Wednesday, January 23rd 2019

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Creative SXFI Amp

Creative SXFI Amp

Creative finally brings to market its Super X-Fi technology built over 20 years of R&D. It aims to be a radical new change to the audio world by not only offering extremely convincing surround sound using stereo headphones, but generally enhancing the audio experience even for mono recordings provided you have a certain set of compatible devices.
Unruly Heroes

Unruly Heroes

Unruly Heroes is a side scroller puzzler/beat 'em up that sits squarely between Trine and Child of Light. You play as four interchangeable heroes without almost-but-not-quite unique skills, and charge through some extremely large and vertical levels, smashing your way through puzzles and hidden areas.

Phanteks Announces the Eclipse P600S Hybrid Silent and High-Performance Chassis

Phanteks today announced the release of the latest addition to the Eclipse Series product line, the Eclipse P600S. A hybrid solution for silent and high airflow PC systems. The Eclipse P600S offers both minimum noise or maximum airflow configurations that can be easily switched around when needed. Bringing Phanteks' High-Airflow fabric into the design allows for maximum airflow performance. The P600S also includes effective soundproofing panels that reduce noise considerably. Other features that are included: hinged tempered glass panel, dual system support, optimized cable management, PWM fan controller hub, vertical GPU mounting support, modular silent covers, and extensive liquid cooling locations.

Toshiba Unveils Industry's First UFS Ver. 3.0 Embedded Flash Memory Devices

Toshiba Memory Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, has started sampling[1] the industry's first Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Ver. 3.0 embedded flash memory devices. The new line-up utilizes the company's cutting-edge, 96-layer BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and is available in three capacities: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. With high-speed read/write performance and low power consumption, the new devices are suitable for applications such as mobile devices, smartphones, tablets, and augmented/virtual reality systems.

The new devices integrate 96-layer BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory and a controller in a JEDEC-standard 11.5 x 13.0 mm package. The controller performs error correction, wear leveling, logical-to-physical address translation and bad-block management for simplified system development.

Intel Achieves Gender Pay Equity Globally

Today, Intel announced a major milestone in global inclusion - achieving gender pay equity across our worldwide workforce while also adding stock-based compensation to its pay equity analysis. Our commitment to achieving gender pay equity is central to making Intel a truly inclusive workplace, which we believe is a key factor in employee performance, productivity and engagement. A diverse workforce and inclusive culture are essential to our evolution and growth.

Intel defines pay equity as closing the gap in the average pay between employees of different genders or races and ethnicities, where data is available, in the same or similar roles after accounting for legitimate business factors that can explain differences, such as performance, time at grade level and tenure.

COLORFUL Officially Releases iGame Series GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics Cards

COLORFUL Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions is proud to announce the debut of their latest graphics cards aimed for mainstream gamers who want the best value for their gaming needs. NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 2060 GPU offers their raytracing and DLSS at an accessible price range and COLORFUL is bringing their iGame touch to improve the performance and cooling of the GeForce RTX 2060. Today, the COLORFUL iGame family welcomes their newest addition: the iGame GeForce RTX 2060 Vulcan X OC and the iGame GeForce RTX 2060 Ultra OC. Both cards will feature NVIDIA's new 12nm TU106 GPU with 1920 CUDA cores and 6GB of GDDR6 memory. The new COLORFUL GeForce RTX 2060 graphics cards will have full support for NVIDIA's real-time raytracing via RTX technology as well as DLSS and Ansel.

For gamers that want amazing card performance and cooling, the COLORFUL iGame GeForce RTX 2060 Ultra OC provides an incredible balance of feature and performance. The card features a triple slot cooler which gives excellent cooling even under load.

Bulldozer Core-Count Debate Comes Back to Haunt AMD

AMD in 2012 launched the FX-8150, the "world's first 8-core desktop processor," or so it says on the literal tin. AMD achieved its core-count of 8 with an unconventional CPU core design. Its 8 cores are arranged in four sets of two cores each, called "modules." Each core has its own independent integer unit and L1 data cache, while the two cores share a majority of their components - the core's front-end, a branch-predictor, a 64 KB L1 code cache, a 2 MB L2 cache, but most importantly, an FPU. There was much debate across tech forums on what constitutes a CPU core.

