Sony To Offer 4K Streaming Service ‘Ultra’ From April

Rumours have recently been spreading saying that Sony would be working on a 4K variation of their PS4. Sadly it would seem those rumours were overblown but you could soon be watching 4K Videos on demand with Sony offering its streaming service from April.

The 4K films featured as part of ‘Ultra’, their streaming service, will retail at $30, including a selection of special features and will be available through Sony’s new 4K screens. Alongside their new films, people will be able to upgrade films they’ve purchased from Sony’s online store 4K versions at a “discounted” price.

Those with Ultraviolet movies will be able to enjoy them alongside their new films with the ability to link to their UV collections meaning that all those UV codes you’ve been adding to that account may finally see some use.

With 4K players costing upwards of hundreds of powers on their own, $30 a movie doesn’t seem that bad when you compare the prices. The limited collection of movies that will include the likes of The Walk, Concussion and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, may put people off but with it building upon Ultraviolet and other systems people may decide to skip the discs altogether and stick to streaming 4K content in order enjoy the latest quality in movie experiences.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray Release Date Revealed

More and more people are upgrading to a 4K capable TV or monitor these days, and with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime offering content, albeit a limited library, ready to stream 4K movies and TV shows, it’s easy to see why. The prices of 4K TVs and monitors have been falling steadily and it now makes perfect sense to go for 4K vs a standard HD set if you’re upgrading.

Of course, streaming isn’t a viable option for everyone, mostly due to bandwidth limitations. I personally don’t have fast enough internet for streaming in 4K, so disc based media is certainly the way to go. I’m also a bit of a movie and home cinema buff, so streamed content, with its limited bitrates, compression and more, are simply a deal breaker for me; although perhaps not so for everyone else.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray has been a long time coming, with the format only having been finalized this year and Samsung revealing the first consumer model player at IFA this month. All the major studios are behind the new format and have helped shape the standards for it, but when can we expect discs to hit the market?

The new format will offer up a greatly improved resolution, wide colour space, HDR, HFR and much more, helping future proof the discs for quite some time and providing formats that we now often see used in the cinema, right in your own living room. The first discs are now expected to launch in January, with many of the major studios and networks pushing the Ultra HD discs on the same day they release the HD Blu-Ray.

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Take A Gander At the Worlds First Ultra HD Player

The explosion of online HD and 4K downloaded content has rendered the typical DVD and Blu-Ray player in many respects obsolete, Samsung hope not and they have unveiled the world’s first Ultra HD player at the IFA show in Berlin.

So, what does this player have to offer? The image detail is rather impressive and offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray and 64 times as many colours. There is no detail on price, but I would have thought it would have to be competitive and comparable in relation to other tech for it to be successful. The player also has a curved design which integrates with its brand of TVs and it also includes a number of UHD streaming services. Below is an image to convey the new player, as you can see, they look stylish to a point.

Samsung has also announced that its new 4K Televisions will be the first to upgrade to the new standard HDMI 2.0a, this is essential to be able to receive the information from the Ultra HD players.

It will be interesting to see how this player is received by early adopters of this tech, are consumers interested in buying a standalone player instead of an all in one piece of tech i.e. computers. Other info includes Fox studios who are committed to releasing a cache of upcoming movies in Ultra HD, which includes Fantastic Four, Maze Runner, Kingsman: The Secret Service and more.

Samsung hopes to launch this player in the first half of 2016.

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AMD Fury X Quadfire Results

There’s been a lot of negative press about the new AMD cards recently, but there is a diamond in the rough to be found. Despite the poorer than expected, although still very impressive, performance of the Fury X, it didn’t stop AMD employee, Matt Buck in pursuing ultimate performance with not two, not three, but four of these beats in a CrossFireX configuration.

