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Posts tagged “ssd”

Feature: Storage wars

How to install an SSD / HDD

All right, our How to build a PC guide is so very nearly over. Just a couple more steps and you'll be home free. In this article, we'll be installing some storage for all those lovely games you've got waiting to play. I'll mainly be covering traditional 2.5in SATA SSDs and 3.5in HDDs here, but fret not if you've gone down the fancy NVMe route - I'll…

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Feature: Pro-bably not the best use of your money

Samsung 970 Pro review: Do yourself a favour and get the Evo instead

For those after the very best that NVMe SSDs have to offer, Samsung's Pro line has often been the go-to choice for workstation and power peeps alike. They're usually faster than their more consumer and wallet-friendly Evo SSD siblings, and often come with higher endurance ratings for all that inevitable heavy-lifting they'll be doing once you've popped them into your PC. Today, I have Samsung's latest,…

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Feature: Solid state of play

WD Black 3D NVMe SSD review: Bringing the fight to the Samsung 970 Evo (sort of)

When Western Digital announced their brand-new Black 3D NVMe SSD at the beginning of April, it looked like it might finally bring some much needed competition to the all-powerful Samsung 960 Evo and potentially cause a late-game upset in our [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"]> rankings. With superior claimed sequential write speeds, equal sequential read speeds, a more generous endurance rating on the 250GB model and…

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Feature: An SSD evolution

Samsung 970 Evo review: The best NVMe SSD around

The Samsung 960 Evo and 960 Pro NVMe SSDs feel like they've been around for an absolute age, but when I heard they were getting replaced earlier in the week by a new 970 series as of May 7, it still came as something of a surprise. These new NVMe models are also split into Pro and Evo variants, and today I've got the 1TB…

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Samsung adds 970 Evo and 970 Pro to their NVMe SSD family

Surprise! Just when you thought Samsung's 960 Evo and 960 Pro NVMe SSDs were going to stick around for another year, today brings news of their shiny new replacements: the appropriately-named 970 Evo and 970 Pro. I'll be reviewing them both very shortly, but for now here's a quick run-down of each SSD's specs and the kind of speeds we can expect to see from them when…

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Feature: Take Five

Samsung T5 review: A fast external SSD that costs just a bit too much

If you thought the WD My Passport SSD was a dinky external SSD, the Samsung T5 really takes the cake. Measuring just 74mm tall, 57mm wide and 10.5mm deep, the T5 is almost exactly the same size as a small box of matches. Weighing a featherweight 51g, it's exceedingly light, too, its cool metal chassis putting bigger, bulkier external hard drives to shame. This is…

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Feature: Pass the time

WD My Passport SSD review: Good external storage that doesn’t cost the earth

Having a fast SSD inside your PC is all well and good, but they're pretty useless if you want to transport large files to a different machine for a bit or back stuff up for safe keeping. In times like this, you need an external SSD, and today I'm taking a look at the WD My Passport SSD. Portable storage devices have, of course, been around…

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Feature: A bolt from the blue?

WD Blue 3D NAND review: Better SSD for big workloads

When Western Digital first released its Blue line of SSDs, it's probably fair to say that they didn't really make much of an impact. Not in the face of the mighty Samsung 850 Evo, at least, which still tops several [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] lists (including our own) even today. Now, thankfully, WD's finally jumped on the 3D NAND bandwagon, making its latest Blue…

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Feature: Pro-bably the quickest way to empty your wallet

Samsung 960 Pro review: Blistering fast SSD that costs an absolute bomb

There are several things that make the Samsung 960 Pro a bit special. The first is its ridiculous speed. With a claimed sequential read speed of up to 3500MB/s and a sequential write speed up to 2100MB/s, this is essentially a Formula One car crammed inside a drive no bigger than your index finger. It was also the first NVMe SSD aimed at us normal, non-enterprise…

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Feature: Still the best NVMe SSD money can buy

Samsung 960 Evo review: Still the best value NVMe SSD money can buy

When Samsung first launched their pair of flagship 960 SSDs at the tail-end of 2016, they were the fastest NVMe SSDs on the planet. Coming in 960 Evo and 960 Pro flavours, they were five times faster than your typical SATA3 SSD and offered almost as much speed as their PCIe-based interfaces could manage. Today, little has changed, and both remain widely regarded as the…

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Feature: The Pros and cons of Samsung's new SSD

Samsung 860 Pro review: get the 860 Evo SSD instead

Samsung's Pro range of SSDs have always had a hard time in the face of their cheaper Evo counterparts. On the face of it, they're meant to be faster and longer-lasting - the very [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"], so to speak - but when the Samsung 850 Evo and 960 Evo proved to be pretty much just as quick as their respective Pro siblings for a…

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Feature: A miniscule evolution

Samsung 860 Evo review: Improved endurance, but just as fast as the 850 Evo

For the past three years, Samsung's 850 Evo has been consistently the [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] money can buy. It's often been more expensive than the competition, but its speed, endurance rating and generous five-year guarantee have all helped it secure its place as one of the mainstays of any PC gaming build. Finally, however, it looks like the 850 Evo's time at the top…

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Feature: Storage wars

Samsung 850 Evo review: Still a great SSD for those in the UK

The Samsung 850 Evo is one of the most popular SSDs around, and with good reason. Thanks to its blistering speeds, five-year guarantee and best-in-class endurance rating, it's sat near the top of most [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] lists ever since it first came out at the end of 2014. If your PC's been feeling a bit sluggish lately, then the Samsung 850 Evo will…

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Feature: A Crucial new SSD contender

Crucial MX500 review: Better value than Samsung’s 850 Pro SSD

The MX500 is Crucial's first SSD with flashy new 64-layer 3D NAND memory. This means that the data storage cells inside are stacked on top of one another, 64 deep. In comparison to 2D NAND, which only has a single layer of cells, 3D NAND has much higher storage density. This opens the door to potentially huge storage capacities, as well as making the NAND…

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Feature: Quid pro quo?

Samsung 850 Pro review: SSD overkill

If you're in the market for an SSD upgrade (and if you're still using a hard disk, you really should be) you're spoiled for choice. Any modern SSD, such as the Samsung 850 Evo, Crucial BX300 or WD Blue 3D, will transform your PC, but there are some of you who need the ultimate in performance. Enter Samsung's 850 Pro range.

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Feature: A Crucial component

Crucial BX300 review: Inexpensive and fast enough

If you're still running your programs and games off a hard disk, do yourself a favour and get an SSD. They're (still) not cheap, but they're the best way to make your PC feel fast and responsive. They're silent, too, and take up less room in your case. We've extolled the virtues of SSDs in our [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] list, but Crucial has sent…

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Feature: Build it and they will come...

Why 2016 Will Be A Great Year For PC Gaming Hardware

2016 is going to be great for PC gaming hardware. Of that I am virtually certain. Last time around, I explained why the next 12 months in graphics chips will be cause for much rejoicing. That alone is big news when you consider graphics is arguably the single most important hardware item when it comes to progressing PC gaming. This week, I'll tell you why…

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Feature: Solid as a moderate-to-expensively priced rock

Hard choices: SSDs

With my last instalment deftly punting the dreary but essential matter of motherboards into touch, it's time to get back to something sexy. That's right, RPSers, solid state storage gives me trouser tentage. I love SSDs, and I'm here to tell you which three drives are the ones you should be pointing your wallet at.

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