Wednesday , 17 August 2022

ROG Strix Arion M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure

SSD’s using the NVMe form factor have been around now for a few years which means there is a chance that you will start having a few older lying around when you upgrade. It doesn’t help that most motherboards only have one or max two NVMe-slots meaning that you cannot, like you can with a regular 2.5″ SSD, place them inside the case. So what should you do with a older NVMe-SSD? One solution is to get an external enclosure and transform the SSD to a external SSD.

The ROG Strix Arion is a M.2 NVMe SSD-enclosure that comes with RGB-support(!) as well as supporting 2230/2242/2260/2280 form factor. Read on to get my opinion on this enclosue.

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The Steam Deck – Valve delivers an excellent PC handheld

Valve is an interesting company that seems to try to be a lot of things at the same time. Games company, software hub/store and hardware company. Valve is all of these. When it comes to hardware the company has had mixed success. I think many of us remember the Steam Machines. These compact computers running SteamOS, a Linux based OS, were supposed to make Windows PC’s obsolete for gaming. They didn’t succeed. Valve also released a specific controller, the Steam Controller, which also did not exactly set the world on fire. In hindsight though both these products have paved the way for the product I am testing today, the Steam Deck, Valves attempt to compete with the Nintendo Switch in the handheld market.

Crucial P5 Plus 2TB

The Crucial P5 Plus is the successor the P5 that Crucial launched last year and is the first PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD from the company. The latest model dropped the 256GB model, so the starting available capacity for the P5 Pro is 500GB. Additionally, the drive is also available in 1TB and a new storage capacity of 2TB model. The P54 Plus is priced similar to the P5 though there is a slight bump in the price where drive is retailed at $107.99(500GB), $179.99(1TB), and $367.99(2TB). The 2TB model is definitely a welcome addition and if we judge by the price per gigabyte, the 1TB model would be the most economical option. Despite the slight bump in the price, the P5 Plus are still priced competitively against its competitors. The question is, just how well would the performance backing it up? We shall find it out today.

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