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Samsung announces the 980 NVMe DRAMless M.2 SSD

Samsung has just announced the 980 NVMe M.2 SSD. This will be Samsung’s first SSD drive that lacks onboard DRAM. Instead, the 980 SSD relies on the CPU’s DRAM via the PCIe. The approach of utilizing a DRAMless controller still provides NVMe speeds via PCIe 3.0 x4 while reducing overall costs. With rated sequential read and write speeds of  3500 MB/s and 3000 MB/s, the 980 will be no slouch. While these drives will not be at the forefront of speed, they will be some of the most affordable based on the performance you receive. The 980 is available in three capacities, 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB, and can be purchased directly from Samsung or any vendor that normally carries Samsung products. Pricing will start at $50 for the 250 GB model, $70 for the 500 GB, and $130 for the 1 TB. Here is the press release from Samsung. Read More

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GALAX GTX 980 SOC Video Card Review

Today we get a chance to review another Maxwell based GPU. Thankfully, we have moved on from the teaser Maxwell in the GTX 750 Ti and on to the big boys in the GTX 970 and 980 (but likely not the biggest!). NVIDIA has made some significant changes to this architecture including, but not limited to, much lower power consumption and more efficient use of the available shaders, and also memory throughput (via compression). In my hands is a GALAX (formerly Galaxy) GTX 980 SOC, or Super Overclocked to be precise. This card takes NVIDIA’s reference design to another level with a more robust power delivery area and better cooler to name a couple of things. It’s time to take her out for a test drive and see if we can melt the rubber down to the rims! Read More