Lexar Releases A Bunch of New Flash Products

Lexar released a bunch of new flash-based products and we naturally also want to update you on these. While HDDs are the go-to medium for NAS and SSDs for the PC systems, we shouldn’t forget about our portable storage and mobile devices.

The drive pictured above is the first of Lexar’s new flash drives and it is actually an SSD, just an external one. We have previously reviewed Lexar’s Professional Workflow SSD in the same form factor and that is compatible with the Workflow drive dock system, and this new Lexar Portable SSD is compatible to that system too despite not being from the Professional Workflow series.

The compact and durable drive reads with up to 450MB/s and writes with up to 245MB/s, making it quick and easy to take your files on the go. The LEDs on the front work as capacity meter and the drive is available as 256GB and 512GB models. Since it’s a full-fledged SSD, the drive supports NTFS, FAT, and exxFAT without any trouble. The Lexar Portable SSD will be available in Q1 2016 with MSRPs of £120.99 (256GB) and £200.99 (512GB), a more than fair price.

The second new Lexar product is the 1800x microSD card with impressive speeds that hold up to even the most demanding tasks. The Lexar 1800x is available as 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB models and it leverages Ultra High Speed II (U3 technology) to provide you with the best experience. The card is capable of speeds up to 270MB/s read speeds and is designed for high-speed capture of extended lengths of 4K, 3D, and 1080p full-HD video and high-quality images.

Lexar’s Professional 1800x microSD UHS-II cards are already available with an MSRP of £65.99 (32GB), £109.99 (64GB), and £219.99 (128GB).

The next new Lexar product is quite ingenious. Whether you’ll want to call it a 3-in-1 drive or an Apple Lightning charging cable with built-in flash storage, you’d be right. The JumpDrive C20i is all that and also a USB 3.0 flash drive at the same time, completing the 3-in-1 scenario. The drive can read with up to 95 MB/s and write with up to 20 MB/s for easy expansion of your iPhone or iPad memory. The new JumpDrive C20i flash drive will be available in Q1 of 2016 and have MSRPs of £28.99 (16GB), £39.99 (32GB), £56.99 (64GB), and £79.99 (128GB).

The last new Lexar drive is a little more traditional and it is called the JumpDrive S45. The tiny nano-styled drive is designed for a plug-and-stay setup with its low profile. It is capable of speeds up to 150MB/s reading and 45MB/s writing and be available in capacities up to 128GB. An impressive capacity for a nano-drive. Depending on the capacity, the JumpDrive S45 comes in different colours: Orange, Blue, Teal, and black. Along with the JumpDrive S45, you also get the EncryptStick Lite software for 256-bit AES encryption of your content. The flash drive has MSRPs of £7.99 (16GB), £10.99 (32GB), £18.99 (64GB), and £28.99 (128GB) and will be available in Q1 2016.

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.

Lexar Also Introduces Fastest XQD 2.0 Card and New Flash Drives

Lexar has even more in store for us today than the previously mentioned SDXC and CFast 2.0 cards, they also released the world’s fastest XQD 2.0 card, the Lexar Professional 2933x and also the 1400x XQD 2.0 card. New and faster cards also require a faster card reader and Lexar released the Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader at the same time.

The Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 is the fastest XQD card on the market today, designed for use with the latest generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution DSLRs and it delivers read transfer speeds up to 440MB/s. The 1400X isn’t quite as fast but still delivers an impressive read transfer speed up to 210MB/s. Both of these new cards support PCI Express Gen 2 and USB 3.0 interfaces.

The MSRP for the Lexar Professional 2933x XQD 2.0 card is £479.99 (128GB), £255.99 (64GB), £139.99 (32GB) while the Lexar Professional 1400x XQD 2.0 cards will set you back £149.99 (64GB) and £96.99 (32GB)

The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader is compatible with both the Professional Workflow HR2 and Workflow HR1 stations, making it plug and play for those who have one. It is still a plug and play experience for everyone else. If you shouldn’t have one of the awesome Workflow HR, then you’ll just connect it with a normal USB 3.0 cable. The Lexar Professional Workflow XR2 XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 reader has an MSRP of £35.99 and will be available in October.

