G.Skill Announce New DDR4 3200MHz 128GB (16GBx8) Memory Kit

G.Skill memory kits have become a popular choice among enthusiasts, and professional overclockers due to the high quality ICs and impressive speeds. Various world records revolve around G.Skill DIMMs which showcases their performance in extreme usage scenarios. Today, the company unveiled a new memory kit designed for video editing, rendering and other memory intensive tasks. This latest kit has a capacity of 128GB and opts for eight 16GB modules. Additionally, the DIMMs feature an impressive stock memory speed of 3200MHz which is a significant boost from the standard DDR4-2133MHz figure. Not only that, the memory kit offers a low latency of CL14-14-14-34 and uses an XMP profile with 1.35V. This is very impressive because the standard 2133MHz latency is actually higher with a rating of CL15-15-15-35.

As a result, there’s room for manual overclocking, and you should be able to attain some very impressive results. Here we can see a screenshot of the memory being completely stable under stress with the entire capacity and 3200MHz XMP 2.0 profile. As always, G.Skill is very serious about their testing procedure, and the DIMMs were stressed for a total of 42 hours. This gives an indication of the module’s stability and should be very reliable in any task you throw at it. In terms of pricing, the 128GB kit is quite a costly endeavour, but that’s expected given the huge capacity at your disposal. According to G.Skill, the starting price will be $1096, and should be available by the end of February.

While this might seem like a lot of money, you have to remember that it’s a tiny amount of people who require a capacity even exceeding 16GB. The majority of games run perfectly fine with 8GB, although I’d still recommend 16GB to be on the safe side. When you’re looking into 128GB kits, it’s designed for heavy editing, computational tasks or running virtual machines.

Patriot Introduces Four New 128GB USB 3.1 Flash Drives

Patriot Memory introduces four new USB flash drives with a large 128GB capacity yet packed in a compact form factor. The new USB flash drives use a USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface but are fully backwards compatible with previous USB standards. The drives are small and large, but they don’t feature the best overall performance. But one can’t expect wonders from such small drives with such large capacity. The drives are rated for speeds up to 110MB/s reading and 20MB/writing.

Pictured above is the Patriot Vex and it is the first of the four new drives. The Vex is perfect for the consumer looking for a pop of color, but minimalist design. The 128GB Vex will be available in a bright green coupled with a black plastic top for better grip while inserting and ejecting.

The Patriot Tab flash drive is probably the simplest it can get and speaks to those looking for a truly minimalistic design. It has a small eyelet at the top for attachment to a key ring or similar and at the same time it aids when ejecting the drive.

The Spart features a metal uni-body design that makes it seamlessly disappear into any device. A perfect grab-and-go drive, allowing the user to take their files wherever they please.

The last of the four new drives that got a capacity boost is the Supersonic mini. The compact, rubberized, and rugged, flash drive is built to withstand a beating and comes in a sleek opaque black finish.

The Tab, Spark Vex and Supersonic mini will be available for purchase worldwide on December 14th at a starting MSRP of $49.99 USD.

PQI Announces New Metallic Rose Gold iConnect for iPhones

One of the things that attract people to Apple devices is the design and that is something that can be matched to a whole lot of peripherals and accessories. Among those are the portable storage drives with a Lightning interface. PQI just updated the recently released iConnect series with a new Rose Gold version to match that style iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

The iConnect Lightning flash drive is made with a finish to perfectly match the popular Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and also comes in the previously available gold, silver, and grey versions. The iConnect’s outer casing is made with a metallic finish that has the same look and feel as the new Rose Gold iPhone for a more cohesive appearance as well as increased durability.

There are four different capacities available ranging from a small 16GB version and all the way up to 128GB. That is quite a lot of extra storage for your phone. The iConnect lightning drive also features a normal USB 3.0 port for connection to other devices such as PCs and laptops.

“Apple customers seek accessories that are an extension of their Apple experience, which is why PQI developed the new Rose Gold iConnect to meet Apple’s strict design specifications and are MFI (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) Certified,” proclaimed PQI Global CEO, Spencer Chiu. “The iConnect gives Rose Gold iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners a high capacity external storage device that compliments their iPhone rather than detracts from it.”

In terms of pricing, the MSRP is $59.99 for 16GB, $71.99 for 32GB, $107.99 for 64GB and $179.99 for 128GB. Could be worse.

Kingston HyperX Launches Savage Series USB 3.1 Flash Drive


Kingston’s high-end gaming division HyperX launched a new USB thumb drive to replace the popular DataTraveler HyperX drive. The new flash drive to replace it is called the HyperX Savage and continues the performance scheme that we have come to love from the HyperX series.

