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Steam warns about the dangers of a bigger SSD drive
Published in News


Upgrade is a flaming risk

The world wide wibble has been flooded with reports about how easy it is to upgrade the Steam Deck's 2230 SSD to a bigger 2242 drive, but a Valve employee has warned that it could bork the machine.

Microsoft wants to abandon HDDs
Published in News
Thursday, 09 June 2022 11:17

Microsoft wants to abandon HDDs


Too slow for Windows 11

A recent executive brief from data storage industry analyst firm Trendfocus reports that OEMs have disclosed that Microsoft is pushing them to drop HDDs as the primary storage device in pre-built Windows 11 PCs.

Phison shows its PCIe Gen5 SSD controller in action
Published in PC Hardware


Hits 12.5GB/s read and 10GB/s write on AMD X670 platform

Phison's upcoming E26 PCIe Gen5 SSD controller has been spotted running on the AMD X670 platform and reaching impressive 12.5GB/s read and 10GB/s write speeds.

Boffins cross an SSD and a RAM
Published in News
Thursday, 13 January 2022 12:35

Boffins cross an SSD and a RAM


UltraRAM is more rammy than ever before

Scientists from Lancaster University say that we might be close to combining SSDs and RAM into one component.

Micron begins shipping 176-layer QLC NAND SSD
Published in PC Hardware
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 12:37

Micron begins shipping 176-layer QLC NAND SSD


2400 SSD Billed as the most advanced NAND architecture

Micron has started volume shipments of the world's first 176-layer QLC NAND SSD.

Intel announces PM1743 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD
Published in PC Hardware
Monday, 03 January 2022 11:19

Intel announces PM1743 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD


Samsung PM1743 hits 13.8 GBps throughput


Intel has been showing off how well its i9-12900K Alder Lake processor can work with Samsung's recently announced PM1743 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD.

Sabrent shows PS5 SSD heatsink for Rocket series SSDs
Published in PC Hardware


Makes it one of the fastest options

Sabrent has unveiled a dedicated Playstation 5 heatsink for its Rocket series SSDs, specifically the Rocket 4 Plus SSDs.

Sabrent teases upcoming Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD
Published in PC Hardware
Wednesday, 01 September 2021 13:31

Sabrent teases upcoming Rocket 4 Plus 8TB SSD


Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 4TB sells for $999.99

Sabrent has started teasing the 8TB version of its fastest Rocket 4 Plus M.2 NVMe SSD, which should be coming to retail/e-tail soon.

Valve Steam Deck has M.2 SSD slot but might not be easily upgradable
Published in Gaming


M.2 2230 SSDs are hard to find

According to Gabe Newell's response to Reddit Steam members, it appears that the Valve Steam Deck features an M.2 NVMe 2230 slot, making an upgrade possible, but Valve says it is not intended for end-user replacement, even if you can find it.

Seagate rolls out FireCuda 530 PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD at SG21
Published in PC Hardware


Phison controller and Micron's 3D TLC NAND

During SG1, Seagate has unveiled its latest flagship SSD, the FireCuda PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD, reaching a sequential performance of up to 7,300/6,900 MB/s, thanks to Phison controller and 176L 3D TLC NAND.