Memory cards aren’t the solution in every scenario and sometimes the more traditional flash drive is the better usage choice. Lexar also released two new 2-in-1 models, the JumpDrive M20c and the Lexar JumpDrive M20i.

The JumpDrive M20c is designed for the next-generation USB Type-C enabled devices and also features a normal USB 3.0 connector with backwards compatibility. The JumpDrive M20i is basically the same, but it is designed for use with iOS devices and comes with a Lightning connector instead of the USB Type-C. These flash drives enable users to easily offload and move photos and videos between smartphones and tablets and onto their computers.

The Lexar JumpDrive M20c leverages USB 3.0 performance with up to 150MB/s read and 60MB/s write speeds while the JumpDrive M20i provides read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 20MB/s.

Both flash drives come with a three-year limited warranty. The new JumpDrive M20c USB Type-C flash drives have MSRPs of £16.99 (16GB), £21.99 (32GB), and £33.99 (64GB) and the new JumpDrive M20i have MSRPs of £39.99 (16GB), £54.99 (32GB), and £77.99 (64GB). Both will be available in October

MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning Launched

MSI has launched their much-anticipated GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning, one of the premier overclocking GTX 980Ti’s around. As part of the overclocking Lightning lineup, the card is designed to push the GPU to the limit and is the flagship OC product of MSI. To meet those high expectations, the card features a whole host of features and tools.

Starting off the bat, the specifications are actually a bit better than previous leaks had alluded to. A minor improvement is in the number of power phases to 16 in total, up from the 12+3 from the leaks. Other than that, the board largely remains the same, with Military Class 4 components, dual BIOS (LN2 tweaked). Cooling is provided by 5 nickel-plated 8mm “SuperPipes” paired with a massive heatsink cooled by new Torx fans in a TriFrozor setup and directional airflow. While technically a dual slot card, the Lightning pretty much will take up 3 due to the massive cooler. The card also features a memory and MOSFET heatsink as well as a backplate.

On the GPU side of things, the core is clocked to 1304 MHz boost but can drop down to 1203 MHz. The 6GB of GDDR5 will run at an effective rate of 7096Mhz. Interestingly enough, these speeds are the exact same as those offered by rival EVGA’s GTX 980Ti K|NGP|N Edition, another overclocking-focused offering. Given these similarities, it might be that Nvidia is restricting their partners to certain limits, or that this is simply the sweet spot for the GTX 980Ti. One allure that the K|NGP|N offered was ASIC binning so it will be interesting to see if MSI did any ASIC binning themselves as well. Given the fierce competition in the overclocking world, it will be interesting to see if the Lightning will surpass the K|NGP|N.

MSI Geforce GTX 980 Ti Lightning Pictured

MSI’s hotly-anticipated GTX 980 Ti Lightning has been unveiled by VideoCardz and features a triple slot, Tri-Frozr cooler for improved thermals. The Lightning is MSI’s flagship overclocking card and built on a 12+3 power phase to leverage the extra power required for improved clock speeds. Additionally, there is a dual-BIOS, three power connectors (8+8+6 pin) and a 10-layer PCB. Coupled with the Military Class 4 components, and 5 SuperPipes, the MSI 980 Ti Lightning is an absolute beast and probably the fastest GPU on the planet.In terms of its default setup, the 980 Ti Lightning utilizes a base clock of 1203MHz and boost reaching 1303 MHz. The 6GB of GDDR5 runs at a speed of 1774Mhz which equates to an effective 7010MHz.

This technical picture illustrates the staggering build quality throughout.
MSI have also included a gorgeous backplate which strengthens the card, and protects against GPU sag. In theory, it could also help with operating temperatures but the effect will be fairly minimal. Compared to previous Lightning editions, the backplate is fairly understated and lacks any vivid, yellow highlights.A closer look at the GPU’s components emphasizes how overbuilt the power regulation is. With LN2, the card really should shine above the competition.As you can see, the nickel plated heatsink is extremely robust and uses 5 thick heatpipes.The rear IO supports HDMI 2.0, DVI-I and 3 Display Port 1.2 configurations. This provides a better scope of options than the Fury X which is limited to HDMI 1.4 and doesn’t have any DVI connectivity.Are you looking forward to the MSI Lightning 980 Ti?

