Kingston Releases Micro-SD Card Designed for Action Cameras

There are plenty of memory cards on the market, but it aren’t all of them that are equally suited for all tasks – much in the same way as it is with any other kind of storage product. Kingston just released a new micro SD Card specifically designed for use with action cameras and that comes with UHS-I U3 Speed Class 3 ratings. The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB.

The new Kingston SDCAC microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 memory card comes in various sizes from 16GB and up to 64GB. Its rugged performance and form factor make this micro SD card ideal for most action cameras including GoPro and drones.

The cards feature speeds of up to 90MB/s when reading and up to 45MB/s when writing. While that doesn’t sound like much when we compare it to SSD performance, it is quite nice for a card of this size. And we also have to keep in mind that these are minimum speed ratings and not possible maximum speeds.

The sustained performance allows outdoor enthusiasts to shoot in 4K resolutions without missing a single frame and even shoot up to 240 frames per second on normal Full-HD recordings. With a capacity availability from 16GB to 64GB, there should be a right card for everyone. The 16GB and 32GB capacities are shipping this month while the larger 64GB ships next month.

The cards can perform in any environment as they are waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof. Pretty much just proofed. The card is available in two version, with and without an SD card adapter that lets users quickly and easily view footage on a PC, notebook, or media reader.

Kingston’s microSD Action Camera UHS-I U3 is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support, and legendary Kingston reliability. No word on pricing yet.

Features and Specifications:

  • Designed for action cameras and drones: shoot video at up to 30 frames per second in 4K or capture HD footage at 240 frames per second on your GoPro, action camera or drone to preserve every second of your latest adventure.
  • Rugged for every adventure: waterproof, shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof to perform even in harsh environments.
  • Enough space for your trip: whether shooting in 4K or at 240 frames per second, the card has room to keep you going.
  • Guaranteed: Lifetime warranty, legendary reliability, free technical support.
  • Capacities1: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB (shipping later)
  • Performance7: 90MB/s read and 45MB/s write, UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3)
  • microSD Dimensions: 11mm x 15mm x 1mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24mm x 32mm x 2.1mm
  • Format: FAT32 (microSDHC 16GB-32GB); exFAT (microSDXC 64GB)
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V
  • Warranty: Lifetime

ASUS Announces Travelair AC Pocket-Sized Wireless Flash Drive

ASUS has created a few products out of their norm lately and I think it’s nice to see them breaching into new product categories, especially when they create things that aren’t all that common yet. The newest product to be announced is the Travelair AC which is a pocket-sized wireless flash drive.

The ASUS Travelair AC features 802.11ac wireless network connectivity which easily is 3 times faster than the legacy 2.4GHz band that a lot of such devices operate on. The faster wireless connection doesn’t just provide better copy and streaming speeds, it also allows your devices to stay on a single network for less hassle.

Basic 2.4 GHz and 5GHz wireless connectivity is just one of the features in ASUS new portable flash drive as it also feature NFC technology for instant connection to NFC-enabled mobile devices for an even easier setup. The Travelair AC features 32GB built-in memory which in itself isn’t much, but it can be easily expanded through the built-in SD card reader.

The flash drive also features a micro USB connector for a wired connection to non-wifi devices as well as to charge the built-in 3000 mAh battery.

ASUS added a dual wireless functionality to the Travelair AC, so you won’t lose your internet connection when using this wireless flash drive. You simply connect the Travelair AC to your router and any device that connects to the drive will also automatically get the signal forwarding to your internet connection. Naturally this support also includes WPA2 security for secure connections both ways

The ASUS AiDrive app for Android, iOS, and Kindle devices allows for easy setup and connection, but the drive is also compatible with Windows and Mac OS devices. The built-in battery should provide up to 10 hours of multimedia content streaming to Wi-Fi-enabled devices per charge which should be enough for even the longest trips.

Pricing and availability of the ASUS Travelair AC are yet to be announced.

Specifications

  • Wi-Fi standards: IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz & 5GHz
  • Storage capacity: 32GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Micro USB, NFC
  • OS Compatibility: iOS 7 or higher, AndroidTM 4.0 or higher, Kindle Fire HD and HDX, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colors: White
  • Size: 86 x 86 x 21mm
  • Weight: 120g

Silicon Power Releases Impressive Superior CF 1100X

Silicon Power released a new memory card for professional video and photographers, the new Superior CF 1100X. I’ve had the pleasure to play around with some fast memory cards over the time, but I’ve personally not had anything better than 600x speed which makes 1100x quite impressive.

