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Upgrade Your Storage – What A SSD Means For You

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Technical terms can get overwhelming, especially in the IT industry, and when they contain too many three-letter acronyms. Like, SSD, which stands for Solid State Drives. These SSDs can be purchased for your desktop or laptop computer. SSDs are like hard drives but without any moving parts and can be used in place of hard drives. Its like a memory card but on steroids and is generally faster than HDDs (hard disk drives). The hard drive, with its mechanical moving parts, is almost certainly the biggest bottleneck in your PC. However, the lack of moving parts with a SSD, actually allows data to be transferred at maximum speeds as well as allowing your machine to run much quieter. Although, this storage upgrade can be costly, the overall benefits outweigh the price.

With a Solid State Drive, you can expect startups, programs and filesĀ to launch and load much faster. Another perk to purchasing additional storageĀ is it also uses less electrical power than a conventional hard drive. And with prices dropping annually, it is easy to get your money’s worth by determining the price per GB and also how much storage you require.Ā Ideally, 128GB (and in some situations 64GB) is enough for the operating system, programs and some games. You shouldnā€™t store media (like music, videos or pictures) on a Solid State Drive because the fuller the SSD gets, the slower it will run.Ā Other storage options are available for media storage, such as cloud storage.

“Back in 2013, PCWorld Labs ran three computers through our WorldBench tests, then replaced the hard drives with SSDs, and ran the tests again.Ā The results were astounding. A Toshiba SatelliteĀ P75-A7200 increased its WorldBench score from 279 to 435 (a higher number means a faster PC). A Maingear tower PC doubled its score from 162 to 325. ”


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Say Hello To Intel’s Optane


Hello Optane!

First Optane storage announced at CES in the low form of 16 GB and 32GB units to be used as cache, not primarily storage. It is anticipated that Optanes will gradually grow in densities and capacities over the next few years.

3D Xpoint is the technology that bases Optane. Memory cells sit in three-dimensional mesh. Intel and Micron cooperated together on the development of the technology. The first 16G and 32 GB storage will work only on PCs with Kaby Lake chips. New Optanes are exclusive to Kaby Lake and will not on PCs with older Intel chips like Skylake or Broadwell or on PCs with AMD chips.

Intel will eventually ship large-capacity Optane SSDs, replacing conventional SSDs and DRAM. Optane will also ship as a DRAM replacement that could plug into DIMM slots. Optane memory will be denser and retain data in comparison to DRAM, which deletes data once a PC is turned off. Intel claims Optane could be up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs, making gaming, PC booting and productivity applications much much faster. However, no real world tests have been completed as of yet.

The large-capacity Optane SSDs will most likely be installed in servers before coming PCs. Facebook and IBM are already testing large-capacity SSDs in servers. Low-capacity Optane storage will ship in the second quarter of this year. The storage will initially go into sockets on motherboards. Eventually large capacity Optane storage will plug into m.2 slots or 2.5-inch slots.

3 Laptops that will have Optane

Lenovo’s ThinkPad T570 $909. Will have optional 16 GB PCle M.2 2242-S3 and is available in March even if Optane comes later.

HP’s new and improved Envy Curved All-in-One 34 with Kaby Lake. Will get Optane when updated in spring, and that is all the details we get.

Dell plans to install Optane in some of its Precision laptops and OptiPlex desktops around June.Ā Intel’s new “tall” NUC systems — the NUC7i3BNH with 7th Generation Core i3, NUC7i5BNH with Core i5, and the NUC7i7BNH with Core i7 — will support Optane.


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