M.2

Kioxia this morning is updating their BG series of M.2 2230 SSDs for OEMs with the addition of the new BG5 family of drives. The latest in the company’s lineup of postage stamp-sized SSDs, the BG5 series sees Kioxia reworking both the NAND and the underlying controller to use newer technologies. As a result, the latest iteration of the drive is gaining overall higher performance thanks to the combination of PCIe 4.0 support as well as the switch to Kioxia’s latest BiCS5 NAND. However, in an unexpected twist, the BG series is no longer a single-chip design; instead, the NAND and controller on the BG5 are now separate packages. Long a fixture of pre-built systems, Kioxia’s BG series of SSDs have been a favorite of...

Combo SDIMM: Apacer adds SATA M.2 Storage to DRAM Modules

One focus of PC design is towards the smaller form factor. While mini-ITX is the standard ‘small’ form factor, Apacer is starting to sample their Combo SDIMMs that add...

19 by Ian Cutress on 8/2/2014

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Review: Ultra M.2 x4 Tested With XP941

ASRock has a history of bringing new features to motherboards where others can tread conservatively. For the Z97 Extreme6 we have an M.2 slot that runs at PCIe x4...

43 by Ian Cutress on 5/24/2014

Samsung SSD XP941 Review: The PCIe Era Is Here

For most of the last decade, SATA has been the dominant interface in the consumer storage space. As long as hard drives were the major media for storage, SATA...

110 by Kristian Vättö on 5/15/2014

ADATA at CES: SF-3700, Power Banks, etc.

Visiting any of the former RAM companies these days usually results in the same result: lots of SSDs, with RAM still there in the background and maybe PSUs and...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/13/2014

ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2

One of the next big things in motherboard development is the progressive move to faster storage – the superseding of SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. We...

22 by Ian Cutress on 12/12/2013

NGFF SSDs: Putting an End to Proprietary Ultrabook SSD Form Factors

We've seen a bunch of custom SSD form factors with the arrival of Ultrabooks as well as systems like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The need is...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

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