M.2

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today Intel launches the first consumer product under the Optane brand: the Intel Optane Memory, a far smaller device with a price that is 20 times cheaper. Despite having "Memory" in its name, this consumer Optane Memory product is not a NVDIMM nor is it in any other way a replacement for DRAM. Instead, it is a very small (16GB or 32GB) but very fast NVMe SSD for use as a cache device in front of slower SATA storage.

Intel Launches Optane Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market

Last week, Intel officially launched their first Optane product, the SSD DC P4800X enterprise drive. This week, 3D XPoint memory comes to the client and consumer market in the...

126 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2017

The Western Digital Black PCIe SSD (512GB) Review

After acquiring SanDisk and introducing WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, it is no surprise to see Western Digital introduce a WD Black SSD that is a M.2 PCIe...

35 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

SilverStone Launches SST-TP01-M.2 Thermal Pads for M.2 SSDs

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at...

32 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB Review: Phison NVMe Tested

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is Patriot's first NVMe SSD, and one of several similar products based on Phison's E7 NVMe controller paired with Toshiba 15nm MLC. The...

42 by Billy Tallis on 2/10/2017

Western Digital Announces WD Black PCIe SSD

Western Digital has announced the WD Black PCIe SSD, their first PCIe SSD for the consumer market. While the WD Green and WD Blue SSDs introduced last fall were...

19 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2017

Corsair Releases Force MP500 SSDs: 3 GB/s, Phison PS5007-E7, MLC NAND

Corsair on Tuesday introduced its flagship Force MP500 lineup of SSDs targeting high-performance gaming PCs. The new drives come in an M.2-2280 form-factor with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface...

18 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2016

The Samsung 960 EVO (1TB) Review

Last month the Samsung 960 Pro broke most of the performance records for a consumer SSD and often by a surprisingly large margin. But as impressive as it was...

89 by Billy Tallis on 11/15/2016

The Samsung 960 Pro (2TB) SSD Review

A year ago, Samsung brought their PCIe SSD technology to the retail market in the form of the Samsung 950 Pro, an NVMe M.2 SSD with Samsung's 3D V-NAND...

71 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2016

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

UPDATE: New features unveiled during the presentation and Q&A session are described below. Here at Samsung's SSD Global Summit in South Korea, the company has just officially unveiled their next...

139 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

Samsung SM961 Price And Availability Outlook

The SM961 is Samsung's latest high-end client PCIe SSD for OEMs, but as with its SM951 and XP941 predecessors there will be distributors selling the SM961 online to consumers...

51 by Billy Tallis on 6/21/2016

The Toshiba OCZ RD400 (256GB, 512GB, 1TB) M.2 PCIe SSD Review

Having recently assimilated OCZ and turned it into an enthusiast-oriented consumer brand, Toshiba has released their first M.2 PCIe SSD into the consumer market. Initially previewed by OCZ as...

47 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Samsung Shows Off SM961 and PM961 SSDs: OEM Drives Get a Boost

At Samsung's annual SSD Forum Japan, the company has demonstrated two previously-unannounced high-performance client SSDs. The new SM961 and the PM961 drives are based on the company’s Polaris controller...

48 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2016

Samsung Demos Its First BGA SSD: 1500 MB/s Read Speed and Tiny Package

In the recent years SSDs in M.2 form-factor have greatly reduced the amount of space required for storage sub-systems inside modern PCs. However, as computers get even smaller, there...

38 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2016

ASUS Launches 970 Pro Gaming/Aura Motherboard: USB 3.1 and M.2 to AMD FX Platform

ASUS has introduced its latest motherboard for AMD FX microprocessors that brings up-to-date features to the platform. The ASUS 970 Pro Gaming/Aura belongs to a new class of AMD...

23 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2016

AMD Announces A10-7890K APU and Upgrades Desktop Platforms

AMD plans to improve performance of its desktop computing platforms by launching a new accelerated processing unit as well as another generation of AM3+ and FM2+ motherboards with USB...

50 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2016

The Angelbird Wings PX1 M.2 Adapter Review: Do M.2 SSDs Need Heatsinks?

The M.2 form factor has quickly established itself as the most popular choice for PCIe SSDs in the consumer space. The small size easily fits in to most laptop...

70 by Billy Tallis on 12/21/2015

The ASRock Z170 Extreme7+ Review: When You Need Triple M.2 x4 in RAID

When we first analyzed the Z170 chipset from Intel, we were pleased to see that it offered 26 high speed input/output ports, which included 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes and...

64 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2015

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

142 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Toshiba Announces Three New NVMe SSD Families

On the eve of Flash Memory Summit (August 11-13), Toshiba has announced a full range of NVMe-based PCIe SSDs using Toshiba controllers and Toshiba MLC flash. Toshiba NVMe Drive Families Drive...

17 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2015

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