Now one alone is enough to handle 4K gaming with a few dips under 60FPS, two should sort you out to never see under 60FPS; four on the other hand, is enough to run a decent 12K Eyefinity set-up.

https://twitter.com/amd_roy/status/614163217368150016

It’s all well and good buying and flaunting these graphics cards, but what we all want to see is how it fares in a benchmark. Thankfully, that has already been done in the form of 3DMark Firestrike Ultra (4K), along with single increments of each card. With the addition of each card, we see almost perfect scaling, losing only around 12% performance per card per addition

Looking at that result has got me thinking, even with one of the most power GPUs on the planet, surely only 4GB of VRAM proves a hindrance or is this the start of HBM where the increased bandwidth interprets more information and thus has lowered the VRAM requirement compared to GDDR5. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

UPDATE: Looking through some of Matt’s previous posts on forums, it seems he has posted a 4K QuadFire Fury benchmark using Thief. When compared to the 4K Quad SLI Titan X benchmark; the Fury combination pins the NVIDIA option by almost 5 FPS.

4K Thief Benchmark: Quadfire AMD FuryX

4K Thief Benchmark: Quad SLI NVIDIA Titan X

WD Announced 7th Generation My Passport Portable Drives

WD took their highly successful My Passport portable hard drive for a redesign and overhauled the features to bring out the new My Passport Ultra portable hard drive and My Passport for Mac drives.

This is now the 7th generation of My Passport drives and they are now available with a capacity all the way up to 3TB while still maintaining the compact form factor and light weight.

Style is a matter of personal taste, so it is perfect that WD released the drive in four colours: Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry, and Noble Blue. My Passport Ultra also comes with built-in WD Backup software for easy backup of critical data.

Along with the new drives, WD also introduces a new optional accessory called the WD Grip Pack.  It is a soft band that will be available in a variety of colours for extra style and protection: smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia. A matching USB cable is also included.

3TB capacity might be too much for you, so the drive will be available in other capacities too. 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB version are available too. Features include 256-bit AES hardware encryption and USB 3.0 connectivity. Mac users seem to want more space than the average other user and the WD My Passport for Mac won’t be available as 500GB model.

My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity. The 3 TB capacity will be available next month. Both versions come with a 3-year limited warranty. The WD Grip Pack will be available in June and for an MSRP of $12.99.

Battlefield: Hardline Ultra vs Low Graphics Comparison

It looks like GreenManGaming has provided DSOGaming with some Ultra vs Low graphic comparison for Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline. Below you can see the comparison. Note that the Ultra screenshots are the top ones, while the Low are right below the Ultra screenshots.












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MWC: Qualcomm Unviels Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm is showing off Sense ID, a new technology that brings ultrasonic fingerprint scanning to mobile devices. The main advantage of ultrasonic fingerprint scanning is that because it uses sound waves, it doesn’t require direct contact with your finger. This means the ultrasonic sensor can be underneath the device’s front cover glass or potentially underneath the display itself. Now fingerprint scanners aren’t breaking news in the mobile market. Previous iterations include the iPhone 5S with Touch ID. This system, along with all current scanners, require physical interaction with the scanner; pretty annoying if it’s cold and you have gloves on. Golves are a pretty extreme example, the scanner could be made unusable by even water, lotion or dirt; so dry clean hands all round.

This new ultrasonic scanner uses high-frequency sound waves to scan your finger, penetrating relatively large obstacles, like the aforementioned gloves scenario. This scanner uses similar technology to that in the medical sector, just not as powerful, yet. This means that the scanner could potentially scan deeper than just the top layer of skin and retrieve even more biometric data.

“At Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm is showing off a prototype smartphone with Sense ID beneath the front cover glass. When I asked whether Sense ID could be placed beneath the display—so that you could scan your finger by simply placing it on the screen, just like in all the movies—I got a noncommittal response that is best transcribed as “I don’t see why not.””

Now Qualcomm can’t take all the credit here, back in 2013 the company acquired Ultra-Scan; who already had a similar technology developed for use by the US government. Now that may sound a little alarming, the US government seem to want to harvest as much data as possible, but Qualcomm has made clear that your biometric data is secured to the device via its hardware-level SecureMSM tech; no cloud data snatching here.

Sense ID is compatible with all recent Snapdragon SoCs, including the upcoming Snapdragon 820, but there aren’t any immediate products being released with this technology, the earliest indication is Q3 2015.

Thanks to ArsTechnica for supplying this information.