The new HyperX Savage comes in three capacity version: 64GB, 128GB, and a mighty 256GB version. As it always is with thumb drives, capacity has an impact on performance and the larger drives are faster. The 64GB version is rated for a performance of up to 350MB/s reading and 180MB/s writing while the larger 128GB and 256GB models can write with up to 250MB/s. That’s quite impressive for a USB flash drive.

The new drive is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant to suit the newest notebook standards as well as any other USB capable device such as smart TVs and consoles. The relative slim design should prevent too much interference and blocking around the USB port it has been plugged into, which is a big bonus.

The HyperX Savage also looks pretty stylish with its simple black design with a large red X in the middle. It is backed by a 5-year warranty and Kingston’s well-known free live technical support.

Features:

  • Blazing fast transfer speeds: HyperX Savage delivers blazing transfer speeds of 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write (64GB model delivers 350MB/s read and 180MB/s write) to save time and let you quickly access files with no performance lag. Capacities up to 256GB provide plenty of room to store large files including movies, high-resolution images, music, games and more.
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 1 functionality: HyperX Savage is compliant with USB 3.1 Gen. 1 specifications to let you take advantage of USB 3.0 ports in newer notebooks and desktops.
  • Bold design: This stylish drive has an aggressive look that complements the latest PCs and consoles. Its sleek black casing is accented with the signature HyperX logo in metallic red.
  • Multi-platform compatibility: Use this versatile drive on multiple platforms, including desktops, notebooks and gaming consoles1 including PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360®. Its slim design fits in tight console USB ports and it lets console users quickly transfer their profiles.
  • Capacities2: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed3: USB3.1 Gen. 1 (USB 3.0)
    – 64GB: 350MB/s read, 180MB/s write
    – 128GB−256GB: 350MB/s read, 250MB/s write
  • Dimension: 76.3mm x 23.48mm x 12.17mm
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Warrant/Support: Five-year warranty with free technical support
  • Backwards Compatible: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

HyperX Releases High-Capacity DDR4 Kit Additions

If you are one of them who can’t get enough memory in their system, then you are in luck as HyperX added new high-capacity kits to both their HyperX Savage and HyperX Predator DDR4 memory series. The modules look sweet and bring impressive speeds, capacities, and timings for both X99 and Intel 100 series chipset users.

The Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 memory is now available as a 2666MHz 128GB kit containing eight modules with a massive 16GB of RAM each. This new kit joins a family of the previously announced Savage DDR4 memory from 2133MHz to 3000MHz in various single modules and kits ranging from 4GB to 64GB capacities. While these new modules don’t get all the way to 3000MHz, they’re still very impressive with their 2666MHz and 15-16-16 timings.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 series is now available in 16GB DIMMs, meaning you can get 32GB kits of two modules and 64GB kits of four modules, all the way up to 3000MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR4 combines high frequency and aggressive CAS latencies to provide users with one of the fastest solutions in the market.

Both of HyperX’s memory series will be a great choice whether you using one of Intel’s new 100 series chipsets or the little older X99 chipsets. How much memory are you planning in your next build and what will it be used for? Let us know in the comments.

You can see a full list of available kits below.

ASRock Rack Launched Two New Xeon D Server Motherboards

Intel’s SoC based Xeon processors bring along amazing performance abilities and features for a SoC system as we’ve already had the pleasure to see in our motherboard review section. They come with full support for up to 128GB DDR4 ECC memory, impressive IOPS and support 10G Ethernet to bring an incredible value on a small footprint. ASRock Rack is now ready with two motherboards featuring the Intel D1500 series SoC processors, the new D1540D4U-2T2O8R and the D1520D4I, targeting the exponential growth for edge data.

The ASRock Rack D1540D4U-2T2O8R is a microATX motherboard slim enough to fit into 1U chassis and allow for 14 trays of 3.5-inch HDDs at the same time, allowing for an effective system with a low total cost of ownership. It features a D1540 processor and has four DDR4 DIMM slots for easy setups with 128GB ECC memory. You get six SATA3 ports from the SoC as well as eight SAS3 ports from an LSI3008 onboard controller. Besides these more legacy connectors, the board also features two M.2 slots that are perfect for both caching options and the operating system. It also supports up to 40G Ethernet controllers to connect all this raw performance and storage to the rest of the world.

D1540D4U-2T2O8R Highlights

  • uATX 9.6”x 9.6”
  • Intel Xeon D1500 Series Processors
  • Supports dual channel DDR4 2133/1866 ECC DIMM max. 64/64/128 GB
  • Support 6 SATA3 by D1500+ 8 x SAS3 by LSI3008
  • Supports 1x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and dedicated LAN (RTL8211E)
  • Supports Intel X540+ CS4227 by PCH

The second motherboard is the D1520D4I and it comes in an mITX form factor with a four-core D1520 processor. Despite the small size, it still features four DDR4 DIMM slots for up to 128GB DDR4 ECC memory. You also get six SATA3 slots, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, integrated IPMI 2.0 with dedicated LAN and dual Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet.

