an email to the press teasing the first of their discrete Polaris architecture based cards.

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

The Carrizo SoC, using Excavator cores, was touted in the press as being the biggest upgrade to the base Bulldozer design since the introduction of Bulldozer itself. This was as a result of new high-density silicon libraries, a new voltage/frequency response unit based on internal sensor data, a redesign of the metal stack to afford high density, improvements to caches and scheduling, improved

Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition and Vengeance LED Memory Modules

Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition and Vengeance LED Memory Modules

In the last 10 years, Corsair has greatly expanded its product lineup and nowadays it produces virtually the whole range of hardware and accessories for enthusiasts with the exception of motherboards, graphics cards, displays, and some exotics (like DIY liquid cooling kits). Nonetheless, memory modules reserve a special place in the company’s product family. At Computex, Corsair

Digital Storm Aura 34″ All-in-One Featuring 10-Core i7-6950X and GTX 1080 GPU

Digital Storm Aura 34″ All-in-One Featuring 10-Core i7-6950X and GTX 1080 GPU

Without missing a beat with the launch of the latest Broadwell-E processors from Intel, and the highest performing graphics card ever with the NVIDIA GTX 1080, Digital Storm has shoehorned both into their 34-inch all-in-one display. There were several manufacturers showing off the 34-inch all-in-one gaming system at CES, and the curved display makes for a commanding view. The

Intel vs AMD: which chipmaker does processors better?

Intel vs AMD: which chipmaker does processors better?

Introduction Building – or simply buying – a PC isn’t an easy task. With a seemingly endless list of components to consider, there is evidently a lot standing in the way between you and powering on that hardy rig for the first time. Among these necessities is the CPU, the central processing unit, or just the processor for short. The processor is an integral part of your computer,

Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review

Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review

Since the introduction of their first consumer TLC SSD with the SSD 840, Samsung’s consumer/retail SATA SSD lineup has consisted of two product families: the MLC-based Pro drives, and the TLC-based 840 and EVO drives. The strength of Samsung’s SSD controllers and the advantages of 3D NAND have allowed the 850 EVO to maintain a solidly mid-range position in the SSD market well