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Western Digital had announced new products in the WD_BLACK lineup back in May 2022 to augment their offerings in the gaming market. The WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD was part of the set, and became widely available last quarter. Western Digital has positioned the portable drive (PSSD) as a mid-range alternative to the premium WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD. Sporting a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps) interface, the drive launched at a much lower price point compared to the P50 despite the addition of RGB lighting to the case. What corners has Western Digital cut in this mid-range offering, and what do gamers have to lose in going with the P40 over competing PSSDs? This review provides some answers.

Intel Builds On USB4 v2 for 120 Gbps Next Generation Thunderbolt

The DisplayPort 2.1 specifications were officially released by VESA on Monday, and this was followed up by USB-IF's announcement of the release of the 80 Gbps USB4 v2 specifications...

21 by Ganesh T S on 10/19/2022

SanDisk Professional PRO-G40 Thunderbolt / USB Dual-Mode Portable SSD Review

Western Digital is introducing a new flagship portable SSD today under the SanDisk Professional brand. The PRO-G40 dual-mode PSSD ticks all the right boxes for prosumers, content creators, and...

14 by Ganesh T S on 10/6/2022

Intel Executive Posts Thunderbolt 5 Photo then Deletes It: 80 Gbps and PAM-3

An executive visiting various research divisions across the globe isn’t necessarily new, but with a focus on social media driving named individuals at each company to keep their followers...

82 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/1/2021

USB-C Power Delivery Hits 240W with Extended Power Range

The USB-IF released a couple of new specifications recently - R2.1 for Type-C and R3.1 for USB-PD. The main update is the 'Extended Power Range' aspect that allows for...

54 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2021

AMD Set To Roll Out AGESA firmware USB Fix For Ryzen, Coming April

Last month, we reported that AMD had been made aware of many users experiencing intermittent connectivity issues with USB ports on its Ryzen 500-series motherboards. Requesting that users with...

27 by Gavin Bonshor on 3/17/2021

AMD To Probe Potential USB Connectivity Issue on Ryzen Systems

Some AMD users have been posting on social media, including Reddit, about experiencing intermittent connectivity problems when using USB ports on their 500-series motherboards. In response, AMD has reached...

45 by Gavin Bonshor on 2/22/2021

Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q USB / Thunderbolt 3 Dual Mode External SSD Review: Yin and Yang

The external storage market has shown renewed vigor in recent years, thanks in part to growth fueled by bus-powered flash-based storage solutions. The introduction of 3D NAND, coupled with...

14 by Ganesh T S on 12/14/2020

ADATA External and HP Portable SSDs Review: Featuring the ADATA SE800 and HP P700

Portable flash-based storage solutions are one of the growing segments in the direct-attached storage market. The emergence of 3D NAND with TLC and QLC has brought down the cost...

13 by Ganesh T S on 9/24/2020

Cypress Announces USB 3.2 & USB4-Ready Controllers: EZ-PD CCG6DF & CCG6SF

Cypress has unveiled a pair of upcoming USB Type-C controllers for next-generation desktops and laptops. The new EZ-PD CCG6DF and EZ-PD CCG6SF controllers are single-chip solutions that support USB...

17 by Anton Shilov on 3/3/2020

Cosemi Launches 100-Meter USB 3.1 Gen 2 Optical Cables

Cosemi has introduced new USB 3.1 Gen 2 active optical cables, which support full speed USB connections at distances of up to 100 meters. The cables are designed primarily...

19 by Anton Shilov on 12/6/2019

GIGABYTE Unveils USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20 Gbps PCIe Expansion Card

GIGABYTE has introduced the industry’s first PCIe expansion card for USB 3.2 Gen2x2 ports. Offering the latest generation in USB connectivity, with a total throughput of 20Gbps, the board...

12 by Anton Shilov on 11/29/2019

USB-IF: USB4 Products Coming in Late 2020

The USB Promoter Group is hard at work developing the USB4 specification. We met with them at Computex this year, and the good news is that the spec is...

69 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2019

ASMedia Demonstrates ASM3242 USB 3.2 2x2 Controller: Available in August

ASMedia has finished development of its USB 3.2 2x2 controller and will make it available to makers of motherboards in the coming months. The company is demonstrating cards featuring...

12 by Anton Shilov on 5/29/2019

SiFive Acquires USB 2.0 and 3.x IP Portfolio to Strengthen RISC-V SoCs

SiFive, one of the world’s leading developers of controllers and SoCs based on the RISC-V instruction set, has acquired USB IP portfolio from Innovative Logic, a silicon IP designer...

7 by Anton Shilov on 5/23/2019

USB4 Specification Announced: Adopting Thunderbolt 3 Protocol for 40 Gbps USB

The USB Promoter Group has announced the upcoming release of the USB4 specification. The new standard is based on Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol and supports a range of features, including...

56 by Anton Shilov on 3/4/2019

USB 3.2 at 20 Gb/s Coming to High-End Desktops This Year

The USB 3.0 Promoters Group announced its USB 3.2 specification update that increases theoretical performance of a USB 3.2 interface over a Type-C cable to 20 Gbps back in...

62 by Anton Shilov on 2/26/2019

Cosemi Launches USB 3.1 Gen 2 Hybrid Active Optical Cable: Up to 50 Meters of USB

Cosemi has introduced the industry’s first USB 3.1 Gen 2 hybrid active optical cables (hAOC), which enable USB connectivity over distances upwards of 50 meters. The cables will be...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2019

Cypress and Zhaoxin Have USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB Controllers

The market of USB 3.1 controllers is largely commanded by ASMedia and VIA Labs, who sell the lion’s share of USB 3.1 Gen 2 solutions either as standalone chips...

15 by Anton Shilov on 7/5/2018

USB-IF and Fast Charging: New Standard Logo with Wattage Listed

When discussing industry standards, the sexy ones are involved around performance: if you can breathe PCIe 4.0 or PCIe 5.0 into a sentence, people start listening. One of the...

28 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

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