D1520D4I Highlights

  • Mini-ITX 6.7”x6.7
  • Intel Xeon D1520 Processor
  • Supports Dual channel DDR4 2133/1866 R-DIMM max 64/128 GB
  • Supports 6*SATA3 by D1500
  • Supports 1* PCIex16
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and Dedicated LAN (RTL8211E)
  • Supports Intel i210*2

Team Group Introduced the Team MiDRIVE for MacBooks

One of the downsides on MacBooks is the limited internal storage and no way to really upgrade it on the fly. Team Group has now created the Team MiDrive for just that and it plugs neatly into the side of your MacBook.

The Team MiDrive makes use of a UHS-1 high-speed memory card and comes as either 64GB or 128GB versions out of the box. With the expandable design and through the help of the high-speed memory card, MiDRIVE is able to take a step further to improve the storage capacity and the file management efficiency. Continuing Mac’s exquisite minimalist design and also satisfying users’ needs for both practical and personal style, the exterior features an ultra slim and short design with classic black and white pattern.

The included Team UHS-1 memory card can read with up to 60MB/s and write with up to 20MB/s. That’s no groundbreaking speed, but it’s not that bad either. It surely isn’t a replacement for USB 3.0 drives and their speed, but it has the benefit of sliding into the laptop instead of sticking out like a flash drive does.

Team Group did not reveal any pricing or availability in their announcement, but the new Team MiDrive with 64GB and 128GB should be available shortly.

Plextor Releases All New V-Series Solid State Drive Series

Plextor already has some really great solid state drives in their line-up, they’ve proven that in every review we’ve done with their drives so far. The newest member has just been officially introduced and it is called the V series.

The Plextor V-series SSDs comes in three different form factors, the M6V standard 2.5-inch, the M6GV M.2 2280 NGFF SSD, and the M6MV mSATA SSD. The drives are built around SMI’s newest generation 2246 controllers and are packed with Toshiba’s 15nm Toggle NAND flash memory. This allows these value based drives to come with a very good performance and they’re capable of reaching up to 535MB/s at sequential reads and 455MB/s at sequential writes. Random performance is equally great with 83K IOPS reading and 80K IOPS writing.

The M6V is also compatible with the latest version of PlexTurbo, they intelligent caching software that can increase your performance with up to seven times while it also saves on your SSDs wear and tear and thereby lifetime. The dynamic RAM buffer will automatic detect hot and cold data and only keep the needed in your memory.

The V series SSDs also passed rigorous tests executed with Plextor’s strenuous SSD testing equipment. Professional simulations on actual read/write statuses were performed with several “Plextor endurance testing mechanisms” to ensure that the V series SSDs have a Mean Time Between Failures of 1.5 million hours and they come backed by a three-year warranty.

The Plextor V series is estimated to hit the market at the end of July, so that is any day now. The 2.5-inch 7mm M6V and the M6GV M.2 drive will be available as 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions while the mSATA M6MV only comes as 128GB and 256GB versions. We should also have reviews of the Plextor V-series SSDs ready for you very soon.

Kingston Released new 128GB and 256GB SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 SD Cards

Kingston Digital just upgraded their range of high-speed SD cards with two new and larger capacities. The Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card is now available in 128GB and 256GB on top of the previous available 16GB, 32GB, and 64Gb models.

If you’re into 4K photography, 3D video, or high fps video and photo recording, then this card might be just the right one for you. That goes equally if you just want a speedy memory card. The Kingston SDHC/SDXC card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s thanks to the UHS-I speed class 3 (U3).

Kingston SDHC/SDXC UHS-I U3 Flash Card Features & Specifications:

  • Versatile: Class 10 performance when used in a non-UHS-I capable device
  • Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification
  • Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss
  • Compatible: with SDHC & SDXC host devices; SDXC cards are not compatible with SDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • File format: FAT32 (SDHC 16GB, 32GB); exFAT (SDXC 64GB, 128GB, 256GB)
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Operating Temperatures: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperatures: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Performance2: up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)

Kingston is backing these memory cards with a lifetime warranty and free technical support and they won’t even cost as much as you think. The 256GB model can currently be pre-ordered starting from 105 Euro for the 256GB model.

Crucial Announces Ballistix DDR4 16GB Performance Memory

Crucial is well known for their memory and storage drives, but this time it’s the memory that we’ll talk a little about. Crucial just announced the release of Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory with various heat-sink configurations.

The new modules are perfect for gamers and enthusiasts who deal with content creation, virtual machines, RAM drives, and memory-intensive applications. The new modules are using Micron’s new 8Gb DDR4 component technology to offer up these high-density DDR4 memory modules.

