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Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe SSD Review – Security Gets A Speed Boost

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Kingston has taken their KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD and upgraded it to the KC2500 lineup boosting the performance quite a bit to bring it much more in line with more performance tier drives. The Kingston KC2500 lineup is using same basic arrangement as the previous KC2000 with a Gen 3.0 x4 Silicon Motion SM226EN controller taking the lead on Toshiba’s 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. They’re claiming read speeds reaching up to 3500MB/s and 2900MB/s write speeds (KC2000 saw 3200MB/s and write speeds up to 2200MB/s). The KC2500 is still targeting more of the professional and high powered computing markets first while still being a much more solid option for enthusiast builders and gamers thanks to the increased speed. Security has been all over the news lately thanks to certain chipmakers and is a primary focus on the KC2000 with their 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption and compatibility with TCG Opal 2.0 security solutions along with built-in support for Microsoft eDrive support.

First Look At The Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe SSD – Unboxing And Closer Look

The packaging of the Kingston KC2500 is a bit underwhelming coming in a blister pack rather than a nice box like so many others.  While this surely doesn’t reflect the quality of the product it can be a bit offputting to those who live to collect their boxes for future use, this one will end up right in the trash for most. It does come with a bundled key for Acronis True Image so you can easily replace your existing storage solution with this one, a welcome value add that isn’t advertised on the package. The biggest complaint I have for the packaging is the omission of critical data points, the only idea of the performance you get is 45x faster than a spinning rust drive. Higher tier drives like this miss an opportunity to inform a potential customer in a store just what they’re buying.

The KC2500 carries the same design and layout from the KC2000 as it’s basically an upgrade from the previous release. The drive itself is jam-packed full of the Toshiba 96-layer 3D TLC NAND dies with the top facing side managing to squeeze in the Silicon Motion SM226EN controller and be wrapped up in one of the more questionable stickers that manage to nearly hide the fact that Kingston did a good thing, aesthetically, by choosing a nice black PCB to build the NVMe drive on.

Kingston KC2500 Lineup

Kingston KC2500 Lineup

KC2500 250GBKC2500 500GBKC2500 1TBKC2500 2TBControllerSilicon Motion SM2262ENSilicon Motion SM2262ENSilicon Motion SM2262ENSilicon Motion SM2262ENNAND FlashToshiba BiCS4 96L TLCToshiba BiCS4 96L TLCToshiba BiCS4 96L TLCToshiba BiCS4 96L TLCSequential Read3500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/sSequential Write1200 MB/s2,500 MB/s2,900 MB/s2,900 MB/sRandom Read375,000 IOPS375,000 IOPS375,000 IOPS375,000 IOPSRandom Write300,000 IOPS300,000 IOPS300,000 IOPS300,000

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By: Keith May
Title: Kingston KC2500 1TB NVMe SSD Review – Security Gets A Speed Boost
Sourced From: wccftech.com/review/kingston-kc2500-1tb-nvme-ssd-review-security-gets-a-speed-boost/
Published Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2020 13:01:48 +0000

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NVIDIA Ends Production of GeForce RTX 20 ‘Turing’ Series As GeForce RTX 30 ‘Ampere’ Gaming Graphics Card Launch Gets Closer, Price Hike For Current High-End Cards Expected

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NVIDIA has reportedly ceased production of its GeForce RTX 20 ‘Turing’ lineup to make room for the next-generation GeForce RTX 30 ‘Ampere’ graphics cards. The report comes from Ithome who has reported that not only are the majority of the high-end GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards being discontinued but will soon be delisted by major vendors as they prep up for NVIDIA’s next-generation gaming lineup.

NVIDIA Ends GeForce RTX 20 ‘Turing’ Series Production To Make Room For GeForce RTX 30 ‘Ampere’ Gaming Graphics Cards

As per the report, NVIDIA will be ending production of its high-end GeForce RTX 20 series lineup which includes the following graphics cards:

GeForce RTX 2080 TiGeForce RTX 2080 SUPERGeForce RTX 2070 SUPERGeForce RTX 2070

All four graphics cards listed are part of NVIDIA’s high-end and ultra-enthusiast segment. All cards utilize different Turing GPU, we get the TU102 on the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the TU104 on GeForce RTX 2080 & RTX 2070 SUPER and the TU106 GPU on the GeForce RTX 2070. The report also claims that not only would the production be halted on these four graphics cards but they will also be de-listed by major vendors including NVIDIA themselves in the coming months.

It is additionally reported that ending production on GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards will lead to severe shortages in the coming weeks due to a rising demand in the mining segment which has started to revive in recent months. This could lead to the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER & RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards to be out of stock much sooner than expected.