Multiprocessor-aware operating systems had to be tweaked on how to properly address a "Bulldozer" processor. Their schedulers would initially treat "Bulldozer" cores as fully independent (as conventional logic would dictate), until AMD noticed multi-threaded application performance bottlenecks. Eventually, Windows and various *nix kernels received updates to their schedulers to treat each module as a core, and each core as an SMT unit (a logical processor). The FX-8350 is a 4-core/8-thread processor in the eyes of Windows 10, for example. These updates improved the processors' performance but not before consumers started noticing that their operating systems weren't reporting the correct core-count. In 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed against AMD for false marketing of FX-series processors. The wheels of that lawsuit are finally moving, after a 12-member Jury is set up to examine what constitutes a CPU core, and whether an AMD FX-8000 or FX-9000 series processor can qualify as an 8-core chip.
Tuesday, January 22nd 2019

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EK-Supremacy Classic RGB CPU Water Block

EK-Supremacy Classic RGB CPU Water Block

EKWB releases an all-new product lineup under the EK Classic name including a more budget-friendly EK-Supremacy Classic RGB CPU block. It aims to provide a minimalist design while retaining RGB-lighting support and good value for money by offering high coolant flow and good thermal performance alike.

MSI Announces GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z

MSI is proud to officially announce the latest of its legendary LIGHTNING series graphics cards. Built to be perfect, the new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z combines cutting edge new technology with proven features such as Tri-Frozr design with all new TORX 3.0 Fans, Phantom of LIGHTNING LED effect, Dynamic Dashboard OLED panel and full carbon backplate. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING Z is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.

With an innovative design, the RTX 2080 Ti LIGHTNING presents an all-new level of visual customization. Via MSI's Dragon Center software, the LED colors and blades on the fans can be controlled to cycle predefined profiles. The fans not only dazzle you with vibrant colors and effects but also cool this beastly card in silence.

Samsung Launches the 970 EVO Plus NVMe SSD Family

Samsung today introduced the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, the newest enhancement in its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD portfolio. With industry-leading performance and up to two terabytes in capacity, Samsung's 970 EVO Plus sets a new bar for high-performance storage, enabling IT professionals, tech enthusiasts and gamers to handle intensive workloads on PCs and workstations with more ease.

"Since introducing the first NVMe SSDs to the consumer market in 2015, Samsung has continued to challenge technical barriers in SSD design and performance," said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "The new 970 EVO Plus powered by Samsung's latest fifth-generation V-NAND technology will now offer unrivaled performance in its class when taking on demanding tasks like 4K content editing, 3D modeling and simulation as well as heavy gaming."

DIYPC Expands Gaming Case Line with new DIY-SD1-RGB Mid Tower Chassis

DIYPC, leading professional manufacturer of computer cases and accessories (case fan, hub, headset, mouse) base in China which mainly focus on overseas market. DIYPC is thrilled to share with everyone the announcement of its latest addition to its gaming line of chassis for gamers and enthusiast PC builders. The DIY-SD1-RGB features a stylish, aggressive front panel in a compact ATX tower format. This is perfect for gamers and builders looking for an aggressive, gaming build with great features but at a smaller footprint than traditional, larger midtowers. The DIY-SD1-RGB features tempered glass panels to showcase the components of your build and includes preinstalled RGB fans for further lighting customization that is sure to be a great foundation for your build.

Be Quiet! Unveils Shadow Wings 2 & Pure Wings 2 High-Speed Fans

Be Quiet!, the market leader in PC power supplies in Germany since 2007, announces two new fans: the new Shadow Wings 2 series for users who appreciate a very silent system and the expansion of the entry-level Pure Wings 2 range with high-speed models.