With the recent release of these high-capacity memory modules with 16GB per module, home users can now create systems with 128GB total memory capabilities that otherwise was reserved for server grade systems. The modules are compatible with the latest Intel X99 platforms and support XMP 2.0 profiles for easy setup.

“This density of memory module will start to become broadly available in the desktop space with our new 8Gb-based Ballistix DDR4 16GB modules,” said Jeremy Mortenson, worldwide DRAM product marketing manager, Crucial. “We anticipate that our new modules and component densities will enable smaller form factors and the next generation of computers to have capacities that were traditionally limited to the server or high-end desktop space.”

Ballistix DDR4 16GB memory is expected to ship in late July as Ballistix Sport, Ballistix Tactical, and Ballistix Elite. The 16GB modules will be available single or in kits up to 128GB and come backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

Patriot Expands Viper 4 DDR4 Series With 128GB Kit

There is no arguing that most of us can’t afford DDR4 memory at the moment and even less so when we talk of 128GB kits, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t dream. However, there are the people who need this kind of memory capacity, especially professional designers as well as server builders and more.

If you should need, or maybe just want, a system packed with 128GB DDR4 memory then you got a new kit to include in your considerations as Patriot expanded their Viper 4 DDR4 series to include both 64GB and 128GB kits based on 16GB modules. The 64GB kit consists of four modules while the 128GB naturally consists of eight modules.

“The addition of the 64GB and 128GB DRAM to the Viper 4 line will help to propel our already well-established catalog of gaming memory,” said Les Henry, Patriot’s VP of Engineering. “Patriot is committed to further developing its gaming line of memory in order to meet the ever growing demand of today’s high-end PCs.”

The new Viper 4 kits start at 2400MHz and running on 1.2V with 14-16-16-31 timings with faster speeds to be announced at a later time. The new modules are XMP 2.0 compatible as it should be. Each of the memory modules is hand-tested for quality assurance and the new modules are backed by Patriot’s lifetime warranty and great customer service.

Corsair Announces World’s First Available 128GB DDR4 Unbuffered Memory Kits

One thing is to create and demonstrate a lot of new memory kits, it is another to actually and finally bring them to the market. Corsair just announced the world’s first available 128GB DDR4 unbuffered memory kits, but that kind of memory will not come cheap.

The new kits are available in Corsair’s Vengeance LPX and Dominator Platinum series lines, giving content creators an unprecedented amount of high-speed DDR4 SDRAM for memory-hungry applications.

The 128GB total memory in the kits is composed of eight 16GB modules and designed for the latest X99 series Intel motherboards and come with XMP 2.0 support.  Speed wise we stay in the lower end of the scale as the modules are available with 2400MHz and 2666MHz memory rates.

The Dominator Platinum Series 128GB DDR4 Memory kit features the user-swappable colored light pipes and is built with hand-screened ICs. The Vengeance LPX Series 128GB DDR4 Memory kit features an aluminum heat spreaders for faster heat dissipation and an eight-layer PCB for superior overclocking headroom.

Pricing and specifications depend on model and variant and can be seen below. All three kits come with Corsair’s Lifetime Warranty and all three kits will cost you quite a bit. Starting at $1755, these aren’t memory kits for everyone.

HyperX Achieves Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit

G-Skill announced the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB memory not long ago, but we already knew then that they wouldn’t stay on the throne for long. The DDR4 memory market is new and under heavy development at the moment, which means that these records will be broken often by the competition.

This time is no different and it’s Kingston’s HyperX gaming division that set the new record for DDR4 memory kits with 128GB capacity as they announced that they created the world’s fastest 128GB memory kit.

The kit used to break this record consists of eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules (16GB x 8) in quad-channel configuration. The modules were running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The new modules use tight 16-16-16-36 timings and XMP profiles for easy and stable overclocking.

The new 16GB DDR4 memory modules will be demonstrated at Computex Taipei within a system that’s also packed with their recently released HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD. The live demo will be shown from June 4th to June 7th in their booth at ATT 4 FUN center where we’ll get the final details and specification of these modules, including the price.

Sony Unveils Xperia Z4

Sony have unveiled the latest phone in their Z range.The announcement arrived on their Japanese website outlining the specs for the new device.

The Z4 will have a 5.2-inch, HD display and is 6.9mm thick. The device will weigh 144 grams and contains a 1920*1080 resolution screen. Sony have made they Xperia range known for their waterproofing and their ability to withstand dust and dirt. The new phone comes with an IP6X dustproof rating and is also IPX5 and IPX8 certified, meaning it is not just splash resistant but can be fully submerged in water for a long period of time. The new device will also have a fully waterproof USB port so there is no requirement for the little caps that were used on earlier devices.

The new device will be available in 4 colours, White, Black, Copper and aqua green but Ssony have not released a price as of yet.

