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AMD Ryzen “Raven Ridge” Chips Only Have 8 PCI-Express Gen 3.0 Lanes

AMD of course announced their desktop Ryzen "Raven Ridge" APUs, which combine quad-core "Zen" CPUs with "Vega" integrated graphics solutions. One very interesting that that has caught the attention of many people is the PCI-Express...

Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive
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Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCIe Solid State Drive Review

Almost a year ago now we were invited by Zotac to celebrate their 10th Anniversary and tour their factory. With the celebration they announced a few "10th Anniversary" products, one of which was the new 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GB PCI-Express solid state drive. The new drive boosted speeds of the drive (via firmware update) by up to 10%, changed the shroud from silver to black, and added RGB lighting to the Zotac logo on the back of the drive. When thinking about parts for our upcoming RGB build we thought this product would fit right in so Zotac sent it over for us to take a look at. Does it compete with other current PCI-Express NVMe solid state drives out there? Read on as we find out!

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Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive Review

While the speeds of graphics cards, memory, and CPUs continue to increase it seems solid state drive speeds have been bottlenecked for a while now. With that we have seen storage start to move over to the PCI-Express bus as it is closer to the CPU and that brought with it the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocol. NVMe drives are currently some of the fastest storage options out there for consumers and we took a look at our first NVMe product, the Intel 750, not that long ago. Well now it is Toshiba's turn with their OCZ RD400. Toshiba has turned OCZ into their "enthusiast brand" so new products will still hold the OCZ name, but they are indeed Toshiba products. The OCZ RD400 has sequential read and write speeds up to 2600 MB/s and 1600 MB/s respectively. Let's see what it is all about!

Zotac SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD
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ZOTAC Announces the SONIX 480GB PCIe SSD

ZOTAC International, a global manufacturer of innovation, is pleased to introduce the flagship solution for data and gaming, SONIX PCIE SSD, a brand new addition to the growing arsenal of fast SSDs. SONIX is aimed at enthusiasts, introducing top-of-the-line high performance SSD product for serious gaming, productivity, and enterprise. Each SONIX product undergoes rigorous testing and is fine tuned to ensure that it meets the highest performance standards.

Kingston HyperX Predator PCI-Express Solid State Drive
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Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCI-Express Solid State Drive Review

PCI-Express storage is nothing new, we have seen many different PCI-Express storage options over the past few years. The biggest advantage of using PCI-Express storage is that you overcome the typical 6.0Gb/s theoretical bandwidth limit of SATA-based solid state drives. If you have been following the storage industry you know that solid state drives have been bottlenecked by the SATA interface for years now. Well Kingston is presenting their first ever PCI-Express solid state drive. Part of their high-end HyperX brand the HyperX Predator boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1400 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. That is some serious speed! While many PCI-Express storage devices we have reviewed in the past have featured a custom PCB with the drive on it Kingston has gone the M.2 route. So you can either buy the single M.2 device to use on an M.2 slot or you can buy it pre-installed in a PCI-Express adapter. We received the version with the adapter, let’s jump in!

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