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...

OCZ Files for Bankruptcy - Toshiba Offers to Buy the Assets

OCZ has just issued a press release announcing their filing for bankruptcy, which was expected since Nasdaq had halted the trading of OCZ stock earlier today. OCZ has had...

68 by Kristian Vättö on 11/27/2013

Best SSDs: Holiday 2013

Since the holiday shopping season is going at full speed and Black Friday is only a few days away, we are doing a bunch of product recommendation posts to...

54 by Kristian Vättö on 11/27/2013

Western Digital Releases Black^2: 120GB SSD + 1TB HD Dual-Drive in 2.5" Form Factor

To date all the hybrid storage solutions we have seen have been rather limited. Seagate got the idea right with the Momentus XT but having only 8GB of NAND...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 11/25/2013

LSI Announces SandForce SF3700: SATA and PCIe in One Silicon

This is an announcement we have eagerly been waiting for. LSI gave us a short overview of their third generation controller at CES 2012 but it was merely a...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 11/18/2013

Intel SSD 530 (240GB) Review

The consumer SSD market is currently at a turning point. SATA 6Gbps is starting to be a bit long in the tooth but SATA Express support is still very...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 11/15/2013

OCZ Vector 150 (120GB & 240GB) Review

The holiday season is one of the busiest shopping seasons of all year. As it can be the lifesaver (or destroyer) of company's financials, having a competitive product lineup...

59 by Kristian Vättö on 11/7/2013

Corsair Force LS (240GB) Review

Like many manufacturers without a NAND fab or controller technology, Corsair's SSD portfolio has focused a lot on SandForce based SSDs, but lately Corsair has been exploring other options...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 9/25/2013

SanDisk Announces Optimized iNAND Extreme eMMC for Bay Trail

We've started looking more closely at the embedded storage used in smartphones and tablets, and have mostly come away disappointed. Thankfully there appears to be some progress being made...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/19/2013

Intel's SSD Pro 1500: SF-2281 with vPro Support, Aimed at OEMs/SIs

IDF 2013 is almost upon us, and Intel's NSG (NAND Solutions Group) is kicking off the pre-show with a new SSD announcement. The drive in question? Intel's SSD Pro...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/9/2013

Analyzing the Price of Mobility: Desktops vs. Laptops

Computers have been getting faster over the years, and with the increased performance we eventually passed the point where most systems were “fast enough” and the various features and...

110 by Jarred Walton on 9/7/2013

Samsung’s V-NAND: Hitting the Reset Button on NAND Scaling

SSD pricing has come down tremendously since Intel’s X25-M hit the scene in 2008. Back then we were talking about 80GB for around $600, while today Micron and Samsung...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2013

Samsung’s 3D Vertical NAND Set to Improve NAND Densities

Ars Technica has posted information on Samsung’s new 3D Vertical NAND technology, and it promises to boost densities for SSDs and other similar devices dramatically. Samsung announced last night...

33 by Jarred Walton on 8/6/2013

The Impact of Disruptive Technologies on the Professional Storage Market

Over the past couple of decades, the server market has evolved from closed, proprietary, and most importantly extremely expensive mainframe and proprietary RISC servers into today's highly competitive x86...

60 by Johan De Gelas on 8/5/2013

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Review: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB & 1TB Models Tested

I'm continually amazed by Samsung's rise to power in the SSD space. If you compare their market dominating products today to what we were reviewing from Samsung just a...

137 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/25/2013

OCZ Announces ZD-XL PCIe SQL Accelerator SSD Solution

About a year and a half ago OCZ announced the acquisition of Sanrad, an enterprise storage solutions company with experience in flash caching. Today we see some of the...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2013

New Elements to Samsung SSDs: The MEX Controller, Turbo Write and NVMe

As part of the SSD Summit in Korea today, Samsung gave the world media a brief glimpse into some new technologies. The initial focus on most of these...

21 by Ian Cutress on 7/18/2013

Samsung launch the 840 EVO: Up to 1TB and Faster Writes for 120GB

As part of the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit here in Korea, Samsung announced that latest member to their SSD lineup – the Samsung SSD 840 EVO, under the...

39 by Ian Cutress on 7/17/2013

Micron Announces 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND, SSDs in 2014

Earlier today Micron announced its first 16nm MLC NAND device. The 128Gbit device is architecturally identical to the current 20nm/128Gbit 2-bit-per-cell MLC device that's shipping today but smaller. That...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2013

Strontium Hawk (240GB) Review

Strontium is probably a new acquaintance for many of our readers, but their story may be familiar. Founded in 2002 in Singapore, Strontium is one of the many memory...

28 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2013

Western Digital Acquires STEC

Western Digital just announced that they've entered into an agreement to acquire STEC for approximately $340 million in cash. Technically STEC will be acquired by HGST (Hitachi Global Storage...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/24/2013

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