The Z4 will be equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear with a 5 megapixel one situated on the front of the device. Underneath the solid construction, the device contains a 2930mAh battery, a 64-bit Qualcomm snapdragon 810 processor, a whopping 3gb of ram and comes with Android Lollipop installed. Sony state that the device will have 32GB of internal memory with an SD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

As yet Sony have not released an international release date.

Thank you to Cnet for this information.

Image courtesy of GSM arena.

PNY Releases 128GB Hook Attaché USB 2.0 Flash Drive

PNY’s newest USB flash drive puts a whole of storage in you pockets. The Hook Attaché is a high-quality flash drive with up to 128GB capacity to store all the data you need on the go. The Hook Attaché has a silver finish with a sleek streamlined appearance.

The exterior covering is water proof, dust proof and shock proof, enough to endure daily use and keep your files protected. The carabiner hook design enables the drive to be securely attached to keys, backpacks, handbags, or any other accessory you might have. The cap-less design also makes sure that you don’t have a cap to lose or forget.

The PNY Hook Attaché also comes in other storage capacities of 8GB, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and it works with any Windows 2000 and Mac OS 10.3 or newer. It is also backed by a 5-year warranty.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Team Group Announces its M.2 SSD Lineup

Team Group has just launched its next generation form factor high-speed TM4PS4/TM8PS4 M.2 SSDs, which are said to provide a great solution for mobile computing due to their data saving performance, ultra compact size and lightweight.

The TM4PS4/TM8PS4 SSDs come with the next generation SATA III R3.0 6Gb/s transmission interface, which is also backward compatible with the R2.0 interface. The SSDs also come in two sizes, 22 x 42 mm and 22 x 80 mm, being suitable for most compact portable devices.

In terms of performance, the TM4PS4 SSD is said to have a read speed of up to 550 MB/s (ATTO), 520 MB/s (Crystal Disk Mark) and write speed of up to 150 MB/s (both), while also coming with 70K IOPS for the 128GB SDD and 40K IOPS for the 256GB SSD. In contrast, the TM8PS4 SSD comes with up to 560 MB/s (ATTO), 530 MB/s (Crystal Disk Mark) read speeds and up to 300 MB/s (both) write speeds, having a 73K IOPS for the 128GB version and 70K IOPS for the 256GB version.

Both the TM4PS4 and TM8PS4 have a 0.3W power consumption in idle, while providing an almost identical 1.1W and 1.2W respectively consumption while reading operations. Due to the double amount of write speed, the power consumed by the TM8PS4 jumps to 2.9 W, while the TM4PS4 stays at a 1.9 W mark.

Team Group has fitted both the M.2 SSDs with advanced garbage collection technology, wear levelling TRIM command and DevSleep mode. With a MTBF of 1.5 million hours and a 3-year limited warranty, the TM4PS4/TM8PS4 M.2 SSDs prove to be a good storage solution for any PC or laptop device.

Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information

Samsung Announces 128GB Flash Storage for Mid-Range Handsets

Samsung has just announced a 128GB 3-bit NAND-based flash storage for the mass-market devices. Compared to the traditional Universal Flash Standard 2.0, the 128GB storage solution comes with the Embedded MultiMedia Card 5.0 technology.

Though the latter technology is widely spread and it does not classify as the latest tech on the market, Samsung states that it will have sequential read speeds of up to 260 MB/s, the same as the new eMMC 5.1 technology.

For users looking for a reliable storage for processing high-definition media, Samsung states that the 128GB storage is “four and 10 times faster, respectively, than those of a typical external memory card” due to its random data read and write operations of up to 6,000 IOPS and 5,000 IOPS respectively.

Samsung did not officially state which device will feature the 128GB storage solution, though we might see a mid-range Samsung device on the market featuring the technology later this year.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information

Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 Cards Now Available

Lexar announced immediate availability of the Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 cards. The new cards enable professional cinematographers to quickly capture high-end, cinematic quality video and dramatically accelerate post-production workflow with read transfer speeds up to 510MB per second.

“Our Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card offers content creators the right storage solutions to keep up with the demands of 4K and beyond cinema-level videography,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “With industry-leading write performance and capacities, we are excited to know that the next generation of content will be captured on Lexar memory cards.”

The Lexar Professional 3400x CFast 2.0 card is available in capacities from 32GB up to 256GB, enough to capture all your moments. It comes bundled with the latest version of Image Rescue software and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

The new Lexar CFast 2.0 cards come with some serious speed, but also a serious MSRPs of £874.99 for 256GB, £525.99 for 128GB, £289.99 for 64GB, and £142.99 for 32GB.

Thanks to Lexar for providing us with this information

Apacer Unveils 128GB microSDXC U1 Memory Card

It might be tempting to take along the old memory card when getting a new smartphone or tablet, and while that choice might save you a couple of bucks to begin with, it might cost you your time instead. A great example would be LTE users, it doesn’t help you much to have a fast mobile connection when your storage can’t handle the same speeds.