Shadow Wings 2 is a slowly spinning and highly optimized case fan and the most silent fan series in the be quiet! lineup. It relies on an array of features to keep its noise level as low as only 15.9 dB(A) at maximum speed. Airflow-optimized fan blades provide reliable cooling and whisper-quiet operation. A new anti-vibration mounting system and rubberized fan frame ensure easy installation and decoupling from the case frame. High-grade rifle bearing technology guarantees a lifespan of up to 80,000 hours. Shadow Wings 2 comes in 120 mm and 140 mm sizes, with 3-pin connectors or PWM control. Maximum rotational speed for the 120 mm models is 1,100 rpm, and 900 rpm for its 140 mm sibling.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Put Through AoTS, About 16% Faster Than GTX 1060

Thai PC enthusiast TUM Apisak posted a screenshot of an alleged GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ashes of the Singularity (AoTS) benchmark. The GTX 1660 Ti, if you'll recall, is an upcoming graphics card based on the TU116 silicon, which is a derivative of the "Turing" architecture but with a lack of real-time raytracing capabilities. Tested on a machine powered by an Intel Core i9-9900K processor, the AoTS benchmark was set to run at 1080p and DirectX 11. At this resolution, the GTX 1660 Ti returned a score of 7,400 points, which roughly compares with the previous-generation GTX 1070, and is about 16-17 percent faster than the GTX 1060 6 GB. NVIDIA is expected to launch the GTX 1660 Ti some time in Spring-Summer, 2019, as a sub-$300 successor to the GTX 1060 series.

Starblaze Announces High-Performance STAR1000P SSD Controller

Today Starblaze announced the availability of the STAR1000P NVMe solid state drive (SSD) controller for high-end client and entry-level enterprise applications. Performance optimizations enable the new controller to achieve sequential reads at 3.6GB/second and sequential writes at 3.2GB/second, up to 50% higher than Starblaze's previous generation controller, STAR1000. The STAR1000P achieves random reads at 750K input/output operations per second (IOPS) and random writes at 600K IOPS, up to 120% higher than Starblaze's STAR1000. The STAR1000P features PCIe Gen3x4, NVMe 1.3 and eight flash channels to support up to 32 terabytes (TB) of storage. The STAR1000P also incorporates a multicore implementation of Synopsys' DesignWare ARC HS38 processor, taking advantage of ARC's extensible architecture with custom instructions that improve scheduling efficiency.

"Enterprise SSD applications need increasing processor performance to support much higher throughput with reduced latency," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP at Synopsys. "Synopsys' ARC HS processors deliver the scalability that Starblaze needs to extend the performance of their STAR1000P platform for the rapidly evolving SSD controller market."
Monday, January 21st 2019

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1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard

1STPLAYER Bullet Hunter MK6 Keyboard

1STPLAYER is a relatively unknown Chinese brand wanting to grab attention globally with their new keyboards. The Bullet Hunter MK6 mechanical keyboard offers RGB backlighting, extensive onboard controls, a software driver, and hot-swappable switches at a good price point, making it a strong contender for their goal.
Palit GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium 8 GB

Palit GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium 8 GB

Palit's GeForce RTX 2070 GameRock Premium is the company's highest-specced RTX 2070 variant. It comes overclocked out of the box to 1815 MHz boost and features a large triple-slot cooler that delivers excellent temperatures. With $600, pricing matches that of the NVIDIA Founders Edition.

ASUS Intros GeForce RTX 2070 Turbo EVO Graphics Card, Ditches VirtualLink

ASUS today introduced an "affordable" GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card and a variation of its cheapest RTX 2070 product, the Turbo EVO. This card looks almost identical to the RTX 2070 Turbo ASUS launched last September, but comes with a handful physical changes. To begin with, its 80 mm lateral-blower fan comes with a double ball-bearing motor, and an IP5X-compliant dust-proof impeller. The build quality is also improved since ASUS is building the card on a fully-automated process it calls "Auto Extreme," coupled with a 144-hour stress-test for each card. Also, while the original RTX 2070 Turbo draws power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors, the new RTX 2070 Turbo EVO only needs a single 8-pin PCIe power input.