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Lightning Strike Wipes Google Data Centre

Google has suffered permanent data loss after one of its data centres in Belgium, which was struck by lightning four times. The electricity surges from the lightning strikes wiped portions of data from the Google Compute Engine storage systems; some disks affected by the strike were later recoverable.

“Although automatic auxiliary systems restored power quickly, and the storage systems are designed with battery backup, some recently written data was located on storage systems which were more susceptible to power failure from extended or repeated battery drain,” Google said in an online statement.

Google’s GCE service provides users with cloud storage and virtual machine operations. It’s not yet clear how many customers could have been affected, but Google claims that only 0.000001% of its data was permanently wiped.

So, what caused the data centre to be struck by lightning an unbelievable four times? According to Justin Gale, the sheer surface area of such a building, with its plethora of power and telecommunications cables, is more susceptible than regular buildings. “The cabling alone can be struck anything up to a kilometre away, bring [the shock] back to the data centre and fuse everything that’s in it,” he said.

“Everything in the data centre is connected one way or another,” James Wilman, Engineering Sales Director for Future-Tech, added. “If you get four large strikes it wouldn’t surprise me that it has affected the facility.”

Thank you BBC News for providing us with this information.

Apple Releases First Official Lightning Compatible Dock

Out of seemingly nowhere, Apple has now released a new official dock that is compatible with the Apple’s most recent “Lightning” connector.

Named the “Lightning Dock”, it was released silently through their online store today (19th May) – priced at £35 – and is the first first-party Lightning compatible dock that has been released by Apple. The product has an incredibly minimalistic, rounded design – making it the perfect size for any desk space or anywhere else you might find use for it. Previously, to indulge in the convenience of vertical charging with the iPhone 5/6 you would have to go and buy a third-party product, and while most are certainly commendable, you can’t always rely on them to provide the same integrity or aesthetics – which is often top priority for some iPhone users. We first saw Lightning come out in 2012, as a replacement of the old 30 pin connector. Being 80% smaller than the former connector, Lightning only uses a total of 8 pins and can be inserted either way up.

As well as charging you device, the dock will also sync the device to your computer when the dock connected via the USB, allow you to enjoy “clear audio during speakerphone calls” and can even play music when you connect it a powered stereo system, although the 3.5mm cable is sold separately.

With such a sleek look, there is no doubt that every Apple enthusiast will want to get their hands on one.

SanDisk to Release Lightning Drive for iOS Devices

SanDisk have revealed a new USB drive compatible with iOS devices. The SanDisk iXpand comes included with a Lightning connector – in addition to the standard USB plug – allowing the device to be plugged into an iPhone or iPad. An accompanying app will be available from the App Store to help manage your storage device, backup camera rolls, and stream media directly from the drive, compatible with MOV and MP4 formats, as well as non-native AVI and WMV formats.

The 16GB and 64GB capacity  iXpand models are available now from the SanDisk website for $59.99 and $119.99, respectively. A 32GB version is set for release later in November.

Source: electronista

Fan Control Bug Causes MSI R9 290X Lightning Cards To Burnout!

While this news isn’t exactly new to some people out there, it’s now gotten to the point where it’s been discovered to be a wider issue that one or two cards having problems with their fans. It’s no secret that a small percentage of any type of technology will have defects, but the issue here seems to be with the Catalyst 14.3 drivers.

The MSI R9 290X Lightning is a very power-hungry card, it needs to be kept cool, the 290X cores are hot enough as it is and overclocking doesn’t do them any favours in terms of thermals, this is why MSI uses a triple fan configuration to keep it in check. Unfortunately it looks like a very serious software bug is causing the outer two fans to stop spinning, causing severe and sometimes fatal heat build up.

Simple solution to this is to downgrade to Catalyst 13.12 if you’re having fan speed issues, and while this seems limited to the MSI R9 290X, it’s always best to double-check your GPU in both idle and load states to make sure the Beta drivers aren’t causing any issues.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of WCCF.

First Images Of The MSI GeForce 780 Ti Lightning Revealed

The first pictures of the MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning finally surface, having a shiny black color with yellow stripes and killer performance. Reports show MSI’s GeForce 780 Ti Lightning is not too different from the GTX 780 Lightning however.

