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Plextor M6S & M6M (256GB) Review

Continuing our spring full of new SSDs, the next drives under the scope are Plextor's M6S and M6M. Both drives were already showcased at CES this year but after a series of delays the release was pushed to April, which brings us to this review. Similar to the M5...

27 by Kristian Vättö - on 4/10/2014

Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

The Serial ATA International Organization didn't have much to worry about when hard drives were the primary (only) media. The laws of rotational physics ensured hard drive speeds would not increase dramatically and hence updates to the SATA spec were only seldom needed. However, with SSDs that all changed...

127 by Kristian Vättö - on 3/13/2014

The WD Black2 Review: World's First 2.5" Dual-Drive

If you had asked me a few years ago, I would've said that hybrid drives will be the next big thing in the storage industry. A hybrid drive made so much sense -- it combined the performance of an SSD with the capacity of a hard drive in an...

93 by Kristian Vättö - on 1/30/2014

Plextor’s M6 Series SSDs at CES

I stopped by Plextor at CES last week for the announcement of their latest SSDs, from their upcoming M6 series. These drives are slated to (eventually) replace the current generation M5 Pro, M5S, and M5M SSDs with slightly faster hardware based on new silicon and with new interfaces. Starting...

6 by Jarred Walton - on 1/14/2014

Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung is in a unique position in the SSD market. It’s the only company in the consumer SSD business with a fully vertically integrated business model and zero reliance on other companies. The controller, NAND, DRAM, firmware and software are all designed and produced by Samsung, whereas other companies...

65 by Kristian Vättö - on 1/9/2014

Mushkin Atlas mSATA (240GB & 480GB) Review

The retail mSATA SSD market doesn't have too many players. Most OEMs, such as Samsung, Toshiba and SanDisk, only sell their mSATA SSDs straight to PC OEMs. Out of the big guys, only Intel and Crucial/Micron are in the retail game but fortunately there are a few smaller OEMs...

27 by Kristian Vättö - on 12/16/2013

The Neophyte's Custom Liquid Cooling Guide: How To, Why To, What To Expect

When Swiftech offered to provide us with the materials to build a full custom loop, we couldn't resist.

108 by Dustin Sklavos - on 9/30/2013

OverclockersUK release 8Pack Range of ‘World’s Fastest Systems’

For users in the UK, OverclockersUK is one of the major e-tailers for computer components. In a country where off-the-shelf components are almost non-existent bar a few independent stores, we have to go online to get our fill. Today, OverclockersUK invited media the the launch of their...

26 by Ian Cutress - on 9/5/2013

Haswell and GK110 vs. Ivy and GK104: DigitalStorm Virtue System Review

While NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 has proven to be a solid update to the venerable 680, Intel's Haswell architecture has left enthusiasts underwhelmed. Can a good GPU and overclock make up the difference?

69 by Dustin Sklavos - on 6/23/2013

Kingston SSDNow V300 (120GB & 240GB) Review

Update: Kingston is now using slower Micron NAND in the V300 so you may want to think twice before buying this drive since the results in this review are not applicable to the new revision. Kingston's SSD lineup is as follows: they have HyperX-branded SSDs for enthusiasts and the mainstream...

41 by Kristian Vättö - on 4/30/2013

Plextor M5M (256GB) mSATA Review

Plextor has been increasing their presence in the SSD market month by month. It's not a coincidence, we have been very pleased with all Plextor's drives that we have reviewed so far. At CES, Plextor showcased a variety of SSDs ranging from M.2 to TLC NAND based SSDs. While...

36 by Kristian Vättö - on 4/17/2013

Plextor M5 Pro (128GB) SSD Giveaway

Plextor has been making a name for itself in the SSD space lately with its M-series of drives. The M3 and M5 lines are well received and remarkably competitive, especially considering Plextor is a relative newcomer in the SSD space. Earlier this week Plextor reached out to us with...

1842 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 4/15/2013

The Crucial/Micron M500 Review (960GB, 480GB, 240GB, 120GB)

This is probably the most excited I've been about any SSD launch in quite a while. At CES this year, Crucial announced its M500 SSD - the world's first to use Micron's new 128Gbit MLC NAND die. Courtesy of the cost savings and density increase associated with this new...

107 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 4/9/2013

MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5" & mSATA (240GB) Review

When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With SandForce you at least know what to expect but our experience with Phison based SSDs is limited and Crucial's v4...

35 by Kristian Vättö - on 4/3/2013

Micron P400m Review (200GB)

Micron has remained one of the more stable players in the SSD space over the past few years. Although not typically at the top of our charts, Micron (and its consumer brand, Crucial) have generally paired the latest in NAND technology with custom firmware that’s well validated. It sounds...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi - on 2/13/2013

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