Drevo Ares NVMe SSD Review

This SSD Hard Drive is another one that I highly recommend if you are looking for performance. I have tried there portable SSD before and was very happy with the performance, especially considering it was around $40. Drevo is a solid brand and I am excited to try this one out. The best computer tips that I give daily are two things: upgrade to an SSD and quit calling those 1-800 Number pop ups that say they are Microsoft!

Drevo Ares NVMe SSD Review

Drevo’s SSDs are becoming more popular on Amazon. The company sells quite a few low-cost SSDs and keyboards, but it hasn’t submitted products for reviewer scrutiny until recently. At the time of writing, the company lists six internal and two portable SSDs. With prices starting at just $38.99 for a 60GB internal SSD, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the company. The low-cost sub-$40 SSD even has over 200 positive user reviews.

 

The Drevo Ares is the company’s first NVMe SSD, but it uses a familiar design that we’ve tested before with the Tigo G5 PCIe SSD from Hong Kong. There is one significant difference between the two products. Tigo sells the G5 PCIe SSD in several capacities that range from 256GB to 2TB, but the Drevo Ares only comes in 256GB.

 

We don’t expect too much in the performance department from the Drevo Ares. The company built the drive around the SMI SM2260 dual-core controller paired with Intel/Micron Flash Technology (IMFT) 256Gbit 3D MLC NAND. For the most part, all the SM2260 controllers paired with any flavor of Micron’s first-generation 3D NAND have been a disappointment. Micron, under the Ballistix brand, planned to release an M.2 2280 consumer product with the same components as the Ares, but the company canceled it two weeks before the official launch.

 

Intel’s 600p NVMe SSD took the poor controller and NAND performance in stride. Intel simply positioned the 600p as the first entry-level NVMe SSD and sold them by the handful. The Drevo Ares sells for only a few dollars more than the 600p 256GB. The performance is nearly the same even though the Ares features 2-bit per cell (MLC) rather than 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash. The extra $20 spent gains you a hefty endurance increase, a good looking heatsink, and a few blue LEDs to light up your computer case

Specifications

Drevo currently only plans to release a 256GB Ares model, but it hasn’t closed the door on other capacities. The company says it might develop other models if there is a market demand for larger entry-level NVMe drives.

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Intel Optane SSD 900P Review: 3D XPoint Unleashed

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The time is finally here. You’ve seen 3D Xpoint for the enterprise in our Intel DC P4800X review , and you’ve seen it as a fast cache for the desktop in our Optane Memory Review . But this is the form you’ve really been waiting for: A bootable 3D […]

The Intel Optane SSD 900P is lightning fast thanks to its new 3D XPoint memory, but it’s also expensive because the cutting-edge technology is in high demand. Intel and Micron developed 3D XPoint memory for more than a decade in a secret project that created the first new productized memory since 1966. The companies still won’t tell us all of the details behind the technology, but outside firms have confirmed it is a form of Phase Change Memory (PCM).

This speedy new memory is designed to fill the performance gap between DRAM and storage, so it crosses into both territorties. 3D XPoint is more expensive than NAND, but it is also faster and provides more endurance. 3D XPoint is slower than DRAM, but it is also cheaper and denser. The best part? Unlike DRAM, it retains data when you remove power, making it a suitable replacement for NAND.

Going into this review, we already knew the Optane SSD 900P would come away as the fastest consumer SSD ever. Intel derived the desktop version from the enterprise-focused DC P4800X, the fastest SSD we’ve tested. The real question was how much Intel would neuter the consumer version to reduce cost and keep data center administrators from adopting the desktop model as their own.

Intel did find a way to keep enterprise customers from scooping up all of these drives: the desktop Optane SSD 900P comes with one-third the endurance of the data center model and loses some enterprise features, such as SMBus. Nevertheless, the desktop Optane SSD 900P matches or exceeds the DC P4800X’s performance specifications, so it promises explosive performance.

