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M1 Mac SSD lifespan concerns might not be a clear-cut case

M1 Mac SSD lifespan concerns might not be a clear-cut case

The new Macs based on the Apple M1 Silicon have brought a lot of new and exciting things to Apple's computing platform. As with any new thing, there are also questions and concerns about the changes that these bring. It's no surprise, then, that users, developers, and tech pundits are a bit worried about reports surrounding the longevity of the new M1 Macs' SSDs but the numbers might not actually be giving the whole picture.

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Corsair MP600 SSDs make a big deal of industrial design aesthetics

Corsair MP600 SSDs make a big deal of industrial design aesthetics

Corsair just revealed several off-the-wall next-generation solid state drives (SSD) the likes of which you've probably never seen before. Included in the mix are the Corsair MP600 CORE, MP600 PRO, and MP600 PRO Hydro X Edition. As you'll see right out the gate, each of these components is made not JUST to sit inside your PC and function well - they're made to LOOK good, too.

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Samsung 870 EVO SSD gives 8K creatives a storage speed boost

Samsung 870 EVO SSD gives 8K creatives a storage speed boost

Samsung has a new version of its most popular SSD, with the Samsung 870 EVO promising up to a 38-percent boost in speed for those wanting a big chunk of speedy solid-state storage. Replacing 2018's 860 EVO, the new SSD supports maximum SATA sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s, and write speeds of up to 530 MB/s.

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SanDisk, WD, WD_Black brands ramp up portable SSD to 4TB

SanDisk, WD, WD_Black brands ramp up portable SSD to 4TB

This week WD announced a set of devices that'd be getting upgrades for the new year. The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD, the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (non-pro), the WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD, and the My Passport SSD from WD will all be given new iterations in the market with 4TB storage inside. They'll be priced between $679.99 and $749.99 dependent on model.

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OWC’s new Thunderbolt docks and portable SSDs give WFH an upgrade

OWC’s new Thunderbolt docks and portable SSDs give WFH an upgrade

CES 2021 officially kicks off today, and Other World Computing - otherwise known as OWC - has started things off by revealing an entire slate of new accessories. The company revealed four new accessories in all today: the USB-C Travel Dock E, the U2 shuttle that can house up to four NVMe M.2 SSDs, the OWC Thunderbolt Dock, and the Envoy Pro FX external SSD. All of the products OWC announced today will either be available this month or within the first quarter of 2021.

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SK hynix shows off 176-layer 4D NAND flash

SK hynix shows off 176-layer 4D NAND flash

SK hynix has announced that it has completed the development of the industry's most multilayered 512-gigabit triple-level cell (TLC) 4D NAND flash comprised of 176 layers. The company says it provided samples to controller companies last month so they could design products around it. Previously, SK hynix promoted its 4D technology using a 96-layer NAND flash product combining Charge Trap Flash with high-integrated Peri.

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WD_BLACK expands with gaming dock SSD, PCIe Gen4 for gaming

WD_BLACK expands with gaming dock SSD, PCIe Gen4 for gaming

Today Western Digital revealed several new SSD products all aimed at a top-tier next-gen gaming experience. Included in the release were the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD, the WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD Add-in-Card, and the WD_BLACK D50 Game Dock NVMe SSD. The NVMe SSD with next-gen PCIe Gen4 technology rolls with up to 7000 MB/s sequential read speeds and up to 1M IOPs, so says Western Digital.

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SanDisk Extreme portable SSDs serve up a big speed boost

SanDisk Extreme portable SSDs serve up a big speed boost

Today Western Digital announced two new additions to its lineup of SanDisk portable SSDs: the SanDisk Extreme and SanDisk Extreme Pro. The biggest improvement here seems to be speed, with Western Digital saying that these new drives offer "nearly" double the speed of drives from the previous generation. They also come in large capacities as well, so if you're regularly working with large videos or other projects that take up a ton of space, they might be a good call (if you can afford the price tag that comes along with those higher capacities, that is).

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Samsung 980 PRO SSD release date and price ready for PCIe 4.0 at last

Samsung 980 PRO SSD release date and price ready for PCIe 4.0 at last

Samsung revealed their next-generation 980 PRO SSD this morning for "advanced applications for gamers and creative professionals." This device is the company's first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid-state drive (SSD), ever. This Samsung 980 PRO unit is, as Samsung suggests, designed largely in-house. That includes "all the key components" like the custom Elpis controller, DRAM, V-NAND, and other bits too.

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WD ArmorLock Portable SSD wants to make protecting local data easy

WD ArmorLock Portable SSD wants to make protecting local data easy

A lot of the narrative around protecting user data often happens in the context of the cloud or the Internet, where data is often vulnerable to snooping and hijacking. Data stored on local storage, however, are just as or even more vulnerable, especially when talking about portable external storage. Encryption is, of course, an option, but one that comes as the cost of speed and flexibility. Western Digital is now boasting that its new ArmorLock encrypted NVMe SSD can let you have your security cake and eat it, too.

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Western Digital My Passport SSD grabs an NVMe boost

Western Digital My Passport SSD grabs an NVMe boost

Western Digital announced a new addition to its lineup of My Passport external SSDs today. Simply called the My Passport SSD from WD, it might be somewhat easy to confuse this new SSD with other ones, but it seems the hardware inside will be the real difference maker. WD's My Passport SSD uses NVMe drives, which promises solid read and write speeds in an external drive that has a smaller footprint than previous models.

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SSD and RAM prices to drop because there’s too much supply

SSD and RAM prices to drop because there’s too much supply

It seems like things are looking up for the PC market, with shipment numbers finally showing a rise last quarter. That has mostly been thanks to the rise in demand for desktops, laptops, and even tablets as the world adjusts to remote work and school setups. Ironically, those same global conditions are causing manufacturers NAND and DRAM products like RAM and SSDs some trouble as there is now an oversupply of these memory components and not much demand for them.

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