Friday, May 31st 2019

KLEVV Shows Off New Flash Drives, SSDs and Memory with Copious Amounts of RGB

KLEVV at its Computex 2019 booth unveiled a new line of high-performance USB flash drives. It also brought along its latest variants of CRAS series M.2 NVMe SSDs and DDR4 memory, which come with a dazzling/blinding (take your pick) amount of RGB LED embellishment. We begin with the Portable Ghost, branded as a "portable SSD" and not a flash-drive. This is because the USB 3.1 gen 2 type-C connection pulls a PCIe/NVMe internal SSD. When plugged into a PC or a USB charger, the drive can also work as a wireless drive to your other devices over Bluetooth 4.2. The drive comes in two variants based on capacity, which significantly differ in hardware. The 240 GB variant is pulled by a JMicron JM5583 controller, while the 480 GB variant has a Silicon Motion SM2263EN. Both models use 72-layer 3D TLC NAND flash, and have the same on-paper performance figures, with up to 1,250 MB/s reads/writes. The drive isn't without two RGB LED diffusers.

The Blu RC30 is another fascinating, albeit slower drive, that's properly marketed as a flash drive. Built in the conventional 2-piece capped form-factor, the drive features a USB 3.1 gen 1 (5 Gbps) type-A connection. An internal battery which soaks up power when plugged in, lets the drive function wireless over Bluetooth 4.2, and also be used as a wireless presentation tool (a clicker), with capacitive touch surface and a couple of buttons, which imitate a mouse. Built in capacities of 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB, the Blu RC30 offers sequential transfer-rates of up to 250 MB/s reads on all three models, and write-speeds rated at 40 MB/s for the 32 GB model, 50 MB/s for 64 GB, and 90 MB/s for the 128 GB model. Transfer rates are severely throttled in wireless mode. We then moved on to its SSD and memory products.
The CRAS C700 RGB was announced earlier this month as the brightest/most colorful M.2 NVMe SSD. A metal heatspreader cloaked by two silicone RGB LED diffusers cover the top of the drive, with 8 diodes beaming out light. The lighting can be controlled by most addressable-RGB software. Although the drive takes in PCI-Express 3.0 x4 connection and supports NVMe 1.3, the performance is on-par with most PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs, with up to 1,500 MB/s reads, and up to 1,300 MB/s writes. The drive comes in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities.
Lastly, we got our hands on the CRAS X RGB DDR4 memory modules, characterized by large silicone diffusers crowing the modules, studded with 8 RGB LEDs. The CRAS X RGB series now comes in high-speed variants such as DDR4-4000, DDR4-4266, and DDR4-4400, with CAS latencies ranging between 18T to 19T, and DRAM voltage at a scorching 1.40V. The company is also augmenting the series with DDR4-3200, DDR4-3466, and DDR4-3600 modules that have been tested to run stable at their advertised speeds and timings on AMD Ryzen machines. These AMD-friendly kits come in both 2x 8 GB and 2x 16 GB (dual-rank) capacities.
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