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By: Hassan Mujtaba
Title: NVIDIA Ends Production of GeForce RTX 20 ‘Turing’ Series As GeForce RTX 30 ‘Ampere’ Gaming Graphics Card Launch Gets Closer, Price Hike For Current High-End Cards Expected
Sourced From: wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-rtx-20-turing-production-end-geforce-rtx-30-ampere-gaming-graphics-card-launch-close/
Published Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2020 14:21:51 +0000

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Re-read Saturday, Tame you Work Flow Week 4: Chapter 4: Utility of Flawed Mental Models

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Tame your Work Flow

This week we tackle Chapter 4 of Tame your Work Flow,  The chapter is titled “Utility of Flawed Mental Models.” The goal of the chapter is to make sure we understand why reducing wait time makes sense and why that reduction has an impact on delivery.  

The premise of the chapter is set up with the statement:

According to Little’s Law, as the Flow Time at the denominator is decreased Throughput will increase. The contradiction here is that – from a Theory of Constraints (ToC) perspective – a system simply cannot deliver any more Throughput than its Constraint. Since we have not reduced Touch Time, the Constraint cannot have increased its Capacity in any way.

The authors point out that the two models at the heart of the book seem to conflict at a very basic level. Using the paradigm of the ToC would push us to find the constraint, exploit (use it to its fullest capacity) and then to elevate (increase the capacity). These types of changes would generate a focus on touch time (changing how we do the work).  Daniel and Steve use a set of mental experiments to show how starting with getting rid of wait time generates improved throughput without substantial investment and creates a stable environment of making touch time changes later. 

Attacking wait time does not directly impact throughput because it has no direct effect on the constraint. The question then is why does throughput apparently improve when we improve flow efficiency by removing wait time. On page 72, the authors state, “When Flow Efficiency is low, the system ordinarily performs at a rate that is less than that of the nominal Capacity of the Constraint.” This is really the crux of why reducing wait time has an impact.  Simply put, the constraint is underutilized — it has spare capacity. 

In the mental experiments in the book, Daniel and Steve show how reducing wait time squeezes out multitasking which reduces the context switching, and unneeded coordination and synchronization which uses up the spare captivity of the constraint yielding more output. This is exploiting the constraint, even though, at least at this point, we have spent no time trying to identify the constraint. As we noted in Chapter 3, reducing wait time does not require any substantial investments in changing how work is done, improved tools, or investment in additional people (queue the Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing). 

After we have exhausted wait time, the focus of the book shifts to touch time which means finding the constraint and jumping into the Theory of Constraints.  

Catch up on previous entries

Week 1: Logistics and Front Matter – https://bit.ly/2LWJ3EY

Week 2: Prologue (The Story of Herbie) – https://bit.ly/3h4zmTi

Week 3: Explicit Mental Models – https://bit.ly/2UJUZyN

Week 4: Flow Efficiency, Little’s Law and

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By: tcagley
Title: Re-read Saturday, Tame you Work Flow Week 4: Chapter 4: Utility of Flawed Mental Models
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Published Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2020 23:55:45 +0000

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EKWB Announces The EK Quantum Flow Indicators – Provides A Unique Aesthetic To Your Loop

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EK has released a series of unique flow indicators that belong to the Quantum Line. These Quantum flow indicators visually represent the coolant flow rate, which is often hard to see with the naked eye.

EKWB Announces The EK Quantum Flow Indicators – Gives The User The Ability To See If The Loop Is Functioning While Adding A Cool Aesthetic

This can be very useful to instantly see if your loop operation is nominal or there’s trouble with the pump or flow in some other area as well as looking cool! It also features addressable RGB illumination where the LEDs are covered by a stylish black anodized aluminum cover to hide the hotspots. Aside from the standalone option, there are two more that mount directly on the EK-Quantum Vector GPU water block.

This standalone flow indicator features three G1/4″ ports, all of which are female. It can be mounted mid tube run with two fittings or fastened to any G1/4″ port on a radiator, pump, or even a block via the use of a dual male-threaded extender. Any of the threads can be used as either inlet or outlet. It can be used in a straight flow-through setup, or it can replace a 90° angled fitting, or a 90° bend in your loop. These GPU-mounted flow indicators are made to replace the stock terminal with the one integrating the flow indicator. They come in two variants, with either top-bottom flow or bottom-top flow pattern. Flow patterns are mandatory to be followed for proper operation of the indicators.

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By: Alex Casas
Title: EKWB Announces The EK Quantum Flow Indicators – Provides A Unique Aesthetic To Your Loop
Sourced From: wccftech.com/ekwb-announces-ek-quantum-flow-indicators-provides-unique-aesthetic-to-loop/
Published Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:02:22 +0000

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