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Press Release - QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay) and the 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (4 and 8-bay) that provide a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. Coupled with exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series can serve as cost-effective PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, XBMC digital entertainment, and more.

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QNAP Releases New NAS Products Featuring Quad-core Intel Celeron Processor and QvPC Technology for SMBs

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz and 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that provide up to 400MB/s read & write speeds in port trunking mode, and achieves 70+MB/s read & write AES-256bit encryption performance.

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AMD is expanding its product offerings in a very imaginative way, something that is a very healthy habit for companies to adopt. It has just recently unveiled its Solid State Drive (SSD) lineup labelled Radeon SSDs. The lineup revealed so far consists of 3 SSDs of the Radeon R7 SSD Family and consists of 120 GB, 240GB and 480GB respectively. As usual our Chinese friends over at EXPReview.com came through with details about the lineup.

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AMD Radeon R7 120G, 240G and 480G SSDs Revealed – Competitive Solutions for Gamers

It would appear that AMD has plans to become an all-in-one company for the needs of PC Gamers. They are already supplying CPUs, GPUs, APUs, RAM and now they will be churning out SSDs too.  I have a feeling that in a few years we are going to be looking at PC builds consisting entirely of AMD parts. Now as you may have noticed, these SSDs are coming in three variants. The maximum capacity of these SSDs is almost half a Terabyte while the minimum is 120 GB. Which makes sense, because anything less than 120GB is really not feasible for installing an operating system on. Less than 120 GB SSDs can be used as scratch disks for professional programs but that isn’t really AMD’s target audience. Anyways, without further ado, the specs of the lineup:

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According to a report by Hardware.Info, Crucial is developing their next generation 16nm MLC NAND Flash based MX100 SSDs series. Powered by Micron’s 16nm MLC (Multi-Level Cell) NAND Flash technology, creating an highly compact storage solution.Crucial MX100 SSDs

Crucial Next Generation 16nm MLC NAND Flash Based MX100 SSDs

The Next Generation Crucial MX100 SSDs will feature the 2.5″ form factor and would be the successor of Crucial’s M500 and M550 SSDs. Performance figures a re not known but it is mentioned that the MX100 SSDs will feature very competitive price points which is a good sign in the SSD market since costs are going down and SSDs become the choice for storage globally due to the attractive prices. Micron unveiled their 16nm MLC NAND Flash process in 2013 and sampled a 128 GB SSD drive. Since the MX100 SSDs are a direct replacement for the M550, we will be looking at different capacities of 128, 256, 512 GB and possibly more.

Micron’s 128Gb MLC NAND Flash memory devices are targeted at applications like consumer SSDs, removable storage (USB drives and Flash cards), tablets, ultrathin devices, mobile handsets and data center cloud storage. The new 128Gb NAND Flash memory provides the greatest number of bits per square millimeter and lowest cost of any MLC device in existence. In fact, the new technology could create nearly 6TB of storage on a single wafer.

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SanDisk has announced the industry’s first 4 TB SSD this week, in a refresh of its Optimus MAX product line. The Optimus MAX is designed primarily for business use, with the manufacturer promising a higher performance at a fair price.

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The 4 TB Enterprise-Class SAS SSD Comes in the Standard 2.5″ range. SanDisk Also Hopes to Move Towards the 6TB and 8TB Marks.

SanDisk’s new 4 TB SSD, part of the Optimus MAX  is the highest capacity 2.5 inch SSD released to date. It comes with a 6Gb/s SAS interface, with a 19nm eMLC. The drive is aimed towards read intensive applications. These include applications such as data warehousing, media streaming and web servers. According to SanDisk, the typical workload thought for the drive is 10% write and 90% read.

“Customers have been looking for a way to transition their data centers from HDDs to NAND flash, but have been forced to decide between cost and performance, or give up important functionality,” said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “The Optimus MAX eliminates the need for compromises. We believe that the Optimus MAX will be a disruptive force within the storage industry, catalyzing many organizations to make the switch from their HDD-prominent data center infrastructures to SSDs.” This summarized SanDisk’s aim of changing industry requirements entirely towards SSDs through elimination of costs and provision of higher performance.