Sony Receives Four IF Design Awards for 2015, One of Them for the Xperia Z3

Sony Mobile seems to have gained four IF Design Awards for 2015. The awards were given out to Sony’s Xperia Z2, the SmartWatch 3, LifeLong app and the Xperia Z3.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 appears to have been appreciated for its rounded corners and light weight, making the slate easy to handle. Another key feature for its awards was the minimum number of components used, the water and dust proofing, as well as attention to detail, receiving the IF Design Award 2015, Discipline Product – Gold.

“It is particularly difficult to stand out with a product like a tablet – but exactly this was achieved with the extremely flat Xperia Z2. The rounded edges and the ultra-light weight (only 439 grams) make the Z2 particularly easy to handle. The amount of components has been reduced to a minimum; details such as the connection of frame and back are excellently executed – furthermore, the Z2 is water and dust proof. The result is an honest, outstanding device.”-IF Design Jury

Sony also received IF Design Awards last year for its Xperia Z Ultra phablet, Sony SmartWatch 2, Sony Xperia C, Bluetooth Handset SBH52, and Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Google Fibre Is Not Coming To The UK Anytime Soon

A couple of days ago we heard of a report that Google was looking at a project to bring Google Fibre to the UK, however it appears many people read into the report in the wrong way. Although Google do admit that they have looked at the possibility of having their ultra-fast fibre service here in the UK, a look at the possibility is all it is.

Since the news has flown around the Google is coming here and everyone has got their hopes up, a spokesperson for Google spoke to Engadget saying that people should not read too much into it. His statement goes on to say that they speak to telecoms companies all of the time but they have not had any serious planning discussions for Google Fibre in the UK.

We have informal conversations with other telecom companies all the time, but we’ve never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain.”

Getting their service up and running in the US has not come without its challenges, aside from the fact that the current internet infrastructure has to be worked on so that it can deliver the blazing-fast 1Gbps speeds that Google boast, Google are in a highly competitive market and it does not take that much to get in the way of other providers and push them out-of-the-way. Not surprisingly this is likely to upset a few people along the way. Fortunately UK ISPs such as BT and Virgin Media, who both offer some of the UK’s fastest fibre internet packages,Google are not going to be here for a while yet. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start coming up with a game plan in the not too distant future to tackle Google Fibre if they do decide to make the move.

Source: Engadget

BBC to Trial 4K Transmissions During Commonwealth Games

As 4K televisions are becoming more common on the marketplace and the cost of them starts to rapidly drop, the question now is not if 4K will ever appear, but now when will it be appearing in our homes.

At this year’s World Cup in Brazil, the BBC are conducting a set of 4K broadcast trials to see how the feeds respond to transmission over a long distance, although this is strictly on a R&D basis at this moment in time. Whilst this means that 4K TV owners still have to wait longer for 4K to appear on their end, the BBC has announced that during next years Commonwealth Games in Glasgow they will be making a public showcase of 4K broadcasting, with a display of the 4K content to be found in the Glasgow Science Centre.

Like the Brazil footage, the commonwealth tests are purely for R5D, although they will have a public viewing and although most transmissions are over the air, the 4K feed in Glasgow will be conducted solely over the internet to remove the bandwidth bottleneck that may otherwise occur.

Although all these trails indicate that 4K broadcasting is not a million miles away now, there is still a lot of work to do as a standard for transmitting these feeds is set – with the internet probably to be the most likely candidate due to the bandwidth involved. Either way though, if you want a glimpse of what 4K will look like in the flesh, and you live close to Glasgow, it may be worth taking a look at the live feeds next year.

Source: Fudzilla

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ASRock Reveals Their “Worlds Fastest” Ultra M.2 Socket

Z97 motherboards and Haswell Refresh CPU’s may not have been a huge wave of innovation for the PC component market, but they did bring with the a couple of interesting features that can have a big impact on the world of storage. The first one being the ASRock Ultra M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 connection which was just announced, which effectively doubles its transfer speed bandwidth, leaving SATA 3 6GB/s looking like a dial-up connection in comparison.

The Ultra M.2 gets its big speed boost thanks to its direct connection to the CPU, older M.2 interfaces have to pass through their own chipset before heading to the CPU, which added latency and slowed things down. Now that latency is much lower and there is more performance on tap from the CPU.

