CES 2016 - If the new super-fast PCIe-based Hellfire SSDs weren't enough storage goodness for you from Patriot, the new Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure should have you raising an eyebrow with its USB Type-C connectivity.
The Patriot Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure converts any 2.5-inch SSD or HDD to an external storage drive, with Patriot providing two connector cables: a microB to Type-C and a microB to Type-A, which ensures that everyone can get use out of the SSD enclosure.
Saeed Arash Far, Global Director of Engineering for Patriot explains: "The Market is rapidly changing from the traditional USB connectivity and data transfer to the latest advancements in USB connectivity, such as Type-C, and the fast speeds of USB 3.1 Gen 2. With the Gauntlet 4, Patriot enables consumers to take full advantage of these speeds across different platforms in addition to Type-C enabled notebooks and computer systems".
The Gauntlet 4 SSD enclosure is backwards compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 3.0, and will be available later this quarter for $39.99.
CES 2016 - LaCie unveiled its new Chrome Drive today at CES 2016, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, offering 10Gbps speeds - up to 1GB/sec.
This is thanks to two 500GB M.2 SATA SSDs in RAID 0 inside, where they deliver speeds up to 940MB/sec. LaCie says that the Chrome Drive is a serious external storage powerhouse, capable of taking in two hours of 4K footage from a GoPro camera in just over one minute.
We also have the USB-C connector, but it's also compatible with the standard USB 3.0 connector, so it'll plug into most PCs and Macs.
When it comes to price, the LaCie Chrome comes in up to 1TB for $1100, which is quite a lot - but those speeds are damn impressive, as is the polished billet aluminum designer enclosure. For video editors on the go, this might be the new go-to solution for super-fast external storage.
CES 2016 - Seagate came out batting quite hard at CES and Storage Visions 2016, with an impressive new external HDD thanks to its acquisition of LaCie.
Seagate and LaCie showed off a huge 8TB external HDD powered by USB-C, so if you have USB-C on your PC or Mac, you can enjoy the new connectivity standard. The new LaCie Porsche Design external HDDs come in 4TB, 5TB and 8TB capacities, for all data needs - be it backups of your important data, photos, business files, or even your Steam directory.
All you'll need to do is use a single USB-C cable, and that's enough to power the entire drive and provide data transfer. As for pricing, LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive arrives in 4TB from $209.95, with no pricing provided on the 5TB and 8TB drives just yet.
Seagate is following its Backup Plus Slim mobile hard drive with the Backup Plus Ultra Slim and claiming the world's thinnest 2TB mobile HDD title in the process.
The Ultra Slim measures 113.5 x 76 x 9.6 mm, weighs 135g, and makes use of Seagate's 2.5'' HDD tech, which they say makes it twice as thin as rival 2TB drives; it supports USB 3.0 and 2.0 with transfer speeds up to 120MB/s.
Vying to give users peace of mind, OCZ has announced further expansion of its ShieldPlus Warranty to 66 new countries including Australia, Japan, Thailand and more. This expansion brings the total coverage up to 99, marking a major global presence by this technology giant.
Alex Mei, CMO, says that this expansion aligns with OCZ's company agenda, stating that "It has always been important for OCZ to provide high-caliber products and service and our ShieldPlus warranty raised the bar for end-user support." "We are pleased to announce that key regions such as China, Japan, and Australia can now partake in ShieldPlus, furthering our commitment to reduce hassle, minimize downtime, and provide top-notch service to the masses," he continued.
Covering products released after July 2014, ShieldPlus Warranty is extended to drives from the ARC 100 series, the Radeon R7 series, the Vertex 460A series, the Vector 180 series, and the Trion 100 series.
CES 2016 - Samsung is staying ahead of the portable SSD game announcing their new T3 SSD, a portable SSD that arrives in capacities all the way up to 2TB.
The new T3 SSD is a little bigger than its predecessor, but it's smaller than most business cards. It's twice as heavy as the T1, weighing in at 1.8 ounces (51g). The extra weight isn't just there as additional heft, Samsung has included a shock-resistant metal case and internal frame, meaning that the new T3 SSD can take up to 1500Gs of force, and a drop from up to six feet.
Samsung adds that it has included an integrated Thermal Guard feature that stops the T3 from overheating in extreme temperatures. The T3 SSD features vertical 3D-NAND (V-NAND) memory, which is found in Samsung's 850 EVO SSD, with the T3 capable of read/write speeds of up to 450MB/sec.
CES 2016 - SanDisk has shown further commitment to the portable storage realm with its recent announcement of an all-terrain SSD and new flash drives.
The rugged portable SSD is named the SanDisk Extreme 510 and comes packed with a 480GB drive within. Capable of protecting your drive with its rubber bumper and IP55 water and dust resistance rating, this new product transfers files at up to 430 MB/s. Further featuring 128-bit encryption, this product is available for $249.99 with a two-year warranty.
Adding to the portable storage realm is SanDisk's new highest capacity flash drive, the Connect Wireless Stick and its sibling, the Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0. Storing a massive 200GB, SanDisk's new Connect Wireless stick is compatible with Apple and Windows desktop or mobile devices, allowing users to stream content or transfer files around. The Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 is marketed towards those looking at smaller solutions, allowing users to manage their Android device storage via the SanDisk Memory one app, making full use of this products' 128GB storage. The Connect Wireless Stick is available for $119.99 with the Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 being now on the shelves for $59.99.
CES 2016 - On the showfloor at Las Vegas, SanDisk today announced the "world's thinnest" 1TB solid state drive in the SATA M.2 form factor.
M.2 SSD's are traditionally quite slim and lithe, but SanDisk's new X400 SSD's push the limits of M.2 storage by packing a full 1TB of capacity into an ultra-thin NAND drive. The X400 super thin at 1.5mm, and SanDisk notes that it's the first single-sided 1TB SATA M.2 with such a minimal size.
Like other SanDisk storage modules, the X400 comes with the company's nCache 2.0 and DataGuard baked-in for quick responsiveness and high reliability. The new X400 SSD line is also built on the company's X3 Technology to use 90% less power than traditional HDD's.
Storage Visions 2016 - TweakTown was able to get one of the first photos ever of a working prototype 3D XPoint DDR4 DIMM today at Storage Visions 2016.
Intel/Micron's phase change persistent memory technology known as 3D XPoint is undoubtedly the hottest storage technology on the horizon. Intel and Micron envision 3D XPoint causing a revolution not in just storage, but computing as a whole.
3D XPoint will have many storage applications, the most powerful and compelling of which is coming in the form of persistent addressable system memory. Designed to run on the system memory bus, Intel's 3D X-Point DIMM technology moves more data closer to the CPU.
CES 2016 - Patriot Memory just announced the Hellfire line of SSD's, their next-gen line of that are PCIe 3.0 x4 compliant. It'll come in both PCIe slot variants and in the increasingly popular M.2 form-factor.
Their new SSD's will use a new Phison 5007 SSD controller and MLC NAND to deliver up to 2,500mb/s read rates in the M.2 version and up to a massive 3,000mb/s read speed and 2,200mb/s write speed for the single-slot PCIe kind. With the new controller from Phison, they'll be NVMe 1.2 compliant.
Both of the new Hellfire SSD's will come in sizes from 240GB to 960GB and should be available in the 1st quarter of 2016, so very soon. This means another great choice if you're looking to upgrade storage in your gaming rig.