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Intel has officially announced their latest high-performance SSD 730 Series solid state drives which are scheduled for launch on 18th March. The latest SSD 730 Series would be built from the same DNA as featured on Intel’s high end enterprise product portfolio with the addition of an overclocked flash controlled and NAND to deliver better performance to enthusiasts.Intel SSD 730 Series

Intel Unveils High-Performance SSD 730 Series Solid State Drive

The Intel SSD 730 series would replace the SSD 530 series which were launched last year and bring along them some new architectural changes. Powered by Intel’s third generation PS29AS21CA controller (SATA 6 GB/S) and 20nm MLC NAND flash, the SSD 730 Series come in two variants which include a 480 GB model and a 240 GB model. Both of these products are aimed directly towards professionals and enthusiasts who need the best I/O capabilities in their PCs.

Both the NAND and the third-generation Intel controller have been infused with data center DNA for quality and reliability, and factory tuned for extreme performance. Delivering low latency and consistently high throughput, the 730 Series helps PCs respond quickly. The drive is protected by a 5-year warranty, ensuring peace of mind with stunning performance. 

The Intel SSD 730 Series is available today for pre-order, and will be available for purchase starting on March 18. Get more information on the 730 Series, including where to pre-order. via Intel

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TweakTown has posted a teaser of an upcoming ASUS motherboard which features the new SATA Express interface. Intel was reportedly planning to make a switch to SATA Express interface on their motherboards   based on the 9-Series chipset which will support the Haswell Refresh and Broadwell-K series processors.ASUS SATA Express Interface

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ASUS Motherboard With SATA Express Interface Teased

The SATA Express interface has been teased on a ASUS motherboard which looks similar to their recent Z87 Legacy lineup. There’s a possibility that this could be based off the Z97 chipset which Intel plans to launch in Q2 2014. Either that or ASUS could have somehow managed to fuse the SATA Express ports on their current Z87 chipset motherboards.

SATA Express will come in the form of two connectors, one for PCI-E and SSD while the other would be limited to PCI-E and we are looking at a completely new connector design. The SATA Express interface can transmit both PCI Express and SATA signal and will come with a bulky new cable for PCI-E while SATA-IO is said to be making a different one for the SSDs. The connector will be backwards compatible with SATA 3 6GB/s so you can plug in your current SATA 3 compliant devices in to the ports easily.

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Intel’s 2014 SSD roadmap has been leaked by professional PC storage community and tech site Myce which reveal the upcoming SSD plans for enterprise and data center market. The SSD roadmap reveals that Intel would launch their new P3700 ‘Fultondale’, P3500 ‘Pleasentdale’ and Pro 2500 Series ‘Temple Star’ solutions based around the 20 nm MLC NAND flash.

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Intel 2014 SSD Roadmap Reveals 2 TB P3700 and P3500 Series SSDs

In addition to the SSD details, the Intel 2014 SSD Roadmap slides also reveal that Intel is indeed going to feature a new heatsink design on their P3700 and P3500 series SSDs. VR-Zone was the first to report about the new heat-sink design for the Intel 2014 SSD lineup which had to be updated due to the added number of NAND Flash chips to achieve the  higher density. Each drive enclosure would feature two separate PCBs, one will be populated entirely with NAND while the other will feature additional NAND and memory controller. The design would be 2.5 inch form factor and will require 25W of power under maximum load. We can also note the aluminum heat-sink layout at the bottom of these drives.

Intel’s top of the line enterprise SSD P3700 series would be codenamed Fultondale and be available in sizes that range from 250 GB upto 2 TB. The P3700 series features the 20nm MLC HET NAND flash and boasts sequential reads of 2800 MB/s and writes of 1700 MB/s while the IOPS performance is rated at 450K Read and 150K write 4KRDM. The HET (High Endurance Technology) helps enable 374TB of Endurance for the drive and is backed by a 5 year warranty.

