SSDs

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today Intel launches the first consumer product under the Optane brand: the Intel Optane Memory, a far smaller device with a price that is 20 times cheaper. Despite having "Memory" in its name, this consumer Optane Memory product is not a NVDIMM nor is it in any other way a replacement for DRAM. Instead, it is a very small (16GB or 32GB) but very fast NVMe SSD for use as a cache device in front of slower SATA storage.

2010 Value SSD (~$100) Roundup: Kingston and OCZ take on Intel

Two years ago the best SSD you could buy was made by Intel and it cost $7.44 per GB of MLC NAND. Today Intel is actually the value leader...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2010

ASUS U30Jc Revisited: Adding an SSD

Last week we looked at the ASUS U30Jc and found a lot to like… so much that we awarded it a Bronze Editors' Choice. The stock configuration comes with...

35 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2010

OCZ Announces SandForce Based PCIe RevoDrive SSD

PCIe based SSDs have been reserved for enterprise use ever since their introduction. Generally limited by pricing, even OCZ's own forays into the PCIe SSD market have been targeted...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2010

Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD

The promise of Hybrid HDDs has come and gone with no champion. Today Seagate is announcing its Momentus XT, a 2.5" 7200 RPM notebook drive (9mm form factor) with...

120 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2010

Mushkin Releases SandForce-Based Callisto SSD Series

The name 'Mushkin' may no longer be familiar to you. A few years ago, they were big players in terms of DDR performance memory - but have not...

45 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2010

Crucial RealSSD C300 Firmware, Part III

Poor Crucial. Although it started its C300 campaign on the right foot, posting some very impressive sequential read speeds thanks to 6Gbps SATA and ONFI 2.0 NAND, things haven't...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2010

OCZ Discovers Bug in Onyx SSD, Updated: We're in the Clear

A week ago I got a shipment of a bunch of new SSDs including OCZ's long awaited Onyx. This is based on the Indilinx Amigos controller, which is basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2010

Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware Fix, Bricks More Drives?

Back in March I posted an update on my experiences with Crucial's RealSSD C300. In it I pointed out that not only had my review sample apparently bricked itself...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/4/2010

Corsair add 32GB and 256GB models to their Nova SSD range...

Corsair have announced today that they are expanding their Nova SSD range to include both the 32GB and 256GB models. Using the Indilinx Barefoot™ controller, Corsair is marketing...

6 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2010

The Impact of Spare Area on SandForce, More Capacity At No Performance Loss?

No, it’s not the new Indilinx JetStream controller - that’ll be in the second half of the year at the earliest. And it’s definitely not Intel’s 3rd generation X25-M...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2010

This Just In: New SSDs from Patriot, OCZ & OWC

I had a lot of stuff come in this morning. First the iPad 3G, then Zotac's next-generation ION box and a bunch of NDA'd CPUs. A little earlier in...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2, Special Sauce SF-1200 Reviewed

Last week we reviewed OCZ's Agility 2 SSD with SandForce's standard, mass production SF-1200 firmware. This week we're back with the Vertex 2. For an extra $20 you get...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2010

This Just In: OCZ Vertex 2 SandForce-1200 SSD with Special Sauce

Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2. As you may have...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2010

OCZ's Agility 2 Reviewed: The First SF-1200 with MP Firmware

SandForce made news last week, but for some not so great reasons. It turns out that the production firmware on SF-1200 drives drops random small file write performance by...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2010

This Just In: OCZ Agility 2 SandForce-1200 SSD

Things move in real time around here. Just yesterday we published an article detailing the differences between SandForce's SF-1200 and SF-1500 controller. We also pointed out that the mass...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2010

Understanding SandForce's SF-1200 & SF-1500, Not All Drives are Equal

Less than 24 hours ago I was called into a meeting with SandForce, the SSD controller manufacturer that has been on fire lately. The company makes two controllers: the...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2010

Corsair's Force SSD Reviewed: SF-1200 is Very Good

Late last year we were told that SandForce's client controller, the SF-1200 wouldn't be as solid of a performer as the SF-1500. It would be on par with Indilinx's...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2010

This Just In: Corsair Force 100GB SSD (SF-1200)

Testing is nearly complete on the last Corsair SSD that came my way, but this morning UPS dropped off another surprise: the Corsair Force SSD. Based on a derivative...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2010

This Just In: Corsair Nova 128GB SSD

I haven't taken a look at a new Corsair SSD in a while. The company started out by shipping relatively uninteresting Samsung based SSDs, but since then we've seen...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

Intel has been shipping its value 40GB X25-V SSDs for a little while now, but the official launch was just 11 days ago. In our review we found...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

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