The technology surrounding gaming has come a long way in just a short matter of years. In both PCs and consoles, one specific piece of technology has jumped leaps and bounds, seemingly every year, and that technology is storage. More specifically, solid-state drives, or SSDs. They’re cheaper, faster, and on the whole much more powerful than they’ve ever been. You can pick up a 2TB SSD today for the same cost as a 256MB SSD five years ago, and that’s not even considering how much faster they are today, too. Nor is it considering the changes in form factor, such as M.2 SSDs or PCIe add-in cards. It’s an entirely new world of storage, and it seems like old hard drives dominated the industry only a handful of years ago.
While those advances have led to some serious boosts to gaming as a whole, it’s also left curious consumers with
High-Performance NVMe SSDs with an Ethernet Interface Enable Cost Reduced, Simplified All-Flash Arrays
Direct-attached performance from network-attached devices is no longer a thing of storage architects’ dreams. KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), is now sampling Ethernet SSDs to select partners and customers interested in validating the benefits of Ethernet attached storage to their existing Ethernet (RoCEv2) networks. KIOXIA has been working in collaboration with key industry players Marvell, Foxconn-Ingrasys and Accton to bring groundbreaking Ethernet Bunch of Flash (EBOF) technology solutions to market – and this announcement is pivotal to that endeavor.
In an ongoing quest to contain explosive amounts of data, storage capacity and bandwidth must continue to grow while processing time must decrease. An EBOF system addresses these challenges through an Ethernet fabric that can scale flash and optimally disaggregate storage from compute. The EBOF storage solution bypasses the cost, complexity, and system limitations inherent
Samsung has unveiled its next high-performance NVMe 2280-sized M.2 drive, the 980 Pro. So far, it comes in three capacities shipping this month: 250GB for $89.99, 500GB for $149.99, and 1TB for $229.99. A 2TB model will arrive later this year, but Samsung didn’t share a price.
The standout feature of this drive is its compatibility with M.2 slots over the PCIe 4.0 interface. If you have a compatible motherboard, Samsung says the 980 Pro can go on a tear with sequential read / write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. It claims that this is two times faster performance than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and nearly 13 times faster than the more affordable but slower SATA SSDs.
Of course, to get the best speeds out of this Samsung M.2 drive, you’ll need