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The Newegg Cyber Monday Sale for the year 2013 are now live and we have compiled our list for the top 5 PC hardware deals for you guys so check out and buy them as soon as possible since a couple of hours are left before the sale officially ends. Newegg has a bunch of hardware deals on the Cyber Monday Sale with hardware selling with upto 70% discounts.

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Newegg Cyber Monday Sale 2013 – Top 5 PC Hardware Deals

Our writers have already provided you a great coverage on other Cyber Monday deals such as gaming consoles and gadgets which you can see in the list for yourself below:

Me being the hardware guy will provide you with a list of 5 PC hardware deals which i found the most interesting on Newegg Cyber Monday Sale. You can see the deals listed below:

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Walmart Black Friday 2013 deals ad is online and although there are so many good deals, some of them should better be avoided. Here are some of those bad deals which you should consider skipping this year. You can check out some amazing deals here: Some Big-Saving Black Friday Deals from Walmart and Best Buy.walmart black friday 2013

Walmart Black Friday 2013 deals to avoid:

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Most of the PC Enthusiasts overclock. This is a fact. But we were always limited to our CPUs, GPUs, Rams and in some cases Motherboards. Now Intel has showcased its SSD Overclocking, times are in for a change. With a decent overclock of 10% achieve by the Intel staff, we feel that the time will soon come when we will see ‘Kingpin’ overclocks of SSDs too.

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Intel SSD Overclocking Detailed – Another Territory for High End Rigs

Mr. Dan Ragland who is a Senior System had the honor to be the first SSD Overclocker in history. Using a  Clevo W740U laptop, he used an unreleased version of the Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) complete with the experimental SSD overclocking tab to OC an Intel SSD by 10%.

In this SSD Overclocking session he increased the Intel SSD’s memory controller frequency from 400MHz to 625MHz. He then showed us the AS SSD Benchmark results for comparison. So for an increase of 225MHZ you would get an overall increase in score of 10%. Not bad. Considering the fact that Storage overclocking was impossible before SSDs.

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Our friends at Ocaholic were able to break not one but two world records at the Samsung B2B event which took place in Glattfelden, Switzerland. The event was hosted by Samsung to showcase their latest 840 Pro SSDs which were used to set the new world record in PCMark 7 and PC Mark Vantage.

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Ocaholic Sets PCMark 7 and PC Mark Vantage World Records

The test setup used for breaking the world record consisted of twelve Samsung SSD 840 Pro drives connected via the Areca ARC-1882ix-24-4GB Raid controller which were put under the Raid 0 configuration, aside from this the test setup included:

  • Intel Core i7 4770K @ 5.5 GHz (LN2 Cooling)
  • Inte HD Graphics 4600 @ 1950 MHz
  • Gigabyte Z87X-OC Motherboard (BIOS X02)
  • 16 GB G.Skill F3-2400C11D memory @ 1300C11
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 OC V2 @ 1200/1850 MHz
  • Seasonic SS-1000XP Power Supply
  • SSD Tree with 12x Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB RAID 0
  • KPC VENOM 6.66 Anodized Black + GELID GC-Extreme
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Intel is going to announce and discuss details regarding their new Bay Trail Atom Z3000 series and Ivy Bridge-E HEDT platform at IDF13 San Francisco. Aside from these, Intel is also going to discuss their new developments for PC enthusiasts which includes topics like SSD Overclocking which we just came to know a few weeks back.

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Intel Previews SSD Overclocking Performance at PAX Prime

First of all, we know that the SSD Overclocking would be possible not only on Ivy Bridge-E but all other desktop platforms from Intel through their Intel XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) which has become a necessary tool for PC enthusiasts and overclockers. At PAX Prime, Intel was showcasing their new SSD Overclocking tool and thanks to Legitreviews, we have more details regarding the configuration and performance of SSD overclocking.

The SSD previewed for overclocking at PAX Prime had the SSDSC2BB480G4 : BTWL3070050Z480QGN part number which corresponds to the high-end enterprise Intel SSD DC S3500 Series 480GB w/ 20nm MLC NAND Flash with some custom modifications by Intel. The drive capacity won’t be restricted to 480 GB as Legitreviews mentions that Intel is possibly preparing a new set of ‘K’ series SSDs which would be available in various capacity. The ‘K’ branding is known commonly for Intel’s Core series processors featuring an unlocked processor offering overclocking support.

