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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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Lexar SL200 1TB portable SSD revealed with USB-C

Lexar SL200 1TB portable SSD revealed with USB-C

There's a new Lexar external data drive in the world this week called the Lexar SL200. This is an SSD, with SSD-level performance, which means it'll roll at speed up to 550MB/s read and 400MB/s write. This machine has 256-bit AES encryption and connects with a USB-C port - that's USB-C to USB-C or USB-C to USB Type-A.

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Samsung 870 QVO SSDs pump up capacity to a whopping 8TB

Samsung 870 QVO SSDs pump up capacity to a whopping 8TB

Samsung today announced a new lineup of 2.5-inch quad-level cell SSDs that will all be part of the 870 QVO series. Storage options for these drives start out in familiar territory with 1TB, 2TB, and even 4TB models, but for the 870 QVO, Samsung is rolling out the big guns, announcing that the series will be home to an 8TB drive as well. Expect that to cost a pretty penny when it releases later this year.

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Apple adds new MacBook Pro 16″ GPU and Mac Pro SSD kits

Apple adds new MacBook Pro 16″ GPU and Mac Pro SSD kits

Apple is quietly adding new options for the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Pro, including SSD upgrades that will allow owners to squeeze more storage into their macOS desktop. Expected to be put up for sale later today, it'll add a new flagship GPU option for Apple's top-spec notebook, too.

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Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Today we're taking a peek at Microsoft's latest revealed details on Xbox Series X backward compatibility with older Xbox games. Microsoft revealed today that "thousands of games" are already playable on test versions of Xbox Series X hardware. It's clear already that this won't be a 1-for-1 game compatibility list with the Xbox One, but it'll certainly include a whole BUNCH of games right out the gate.

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Samsung T7 SSD boasts breakthrough speed for USB-C storage

Samsung T7 SSD boasts breakthrough speed for USB-C storage

Samsung's newest SSD is now available, with the Samsung T7 announced back at CES 2020 finally ready to slip into your pocket. Smaller and cheaper than the T7 Touch Samsung already launched - and which has a fingerprint sensor along with its solid-state drive - the regular T7 opts for simplicity instead.

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Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD comes with a fingerprint scanner

Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD comes with a fingerprint scanner

The mobile lifestyle now no longer just applies to smartphones. It's no longer unusual to see people carrying laptops around and working anywhere there's a Wi-Fi connection or a power outlet or both. The change in lifestyle and work habits has also changed the way we store and access data or even the volume of data we accumulate in a short amount of time. That means that portable storage, even usually expensive SSDs, has become more common and so is the risk of theft or loss. Samsung is coming to the rescue with a portable SSD that offers an additional layer of security on top, literally.

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