Intel Optane Memory H10

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review – Best Cache Drive Ever?

Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage Explained Last month Intel introduced a new M.2 2280 ‘gum stick’ drive called the Optane Memory H10 that combines Intel Optane (3D Xpoint) memory and Intel QLC 3D NAND Flash memory on one drive. This is super exciting as it is the first time memory and storage …more


How To Enable BitLocker With Intel PTT and No TPM For Better Security

How To Enable BitLocker With Intel PTT Most desktop motherboards have a pin header on them that allows users to buy a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for enhanced security. Most laptops have a module already included, but it is an ‘extra’ option on most desktop boards. The good news is that for under $20 you …more

Kingston Nucleum Hub

Kingston Nucleum USB Type-C Hub Review

The Kingston Nucleum 7-in-1 USB Type-C Hub was released at CES 2018 and it became immediately available for $79.99. The price on the Kingston Nucluem has dropped to $49.99 shipped since it was released, but the need for a USB Type-C hub has never been greater than now. More and more thin-and-light laptop makers are reducing the number …more

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD

WD Blue SN500 250GB NVMe SSD Review

WD Blue SN500 – NVMe Goes Mainstream Last month Western Digital released the WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD and it was a rather significant launch as this is the first time we have seen a PCIe NVMe drive in the mainstream WD Blue series. PCIe NVMe drives have long been coveted by the high-end users …more

Micron 1100 512GB M.2 SATA SSD

Micron 1100 512GB M.2 SATA SSD Review – FIPS 140-2

Micron 1100 M.2 SATA SSD w/ FIPS 140-2 Today we are taking a look at a Micron 1100 series drive. This is a rather unusual review for us as the Micron 1100 series came out in May 2016 and we usually don’t review several year old products. We are making an exception this time around …more

Samsung 512 GB EVO Plus MicroSD Card

Samsung 512 GB EVO Plus MicroSD Card with Adapter Review

Are you looking for a microSD memory card to increase the storage on your camera, phone, tablet, drone, computer, or something along the lines of a Nintendo Switch? If you haven’t been paying attention to the MicroSD memory card market, you might not be aware that storage capacities have continued to grow and we now …more

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD Review

The Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus was released this morning and features the latest fifth generation Samsung V-NAND with optimized firmware for even more performance. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities right now with a 2TB capacity model coming out in April 2019. Performance on the 970 …more


WD Black SN750 1TB Gaming NVMe SSD Review

Western Digital today introduced the WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD series that is targeted to gamers and hardware enthusiasts. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a storage drive targeted at gamers, so I was excited to see what WD was releasing.  Hopefully WD wasn’t just slapping a heatsink on the drive and calling it a …more

Phison E16 Controller Demo - PCIe Gen 4x4

Phison PS5016-E16 PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 Demo at CES 2019

One of the more interesting demos at CES 2019 is being done by Phison Electronics. What makes it so interesting is that Phison is showing off their next generation PS5016-E16 SSD controller that uses the PCI Express Gen 4 interface. No consumer motherboard has PCIe Gen 4 just yet, so Phison is using PLDA’s Gen4HOST add-in-card. This …more

ADATA HD830 Portable HDD

ADATA HD830 4TB Durable Portable Hard Drive Review

We’ve reviewed a ton of portable SSDs this year, so when we got the opportunity to review the ADATA HD830 2.5″ External Hard Disk Drive (HDD) we jumped at the chance. The ADATA HD830 series of durable ultra-tough portable HDDs is available in  2TB, 4TB or 5TB capacities for $107.07 shipped, $149.99 shipped and $179.99, …more

Samsung SSD 860 QVO

Samsung 860 QVO SSD Review – 1TB/2TB Drives Tested

Samsung launched a new consumer Solid State Drive (SSD) series today called the Samsung 860 QVO SSD. This SATA III 2.5-inch drive series is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities and feature Samsung’s brand new high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash. The Samsung 860 QVO was brought to market to help eliminate the …more


MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro SSD Benchmarked With Phison Firmware v12.1

MyDigitalSDSD is the first company to release firmware version 12.1 for drives powered by the Phison E12 controller. We’ve been waiting months for this firmware to be released as it promised to deliver massive performance gains. After testing the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 960GB drive with this new firmware build versus the original firmware version 11.0 …more

Toshiba XG6 Client NVMe SSD

Toshiba XG6 1TB NVMe SSD Review Featuring 96-layer 3D TLC NAND

First 96-Layer SSD – Toshiba XG6 Series Today we are going to take a quick look at the Toshiba XG6, which is a mainstream PCIe NVMe series of SSDs that is aimed at the OEM market. We generally don’t review OEM SSDs since they can’t be purchased in the retail market, but we are making …more

HyperX Savage EXO Retail Box

HyperX Savage EXO SSD External Portable Drive Review

Savage EXO SSD – The First Portable SSD Series From HyperX Today we’ll be taking a look at the HyperX Savage EXO, which is one of the newest USB 3.1 Gen 2 portable SSDs on the market. Inside, HyperX went with a SATA III drive powered by the Marvell  88SS1074 controller paired with 64-layer 3D …more