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Kingston SSDNow E50 is Kingstons latest, good value, Enterprise Class SSDS with a special focus on safety and security. The SSDNow E50 series has debuted including the 480GB version and other counterparts. Kingston’s SSDNow E50 series SSDs will feature an enterprise class SF-2581 controller.

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Kingston SSDNow E50 Series Detailed

The Kingston SSDNow E50 Enterprise Class series is mostly aimed towards corporate users who are security conscious. The SSDNow E50 series is capable of total AES 128 Bit Protection – which i might add is possibly the strongest 128 bit crypto around. SSDNoe E50 Enterprise class series has a MLC Flash Memory design and will come in 100GB, 240 GB and 480 GB Variants. It is only 7mm Thick and has the standard 2.5 Inch size.

SSDNow E50 Enterprise class SSDs have a nice combo of features. Including Power-Down Protection, 3 Year Warranty, Superior IOPS Bandwidth provision and no server bottleneck. Naturally the security is an essential part of the design. It also has DuraWrite which efficiently reduces wear and tear of the SSD by intelligent data compression without compromising data integrity.

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Intel is expected to unveil SSD overclocking for the very first time on desktop PC platforms at IDF13 San Francisco. While little details are available regarding how the SSD overclocking would work, some new information has been leaked within the Intel XTU (Extreme Tuning Utility) found out by MYCE.

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Intel SSD Overclocking Configurations Leaked Through XTU

While the new feature is expected to debut with Intel’s HEDT Ivy Bridge-E processors, it will not remain exclusive to the new platform. Intel would later add support of the new feature to other platforms and possibly even their Haswell platform. MYCE found out that the Intel XTU application had some code hidden within it that will be un-locked after Intel makes SSD overclocking official. There are several options and configurations which are going to be available with the updated Intel XTU allowing users to manually overclock their SSDs for faster speeds.

Users would be able to adjust the frequency of the SSD controller in MHz and would also be able to set the power modes of the SSD ranging from ‘limited’, ‘typical’ or ‘unconstrained’. Last of all there would be a option to set the bus frequency of the NAND Flash memory to 83 MHz or 100 MHz. The description of each feature that would be released with the Intel XTU SSD overclocking tool are listed below (Courtesy of MYCE):

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Its no secret that Intel would launch their Ivy Bridge-E HEDT platform on 11th September, a day after their IDF 13 San Francisco event kicks off. While Ivy Bridge-E may not be a tremendous upgrade over Sandy Bridge-E, they do have some advantages such as lower power draw, higher efficiency and to our recent knowledge the CPUs will also feature SSD overclocking for the first time.

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Intel Ivy Bridge-E Processors To Feature SSD Overclocking

Expreview has detailed that next month, Intel would talk about the new SSD overclocking feature and detail how SSDs can be overclocked and what sort of improvement can one expect from an overclocked SSD. In addition to its conventional CPU overclocking features, Ivy Bridge-E would also feature SSD overclocking for the first time in a desktop platform.

You must be wondering how SSD overclocking can be possible or if an SSD even allows overclocking in the first place? Well it is possible to overclock an SSD through pumping up the SSD controller speeds which would boost the NAND Flash’s data transfer rate. Expreview mentions that while the SSD overclocking sounds good, in reality the performance gains would be minor since the major bottleneck is not the read, write speeds or the IOPS but rather the SATA 6 GB/s interface. It looks like it would take a year or so before Intel would start replacing the SATA 6 GB/s interface with the new SATA Express interface with rated speeds of 8 GB/s upto 16 GB/s. The new SATA Express interface would debut next year with the refreshed Haswell Z97 and H97 boards and also on the X99 chipset that would debut in late 2014 with the Haswell-E HEDT platform. By then, SSD overclocking would prove to be useful since the bottleneck by the current SATA 6 GB/s would be erased. 



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