SSDs

For the past two years, client SSD capacities have been stumbling at 1TB. The cost of NAND is still too high to make terabyte drives a mainstream capacity, but the prices have fallen enough to create a market for multi-terabyte SSDs among enthusiasts and professionals. Samsung has historically held density records (e.g. 1TB mSATA) thanks to its advanced NAND and packaging technology and with the release of 2TB 850 Pro and EVO models Samsung is the first SSD manufacturer to enter the multi-terabyte era.

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

The Truth About SSD Data Retention

In the past week, quite a few media outlets have posted articles claiming that SSDs will lose data in a matter of days if left unpowered. While there is...

83 by Kristian Vättö on 5/13/2015

Intel Releases SSD DC S3510

In February Intel refreshed its enterprise SATA SSD lineup with the DC S3610 and S3710 SSDs, but left the entry-level S35xx series untouched. That changes today with the launch...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 5/5/2015

Samsung Releases Second 840 EVO Performance Fix

If nothing else, the odyssey of Samsung’s 840 EVO has not been lacking in excitement. After initially launching in 2013 to great fanfare as an excellent, strong-performing low-cost drive...

71 by Ryan Smith on 4/27/2015

More Pictures Of 2015 MacBook’s Apple-Built SSD Controller

The ever-excellent crew over at iFixit completed their initial teardown of the Early 2015 MacBook yesterday, creating some very nice shots of the Mac’s little logic board in the...

34 by Ryan Smith on 4/16/2015

New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month

The Samsung SSD 840 EVO read performance bug has been on the table for over six months now. Initially Samsung acknowledged the issue fairly quickly and provided a fix...

75 by Kristian Vättö on 4/14/2015

Crucial BX100 (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) SSD Review

Crucial has been doing very well in the client SSD market during the past year. Crucial's/Micron's ability to quickly roll out the 16nm NAND node definitely paid off because...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 4/10/2015

Samsung SM951 PCIe SSD Now Available

We reviewed Samsung's SM951 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD a little over a month ago and it ended up being clearly the fastest client-level SSD, beating its predecessor XP941 by...

29 by Kristian Vättö on 4/7/2015

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...

132 by Kristian Vättö on 4/2/2015

The Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA/M.2 Review

Four months ago Samsung introduced the world to TLC V-NAND in the form of SSD 850 EVO. It did well in our tests and showed that 3D NAND technology...

53 by Kristian Vättö on 3/31/2015

Estimating Intel-Micron 32-layer 3D NAND Die Size

Yesterday Intel and Micron shared some new details of their 3D NAND technology and during the presentation they also showed a production wafer. I missed the wafer during the...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 3/27/2015

Intel-Micron Share Additional Details of Their 3D NAND

Today must be the busiest day in the world of NAND. Earlier today, Toshiba announced that it has begun sampling of its 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND part and now...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 3/26/2015

Toshiba Announces 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND - Samples Shipping Today

The 3D NAND race is heating up. Samsung has been shipping its 3D NAND products for over six months now, but so far we have known very little about...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 3/26/2015

The OCZ Vector 180 (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review

OCZ has been teasing the Vector 180 for quite some time now. The first hint of the drive was unveiled over nine months ago at Computex 2014 where OCZ...

85 by Kristian Vättö on 3/24/2015

Samsung SM951 (512GB) PCIe SSD Review

The PCIe SSD revolution is upon us. So far nearly every controller vendor has shown off its PCIe SSD controller design and the latest news I've heard is that...

124 by Kristian Vättö on 2/24/2015

Samsung Releases Statement on 840 EVO Performance - Another Fix Is In the Works

Over the last month there has been some concern over the read performance of Samsung’s 840 EVO drives, and whether after Samsung’s previous performance fix, that these same drivers...

73 by Ryan Smith on 2/20/2015

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...

15 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...

68 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...

4 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

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