The Superior CF 1100X is built with SLC NAND for the best reliability, in fact, it has an endurance and durability that is over 33 times higher than MLC-based products. It offers up to 100K erase and write cycles for outstanding reliability for a long time.

The card is rated for transfer speeds up to 165MB/s reading and 151 MB/s writing and it supports UDMA 7 mode which increases workflow efficiency. With this card, you will be able to capture up to 14 FPS continuously with a full-frame camera. The card is also compliant with the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) that ensures video capture at a minimum sustained write speed of 65MB/s for 4K video recording.

Silicon Power’s Superior 1100X is available in two capacities, either 32GB or 64GB, and it is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Features

  • Compliant with CompactFlash 6.0 specification
  • 1100X high transfer rate, and UDMA 7 compliant
  • Supports 14 fps (frames per second) for full-frame camera
  • Built-in original SLC NAND Flash for excellent endurance and prolonged lifespan
  • Optimized for 3D, 4K, and Full HD videos and images
  • Compliant with VPG-65 standard
  • Built-in ECC technology
  • Durability: 100,000 erase/ write cycles
  • MTBF: More than 1,000,000 hours

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB (4x8GB) Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Introduction


In today’s market, memory, RAM, Random Access Memory, whichever you like to call it, plays a major factor in the way we determine our computers cost effectiveness. A general PC store will tout just the good numbers which is normally just the quantity of RAM rather than the specification or even branding; while a reputable enthusiast store or self-builder will focus on areas such as timings and speed rather than the quantity or capacity.

In the latest iteration of the highly popular DDR format is DDR4. It’s by no means new, but with the recent release of Intel Skylake and the Z170 chipset, DDR4 memory has been pushed into the limelight of mainstream computer builders. This brings with it two benefits, more demand means more production and thus lower purchase costs and higher speeds for the end users compared to DDR3(L).

The kit we have in today is the Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4 2666MHz. This is currently the highest clocked memory modules that Crucial produce, which is lower than what the likes of Kingston offer, but let’s see if this Elite 2666MHz kit has what it takes to compete with the big hitters.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

We won’t dwell on the packaging too much as it is very plain and simple: four modules neatly packed into a small rectangular clamshell box. This kit is a quad-channel variety so each module is 8GB in size.

A Closer Look

The Crucial Elite range is all very similar, but the transition from DDR3 to DDR4 has seen the fins removed from the top of the heatsink; A lower profile makes room for a bigger CPU heatsink and better airflow around the case.

Boston Venom 2500-0P Gaming PC Review

Introduction


Boston’s reputation is synonymous with producing some of the most reliable enterprise-grade PCs over the last 20 years and offers clients a huge array of component choices. The company’s ethos revolves around clean, quiet and professional PC solutions to fulfill the demanding technical requirements of high-end gamers who dabble in complex video-editing. The Venom series is designed to tackle advanced rendering, complex graphical computations and other multi-threaded workloads. Previously, we reviewed the Boston Venom 3401-7T and became mesmerized by the class-leading performance in every benchmark. Now, it’s time to assess the Venom 2500-0P which features an astonishing specification whilst opting for a surprisingly portable, mid-chassis form-factor.

The 2500-0P features an Intel i7 5960X Extreme-grade processor which is pre-overclocked to 4.1GHz via a 120mm CoolIt liquid cooling solution. This incredibly powerful CPU is accompanied by 32GB DDR4 2800MHz RAM and an extremely stable, Supermicro X99 motherboard. To leverage the 5960X’s compute power, Boston decided to utilize NVIDIA’s flagship, Titan X graphics card which contains 12GB GDDR5 memory. In terms of storage, the boot drive is an Intel 750 PCI-e SSD capable of breathtaking read and write speeds. Additionally, there is a basic RAID array with 3TB of mechanical data at your disposal. The system is powered by an EVGA 1000W 80+ power supply and has enough headroom to allow for multi-GPU setups. Overall, the 2500-0P is a technical masterpiece and able to cope with every imaginable task.