Apacer has just unveiled their latest memory card, a microSDXC UHS-I U1 memory card with 128GB capacity. The new U1 rated card can achieve speeds up to 80MB/s reading and 20MB/S writing while having enough storage space to keep a lot of captured moments stored. A 128GB card like this can store around 32 thousand JPG photos or 45 hours of HD video.

Apacer will also make smaller capacities available: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

Thanks to Apacer for providing us with this information

Lite-On Introduced World’s First TLC NAND-Based SSD With Advanced LDPC Tech

During a press conference at CES, Lite-On Storage introduced its new CV2 family of solid-state drives packed with next-generation low-density parity-check (LDPC) technology that is said to extend the endurance by up to 33%. The new drives are powered by Marvell’s four-channel 88SS1074 controller with 256-bit AES encryption and DEVSLP and coupled with Toshiba’s A19 NAND.

The result is an SSD that is rated for 2,000 program-erase cycles, comes as 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities, and is backed by a three-year warranty. Sequential read performance tops out at 500 MB/s over SATA 6Gb/s, while random 4KB throughput hits the 100,000 IOPS mark

“Advances in manufacturing technology are responsible for facilitating higher-capacity SSDs at lower prices. The challenge becomes keeping their ones and zeros straight as more bits are stored in each memory cell. Today’s BCH error-correcting codes do a fair job of maintaining reliability, even faced with modern TLC NAND. But LDPC is universally accepted as the future, and Lite-On is leading the charge forward with its CV2 SSD family. The CV2 is built on Marvell’s newest mainstream processor and outfitted with an advanced implementation of LDPC. So, even as you enjoy enthusiast-class responsiveness at value-oriented prices, you can be sure the most cutting-edge storage technology is keeping your data safe.”

No word on pricing or availability yet, but expect both to follow soon.

Thanks to Lite-On for providing us with this information

Lexar Announces New Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II Cards

Lexar announced the new Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones. The new cards come bundled with a highspeed USB3 card reader and the cards themselves can deliver transfer speeds up to 150MB/s.

These new cards are perfect for everything from HD, 3D and 4K photo and video capture, and also for aerial content recorded with drones and quad copters. The new cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities allowing for more than 15 hours HD video on the biggest version.

“As the many uses for microSD cards grow and evolve, we want to provide users with the best possible workflow solution,” said Adam Kaufman, director of memory card product marketing, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards allow users to enjoy the benefits of the latest UHS-II devices, while also performing at the maximum speed threshold of UHS-I devices, and provide exceptionally fast file transfer when used with the included reader. Whether it’s with a tablet, smartphone, or quadcopter, the new Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will capture and move content faster than ever before.”

The new cards are backwards compatible to older standards, but they won’t reach the same amazing speeds there. The release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015 and the attached MSRP will be $59.99 for the 32GB card, $109.99 for the 64GB card, and $189.99 for the 128GB sized card.

Thanks to Lexar for providing us with this information

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ADATA Launches Stylish UC340 USB3.0 Flash Drive up to 256GB

ADATA Technology launched the new Choice UC340 USB 3.0 flash drive. The UC340 flash drive features trim geometric lines and a clean glossy finish. It is stylish enough to use it to accessorise and to carry in a neck strap, purse, or on a keychain for example. The new UC340 flash drive is powered by USB 3.0 and the largest model with 256GB capacity can transfer with up to 200MB/s and write up to 120MB/s. The coloured head is a push click button to extend or retract the USB connector.

It won’t be coming exclusively as 256GB though, you’ll be able to get this stylish flash drive from 16GB and up. The UC340 features both of ADATA’s UFGtoGO and OStoGO features for extended usage abilities and come with a lifetime warranty.

The UC340 will be available through selected retailers and distributors shortly at an MSRP of £8.90, £13.90, £23.90, £57.90 and £123.90 respectively for the 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256GB models.

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Patriot Upgrades LX Series Memory Cards with More Capacity

With the ever-growing need for more storage due to better hardware that is able to take better photos and videos in high-resolutions, bigger memory cards are starting to become a must. We’ve seen many companies recently upgrade their lineups with more capacity and now it’s become Patriot’s time.

Patriot Memory is upgrading their LX Series of SDXC and microSDXC cards with new versions that double the previous maximum capacity. The LX Series UHS-I Class 10 SDXC Flash card is now available up to 256GB while the LX Series UHS-I Class 10 microSDXC flash card is available up to 128GB.

Both new cards are compatible with the latest SD Association 3.0 specifications and can deliver write speeds up to 20MB/s. The SDXC card can read with up to 80MB/s while the microSDXC card has a reading speed of up to 70MB/s. Both cards are backed by a 5-year warranty and customer service.