“The theoretical speed of Ultra M.2 is 32Gb/s, which is 6X faster than PCIe x1 M.2, and 3X faster than PCIe x2 M.2. As for Ultra M.2 vs. normal M.2 comparison, we tested the read speed of Samsung XP941 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD on Ultra M.2 socket and reached 1.16GB/s, 46% faster than PCIe x2 M.2 socket. We also tested a PCIe x2 M.2 SSD on Ultra M.2 socket. Benefited from the direct linkage between Ultra M.2 interface and CPU, the PCIe x2 M.2 SSD read speed on Ultra M.2 socket is 8.8% faster than on normal M.2 socket. As shown in Chart 3, the lower latency of Ultra M.2 design does matter,” ASRock said in a release.

This new interface is currently only available on the ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 motherboard, which also comes equipped with Super Alloy technology, a 12 phase power design, Purity Sound 2, Dual LAN, SATA Express and ASRock Cloud. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any information on price at this time, but you can expect it to be a fairly big number.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Cyberpower PC ‘Ultra Fusion’ AMD Gaming System Review

Introduction


When I get a full system in for review, typically I will find an Intel CPU lying at the heart of the system and whilst this is partly due to their high level of popularity,; along with their multitasking abilities – for some the overall cost factor can be a bit of an issue. Naturally this means that there is only one other route to go down and this is with AMD and their line of CPUs. From our own testing of AMD processors we know that they offer a slightly cheaper alternative to some of Intel’s top line chips – such as the i7-4770k, although we do find that in some tasks, they may struggle to keep up the blue teams performance. For gamers though, all-round performance is not the main priority – it’s having a system that can offer up a great level of gaming performance and for an affordable price.

Coming forward to the last few months, AMD recently announced the release of their latest CPU into the Piledriver group of FX chips – namely the FX-9590. Now like all new processor releases, it has come into the market with a mixed response from the enthusiast community, however it looks like it has proved its way and has settled itself down in the market as the new contender to Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E i7-4960X, offering a huge difference in price as we are used to seeing with AMD chips. We know as well that anyone looking for a high-end gaming system but on a tight budget is going to benefit from an AMD chip, although the trade-off is with performance in other workload areas as mentioned above.

Cyberpower PC as we saw at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show are right on the money when it comes down to building both entry-level and high-end systems and one of their latest systems to come to the market through their UK offices is the Ultra Fusion. This pure AMD system is built into the highly popular Cosmos SE chassis from Cooler Master and is set to offer some of the best gaming performance available for anyone who is a through and through fan of AMD – or even just a pure gamer at heart! Laid on to a Gigabyte motherboard and given some HyperX Genesis memory from Kingston, this closed loop water-cooled system certainly looks the part with its spread of blue lit fans, but the real question is, how does it stack up against an Intel / NVIDIA offering?

When I took a look at the Ultima 460i Scimitar from Overclockers UK a few months ago, one comment that I made about the system was its weight. This was partly down to the extensive list of water-cooling components that had been installed into the Cosmos II, but it also had a lot to do with the weight and bulk of the super tower chassis itself. Thankfully this little brother to the Cosmos II, is far more compact and therefore easier to handle and even with a full system built-in, it’s far lighter to move around.

Like most other systems that we’ve seen shipped out, alongside the system itself, we get the motherboard box included as well and inside this is all the manuals, warranty cards and accessories that comes with each of the components, just in case they are needed or if you wish to upgrade anything at a later date.

More Information Available Regarding Asus’ New 28″ 4K Monitor At CES 2014

If you recall, last night I talked about how both Asus and Lenovo have both brought a 28″ 4K monitor to the market with a seemingly remarkable price tag of sub US$800. Well eager to find out a little more about this panel I decided to pop by the Asus suite in the Trump hotel to get a hands on look at what this monitor has to offer and to see if a 4K resolution in such a small frame size (relative to its resolution).

When it comes to clarity and colour definition, first impressions look amazing. I’ve seem some impressive displays in my life, but even when looking up close as we can see below, it is easier to pick up particles of dust than it is to see individual pixels with a high level of zoom on the camera lens. Apart from the fact that the image is moving – which is pretty obvious considering this is a video stream that it is displaying – if the image were to be left still, and a dummy screen placed beside it, I could probably go as far as saying that at a glance it would be hard to tell the two apart. This is the only real way in which I can describe how good the picture looks.