Specifications

  • Name: Boston Venom 2500-0P Gaming PC
  • Case: Supermicro CSE-GS5B-000R
  • Motherboard: Supermicro C7X99-OCE
  • Processor – Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme pre-overclocked from 3.0GHz to 4.1GHZ using 1.160V
  • Processor Cooler: CoolIt Systems CPU LCS, ECO III-120FB
  • System Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 32GB (4x8GB) PC4-22400, DDR4 2800MHz 1.25v CAS 15-16-16-35
  • Main Boot Drive: Intel 750 NVME 400GB IAC
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB SATA
  • Graphics card: PNY NVIDIA GTX Titan X 12GB
  • Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G 1000W 80+ Gold Modular Power Supply
  • Peripherals: Not Included
  • Monitor: Not Included
  • Optical DrivePioneer BDR-S09XLT 15X Interal Blu Ray Writer with SATA, OEM model.
  • Wireless: None
  • OS: Windows 10 64-Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Years
  • Price: £3275+VAT

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB (4x8GB) Quad Channel Memory Kit Review

Introduction


When purchasing a computer, RAM generally is the last component that you tend to think about and when you do come to think of it; quantity is the only real factor you tend to consider. That is if you don’t have a colour scheme or a limited amount of DIMM slots to accommodate RAM. Since the early days of computing, RAM has come a long way, the most recent format DDR has seen four iterations. The latest being DDR4, which has surpassed DDR3 as the new mainstream RAM type and has introduced memory speeds up to and surpassing 3333+MHz.

Crucial are one of the big players in the RAM game, providing us with a solid performance at a more affordable price. Today’s kit is the Ballistix Sport 2400MHz, one of Crucial’s cheaper options on the market, providing us with minimal heat spreader size and design and the base unit to adopt the use of black PCB. Let’s see how this set compares in today’s review.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging is almost exactly the same design as the rest of the current Crucial RAM range. A basic clamshell style case with small amounts of information on the single sticker on the front; allowing for maximum exposure for the DIMM’s within.

A Closer Look

Something that the Ballistix Sport range is understated. The black PCB and gold fingers are a nice contrast with a rather small silver heat sink on either side of the DIMM; Personally, I think a splash of gold could have been added to the corners and the logos.

RAM is an often overlooked part of the system, but it’s always nice to see how it looks when installed into a motherboard. Here is the set installed into our base motherboard, the ASUS RAMPAGE V X99. The Ballistix Sport kit fits in well with the colour scheme of our base motherboard.

Samsung Starts Mass Production of 256bit V-NAND

With super large SSDs arriving for both consumers and enterprise, the ability to produce dense NAND dies is critical. As with all silicon products, a denser die means lower costs on the same wafer size as it means you can get more usable dies out of the same wafer if the dies are denser. Samsung looks to have raced ahead of its competitors with the mass production of 256 Gbit (32GB) 3D V-NAND dies.

Samsung has always been at the forefront of extracting more efficiency from their wafers with dense dies. They were the first to arrive at market with TLC dies and the first to get 3D NAND out. With the first 32GB 3D V-NAND, Samsung has the ability to offer cheaper NAND or to reap a larger margin. One major caveat though is that the 256 Gbit dies are actually TLC, which normally is slower but denser than the usual SLC or MLC and suffers from slower speeds and lower lifespan. This shouldn’t be an issue though as V-NAND TLC is just as fast as 2D MLC and the lifespan should be improved compared to 2D TLC.

Samsung likely plans to use these new dies in their tablet and smartphone lines where space and cost savings are always welcome. We can also expect the V-NAND to show up in the refresh of the 850 EVO TLC SSD lineup later on. With ever cheaper NAND, the 16GB tier of smartphones may soon disappear from flagship devices as NAND gets cheaper and cheaper; you can find the Samsung release here.

AMD Announces New FirePro S9170 Server GPU

AMD might just have released their latest Radeon branded graphics cards, but that isn’t the only upgrade they have in stock for us. Today they are releasing the new FirePro S9170 server GPU with an industry-leading 32GB memory for high-performance compute.

The server card is designed for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads and with support for OpenCL 2.0. It is based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture and this new monster is able to deliver up to 5.24 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance while enabling full throughput double precision performance, up to 2.62 TFLOPS of peak double precision performance. That is some serious performance.

FirePro graphics cards aren’t something for gamers and if you came here to find an amazing game card, then you’ll be disappointed. GPUs are great with parallel workloads and can be used to offload those tasks from the CPU and achieve a great performance per watt. In fact, AMD is the market leader in that field and are ranked number 1 in Green when counting performance per watt.

The new AMD FirePro S9170 isn’t a replacement for the S9150 but rather thought as a complimentary card for those who need that extra memory to solve those extra big problems. It is the new flagship of server graphics cards and comes with ECC support.

We don’t find the new HBM memory here, which is a given due to the amount and HBM’s current limitation. Instead, it is the good old and well-performing GDDR5 that is used. The card is passive cooled and requires an airflow of 20 cubic meters per minute – which any current server setup should deliver. Users shouldn’t experience any thermal restrictions or throttling if cooled according to specifications.

The GPU clock of the S9170 got a slight boost over the S9150 and it now runs at 930MHz vs the old 900MHz. Shipments are scheduled for Q3 2015 and the street price will be slightly higher than the current S9150.

