Synology DS418j NASToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Synology's new entry-level 4-bay NAS, the DiskStation DS418j. Designed for home and personal usage, this energy-efficient NAS is equipped with a 64-bit dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1GB of DDR4 RAM, two USB 3.0 ports and a gigabit Ethernet port and is capable of delivering up to 112 MB/s read and 108 MB/s write speeds. The DS418j also runs the latest version of Synology's award-winning DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system which offers a wide range of applications for cross-platform file sharing, data backup, cloud synchronization and multimedia streaming.

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ADATA SU900 SSDCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at ADATA's Ultimate SU900 SSD. Designed for use in everything from the lightest ultrabooks to high-end desktops, this performance-oriented drive is powered by Silicon Motion's SM2258 controller and is available with up to 2TB of 3D MLC NAND flash. The SU900 also utilizes intelligent SLC caching and a DRAM cache buffer to deliver up to 560 MB/s read and 525 MB/s write speeds. In addition, it features technologies like LDPC error correction, data shaping, wear leveling and a RAID Engine to provide high TBW and eliminate the vast majority of potential data errors.

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Plextor S3C SSDCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of Plextor's latest SATA SSD, the S3C. This entry-level device is powered by SMI's SM2254 controller and is available with up to 512GB of SK Hynix's 14nm TLC NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with TLC NAND, the S3C is equipped with Plextor's PlexNitro cache acceleration technology, which optimizes performance without taking up any space on the drive. The S3C also has many of the same features found on Plextor's higher end SSDs. In addition to the company's PlexTurbo intelligent RAM caching solution, the drive offers support for its PlexCompressor and PlexVault technologies.

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Plextor M8Se SSDToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Plextor's new TLC NAND-based PCIe SSD, the M8Se. Targeted at entry-level gamers, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Marvell's 88SS1093 "Eldora" controller and is available with up to 1TB of Toshiba's 15nm TLC NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with TLC NAND, the M8Se uses Plextor's exclusive PlexNitro cache acceleration technology to optimize performance without taking up any space on the drive. The M8Se is also equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.2 interface to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than SATA SSDs.

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Patriot Hellfire SSDCDRLabs has taken an in depth look Patriot's PCIe NVMe SSD, the Hellfire. Designed with the needs of content creators, gamers and enthusiasts in mind, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Phison's PS5007-E7 controller and offers features like static and advanced wear-leveling, advanced garbage collection, TRIM support and bad block management. The Hellfire is also equipped with up to 480GB of Toshiba's 15nm MLC NAND flash as well as an ultra-fast PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.2 interface to deliver read and write speeds that are up to 4x faster than SATA SSDs.

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Plextor M8Pe SSDCDRLabs has taken a long overdue look at Plextor's latest PCIe SSD, the M8Pe. Designed with gamers and professionals in mind, this NVMe 1.2 compliant, M.2 form factor drive is powered by Marvell's 88SS1093 "Eldora" controller and is available with up to 1TB of Toshiba's 15nm Toggle MLC NAND flash. The M8Pe also uses a PCIe Gen3 x4 lane interface to deliver up to 2,500 MB/s read and 1,400 MB/s write speeds along with a maximum of 240,000 random write IOPS.

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Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC CardToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Samsung's new EVO Plus microSDXC memory card. Available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, this updated version of the popular EVO+ gives smartphone, tablet and camera users the capacity they need to store hours of 4K UHD video and thousands of high-resolution photos. The EVO Plus is also UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) rated and is capable of read and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively. 

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ADATA XPG SX8000 SSDCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of ADATA's new PCIe solid state drive, the XPG SX8000. Designed to deliver massive speed for gaming notebooks and high-end desktops, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Silicon Motion's new SM2260 controller and is available with up to 1TB of 3D MLC NAND flash. The SX8000 also meets NVMe 1.2 specifications and is equipped with an ultra-fast PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 interface to deliver four times the read and twice the write performance of average SATA 6Gb/s SSDs.

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Patriot LX Series microSDXC CardCDRLabs has put together a brief review of Patriot's new 256GB LX Series microSDXC memory card. Equipped with the latest 3D NAND technology, this dime-sized card gives smartphone, drone and action camera users the capacity they need to capture hours of 4K Ultra HD video and thousands of high-resolution images. The 256GB LX Series microSDXC card is also Class 10, U3 qualified, allowing for sequential speeds of up to 90MB/s read and up to 80MB/s write for the quick capture of images and speedy transfer of data from camera to computer.

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Samsung 960 PRO SSDCDRLabs kicks off the New Year with a review of Samsung's 960 PRO SSD. First unveiled at the 2016 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, this cutting-edge NVMe SSD is powered by the company's new 5-core Polaris controller and is available with up to 2TB of their 48-layer V-NAND flash. Also, thanks to its PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 lane interface, the 960 PRO is capable of delivering up to 3,500 MB/s sequential read and 2,100 MB/s sequential write speeds.

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