Looking a further in to the exact specifications of the PB287Q, we note that due to the ultra high resolution, this panel packs a whopping 157 pixels into every square inch of the IPS panel and it features the same Splendid display characteristics but with a bit more refinement, thus the Splendid Plus title. We also note that there are infact three display inputs with dual HDMI ports (both with MHL capability), a single full sized DisplayPort and a legacy VGA input for older display adaptors. The IPS panel offers a contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1 (yes that is one hundred million to one), a brightness of 300cd/m² and a pair of 2W speakers with 3.5mm analogue audio in/out also on hand for older systems.

Having read and now seen this screen first hand, I’m even more excited to hopefully get one of these panels in for review in the near future. Asus say that the panels should be on the market in the early to mid part of February and I’ll tell you what, it’s going to shake up the display line-ups that we are already presented with for sure.

AOC Q2963PM 29″ UWHD AH-IPS Monitor Review

Introduction


Over the last few years, we have been [in general] demanding higher and higher resolutions from our monitors, and before we even think about using a multi-screen setup – the most common resolution of choice has to be 1920×1080. Over the last year or so, we have been seeing a slow transition over to the 2560×1600 bandwagon as some users opt for bigger 27″+ panels. The problem with these through is that the cost is far greater than a 1920×1080 panel so having a pair of 22″ or 24″ panels is not uncommon – it gives a balance between the desktop space and cost that many people look for.

In a bid to give users the best option of desktop space and display aspect ratio, the 2560×1080 resolution has slowly been cropping up within the market place and in effect it is an ideal alternative for anyone that is looking at a dual 1920×1080 screen setup. The super-wide aspect of this 29″ monitor gives a single desktop space to work within, however when we move over to the gaming side of things, the extra pixels allow for a wider peripheral vision without the distraction of a bezel right in the middle of your view.

AOC’s super-wide monitor is just one of the few to now offer the new resolution, but it doesn’t just give more pixels; it also has one of the best panels on the market to show the image as well. The AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance In Plane Switching) panel that AOC have chosen produces a mixture of supreme colour accuracy, high pixel density and a high level of brightness, oh and let’s not forget that it has a superb viewing angle as well. All the ingredients are there for certain, but does having a 21:9 aspect monitor really make that much of a difference?

Before we even get a chance to delve inside the box, AOC are keen to show off the screens super-wide aspect ratio and its ability to house multiple windows with ease. The blue box also has a row of the panels highlighted features laid out along the lower edge with a front and back view of the monitor found to the right.

Taking everything out of the box, we find the monitor in two parts and alongside a two-part DC power adaptor we also have a VGA display cable, HDMI cable, 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable, a cable tie, rubber feet and a CD containing a set of display drivers and AOC’s accompanying software for this panel.

Nvidia GK110 GTX Titan Ultra Card Launch Coming Very Soon!

Well we all knew there would be something to knock AMD down a peg, and it seems Nvidia isn’t going to take the AMD R9 290X laying downing. Question is, will it be the Titan Ultra or a cut down edition of the Titan, Nvidia could either go for gold and steal the power crown or go for something mass market that could attract the mid market, either method would steam some of the thunder from AMD’s launch.

While the current Titan runs on an rough GK110, a fully fledged pedal to the metal set of GK110 cores could blow anything else on the market out of the water in terms of performance. GK110 is capable of bringing massive improvements with Double Precision, more power and it can do it all within the same heat envelope.

The card is rumoured to be revealed at the Motreal Gaming Event on the 16th and 17th of October. Speculation is wild at the moment, but current bets are favouring the Titan Ultra, with a cut down Titan in second place and the far out guess at the reveal would be something like the Dual GTX 790, although that is very doubtful.

The great war between the red team and the green team is far from over and this is quickly heating up to be quite the battle.

Which would you prefer, a more affordable and cut down Titan, or a new top of the range ultra expensive power house?