There is a catch, though. Unlike the original RTX 2070 Turbo, the new RTX 2070 Turbo EVO lacks a USB type-C VirtualLink connector. The clock-speeds of both cards are identical, with 1620 MHz GPU Boost, and 14 Gbps (GDDR6-effective) memory. You can tell the two cards apart on a store shelf by paying attention to the box. The EVO's box features an "Auto Extreme" graphic on the front face, and carries the model number "TURBO-RTX2070-8G-EVO," while the original RTX 2070 Turbo goes with "TURBO-RTX2070-8G" (no "EVO"). The company didn't reveal pricing, although it wouldn't surprise us if both the cards are sold at the same baseline price of USD $530.

Antec Launches the Dark Avenger 601 Case

Antec today released its Dark Avenger 601 ATX mid-tower chassis for gaming PC builds high on RGB LED illumination. The case is characterized by a faux-aluminium ornament on the front panel that conceals the front fan intakes, a tempered glass left side-panel, and an in-built addressable RGB LED lighting controller. The front ornament is studded with aRGB LED strips that make up an "X" shape. The lighting can either be wired to the in-built controller which cycles lighting presets at the push of a button on the front-panel, or be directly plugged in to your motherboard over a standard 3-pin aRGB header.

The DA601 features a conventional partitioned layout, with the motherboard tray serving up room for ATX motherboards with 7 expansion slots, graphics cards up to 40 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 16 cm in height. Storage areas include two 3.5-inch/2.5-inch trays in the bottom compartment, and four 2.5-inch drive mounts behind the motherboard tray. Cooling features include three 120 mm fan mounts each along the front- and top-panels, and a rear 120 mm exhaust. Antec includes two fans with the case, an aRGB illuminated Prizm along the front intake, and a regular 120 mm spinner at the rear. The case measures 480 mm x 220 mm x 500 mm (DxWxH). Front panel connectivity includes two USB 3.1 type-A ports, HDA jacks, and the RGB controller cycle button. The company didn't reveal pricing.

AMD "Navi" GPU Code Surfaces in Latest Apple MacOS Mojave Beta

System software code used for detecting and installing AMD's upcoming Radeon "Navi" family of graphics processors surfaced in the latest Apple MacOS "Mojave" beta. Version 14.2 beta of the operating system packs preparation for AMD's next-generation GPUs through a device identifier "0x73101002." A similar piece of code surfaced on early versions of MacOS "Sierra" some 6 months prior to Radeon "Vega" family launch, which perfectly aligns with this release of Mojave preceding the speculated mid-2019 launch of "Navi."

The code makes four references, Navi 16, Navi 12, Navi 10, and Navi 9. We're not quite sure if these are brand names or ASIC codes pointing to the number of next-generation compute units enabled on the silicon. If they are the latter, and assuming AMD hasn't changed the number of stream processors per NGCU, we're looking at the possibility of these chips being mid-range performance successors to the "Polaris" family, and it's likely they'll find place in Apple's upcoming generation of iMac, and possibly even MacBooks.
Many Thanks to theoneandonlymrk for the tip.

AMD Re-releases Adrenalin 19.1.1 Drivers with WHQL Certification

AMD late Monday released WHQL-signed Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.1.1 drivers. These drivers are identical in features and changes to January 11 release of Adrenalin 19.1.1 as a Beta. Among the key changes over the previous 18.12.3 drivers include performance optimization for "Fortnite," bug fixes for Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), graphics card fan zero-fan mode not correctly engaging when toggled on/off in Radeon Settings, incorrect software update notifications in Radeon Settings Advisor, and multi-monitor systems experiencing a mouse pointer lag when one of the displays is enabled but powered off.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 19.1.1 WHQL

The change-log follows.

Kingston Also Showcases KC2000 Series NVMe SSDs

Kingston at CES 2019 also showcased their high-tier KC2000 series SSD. These differ from the likely market-warping A2000 series SSDs in terms of pure performance, for those that only care for that metric. While the A2000 series has the potential to bring SATA SSDs completely out of the equation (if promises of lower pricing paired with three to four times higher performance come true), the KC2000 will be gunning for the upper tiers of the market in terms of performance.