Specifications

Intel’s bringing the Optane SSD to market in 280GB and 480GB capacities. The drives come in two predictable form factors: a PCIe Add-In Card and a 2.5″ U.2 drive with an SFF-8639 connector. Intel will only have four models ready during the initial rollout, the 480GB U.2 will come later in the year. There are two model numbers for the U.2 drives, but we only have the specific numbers for the 280GB drives. One will ship with a standard U.2 cable and the other ships with an M.2 to U.2 adapter.

The 900P’s capacities bookend the 375GB data center DC P4800X. Intel shared a roadmap with us that listed higher capacity enterprise models coming later this year, and even larger drives in 2018. We fully expect the desktop versions to grow in time as well, but Intel hasn’t mentioned any definitive plans for future drives.

The Optane 900P provides up to 2,500 MB/s of sequential read throughput, which is 100 MB/s higher than the enterprise DC P4800X. The sequential write needle pegs at 2,000 MB/s, but you’ll need to work to get there. The Optane SSD 900P really separates itself from the NAND SSD pack when we compare random performance. The desktop drives reach up to 550,000/500,000 read/write IOPS, which is well beyond any desktop SSD.

This article was first found at tomshardware.com

 

What are the Components of a Hard Drive?

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This is a nice info graphic detailing the parts of a hard driveHard drives are one of the most common hardware problems that I encounter on a weekly basis.  I highly suggest upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD).    For a great comparison of the benefits of a SSD verses a HDD visit our article.

SSD vs. HDD Comparison – What Makes Solid State Drives Better

SSD vs. HDD: What’s the Difference?

Do you like your storage cheap and plentiful, or fast and safe? Here’s how to choose between a traditional hard drive and a solid-state drive in your next PC.

The Choice Is Yours

Until recently, PC buyers had very little choice about what kind of storage to get in a laptop or desktop. If you bought an ultraportable, you likely had a solid-state drive (SSD) as the primary drive (C: on Windows, Macintosh HD on a Mac). Every other desktop or laptop form factor had a hard disk drive (HDD). Now, you can configure most systems with either an HDD or an SSD, or in some cases both. But how do you choose? We explain the differences between SSDs and HDDs (or hard drives), and walk you through the advantages and disadvantage of both to help you decide.

HDD and SSD Explained

The traditional spinning hard drive is the basic nonvolatile storage on a computer. That is, information on it doesn’t “go away” when you turn off the system, as is the case with data stored in RAM. A hard drive is essentially a metal platter with a magnetic coating that stores your data, whether weather reports from the last century, a high-definition copy of the original Star Wars trilogy, or your digital music collection. A read/write head on an arm accesses the data while the platters are spinning.

 An SSD does functionally everything a hard drive does, but data is instead stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data even when there’s no power present. The chips can either be permanently installed on the system’s motherboard (as on some small laptops and ultraportables), on a PCI Express (PCIe) card (in some high-end workstations and an increasing number of bleeding-edge consumer systems), or in a box that’s sized, shaped, and wired to slot in for a laptop or desktop’s hard drive (common on everything else). These flash memory chips are of a different type than is used in USB thumb drives, and are typically faster and more reliable. SSDs are consequently more expensive than USB thumb drives of the same capacities.

Note: We’ll be talking primarily about internal drives in this story, but almost everything applies to external hard drives as well. External drives come in both large desktop and compact portable form factors, and SSDs are gradually becoming a larger part of the external market.

A History of HDDs and SSDs

Hard drive technology is relatively ancient (in terms of computer history, anyway). There are well-known pictures of the infamous IBM 350 RAMAC hard drive from 1956 that used 50 24-inch-wide platters to hold a whopping 3.75MB of storage space. This, of course, is the size of an average 128Kbps MP3 file today, in the physical space that could hold two commercial refrigerators. The RAMAC 350 was only limited to government and industrial uses, and was obsolete by 1969. Ain’t progress wonderful? The PC hard drive form factor standardized at 5.25 inches in the early 1980s, with the 3.5-inch desktop-class and 2.5-inch notebook-class drives coming soon thereafter. The internal cable interface has changed from serial to IDE (now frequently called parallel ATA, or PATA) to SCSI to serial ATA (SATA) over the years, but each essentially does the same thing: connect the hard drive to the PC’s motherboard so your data can be processed. Today’s 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives mainly use SATA interfaces (at least on most PCs and Macs), though some high-speed SSDs use the faster PCIe interface instead. Capacities have grown from multiple megabytes to multiple terabytes, more than a million-fold increase. Current 3.5-inch hard drives have capacities as high as 10TB, with consumer-oriented 2.5-inch drives maxing out at 4TB.