  • Passively cooled solution for server environments
  • AMD Graphics Core Next architecture
  • 2,816 stream processors (44 compute units)
  • 5.24 TFLOPS peak single-precision floating point
  • 2.62 TFLOPS peak double-precision floating point
  • Full throughput double-precision
  • Error-correcting code memory support (external only)
  • 32GB ultrafast GDDR5 memory
  • 512-bit memory interface
  • Up to 320GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 275W maximum power consumption
  • Support for SMBus temperature reporting at boot-up
  • AMD PowerTune technology3
  • AMD STREAM technology4
  • OpenCL, OpenGL support
  • PCIe® x16 bus interface, PCIe 3.0 compliant
  • Full-height/full-length dual-slot form factor
  • Headless display support
  • Linux OS support (64- and 32-bit)
  •  FCC, CE, C-Tick, BSMI, KCC, UL, VCCI, RoHS, and WEEE compliance
  • Designed, built, and tested by AMD
  • Planned minimum three-year life cycle
  • Limited three-year warranty

Patriot Releases EP Pro microSDHC/SDXC 4K Capable Card

We see more and more devices each day capable of dealing with 4K resolution. More pixels means more storage and more bandwidth is needed and Patriot is ready with a new memory card for just this.

The new Patriot EP Pro microSDXC is a Class 10, UHS-I U3 card capable of a performance up to 95MB/s while reading and 80MB/s while writing.

This is plenty of speed for 4K video recording and thereby also HD and UHD resolutions, but it is equally great for continuous and burst image capturing with your high-end cameras. Action junkies tend to love to record their daring activities and the Patriot EP Pro is just as suited for use in Action-Cameras as it is in smartphones and tablets.

The EP Pro will be available in both 32GB (SDHC) and 64GB (SDXC) capacities so you don’t have to miss a moment and can capture new ones in the blink of an eye and store within seconds due to the EP Pro’s record response time. Users can also share their images and videos without delay by transferring stored data to their desktop, tablet or 4K TV and experience the record write speeds of the EP Pro microSDXC.

The new EP Pro microSDXC card should become available in July of 2015. Sadly no word on pricing yet besides the mentioning of ‘affordable’.

CyberPowerPC Infinity Xtreme Halo Review

Introduction


CyberPowerPC are making a sizeable impact in the UK PC market in recent years since they came across the water and settled in the sunny North of England. They contacted us offering not just a glimpse at one their flagship systems, but a completely built and ready to go review sample of which we were encouraged to “test”, and by test I mean game on.

Naturally we were on scene faster than you can shake a stick at and soon we were pulling up outside Cyberpower HQ eager to get our mitts onto this mystery machine. We were not disappointed when we were warned that it would take 2 men to lift it, and that I would need to put my back seats down as the box would take up half of the back of my car. As we returned to eTeknix towers we could see on the box what chassis we had, but it wasn’t until we got it unpacked that we seen what we had been given, and investigated the invoice properly. What they had in fact given us was a top end X99 system with not one but TWO GTX Titan X’s in SLI, with a bespoke water cooling setup, a price tag of £6400, and that’s just the beginning. Ladies and Gentlemen, hold onto your hats, I’m going in!

Specifications

  • Name: Cyberpower Infinity Xtreme Halo
  • Case: In-Win S Frame ? Black and Gold
  • Motherboard: ASUS X99 Deluxe INTEL X99,  4 Channel DDR4 ATX Mainboard w/ 8 RAM slots,UEFI Bios,Turbo APP,Thunderbolt Ready,Crystal Sound 2,Turbo LAN,USB3.0,SATA-III RAID,3 Gen3 PCIe x16 & 1 PCIe x4
  • Processor: i7-5960X Extreme Edition Eight-Core 3.00 GHz 20MB Haswell-E
  • Processor Cooler: Custom loop, featuring a resivior/pump combo, 360mm radiator with LED fans and rigid tubing.
  • System Memory: 32GB HyperX Fury w/Heat Spreader DDR4/2400MHz Quad Channel Memory (8 x 4GB sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: (1x400GB) Intel 750 Series M.2 PCIe Solid State Drive Card, Read: 2500MB/Sec, Write: 1200MB/Sec
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): 2TB Seagate Hybrid Gen3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s Cache 5400RPM SSHD in RAID 0
  • Graphics card: GeForce GTX Titan X (x2 in SLI, with full cover waterblocks)
  • Power Supply: Corsair 1200 Watts AX1200i Platinum 80+ Modular digital control Gaming Power Supply – Quad SLI Ready
  • Extras: ASUS USB 3.1 Expansion PCI-E card, provides extra two USB 3.1, Free Arkham Knight and The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Wireless: Wireless A/C
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
  • Price: £6400 as configured Delivered.

