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The Skylake NUCs have faced plenty of issues since their introduction late last year. However, stability has improved with the latest BIOS updates. One of the issues with the early BIOS versions was the M.2 SSD slot being effectively limited to PCIe 2.0 rates despite the chipset supporting PCIe 3.0. The latest BIOS version resolves this issue. We had carried a detailed evaluation of different M.2 SSDs for usage in the Skylake NUC. At that time, the Samsung SSD 950 PRO was the only option for providing maximum possible theoretical performance - a NVMe SSD with a PCIe 3.0 x4 link. Since then, Toshiba has also entered the fray with the Toshiba OCZ RD400. The RD400 has already been put through our rigorous SSD...

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...

48 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...

45 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Micron Announces 9100 & 7100 Series PCIe Enterprise SSDs

Micron entered the PCIe SSD market in 2011 with the formidable P320h. Using generously overprovisioned 34nm SLC NAND and a controller with 32 NAND channels and a PCIe 2.0...

21 by Billy Tallis on 4/12/2016

Intel Rolls Out New PCIe SSDs for Cloud Datacenters

Intel on Thursday introduced several new PCIe SSDs designed for cloud datacenters. The new drives increase capacities, shrink latencies and offer higher throughput in order to follow demands of...

21 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 3/31/2016

Seagate Announces PCIe x16 SSD Capable Of 10GB/s

At the Open Compute Project Summit this week in San Jose, Seagate will show off a pair of upcoming enterprise NVMe SSDs with impressive throughput specifications. The drives will...

30 by Billy Tallis on 3/9/2016

ZOTAC Announces SONIX PCIe SSD Price & Availability

ZOTAC has formally announced its PCIe SONIX SSD, which was first demonstrated at CES earlier this year. Confirming the final specifications and design, the company said that the new...

21 by Anton Shilov on 3/2/2016

CES 2016: Phison previews upcoming SSD controllers

Phison may not be a household name, but they're a major player in the SSD market. Where Marvell's SSD controllers are typically sold to drive vendors who then pair...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Silicon Motion at CES: 3D NAND support for SM2246EN and roadmap update

2015 was a great year for SSD controller designer Silicon Motion. Their SM2246EN controller was at the heart of some of the best mainstream and value SATA SSDs, while...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Marvell Implements Host Memory Buffer for DRAM-less 88NV1140 SSD Controller

The first version of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard was ratified almost five years ago, but its development didn't stop there. While SSD controller manufacturers have been hard...

33 by Billy Tallis on 1/12/2016

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...

141 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Micron acquires SSD Controller Designer Tidal Systems, Inc.

A year ago, several veterans of SSD controller design firms SandForce and Link_A_Media Devices formed a new startup called Tidal Systems, Inc. to focus on developing NVMe SSD controllers...

12 by Billy Tallis on 10/9/2015

Samsung Announces 950 Pro SSD, Their First Consumer V-NAND + NVMe SSD

We’re here at Samsung’s SSD Global Summit, the company’s annual SSD technology reveal. This event is typically held mid-summer, however with MERS concerns in South Korea this year, the...

49 by Ryan Smith & Billy Tallis on 9/22/2015

Samsung SM951-NVMe (256GB) PCIe SSD Review

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941...

74 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2015

Seagate Announces SandForce SF3500 SSD Controller Series: Mass Production Expected in Q4'15

The SandForce SF3000 series has become the unicorn of the SSD industry. For the past two years there has been a lot of hype about the new controller, but...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Silicon Motion Displays Upcoming SM2260 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Controller

Silicon Motion has remained relatively quiet about its plans for a PCIe controller. We have known that the company is working on one (well, it would be a major...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

G.Skill Shows Phison E7 Based Phoenix Blade X PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD

G.Skill isn't a name that is often associated with SSDs, but the company has been making SSDs as a sort of a side product for several years. We reviewed...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

OCZ Introduces Z-Drive 6000 Enterprise PCIe SSD Series with NVMe Support

Back at CES OCZ teased us by showcasing the Z-Drive 6000, but the drive was still under development, so the details were rather scarce. Today OCZ is finally lifting...

33 by Kristian Vättö on 5/20/2015

Intel SSD 750 PCIe SSD Review: NVMe for the Client

Ever since our SSD DC P3700 review, there's been massive interest from enthusiasts and professionals for a more client-oriented product based on the same platform. With eMLC, ten drive...

134 by Kristian Vättö on 4/2/2015

OCZ Suite Tour: Vector 180, JetExpress PCIe NVMe Controller & Z-Drive 6000

While the Barefoot 3 platform is already a couple of years old, it is still going strong. OCZ has been in the process of adopting Toshiba's latest A19nm to...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2015

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