Find the rest of this great write up at https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404258,00.asp

 

In the battle of SSD vs. HDD storage, the winner is clear

Solid-state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD) are the two main storage solutions available to consumers and they each have their benefits. That makes them quite specialist for different tasks, but if you asked us to pick one over the other for your main system, our recommendation would be clear. The battle of SSD vs. HDD was won long ago.

SSDs are far faster than their HDD counterparts and though they lose out when it comes to overall storage size, their pricing isn’t too distinct these days either.

It isn’t difficult to find HDDs with several terabytes worth of storage and they are getting bigger all the time, without too much of an increase in cost to the consumer. In contrast, SSDs tend to be much smaller and become prohibitively expensive over 2TB.

When it comes to storage space though, hard drives have a distinct advantage and likely will do for the foreseeable future. If you want to store something long-term or store large files and folders, hard drives are the way to go. However, that is one of the only areas where hard drives still hold sway.

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Best SSD Hard Drives of 2018 – Solid State Drives

Solid State drives are the only way to go in 2018.  The performance difference is huge when compared to hard drives of the past.  We hope you enjoy our first computer hardware feature found at techradar.com.

There are few things that will increase computer performance as easily and as noticeably as an SSD. Loading times evaporate when compared to similarly-sized hard drives, and unlike hard drives, there are no mechanical parts to break down or wear out.

The lack of mechanical parts makes SSDs lighter, smaller and exponentially faster than their hard drive counterparts, so they make excellent upgrades for laptops, by slicing down a few ounces and helping facilitate air-flow in desktop PCs.

Solid-state drives have come a long way in terms of technology, and more importantly, price. Capacities continue to increase while prices drop. More recent advancements like PCIe interfaces make SSDs even faster. If you’re looking to give your computer a kick in the pants, here are the best ways to do it.

Best SSD: Samsung 960 Evo

Capacity: 250GB/500GB/1TB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years

This is the top SSD on the market, and with good reason. It’s astonishingly fast, with up to 3200 MBps read and 1900 MBps write speeds. That’s due to the PCIe interface, which allows light-years faster speeds than the already extremely quick SATA interface. On top of that, it’s available with up to 1TB capacity. And it only requires 5.7 watts of power when active and a mere 1.2 watts when idle.

Best gaming SSD: Kingston HyperX Predator

Capacity: 240GB/480GB/960GB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years

  • M.2 form factor
  • Available half-height adapter

Kingston’s HyperX line-up is aimed squarely at gamers. Its headsets are known for being much higher quality than their price might hint at, and HyperX customer support is excellent. Its line of SSDs for gaming computers come in an M.2 form factor, but are also available with a half-height adapter that plugs into your PCIe like any other expansion card.

Best NVMe SSD: Samsung 960 Pro

Capacity: 512GB/1TB/2TB | Interface: PCIe | Warranty: 3-years

  • Excellent speeds
  • Available up to 2TB

The NVMe standard is designed to maximize the strengths of solid-state drives, and the Samsung 960 Pro takes full advantage. With an M.2 form factor and ridiculous read speeds of up to 3500 MBps, these SSDs are already enticing, but the fact it’s available as large as 2TB is incredible. All that storage doesn’t come cheap, but if you need lots (and LOTS) of fast storage, it’s definitely worth it.

Best PCIe SSD: Toshiba OCZ RD400

  • lots of sizes
  • fast read/write

If you’re looking for plenty of options, the Toshiba OCZ RD400 series of drives come in 4 sizes and three different form factors: M.2, M.2 2280, and add-in card (AIC). Not all sizes are in all form factors, so if you’re looking for a fast 1TB drive, make sure you have room in your computer case.

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