Here have the huge box,  with oodles of padding, foam and air pockets to protect its precious cargo.

A motherboard box full of extra cables, goodies and more, including a Windows 8.1 disc.

Unboxed and raring to go.  By this point I had smeared the glass with my clammy palms and had to give it a quick wipe down.

 

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Patriot Memory Develops Type-C USB Flash Drive

Patriot Memory already has some great flash drives in their line-up, and the SuperSonic USB 3.0 drives is just one example on that. Now they’re almost ready with their newest flash drive and this time it’s a USB 3.1 enabled drive. The new drive doesn’t have a name yet besides ‘Type-C USB Flash Drive for MacBook users’, so that will be a surprise for later.

The new Apple MacBook is using the Type-C connector, but it’s not alone on that front. Google’s Chromebook Pixel and other Type-C equipped notebooks are on their way and I hope this standard will pick up faster than the USB 3.0 did after its release.

“As many MacBook users rely heavily on external storage options, we wanted to be at the forefront with a product that will cater to these consumers,” said Meng J. Choo, Patriot’s Product Manager. “As a leading manufacturer of USB and flash memory, we want to offer solutions for our customers that are easy-to-use and provide seamless experiences across all their devices.”

Having a flash drive that just fits new systems wouldn’t be practical, so Patriot Memory made it a dual drive that also comes with a normal Type-A USB 3.0 connector. No compatibility issues here, you can use the drive in any USB-enabled system from version 1.0 to 3.1.

The new flash drive is expected to be available to consumers starting in June in both a 32GB and a 64GB version.

First Single 32GB DDR4 RAM Modules Spotted for Sale

The first single-stick 32GB DDR4 server memory modules have started selling and it is Kingston who is behind the new large-capacity memory modules. Currently 4GB modules are the norm for DDR3 users with some 8GB modules for the more performance-hungry users, so 32GB is quite a lot.

The new Kingston DDR4-2133 32GB LRDIMM (model KVR21L15Q4/32) memory specifications are quite ordinary with an operating frequency of 2133, 15-15-15 timings and the low 1.2V operating voltage (1.14 ~ 1.26V), but as server memory they also come with Error Correction Code (ECC).

You might already have guessed that a rare sized module like this won’t be cheap, and you guessed right. It is priced at 86.280 yen which equals to about £486.77.

Thanks to Akiba for providing us with this information.

Microsoft Planning to Build an Intel-Powered Non-Pro Surface Tablet

Microsoft seems to be moving away from the ARM-powered Surface tablets and getting rid of its Windows RT operating system in the process. A report from WinBeta indicates that the company is planning to switch the Surface Pro series to the x86-powered CPU running on Windows 8.1 (and possibly Windows 10 once it gets released).

The report states that the new Surface will be a fanless device, powered by an Atom or Core M processor, and will be marketed as a consumer-oriented product. This might mean that the company would slot it beneath the Surface Pro 3, but it’s hard to say at this point given that details about it are still scarce.

The company’s non-Pro Surface tablet, the Surface 2, comes with a 10.6″ 1080p screen, up to 64GB of storage and with the Windows RT OS. A similar device with the Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10 in the future) could be a great consumer product, given the price is right. The Surface 2 is currently priced at $449 for the 32GB variant.

An official announcement is expected before or at Microsoft’s Build conference, which starts on April 29th.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information

Acer Rolls Out New Iconia Tab 10 Tablet

Acer has announced its new Iconia Tab 10 tablet recently, a device that comes with top performance at an acceptable price tag as it seems from the specs and recommended price set by the company.

Two versions of the Iconia Tab 10 have apparently surfaced on the market, one with a 10.1-inch WUXGA display, 2GB of RAM, 32 GB flash storage, the MediaTek MT8217 SoC and a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A7. The latter device is the more pricier version, coming with a price tag of $249.

The cheaper version is set at $199 and comes with a 1280 x 800 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB flash storage, a 1.7 GHz SoC compared to the latter and a smaller battery, namely 5700 mAh, compared to the 5910 mAh from the first version.

Both models are said to support only Wi-Fi connectivity, so users wanting to see a 3G/4G version of the tablet would be extremely disappointed. Also, in terms of colour options, the tablets come in black and white choices.

