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Cool gaming gear and components we sighted at Computex 2018

By Vijay Anand & Koh Wanzi - 15 Jun 2018,10:00am

Storage highlights - part 1

8 x WD Black NVMe SSD in a massive VROC array!

Wouldn't you like this?

If you recall, WD  just announced their new M.2 SSDs - WD Black NVMe - using their new in-house controller and outfitted with SanDisk's latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND chips. Since Computex is all about strutting out the best each company has, WD decided to stick eight of these SSDs together to deliver this mind-numbing performance figure:-

Over 19,000MB/s!

To achieve this, WD utilized a pair of ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 cards in a system where each card could fit four WD Black NVMe M.2 SSD units comfortably for a total of eight M.2 cards in a massive virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) configuration.

Sounds expensive, but you can't deny the performance throughput uplift for huge workloads that are common in the content production side of things.

We spotted two PCIe cards that can each hold up to four M.2 NVMe SSD units.

And all of that was housed in this alien looking system at WD's booth in Computex. #inspiration

 

WD's My Passport Wireless external SSD is more rugged than you think

Never leave home without this. Better yet, be sure to have one in your backpack at all times.

The upcoming WD My Passport Wireless SSD is like the Swiss army knives of portable storage. Shockproof, reliable, doubles up as an external 6,300mAh battery pack and comes with the usual multiple storage configuration options, this is a valuable tool to anyone embarking on a holiday, an external shoot or even your home as you can wireless connect to it to perform transfers and backups. Other than transferring content over its own Wi-Fi network, you can still connect systems, drives, thumb drives and more direct to the WD My Passport Wireless SSD. It even has an SD card reader integrated to quickly transfer your files over for backup and free up the storage card to continue shooting.

On the top, you'll find a power button, dual USB 3.0 interfaces to power the drive and to interface other devices, as well as a dual-function button to reflect battery status or back up an SD card.

Batttery status indicator.

Yes, the WD My Passport Wireless SSD even has an SD card reader intergrated. Convenient and thoughtful for photographers and other professionals who need to quickly back up the photos they've shot and free up more space to continue shooting.

We were fortunate to meet-up with the product manager at WD for a demo of it in action:-

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