The first solid state drives inherited the form factor from hard drives. However, it is not optimal for client, hyperscale, and enterprise computing environments because it does not address their unique needs. At the same time, when designing solid state drives, there is no need to adhere to the decisions made when designing hard drives. The absence of plates and other moving parts in the design frees up the hands of designers in choosing a standard size.
An example is M.2 drives, which are much more compact than HDDs and plug directly into a slot on the motherboard.
However, M.2 has several disadvantages. In particular, the lack of support for hot swapping and the complexity of maintenance due to the location of the slot. M.2 drives are also not ideal in terms of 1U rack space utilization.
The EDSFF E1.S size is more attractive, according to Phison Electronics, known for its NAND flash controllers, which offers advantages in terms of volume, scalability, performance, serviceability, cooling and power.
E1.S drives fit perfectly into a 1U rackmount storage server. At the same time, the standard also defines the parameters of radiators that eliminate the problem of overheating. There is room on the drive board to accommodate more NAND chips, which allows for more SSD storage. Easy maintenance with hot swappable and LED health indicators.
Phison promises to release an E1.S SSD soon under its own brand. It is said to be the most capacious in the world.
Valve Specialist Explains Why You Shouldn’t Install Too Long SSDs in Steam Deck
A few days ago, information appeared on the network that it was possible to install a longer SSD in the Steam Deck than planned. However, such interference may adversely affect the life of the console.
By default, the Steam Deck uses a 30mm SSD, however, players were able to install a 42mm long model with more memory. To do this, I had to move the fixing screw on the motherboard and remove the thermal pad.
According to Valve designer Lawrence Young, who participated in the development of the console, this should not be done. The fact is that larger drives consume more energy and heat up more. And ditching the thermal pad makes things even worse as the console starts to overheat.
“Please, do not do that. The charger chip becomes very hot, so do not move nearby thermal pads. In addition, most M.2 2242 drives use more power and run hotter than the ones the Steam Deck is designed to handle. It may seem that this modification works, but it will significantly reduce the life of your portable PC.‘, Young said.
Note that the console officially supports three SSD options – 64 GB, 256 GB and a faster 512 GB.
Previously, it was reported how you can significantly increase the autonomy of the Steam Deck console.
The power consumption of the Radeon RX 7000 series graphics cards will not be as huge as that of the GeForce RTX 40
Rumors are actively attributing huge power consumption up to 600 W and even higher to GeForce RTX 40 video cards. Radeon RX 7000 cards will also consume more than the current generation.
AMD Senior Vice President Sam Naffziger revealed some details about the RDNA 3 architecture and products based on it. He also touched upon the topic of energy consumption.
The demand for gaming and computing performance is increasing, while at the same time the development of technical processes is slowing down quite sharply. Thus, the power level will only increase. We now have a multi-year roadmap with very significant energy efficiency improvements to offset this curve, but the trend is there.
Performance is critical, but even if our designs are more energy efficient, that doesn’t mean we won’t raise power levels if competitors are doing the same. They’ll just have to raise them much higher than us.
Thus, the Radeon RX 7000 line, despite the previously stated 50 percent advantage (over the RX 6000) in power efficiency, will stand out for its high power consumption simply because of the huge performance boost. At the same time, AMD is confident that Nvidia will have to increase power consumption even higher.
For now, the RX 6000 line is more power efficient than the GeForce RTX 30, although the difference isn’t huge. Previously, there were rumors that the top-end RX 7900 XT will consume 450 watts versus 600 watts in the case of the RTX 4090, but so far these are just rumors.
Who will release the weakest modern video card? GeForce GTX 1630, claiming this title, will be released on June 28
The GeForce GTX 1630 graphics card may hit the market on June 28th. This was announced by the manufacturer of 3D-maps Colorful.
However, the source says that the date may change, and this is quite likely, given that Nvidia has already postponed the launch of the adapter twice.
The GTX 1630 will be the weakest video card from the current Nvidia line if we are talking about new products. Recall that it is based on the TU117 GPU with 512 CUDA cores, has 4 GB of memory and a 64-bit bus.
The performance of such an adapter will be very modest. Previously, there was evidence that the new product will be slower than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. This means that it will probably be weaker than the latest Intel Arc A380, which is 5-15% behind the GTX 1650.
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