Thank you NextPowerUp 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

SanDisk Introduces Their First USB 3 Type C Flash Drive

We’ve seen motherboard and add-in card manufacturers getting ready with new versions to support the USB 3.1 and Type C connectors, and the mobile industry is expected to add the type C connector to most of their new models too. But a connector is no good without anything to plug into it, which makes it great to see that storage manufacturers start to release the drives to support it too.

The new Dual USB Drive features a Type C connector on one end and a USB 3.0 on the other for fast and easy transfer between next-generation devices and the PC. It will initially be available as a 32GB model and is expected to launch worldwide in Q2 2015 with more capacities are planned at a later time.

SanDisk’s new Dual USB drive will be available as a 32GB model initially with an expected worldwide launch date during Q2 2015. More capacities are planned at a later time.

Thanks to SanDisk for providing us with this information

MSI GT80 GTX 980M 8GB SLI Titan Laptop Review

Introduction


There are few things more exciting than reviewing a gaming laptop that you know has a reputation to live up to. Naturally, when the courier dropped off the GT80 Titan I couldn’t wait to get my claws into it. It has a specification list that puts most desktops to shame and has been paraded by MSI for a couple of months now as their latest and greatest flagship gaming laptop, promising nothing but the best for followers of MSIs “Dragon Army”. In preparation for meeting this monster in person, I had a brief look around the MSI website and was impressed to see just how much has been crammed into this machine. There were the usual claims of speed, “ultimate performance” and the likes, but below this was a tech spec list long enough to possibly justify these claims and had me wide-eyed with interest from the off.

I decided to leave to the official blurb behind and just dive in, as to not be influenced by big claims or rose-tinted glasses, so let the unboxing begin!

Specifications

  • Name: MSI GT80 Titan
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4980HQ @ 2.8GHz (up to 4.0GHz Turboboost)
  • RAM: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8GB*4)
  • SSD: 4 x 256GB PCIE SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU: 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB in SLI
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T (Killer)
  • WLAN: Killer 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor: 18.4″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries Red backlit mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches
  • I/O: 5x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 2x Micro Displayport, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, Optical Out
  • Webcam: FHD Webcam
  • ODD: BD-RW (6x)
  • Battery: Built-in 89 W/h lithium-Ion
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 45.6 x 33 x 4.9 cm
  • Weight: 4.5Kg (w/ Battery)
  • Warranty: 2 year collect and return, 1 Year Global
  • Price: £3499.99 Inc VAT

The box comes loud and proud with the MSI logo on it.  Now I know this laptop is big, but this box is huge. On opening it we see why, there are extra goodies in there too, I spy a backpack!

Removed from the outer box and separated from the backpack, this still weighs quite a fair amount

When you lift the lid of the outer box you are immediately presented with a rather nice black envelope sealed with an MSI sticker; we’ll open this in the next section

You can immediately see the laptop on the left in a protective bag and there is a cardboard section on the right which houses the power supply.

When you lift the laptop out of the box, there is a whole host of goodies waiting for you underneath

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Lexar JumpDrive M20 2-in-1Flash Drive Review

Introduction


There are thousands of USB sticks and flash storage on the market and as we all know, they’re not all built the same. Lexar, by Micron, know a lot about flash-based storage and have come out with their JumpDrive M20 Flashdrive. The M20 is a drive that combines many things seen prior, but not in the same product.

The JumpDrive M20 supports USB On-the-Go (OTG) and can be plugged directly into a compatible smart device for easy file transfers. Since all smart devices use a USB 2.0 micro port in this area, there wasn’t any need to make the drive complicated by adding USB 3 micro connector or having to include adapters of sorts. A flash-drive needs to stay simple, but we would still like to have the best possible speeds when we connect this drive to our PC, because it supports that too with its USB 3.0 connector. Plug it directly into your PC or other USB 3 capable device and you can get read speeds up to 120MB/s and write speeds up to 55MB/s. For example, you could transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than one minute.

Both USB connectors are retractable with the slider on the side of the drive. Push it all the way to either side to expose the corresponding connector or park it in the middle when not in use. It couldn’t be much simpler than that. There sadly aren’t any covers over the plugs themselves when retracted, which I prefer to have on my flash drives as I always get dirt trapped when they’re  in my pockets.

The OTG function is primarily, but not exclusively, an Android function and the JumpDrive is designed to work with Android systems. To help you make sure that your device is compatible, Lexar placed a QR-code right on the front of the box for you to check before you even take the drive into your hands in a shop. Of course, you can also view the list from the Lexar homepage.

The Lexar JumpDrive M20 makes it a breeze to get files from your smart phone or tablet and move them over to a flash drive, something that otherwise requires a cable or wireless connection to your PC. With OTG, that’s a thing of the past and the best of all is that it is plug and play.

