SSDs

With Computex only a week away, SanDisk is taking a head start today with the release of Z400s SSD. SanDisk is aiming to cater two different markets with the X400s, the first one being the traditional mainstream PC space where SanDisk is looking to bring low-capacity drives at an affordable price, and the other one is the embedded market that includes applications such as digital signage, point of sale and surveillance. Embedded devices still rely heavily on hard drives because the upgrade cycles tend to be long and the cost of SSDs hasn't been low enough to attract interest over hard drives. Most embedded devices often have only one key function, which is why the market hasn't seen SSDs as a viable solution until recently...

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 7

We're back with another podcast. This time we start out with a discussion of Borderlands 2 and philosophies on sidequests in games. We briefly talk about TI defocusing its...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/1/2012

Samsung SSD 840: Preliminary Benchmarks

I just got back from Seoul last night where Samsung held their SSD Global Summit for the first time. As a souvenir, Samsung gave us all an 840 SSD...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 9/27/2012

Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB) Review

If we had an award for most improved in the SSD space, it would have to go to Samsung. When we first encountered Samsung MLC drives a few years...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2012

Samsung Releases TLC NAND Based 840 SSD

Along with Samsung's release of the 840 Pro SSD today, Samsung is also releasing a more mainstream oriented 840 SSD. It's based around the same Samsung MDX controller as...

29 by Kristian Vättö on 9/24/2012

Breaking the SATA Barrier: SATA Express and SFF-8639 Connectors

Pretty much all high-end client SSDs have no issues saturating the current 6Gbps SATA interface. We've talked about a move to PCIe based SSDs but these are the connectors...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

NGFF SSDs: Putting an End to Proprietary Ultrabook SSD Form Factors

We've seen a bunch of custom SSD form factors with the arrival of Ultrabooks as well as systems like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The need is...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

OCZ Vector: The First True Indilinx Based SSD (Barefoot 3) from OCZ

I just saw the outcome of a year long effort from both the Indilinx and the PLX teams at OCZ: the Vector SSD (pictured above). Unlike the Octane and...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

Promise Pegasus J2 Review: The Smallest High Performance Thunderbolt Drive

Promise was the first to get us a Thunderbolt chassis with the Pegasus R4/R6. Not only was the Pegasus the first shipping Thunderbolt storage chassis, but it continues to...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/2/2012

OCZ Agility 4 (256GB) Review

For the last few years, OCZ's consumer SSD lineup has primarily consisted of two models: Vertex and Agility. The history of these two goes all the way back to...

40 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2012

Fall Budget System Buyer's Guide

Most of the systems I build for friends and clients are destined to spend their days performing basic computing tasks like checking email and Facebook accounts, shopping for shoes...

39 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/1/2012

Plextor M5 Pro (256GB) Review

Plextor has been making steady progress in becoming a real player in the SSD market. As we saw with the M3 Pro, they have a firmware team capable of...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 8/31/2012

Corsair Releases Neutron/Neutron GTX SSD Pricing

When we published our Neutron/Neutron GTX SSD review this morning we didn't have official pricing from Corsair. That's not all that unusual as pricing for many components can be...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

Corsair Neutron GTX SSD Review (240GB): Link A Media Controller Tested

Not interested in diving headfirst into a market full of teething pains, Corsair held off on its first SSD introduction. Even after it entered the market, Corsair remained conservative...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/20/2012

Intel Brings TRIM to RAID-0 SSD Arrays on 7-Series Motherboards, We Test It

In an unusually terse statement, Intel officially confirmed that the ATA TRIM command now passes through to RAID-0 SSD arrays on some systems running Intel's RST (Rapid Storage Technology...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/16/2012

OWC Announces 480GB SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

In our review of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display I mentioned that the base $2199 configuration is near perfect, save for its 256GB SSD. With no room for...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/14/2012

The Intel SSD 910 Review

The increase in compute density in servers over the past several years has significantly impacted form factors in the enterprise. Whereas you used to have to move to a...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/9/2012

Plextor Releases M5 Pro SSD: Say Hello to Marvell 88SS9187 and 19nm Toshiba NAND

This is an announcement we have been waiting for. In our Plextor M3 Pro and M5S reviews, we mentioned that the limits of Marvell's 88SS9174 controller have more or...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/7/2012

OCZ Vertex 4 Review (128GB), Firmware 1.4/1.5 Tested

When OCZ released the Vertex 4 in April, it brought us excepionally great write performance. Based on OCZ's Everest 2 controller (Marvell IP with custom firmware), the Vertex 4...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 8/4/2012

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Review - An External with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Back when Thunderbolt (then Intel Lightpeak) was optical, I was actively involved in covering the interface, partly out of professional curiosity due to my optical background, partly because I...

61 by Brian Klug on 8/1/2012

The Intel SSD 330 Review (60GB, 120GB, 180GB)

Earlier this year Intel introduced its second SandForce based SSD: the Intel SSD 330. While Intel had previously reserved the 5xx line for 3rd party controllers, the 330 marks...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2012

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