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

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Corsair Obsidian 750D Full-Tower Chassis Review

Introduction


Today we have something very special in the office, while in many ways it is just another PC case I like to think that any part of the Corsair Obsidian series is somewhat of a special occasion. Obsidian has become a byword for high quality and some of the slickest and coolest styling in the PC market and it’s certainly one of Corsairs strongest product ranges, with system builders and modders around the world buzzing on forums each time a new Obsidian chassis is approaching its retail release.

The Obsidian 750D is on the high-end of the price scale, with an RRP of around £135 ($200 USD) it is clearly the plaything of the enthusiast, yet it is still far from the most expensive in the Corsair range. At this time of writing there are two chassis above the 750D, the ultra-tower 900D that costs $349, and the 800D which costs $299. Obviously they’re all very expensive, rare, premium and no doubt many other things, but that means one thing, either people are crazy enough to pay high amounts for a regular chassis, or this is no regular chassis.

When your spending this kind of money on a chassis you expect high quality and performance and that is just two of the things I will be looking for today. Design is one thing, but this chassis wants to be more than just any old case to justify its price tag and it will be fun to see just what Corsair have to offer to the market given its price and many of its specifications are in line with the equally popular NZXT Phantom 820. So let’s get right to it and see just what this beast has to offer.

The chassis comes in a fairly straight forward box with a nice high contrast image of the chassis and specifications listed down one side.

Around the back we have a break down image that shows all the major components of the case, including the fans and HDD bays.

The chassis came protected with polystyrene and a plastic bag covering, the side panel is covered with a protective film (exterior only). The front panel has protective plastic to help prevent scratching the aluminum panel in transit and some tape to hold shut the dust cover panel.

Inside the box we also found a simple user guide and a collection of high quality black screws and fittings, as well as some cable ties.

OcUK Professional W540 UltraNote 14″ LED Ultra Book Review

Being mobile is more important for many of us today than ever before, having the right tools for the job where ever you are in the world can make all the difference and the system were looking at today aims to offer high performance and portability that could allow us to be highly mobile and have no concerns about getting our work done.

Ultra books are proving massively popular recently and for good reason too, with many offering high performance solutions that are slim, light and very portable. Given that the high power and highly portable market has been dominated by Apple Mac Books for many years its great to see so many Windows-based solutions on the market, and of course a few Linux, Android and Chrome models too.

The model we are looking at today has been slightly customised and should set you back around £580 from OCUK. It features a 128GB SSD, i5 3210m 2.5GHz processor, 8GB ram and a 1366 x 768 resolution display. While that may not be the most ideal resolution for some people it’s more than enough for web browsing, word processing and maybe even some light gaming.

We often kick things off by benchmarking a system to within an inch of its life, but that isn’t something that is going to show this system in its best light, sure it packs an impressive mobile CPU, some good ram and a decent SSD, but it’s also tailored towards being highly energy-efficient to extend the battery life. So lets take a different look at this system, it’s built to be mobile and that’s exactly what we are going to do, road test it!

The system came in a fairly nondescript box, which contained another fairly bland box, although given this is a custom-made system I was hardly expecting a full finished retail package covered in images.

The system comes with a fairly standard power brick adaptor with a nice long cable.

SanDisk Ultra Plus 256GB SSD Review

Looking at the vast number of drives on the market, there are so many different combinations of controller and flash memory to choose from, for some it is a daunting prospect and thus they stick to the big names that have a proven following and typically this means that they will end up with a drive that houses a SandForce controller and a traditional array of 16GB 22nm NAND IC’s from another partner.

SandDisk, like many other companies, are looking for a way to push their products to the forefront of the SSD market and in the case of SanDisk, this has resulted in a new architecture on the drive with the inclusion of a highly efficient Marvell controller with independent channels leading towards some of SanDisk’s home-brewed 19nm MLC NAND memory with a separate SLC layer for improved performance for small file writes which has been dubbed as nCache.

This in-house production of memory is an obvious advantage for SanDisk and it leads to more controlled production costs, however using this particular Marvell controller – the SS889175 – is new to me and it will be interesting to see how well it can keep up with the SF-2281 from SandForce – typically the chip of choice.

SanDisk as I’ve seen before keep the package to a minimum and alongside a product guide and warranty leaflet a drive spacer is put in for installation in larger drive cages.