The JumpDrive M20 is backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices, officially  compatible with PC and Mac systems and works with the Astro File Manager that can be downloaded from the Google Play store. It also comes backed by a nice three-year warranty and a long-time experience from the company behind it all.

Transcend Releases JetFlash 880 USB 3.0 and OTG Flash Drive

Transcend launched a new dual flash drive that features both a USB 3.0 and an OTG micro USB connector. In return, the JetFlash 880 OTG Flash Drive provides the fastest possible speeds when connected to your PC with the universality of using it with your Android or other OTG enabled device.

The use of OTG is a lot easier than having to fumble with cables as well as the need for a PC to get files from your smartphone or tablet and onto a flash drive. In most cases it’s also a lot faster than WiFi, that also requires additional hardware to get your files onto a flash drive to take it along with you on a shareable and universal usable flash drive.

The JetFlash 880 is produced with quality metal that is said to significantly reduce the weight. And those nano sticks already weigh next to nothing, so this one must be light. In addition, the use of a Chip On Board design makes the JetFlash completely dust and water resistant.

File encryption and management can be with the free Transcend Elite App that can be found in the Google Play store. Transcend’s JetFlash 880 USB Flash Drives will be available shortly in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, and come backed by Transcend’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Asus ROG G751JY-T7051H Gaming Notebook Review

Introduction


With every incarnation of Next-Gen mobile GPU releases there is always a high-end selection from each major manufacturer vying for the title of “World’s Fastest Laptop”, “Ultimate Portable Gaming Notebook” or similar, and Asus is no stranger for aiming for this accolade. Their Republic Of Gamers (or “ROG” as more commonly known) series is specifically designed towards this area, and has put out regular revisions of its G-Series laptops since the launch of the G70 in 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and we have the G751 series, aimed the highest point in the market in terms of price and performance, using the latest Intel Haswell CPU and the Nvidia GTX 980m GPU based on the new Maxwell architecture.

There was a point in time where most manufacturers could get away with purchasing the latest Clevo OEM motherboard and cramming it with the latest hardware and then shipping it out – though Asus was one of the few at the time to take thermals into account and actually create a custom cooling solution that helped gamers get the most out of their the high-end hardware. Add some aggressive looking “Stealth Fighter” design choices and you have the ROG series in a nutshell.

As an owner of gaming laptops over the years including the Asus G73 back in the day, I have high hopes going into this review that Asus have delivered a monster of a machine capable of gaming till my eyes go square. After briefly looking over the hardware specifications I am looking forward to pushing the G751 to its limits, while hopefully being met with a tremendous gaming experience that will keep me glued to my seat over the New Year. As a laptop pushing the £2000 boundary, this represents a significant investment and therefore we have high expectations going into this review.

Specifications
  • Name: Asus G751JY-T7051H
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4860HQ @ 2.4GHz (up to 3.4GHz Turboboost)
  • RAM: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 1.35w (8GB*4)
  • SSD: 512GB PCIE SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
  • WLAN: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor: 3″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: Chiclet Red blacklit Asus ROG branded
  • I/O: 4x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x Thunderbolt, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, FHD Webcam
  • ODD: BD-RW (6x)
  • Battery: 8-Cell 6000mAh 88w/h
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 41.6 x 31.8 x 5.3 cm
  • Weight: 8kg with battery (10.6lb)
  • Warranty: 2 year Global Warranty, can be extended to 3 for an extra £65
  • Price: £1999.99 Inc VAT

Packaging & Accessories

The notebook box provides a decent amount of protection to the laptop inside, and both the machine itself and accessories have an extra layer of protection in that they are inside in thin foam bags. Having said that though for a laptop of this value, it would have been nice if it had been shipped inside a padded box for extra protection, in the same way the PC Specialist Cosmos 2 was packed.

The box is well designed, with carry handle and angled sides reminiscent of the laptop’s aggressively edged design. Upon lifting the lid of the box you are greeted with the line “In Search of Incredible” on the inner lid, and the system itself wrapped inside its afore-mentioned sleeve. The power supply is located in a compartment to the right of the system, and the accessories are stored in a compartment that is revealed under the laptop once it has been lifted from the box.

Included is a power supply, UK 3 pin plug with kettle connection to the power supply, an Asus branded cable tidy wrap, manual, quick start guide, warranty card and cleaning cloth.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Kingston Released UHS-I microSD For 4K and HD Video Capture

Kingston released a new microSDXC card for users who either just want that extra speed from their compact storage or actually need it for fluent 4K video recording. The new SDCA3 card can read with up to 90MB/s and write with up to 80MB/s and can be had bundled with an SD card adapter or without.

