CDRLabs has taken yet another look at Plextor's award winning M5 Pro Series SSD. In this article we test the PX-256M5P using Plextor's new Xtreme firmware. This update transforms the current M5 Pro into the M5 Pro Xtreme, which the company claims is the first truly professional SSD capable of delivering up to 100,000 random read IOPS. The Xtreme firmware also increases the M5 Pro's maximum random write performance up to 88,000 IOPS and boosts its sequential write speed up to 470MB/s.

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digistor_dig-79102.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at DIGISTOR's latest portable Blu-ray Disc writer, the DIG-79102. Based on the Panasonic UJ-260, this USB powered drive is capable of 6x BD-R, 6x BD-R DL and 2x BD-RE writing speeds, with a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 6x. It also offers support for BDXL media, which can hold up to 128GB of data on a single disc. What really makes the DIG-79102 stand out is its built-in battery and software bundle which includes Arcsoft's TotalMedia Extreme 2 suite as well as DIGISTOR's own REWIND archiving software for Mac and PC.

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plextor_px-256m5p_ssd.pngCDRLabs has taken a second look at Plextor's award winning M5 Pro Series SSD. This time around, we take a pair of PX-256M5P's and run some tests to see how well they perform when configured in a RAID array on an Ivy Bridge-based PC.

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silicon_power_s70_ssd.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Silicon Power's new Slim S70 solid state drive. The 7mm thick S70 is powered by LSI's SandForce SF-2281 processor and features a SATA 6GB/s interface, native TRIM support and DuraWrite technology. The drive is also equipped with synchronous NAND flash and an optimized firmware to deliver up to 557 MB/s sequential read and 507 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as a maximum of 86,000 4K random write IOPS.

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lite-on_enau708_drive.pngCDRLabs has taken a long overdue look at Lite-On's portable 8x DVD writer, the eNAU708. This stylish and compact drive is capable of 8x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 6x DVD±R DL and 5x DVD-RAM writing speeds and a maximum DVD read speed of 8x. The eNAU708 is also USB powered and features support for Lite-On's various SMART technologies. To top it all off, the drive comes with Nero Essentials as well as Lite-On's own MyDisk Suite which includes applications for the PC, iPad and iPhone.

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CDRLabs has put together a brief review of DIGISTOR's REWIND archiving software. This affordable alternative to hard drive and cloud-based backup solutions enables permanent and secure archiving on Blu-ray discs. Designed for ease-of-use by both consumers and professional users, REWIND features a user-friendly interface as well as automatic file and folder tracking. It also has the ability to update existing archives, span multiple discs and pause an archive mid-burn, letting you finish it later. Along with that, it has an embedded restore application that ensures restoration of archived files to any computer, without having to install software.

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strontium_auto_drives.pngCDRLabs has put together a brief review of Strontium's new AUTO USB flash drive. Available in capacities ranging from 4GB up to 32GB, the AUTO is designed especially for car audio systems. This small, ultra-lightweight drive sports a specially engineered plastic body that possesses double the impact strength and can withstand 40% higher temperatures than a normal USB flash drive. Equipped with the latest COB (Chip on Board) and micro COB USB flash modules, the AUTO is also capable of delivering up to 25 MB/s sequential read and 5 MB/s sequential write speeds.

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plextor_px-256m5p_ssd.pngToday, CDRLabs brings you a review of Plextor's new 256GB M5 Pro Series SSD, the PX-256M5P. Powered by Plextor's True Speed technology, this 7mm thick SSD uses high quality components like Marvell's new 88SS9187 controller chip and Toshiba's 19nm Toggle NAND flash to deliver up to 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 86,000 4KB random write IOPS. The M5 Pro also features an enterprise-grade double-data protection system to protect the integrity and confidentiality of your data. This system includes 256-bit AES encryption as well as Plextor's new True Protect technology, which ensures that data is stored and retrieved without error.

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sandisk_extreme_usb_drive.pngCDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of SanDisk's first USB 3.0 flash drive, the Extreme. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, this new flash drive sports a compact, slim design and is capable of delivering up to 190MB/s sequential read and 170MB/s sequential write speeds. The Extreme is also covered by a lifetime limited warranty and ships with SanDisk's SecureAccess software, which protects files against unauthorized access by creating an encrypted, password-protected folder, or "vault," on the drive.

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ocz_vertex_4_drive.pngCDRLabs has taken an in depth look at OCZ's 256GB Vertex 4 solid state drive. Available in capacities ranging from 64GB up to 512GB, the Vertex 4 is based on OCZ's Indilinx Everest 2 controller platform and offers features like TRIM support, dynamic wear-leveling, AES-256 encryption and Ndurance 2.0 technology, which extends the life of NAND flash well beyond its manufacturer rated specifications. The Vertex 4 is also equipped with 25nm synchronous MLC NAND and an extra large DRAM cache to deliver up to 560MB/s read and 510MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 120,000 IOPS.

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