The KC2000 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSDs will be available in capacities ranging from 256 GB to  2TB, boasting performance of 3 GB/s read and 2 GB/s write. Unlike their lower-tier counterparts, which make use of a variety of lower-tier controllers and Toshiba's 3D TLC NAND, these will contain the SMI SM2262en controller paired Intel 3D TLC NAND flash memory. These SSDs should be released sometime in Q2 2019 and will have a security software suite included.

GIGABYTE to Introduce RTX 2070 eGPU Gaming Box

eGPUs may not have made quite as much of an impact on the market as one might expect - but maybe that's because of incorrect expectations. The idea of having an external GPU box to increase a given machine's frame output when it's stationary is all well and good, but that begs the question of why not just buying a more powerful machine outright, which will allow users to keep their mobility and portability.

It seems GIGABYTE is readying another eGPU solution, after their work on their RX 580 gaming box. The box is equipped with a GIGABYTE-engineered GeForce RTX 2070 graphics which features 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort, 1x USB-C, 1x ThunderBolt 3 and 3x USB 3.0 ports, so it also serves as an extender for your laptop's (or mini-ATX) functionality.

Kingston's A2000 NVMe SSDs - Aiming at Sub-SATA SSD Pricing On Toshiba's BiCS4 3D TLC NAND

Kingston at CES 2019 demonstrated its A2000 NVMe SSDs, which the company has developed with a specific goal in mind - undercut SATA-based SSDs. This has, until now, been impossible, due to increased costs of NVMe controllers over their SATA counterparts, but such is the trend with any technology - prices do come down after a product is first introduced. Some NVMe solutions have used cut-down controllers that only supported PCIe x2 buses, but not the A2000 - they will use full-fledged PCIe 4x lanes, and will be available in 240, 480, or 960 GB capacities.

The A2000 series will make use of different controllers, which means Kingston is sourcing from more than one manufacturer (Silicon Motion's SM2263-series and Phison's low-cost controllers). While that could introduce performance variations, Kingston says that they will be making sure the experience and performance stays consistent between differently-sourced products, and that the only reason for this is to decrease overall BOM costs to achieve a lineup-wide below-SATA cost. NVMe drives typically require less materials than SATA drives, and as a plus, aren't constrained by link bandwidth limitations. This is huge news for the industry, because if Kingston manages to do its bidding 2Q2019, as they expect, the industry will follow suit - they won't be leaving the lowest-priced, and consequently, likely highest-volume product, to a single player. Kingston is quoting up to 2000 MB/s sequential read speeds as well as up to 1500 MB/s sequential write speeds.

Kingston Releases Managed Model of IronKey D300 Serialized Encrypted USB

Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announced today the Managed model of IronKey D300 Serialized (D300SM) encrypted USB Flash drive is now available. A fully-encrypted managed USB drive is an essential component in following industry standards and the strong data encryption of the D300 series is what makes this drive compliant for data storage under GDPR and the NY financial regulations.

IronKey D300SM requires IronKey EMS or SafeConsole by DataLocker allowing central management of drive access and usage across thousands of drives. Either cloud-based or on-premises, it enforces drive-specific policies, such as password strength and retry limits, lets administrators remotely disable lost or stolen drives, reset passwords when forgotten and more. This is the first IronKey drive that is supported on SafeConsole, allowing it to be used by customers who already have SafeConsole installed.

Add the Finishing Touch with a Host of New Premium PC Accessories from CORSAIR

CORSAIR, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced the availability of a wide range of new PC enthusiast accessories to help complete the look of a custom PC: CORSAIR Premium Individually Sleeved PSU Cables, Premium Sleeved Front Panel Extension Kit, Premium Sleeved SATA Cable, Premium PCIe 3.0 x16 Extension Cable, and TM30 Performance Thermal Paste. From custom paracord cables available in a range of colors, to flexible PCIe mounting and dependable thermal paste, the new range of accessories are the perfect way to build and complete a stunning professional-looking custom PC.

GIGABYTE Z390 and C246 Motherboards Support Single Slot 32GB Memory

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced that its Z390 and C246 motherboards now fully support 32GB Unbuffered memory per DIMM slot for up to 128GB total memory capacity on 4DIMM configurations, providing increased memory capacity for users. Additional BIOS updates will soon be rolled out to enable support for other 300 series motherboards.