It has an identical PCB with 20 phase VRM design and Military Class IV components, while drawing power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors and comes with V-check points on board for accurate measurements. The biggest difference between the two is the use of Samsung memory chips in GTX 780 Ti Lightning which are perfect for overclocking. It features GK110-425 GPU equipped with 2880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The downside is once again the memory size which is 3 GB GDDR5 spread across a 384-bit memory interface. The GPU comes with high factory overclock speeds of 993/1058/1750 MHz for GPU boost.

We can also see a TwinFrozr IV cooler with two aluminium fin stacks and eight copper heatpipes passing through them. The GPU has a good overclocking headroom with the help of two large and one medium sized fan placed on top. Similar to all other Lightning editions, MSI GeForce GTX 780 Ti Lightning also features the GPU reactor for extra stability with an illuminated MSI logo. The back plate of the GPU lights up with a lot of LEDs at the back, each for a different purpose.

MSI GTX 780 Ti Lightning scored 17,872 points in 3DMark 11 Performance, having the memory overclocked at 8 GHz, which is astonishing considering it is achieved on air. The LN2 ready GPU is set to break world records once its released worldwide and bring tough competition to EVGA’s GTX 780 Ti K|NGP|N edition. Regarding price and availability, no information is known at the moment. However, since the first pictures of the graphics card are out, it won’t be long until we get that information as well.

Thank you Chip Loco for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Chip Loco

MSI Reveals Radeon R9 290X Lightning PCB



When it comes to Lightning, you know it’s all about performance, and MSI’s Lightning series just got a new addition to the family. They have just revealed the R9 290X Lightning PCB and rumor has it that we can also expect to see the MSI R9 290X Graphic Cards on shelves early next year.



The card features a 12+3+2 phase power design, similar to the GTX 460 Lightning card. Given that the GTX requires a 6-pin power connector only for the memory and taking into account that the R9 290X Lightning also requires 2 x 8-pin connectors, we can only assume that we are looking at a power source of 500+ watts to power up this monster.



Also, the MSI R9 290X Lightning PBC provides V-Check points to allow direct measurement of GPU, memory and auxiliary lines voltages. There are some rumors that the card might come with Military Class IV components as well, but there are no official announcement so far.

In terms of display connectivity, MSI will equip the R9 290X Lightning with a default set of outputs, meaning we are going to see 2 x DVI outputs, a HDMI output and a DisplayPort output.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Videocardz

Scientists Charge Nokia 925 In Seconds Using Lightning Bolts

The University of Southampton have bee working on new ways to charge their Nokia mobile phone, lightening bolts appears to be their favourite format, so much for all those old Nokia chargers I’ve been saving!

While I have to admit, saying they used lightening is a bit sensational, because they didn’t go all Benjamin Franklin with a kite and a thunderstorm. They did however create their own bolts of electricity in the lab which you can see in the video below.

By passing 200,000 volts across a 300mm gap, some clever transformers and a bit of clever wireless charging technology the phone was charged without the bolt ever touching the phone, or more importantly without breaking it. A few seconds later and the phone is fully charged!

“We were amazed to see that the Nokia circuitry somehow stabilized the noisy signal, allowing the battery to be charged in only seconds. This discovery proves that the device can be charged with a current that passes through the air, and is a huge step towards understanding a natural power like lightning and harnessing its energy.” Said the team behind the experiment.

While it is hardly safe for us to use bolts of lightening to charge our phones, it is a huge step in using the power that is around us, from small amounts that radiate through the air, to harnessing the gargantuan power levels of lightening.

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Thank you Vyralize for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Vyralize.

Video Shows Japanese Train Struck By Lightning, No Injuries Reported

A rather terrifying video has shown up on YouTube showing a Japanese train being struck directly by lightning as it moved into a train station. The affair was captured by YouTube user artcgate01 in Japan and has already cranked up 3 million views in 3 days.

The video shows a high speed train moving down the tracks when it is hit by lighting crossing the bridge, from about 1:15 in the video. The impact can be seen above.

The aftermath of that strike, pictured above shows a power surge/cut flaring up at the front of the train which caused the train to break down on the bridge. The incident caused delays but thankfully not a single person was injured from the whole incident.

You can check the full video below, remember from 1:15 is roughly when the lightning strikes if you aren’t interested in the build up!

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Images courtesy of Artcgate01 (YouTube)