New Micron M600 SSD Offers 16nm NAND

If you are looking to buy a new SSD, you may want to wait just a few more days until the Micron M600 drives hit the store shelves. These are based on a new 16nm process and offer great features and performance that includes Dynamic Write Acceleration. These new drives will come in 2.5-inch, mSATA and M.2 platforms. It will be interesting to see how this write acceleration performs in the real world. In theory, it looks impressive.

According to Micron, accelerating writes in this fashion can lead to dramatic improvements in total power consumption because, while the drive consumes slightly more power in some cases, it still slashes the amount of time required to perform the write. There are a few caveats with Dynamic Write Acceleration. It cannot accelerate sustained random write workloads indefinitely -- eventually the drive will begin performing garbage collection, and write acceleration doesn't function when it's taking out the trash. 

Source: HotHardware

Amazon launches new products

Most companies release one product at a time to tease customers, however, Amazon has done the opposite and released 6 new tablets and e-readers in the same day. Amazon is launching a new $99 Fire HD 6 low-end tablet, refreshing their $139 7-inch Fire HD tablet, showing off a new 8.9-inch Fire HDX tablet, announcing a "kids" version of their Fire tablets, and then to top it all off announced 2 new e-book readers. I guess if nothing else Amazon is going to save money on press conferences by doing all of their announcements in one day. FastCompany has the details on all of Amazon's new products.

Amazon's consumer-electronics business has sometimes felt like a sideline--something the company did to supplement its real business of selling physical and virtual goods created by others. But it's time to rethink that. For one thing in 2014, with the Fire TV streaming-video box and Fire Phone, the company entered two new product categories.

And today, in its biggest announcement ever in terms of sheer volume, it's revealing an array of new models in two areas it's already in, tablets and e-readers. The company is taking pre-orders for these new products now, but doesn't plan to ship any of them until October. (Maybe, just maybe, it's announcing them now to get a head start on any iPads which Apple might be getting ready to unveil in the coming weeks.)

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

MSI Gaming Laptops and All-in-Ones at CES 2014

We stopped in at the MSI Suite to look at their latest gaming laptops and other goodies. They have a very thin 17-inch unit that can hold four hard drives (drools). This beast will run a RAID 0 array on three drives and a single drive for other storage. It's crazy. Details here!

Check out more pictures in the gallery here - as well as more of our CES 2014 coverage here.

Apple iWatch Rumors

More rumors coming out today about the Apple iWatch over at Pocket Lint. The fact that Apple has been working on a smartwatch won't come as much of a surprise but now the "leaked" pictures and rumors are going to be coming fast and furious as it is being reported that the iWatch will be launched in October. According to supply chain details it's looking like the watch will look similar to the Motorola 360 smartwatch but since it's made by Apple it will be "revolutionary". For more on this set of rumors head on over here.

Design details of the Apple iWatch have been revealed by an analyst that claims to have got the information from within Apple's supply chain.

Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities alleges that his sources in Taiwan are insistent that the new smartwatch from the Cupertino company will have a round face, much like the Motorola Android Wear device, Moto 360.

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