Up until now, 32GB memory per DIMM slot was primarily limited to workstation ready motherboards with registered memory for users to fulfill memory-intensive tasks on their system. GIGABYTE has worked closely with Intel to ensure that GIGABYTE Z390 series motherboards paired with 9th Gen. processors can support 32GB memory per DIMM slot.

RAIDMAX Rolls Out the Magnus White and Brushed Aluminium Finish Chassis

RAIDMAX today rolled out the Magnus, a premium ATX full-tower case characterized by its mostly-white body with contrasting black, and a brushed aluminium panel dominating its front. The interiors feature a semi-partitioned layout, with the bottom partition only enclosing the PSU bay, while a 2-drive 3.5-inch cage sits besides it, which is detachable. Four additional 2.5-inch drive mounts are located beside and behind the motherboard tray. The motherboard tray can house ATX and E-ATX boards, with eight expansion slots, and two additional vertically oriented slots to show off your graphics card (PCIe riser not included). You get room for graphics cards up to 42 cm in length, and CPU coolers up to 17.8 cm in height. Ventilation includes either three 120 mm or two 140 mm front intakes, three 120 mm or two 140 mm top exhausts, and a 140/120 mm rear exhaust factory-fitted with an NV-120FB RGB fan.

Intel Readies Crimson Canyon NUC with 10nm Core i3 and AMD Radeon

Intel is giving final touches to a "Crimson Canyon" fully-assembled NUC desktop model which combines the company's first 10 nm Core processor, and AMD Radeon discrete graphics. The NUC8i3CYSM desktop from Intel packs a Core i3-8121U "Cannon Lake" SoC, 8 GB of dual-channel LPDDR4 memory, and discrete AMD Radeon RX 540 mobile GPU with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. A 1 TB 2.5-inch hard drive comes included, although you also get an M.2-2280 slot with both PCIe 3.0 x4 (NVMe) and SATA 6 Gbps wiring. The i3-8121U packs a 2-core/4-thread CPU clocked up to 3.20 GHz and 4 MB of L3 cache; while the RX 540 packs 512 stream processors based on the "Polaris" architecture.

The NUC8i3CYSM offers plenty of modern connectivity, including 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0 powered by an Intel Wireless-AC 9560 WLAN card, wired 1 GbE from an Intel i219-V controller, consumer IR receiver, an included beam-forming microphone, an SDXC card reader, and stereo HD audio. USB connectivity includes four USB 3.1 type-A ports including a high-current port. Display outputs are care of two HDMI 2.0b, each with 7.1-channel digital audio passthrough. The company didn't reveal pricing, although you can already read a performance review of this NUC from the source link below.

Western Digital WD Black SN750 is a High-end NVMe SSD with a Chunky Heatsink

Western Digital over the weekend refreshed its high-end client-segment SSD lineup with the WD Black SN750. Built in the M.2-2280 form-factor with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface and support for the NVMe 1.3 protocol, the drive combines a refreshed in-house developed controller with SanDisk-made 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory, cushioned by up to 2 GB of DRAM cache. The biggest change this drive offers over last Summer's WD Black 3D series, however, is the optional aluminium heatsink originally made by EK Waterblocks, which improves the drive's thermals and possibly sustained performance. You can opt to buy the drive without this heatsink.

Available in capacities of 250 GB for $80, 500 GB for $130, 1 TB for $250, and 2 TB for $500, the WD Black SN750 offers sequential transfer rates of up to 3470 MB/s reads on the 500 GB and 1 TB models. The 250 GB model reads at up to 3100 MB/s, and the 2 TB model up to 3400 MB/s. Sequential write speeds, too, are improved across the board, with up to 3000 MB/s for the 1 TB model, up to 2900 MB/s for the 2 TB model, up to 2600 MB/s for the 500 GB model, and up to 1600 MB/s for the 250 GB model. 4K random-access numbers can be as high as 515,000 IOPS reads. All models are backed by 5-year product warranties.
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