The new cards aren’t just fast, they’re also very rugged and can withstand submersion in 1 meter deep water for up to 30 minutes, offer MIL-STD-883H military standard shock resistance, X-ray protection from both sides, and can withstand temperatures up to 85°C.

“The growing adoption of high-performance cameras and Android-based mobile devices has prompted Kingston to provide fast microSD cards to maximize device performance,” said Valentina Vitolo, Flash Business Manager. “We are confident that our new 90-80MB/s microSD card is built for extreme conditions and users will be able to capture all the memories they want on the card.”

Specifications

  • UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) with up to 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, X-ray proof, and temperature proof
  • Compatible with microSDHC-SDXC host devices; not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices/readers; microSDXC cards are not compatible with microSDHC-enabled devices/readers
  • SD adapter for full-size SDHC/SDXC uses in DSL-R or DSL-M cameras, 4K camcorders, and other devices
  • Lifetime warranty with free technical support
  • Capacities5: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
  • Card Dimensions: 11 x 15 x 1 mm
  • SD Adapter Dimensions: 24 x 32 x 2.1 mm
  • Operating Temperature: -25°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -40°C to 85°C
  • Voltage: 3.3V

Thanks to Kingston 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.

Thanks to ADATA for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of ADATA

Patriot Launches Supersonic Bolt XT Hardware Encrypted Flash Drive

Patriot has presented their newest thumb-drive; the Supersonic Bolt XT USB3. This isn’t an everyday thumb-drive as the housing might give away. The rugged housing made from rubber protects the drive from day-to-day drops and bumps while the built-in FIPS 197 compliant 256-bit AES hardware encryption keeps a keen eye on the safety of your files. On top of the encryption, the drive has a bruteforce protection and will reformat itself if the password should be entered falsely ten times in a row.

Connecting via the USB 3.0 interface, the new Supersonic Bolt XT can read data with 150MB/s and write them with 30MB/s. While it may not sound like an all too fast drive, one has to take the encryption into consideration. That is a tasking job for many processors alone, and the drive has it built-in.

The Patriot Supersonic Bolt XT USB3 Flash Drive is available now and the pricing starts at $49.99 for the 16GB model and 32Gb and 64GB will be available as well.

Thanks to Patriot for providing us with this information

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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.

Thanks to Sony for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Sony

 

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

Thank you Lexar for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Lexar.

ADATA Launches ISMS312 SATA III Disk On Module (DOM) SSD in the UK

Disk on a Module, or DOM for short, might be a concept many are familiar with but few have had their hands on. I’m using four DOMs myself, three in custom NAS’ and one in my route. I can honestly say that it’s awesome to use such small devices as OS Disk in automated systems like that.

ADATA now launches the ISMS312, a high-performance industrial SATA III 6Gbps 7-pin Disk-On-Module (DOM), which is suitable for embedded storage systems, industrial computers, medical and network infrastructure devices by providing the best balance between performance and cost. It also features the industrial grade S.M.A.R.T. and capability of customization for industrial application.

The ADATA ISMS312 is a high-speed MLC NAND flash, providing excellent performance and reliability with a sequential read/write speed up to 250/40MB per second and MTBF of up to 1 million hours. In addition, the ISMS312’s low 1.15W power consumption can save power and significantly extend the lifespan of the devices it supports. And thanks to the industrial grade operable temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, the ISMS312 can work in harsh environments for long-term operation. The ISMS312 is available in both horizontal and vertical pin orientations to accommodate a wide variety of system form factors.

To fulfill performance and cost-saving demands for various industrial applications, ADATA has developed the A+ SLC solution to effectively improve the SSD’s performance, stability, and lifespan by more than three times compared to a typical MLC format, bringing it closer to SLC grade but with a cost savings approaching 80%. Therefore, the ISMS312 is the best choice for customers seeking the best value for budget and performance in a high-quality upgrade solution.

The drive features S.M.A.R.T. to monitor the drives state, including NAND flash and device status. It also supports SSD life left and wear-leveling factor, which helps to prolong the lifespan of SSD.

The value-added “ADATA SSD Toolbox” software helps users check the SSD’s information and configure system settings quickly. Featuring high stability and durability, ADATA’s ISMS312 SATA III 6Gbps DOM provides industrial consumers with the best value proposition for reliable data security at a competitive cost and is available in capacities of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

It’s great to see more DOM’s reaching our markets, as there haven’t been that much to chose from so far and this new ADATA DOM sounds very promising.