The cards should be available shortly at popular retailers around the world. The MSRP is set to $129.99 for both the 256GB SDXC and 128GB microSDXC cards.

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Sony Quietly Launch New G Series XQD 2 Memory Cards

Sony has quietly launched a new series of their memory cards with a significant performance boost. The new G Series is compliant with both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB 3.0 interfaces for the XQD 2 Format. The new G-Series memory cards can deliver impressive speeds up to 400 MB/s reads and 350 MB/s writes.

Sony’s new G-Series memory cards provide efficient data writing and dependable recording of 4K video while avoiding speed degradation. The larger capacity 128GB model expands the line-up allowing up to 40 minutes of 4K XAVC Intra 422 60p (600Mbps) recording with 4K video cameras.

The G Series comes bundled with a dedicated USB 3.0 adapter so you can transfer all those RAW images and data-intensive 4K video files to your workstation at the same speeds, and get started with the those editing jobs.

These new memory cards won’t come cheap. The 32GB model will set you back $163.50, the 64GB model will cost you $363.95 while the largest 128GB card will cost a staggering $799.95. The included USB 3.0 adapter has a retail value of $38, so that can be seen as a value boost. The new Sony XQD cards will start shipping on November 3rd.

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Micron Release Next Generation Client-SSD’s

Micron is one of the leading manufacturers of memory chips, and as such they’ve just released their next generation consumer-class solid state drive; the M600 SATA SSD. We as end-users won’t have the pleasure of buying this drive right away, because it will start as an OEM-only drive. It could however very well be at the heart of the next mobile gadget you purchase. We can also expect it to appear as a Crucial drive in the not so distant future.

“The M600 sets a new bar for power, security and efficiency in client SSDs and delivers on our vision to provide the most advanced storage solutions,” said Darren Thomas, vice president of Micron’s storage business. “OEMs expect Micron to deliver leading-edge SSDs that give their products an advantage and a noticeably better user experience. The M600 fulfills that promise.”

There are two things that sets this drive apart from the rest. The first of them is the power consumption, as the M600 consumes less than 2 mW in sleep mode and has an average power draw of 150 mW during active use. As a comparison, a traditional 2.5-inch hard drive uses up to 2000 mW when used and 130 mW in idle. The gap isn’t as big when we compare to other SSD’s on the market, but it is still a difference.

Micron didn’t have to compromise the performance in any way to achieve this low power consumption, the drive actually promises exceptional performance. The drive has been tested to perform 100K IOPS on random reads and 90K on the writes. The numbers for the sequential tests are just as impressive with 560 MB/s when reading and 510 MB/s when writing. Even the smallest 128 GB model can deliver these speeds. That is something new and it is the second thing that sets the M600 apart from the crowd.

This is achieved by using Micron’s own 16 nm process technology, the most advanced flash on the market. It is packed in Micron’s 128 Gb NAND so even the smallest form-factors can benefit from large storage. The longevity should be guaranteed as well with the 1 TB model being rated to reach up to 400 TB total bytes written (TBW), that is enough for 220 GB a day, every day, for five years.

Further more, some of the models use the Dynamic Write Acceleration (DWA) technique. A fake SLC caching mechanism that works in real-time to dynamically switch between SLC and MLC conversions in the NAND. This is the what makes the small drives just as fast as the large ones.

Encryption is more important than ever these days, and Micron of course have added an AES-256-bit hardware encryption to the drive. It complies with the TCG Opal 2.0 standards and the Microsoft eDrive protocol for easy management under Windows 8 environments. The drive also has a long list of other features we’re used to and are expecting by now, such as RAIN on-board fail-over protection and client-class power-loss protection for data in the buffer. The adaptive thermal-monitoring dynamically adjusts power consumption based on system temperature, ideal for ultra-small, thermally constrained systems.

The Micron M600 is offered in 128, 256 and 512 GB mSATA and M.2 module configurations, where the M.2 module is offered in both 80mm and 60mm versions. The 2.5-inch, 7 mm drive will be available in capacities from 128 GB to 1 TB. Shipping has already started, so expect products to be available very soon.

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Angelbird SSD2go Pocket USB3 Solid State Drive Released

Angelbird have released their brand new SSD2go Pocket today; a durable USB3 powered Solid State Drive for the person on the go. The newest member of the Angelbird family delivers everything you would expect from a premium brand, including first-class components, superb craftsmanship and breathtaking read/write-speeds.

The SSD2go Pocket is a small drive, but only in terms of physical size; measuring 89.0 x 69.9 x 10.4 mm and weighing just 90 grams. The case is made of CNC-machined aluminium, with a stylish pearl blasted and hard-anodised finish. At the time of launch there are four colour options for the SSD2go pocket: Silver, Blue, Red and Black. The power consumption is equally low with just 0.8W at idle and 2.4W under full load, making sure the drive doesn’t drain your battery unnecessary.

