SSDs

Since the February edition of this guide, SSD prices haven't moved much. The changes in our recommendations are mostly a result of new drives hitting the market and waning supply of outgoing models. There has been almost no tangible progress in the transition to new 3D NAND. The Crucial MX300 launched this week with a single model carrying 750GB of Micron's 3D TLC, but the retail prices aren't low enough to be competitive yet and availability is limited. The other big market shift of the year - to NVMe SSDs - is only a little further along. For the moment, Samsung retains a commanding lead on both fronts. These factors make this round of recommendations fairly boring as industry giants Samsung and SanDisk together dominate...

The Intel SSD 540s (480GB) Review

With no in-house controller or NAND suitable for an entry level consumer SSD to compete in today's market, Intel has turned to third-party suppliers for the key components of...

62 by Billy Tallis 3 days ago

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...

46 by Billy Tallis 5 days ago

Corsair Gives Phison PS3110 S10 Another Try: Neutron XTi SSDs Launched

A number of SSD suppliers have released drives based on the Phison PS3110 S10 controllers, with most of these coming in Q4 2014 or Q1 2015 and targeting performance...

11 by Anton Shilov on 6/16/2016

ADATA Introduces Premier SP580 SSD: TLC NAND, LDPC and Marvell Controller

Last week, ADATA announced its new inexpensive lineup of SATA SSDs: the new Premier SP580 drives use Marvell’s 'Artemis' controller aimed at value storage, as well as TLC NAND...

20 by Anton Shilov on 6/16/2016

The Crucial MX300 750GB SSD Review: Micron's 3D NAND Arrives

Micron is the second company to the 3D NAND flash milestone, with today's release of the Crucial MX300 750GB Limited Edition. This follows on from two years ago when...

79 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2016

Patriot Adds 2 TB SSD into Lineup of Mainstream Drives

Patriot has introduced a new addition to the lineup of Ignite SSDs, this time with 2 TB capacity. The new drive will offer a lot of solid-state storage, but...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/1/2016

Samsung Begins Mass Production of PM971: Tiny BGA SSDs with 1500 MB/s Read Speed

Samsung this week said that it had begun mass production of its first SSDs in BGA form-factor. The PM971-NVMe tiny drive weighs about one gram, can store up to...

39 by Anton Shilov on 6/1/2016

Micron Launches 3D NAND Client SSDs

Today Micron is announcing their first client/OEM SSDs with 3D NAND. First mentioned at an enterprise announcement event in April, the Micron 1100 and 2100 SSDs are part of...

20 by Billy Tallis on 5/31/2016

Plextor to Demonstrate M8Pe Flagship SSD, EX1 USB Type-C SSD at Computex

Plextor plans to showcase its new SSDs next week at Computex 2016 trade show in Taipei, Taiwan. The new M8Pe will be the company’s new flagship storage solution and...

27 by Anton Shilov on 5/28/2016

Samsung Expands 750 EVO SSD Lineup with 500 GB Model, Changes Positioning

When Samsung released its 750 EVO lineup of SSDs based on planar TLC NAND flash memory earlier this year, it seemed like a big surprise, as the company was...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

Market Trends Q1 2016: Shipments of SSDs Up 32.7% Year-over-Year

Shipments of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 32.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to findings of TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking...

11 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

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...

40 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Toshiba Revamps OCZ Brand

Over the past few months, Toshiba has started fully assimilating & integrating OCZ, the SSD business they acquired from bankruptcy in 2014. Rather than just absorb OCZ's SSD-related assets...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/25/2016

Western Digital’s Acquisition of SanDisk Officially Closes

Western Digital announced on Tuesday that the Chinese authorities have approved its acquisition of SanDisk. The regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in connection with the planned...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

AMD Changes SSD Strategy: High-End M.2/NVMe SSDs Incoming, Low-Cost R3 Drives Are Here

Over the past week or so, we noticed other news outlets reporting on the AMD R3 series of SSDs, as if there had been a recent press release circulating...

47 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

Choosing the Right SSD for a Skylake-U System

Our Skylake NUC review had a brief section on the storage subsystem performance. The comments section raised a few questions about the inability of SSDs such as the Samsung...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2016

The SanDisk X400 1TB SSD Review

The SanDisk X400 is the flagship model of SanDisk's business/OEM SSD lineup. As the successor to the X300 and X300s, the X400 continues the strategy of combining premium features...

37 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2016

SanDisk Announces Z410 Client SSD

SanDisk has introduced a new low-end drive to their line of client SSDs targeted at business and OEM customers. The Z410 is positioned closely to Z400s but is not...

35 by Billy Tallis on 4/27/2016

The Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review: A Return To Planar NAND

The Samsung 750 EVO is a new budget SATA SSD using 16nm planar TLC NAND flash instead of Samsung's highly-praised 3D V-NAND. The 750 EVO otherwise has much in...

106 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2016

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