SSDs

MSI this week announced plans to bundle Intel Optane Memory 16 GB caching drives with select Intel 200-series chipset motherboards. The company claims that the drives will not increase prices of motherboards significantly, but will bring tangible performance benefits when it comes to boot times and application launches versus systems employing HDDs. MSI will add Intel’s Optane Memory 16 GB drives to its Z270 Tomahawk Opt Boost, B250M Bazooka Opt Boost, as well as B250M Pro Opt boost motherboards, which means the company will be hitting gaming, mainstream, and commercial PCs. The consumer Intel Optane Memory caching drives were not designed to replace conventional SSDs, but were developed to enable hybrid storage solutions featuring fast solid-state memory as well as a slower storage device with...

OCZ Releases Important Firmware Updates for ARC 100 & Radeon R7 SSDs

A little less than two weeks ago OCZ released mandatory firmware updates for the ARC 100 and Radeon R7 SSDs, so I figured I would give the owners a...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 2/9/2015

Mushkin Reactor 1TB SSD Review

Silicon Motion has practically become the new SandForce. Almost every tier three manufacturer (i.e. one with no controller/firmware IP or NAND fab) has released an SM2246EN based drive in...

69 by Kristian Vättö on 2/9/2015

Intel Launches SSD DC S3610 & S3710 Enterprise SSDs

Late last week Intel updated its enterprise SATA SSD lineup with the 'Data Center' DC S3610 and DC S3710. At the time of the announcement the details of what...

5 by Kristian Vättö on 2/3/2015

Interview with OCZ's CEO Ralph Schmitt: The New Tides of OCZ

At CES I had the opportunity to sit down with Ralph Schmitt, OCZ's CEO, for a good hour to discuss the state of the company. Before we get to...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 1/27/2015

Transcend SSD370 (128GB, 256GB & 512GB) Review

We got the first glimpse of Transcend's SSD370 at Computex last year and now the drive has been in retail for quite some time. The interesting bit about the...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 1/27/2015

Samsung Displays New 3D V-NAND Based Enterprise SSDs at CES 2015

Along with the release of the SM951 PCIe SSD, Samsung had several new enterprise SSDs on display at the show. The PM863 and SM863 are SATA 6Gbps drives and...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 1/15/2015

Plextor Releases M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD, Shows Off Upcoming M7e PCIe SSD & TLC SSD

Continuing with our CES SSD coverage, Plextor released a new M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD at the show. Unfortunately, the Black Edition offers nothing new in terms of the...

1 by Kristian Vättö on 1/15/2015

Samsung Launches SM951 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD for OEMs/SIs

Back at Samsung SSD Global Summit in July, Samsung showed off the SM951 for the first time. The drive has then created a lot of interest because the Z97...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/14/2015

Mushkin Releases New Striker SSD, Displays an Upcoming M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD

Mushkin had a couple of new and upcoming products in its suite during CES. The first one is a new Striker SSD, which uses Phison's S10 controller coupled with...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/13/2015

ADATA CES Suite Tour: PCIe & TLC SSDs, Power-Loss Protection Demo, 256GB SD Cards, USB 3.1 And More

I stopped by ADATA's suite last week to see what the company has been up to in the past six months. While ADATA didn't release or announce anything new...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 1/12/2015

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

Crucial Announces MX200, BX100 SSDs & SSD Toolbox

Crucial's MX100 has been one the most successful SSDs on the market. Its very aggressive pricing along with decent performance and great feature set has made it an excellent...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/8/2015

Corsair Unveils New Flash Storage Solutions

In their long list of new product announcements today, Corsair is also upgrading their top performance SSD drives lineup with the release of the Neutron XT SSDs. We already...

0 by E. Fylladitakis on 1/6/2015

Samsung Releases External T1 SSD

Traditionally the external flash storage space has been run by so called second tier OEMs that basically just buy the controller and NAND from third parties and then do...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

SanDisk Announces Entry-Level SSD Plus & Ultra II mSATA

Back in September SanDisk launched the Ultra II for the mainstream market and it's been doing pretty well in the market so far. Today here at CES SanDisk is...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

Western Digital Shows Off a 128GB SSD + 4TB HDD 3.5" SATA Express Dual-Drive

Storage Visions kicked off today and on the show floor Western Digital was showcasing a prototype of its new 3.5" dual-drive. The drive consists of a 128GB SSD along...

18 by Kristian Vättö on 1/4/2015

Crossbar's Resistive RAM Technology Reaching Commercialisation Stage

While the first 3D NAND chips have just found their way to the market and most NAND manufacturers are still developing their designs, there are already a handful of...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 12/21/2014

Best SSDs: Holiday 2014

We published our last 'Best SSDs' article in July and to be completely honest the core of my recommendations has remained unchanged, but there are a couple of new...

38 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

G.Skill Phoenix Blade (480GB) PCIe SSD Review

G.Skill hasn't been a very visible SSD OEM lately. Like many DRAM module companies, G.Skill entered the market early around 2009 when the market was very immature and profits...

62 by Kristian Vättö on 12/12/2014

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasn't stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs weren't very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing...

96 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2014

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