With it being an extremely durable 

and portable drive, you’d want it to work under extreme condtions as well, and it does. It works flawlessly from -20°C to 70°C and has a guaranteed data integrity from -40°C to 85°C. Angelbird have also put some extra thought into the connection type, and used an extremely robust type-A USB 3.0 port on the drive itself. Not only is it more durable than the micro versions, it also allows them to move the port further into the drive.

The SSD2go pocket is rated with transfer speeds of 450 MB/s read and 390 MB/s write. Those transfer speeds are possible through the native implementation of UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), which makes optimal use of the Silicon Motion 2246EN-controller and custom packed original micron NAND (16nm/L95B).

Angelbird is so sure of the quality they deliver here, that they offer a 5-year warranty on the drive, and rate it to a MTBF of over 2 million hours.

 It’s not just robust and fast, it’s also user-friendly and will work straight from the box with computers, TV sets and a huge range of multimedia devices in your car and home. Even USB On-The-Go (OTG) is supported, so you could attach it directly to your smartphone or tablet.
 The SSD2go pocket has surge and overload protection built in (ESD, EMS, ECC), as well as TRIM and SMART. It’s actually the worlds first USB drive to support TRIM and SMART on Mac devices.

Each SSD2go pocket has a unique serial number which can be used to register the device online with Angelbird’s PSP (Personal Support Portal), giving you access to useful information. This one-stop-shop will let you know how much time remains on your warranty etc., as well as giving you access to exclusive software downloads. It is worth noting that the software is already loaded onto the drive when you buy it. Full versions of Parallels 10 (limited to 6 months), Bitwig Studio 1.0 (limited to 3 months), System Reflection back-up tool (unlimited) and PureMix instructional videos are all available at your disposal. In addition, renowned musicians like Marshall Jefferson, CeCe Rogers and Trash Junk offer exclusive music and samples for remix purposes too.

The SSD2go pocket is currently available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512 GB. Customers who choose to order directly from Angelbird’s own website, can now order special personalized units, with a bespoke two-line engraved message. Considering what you get here, the drive is more then reasonable priced at £119.99 for 128GB, £159,99 for 256GB and £269,99 for the 512GB model.

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If you’d like to convince yourself just how durable this drive is, then I’ll encourage you to watch the video above. Angelbird’s CEO, Roman Rabitsch, gives the drive an extreme test in an uncut video. The test starts around 2:50, if the entire video is to long for you. We’ll also have a review of the drive ready for you soon.

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Lexar Announces 2-in-1 USB3 Flash Drive and High Performance 128GB microSDXC Card

 

Lexar has announced to new storage products today for users that are on the go. The first is the Lexar JumpDrive M20 Mobile USB 3.0 Flash Drive that features two retractable connectors, a micro-USB and a USB 3.0. The drive allows users to easily transfer playlists, photos, videos, and files with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets or smartphones without the use of cables or Wi-Fi.

With read speeds of up to 120MB/s it can transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than one minute, a lot faster and somewhat more onvenient solution that using Wi-Fi or cable connections. It’s not the cheapest drive on the market, but it aint the slowest either, so the pricing with an MSRPs of £25.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), and £79.99 (64GB) seem very fair for a dual-drive. The JumpDrive will be available in October 2014.

Features

  • Transfers files between mobile devices without cables or Wi-Fi
  • Designed for use with On-The-Go (OTG)-enabled Android tablets and smartphones*
  • USB 3.0 performance (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write)**
  • Retractable 2-in-1 design with a micro-USB and USB 3.0 connector
  • Works with ASTRO File Manager (download at Google Play store)
  • Compatible with both PC and Mac® systems
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Three-year limited warranty

The second new product are the Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I 128GB cards designed for sports camcorder, tablets or smartphone storage, where speed matters. So whether you’re shooting the action with your sports camcorder or an aerial camera, you can quickly capture, play back, and transfer a large amount of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action.

The improved speed over traditional SD cards will also benefit any tablet or smart phone user with faster access to your music and photos, as well as what other files you might transfer with your device. The cards are rated as Class 10 and are taking advantage of the UHS-I technology to deliver transfer speeds up to 633 times that of traditional cards. As a bonus it comes with an USB3 card reader to plug directly into your computer for maximum transfer speeds.

The new card will also be available for purchase in October 2014, with an MSRP of £87.99 and that includes a limited lifetime warranty.

  • Premium memory solution for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Quickly captures, stores, plays back, and transfers media files, including 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
  • Leverages UHS-I technology for a transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s)*
  • Stores more than 15 hours of HD video; 33,000 photos; or 28,000 songs**
  • Includes high-speed, Class 10 card and USB 3.0 reader
  • Limited lifetime warranty for card and one-year limited warranty for USB 3.0 reader

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