SSDs

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at least reduce) throttling of modern, high-performance drives under high loads. The pads are made of silicone and Silverstone claims they can reduce temperature of SSDs by over 10°C. M.2 SSDs have a number of advantages over drives in traditional 2.5” form-factor: they are smaller, they are faster (because they use the PCIe interface with the NVMe protocol), they are (sometimes) cheaper to make, and so on. However, one of the main drawbacks of higher-end M.2 SSDs is the high heat dissipation of their controllers (and memory chips) despite their small form factor, which can lead to...

Seagate Introduces Game Drive SSD for Xbox (360 and One): 512 GB SSD for $199

Seagate has announced its new Game Drive for Xbox SSD. While the name suggests it is primarily for the original Xbox, this drive is focused for the Xbox One...

32 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2016

The Samsung 960 Pro (2TB) SSD Review

A year ago, Samsung brought their PCIe SSD technology to the retail market in the form of the Samsung 950 Pro, an NVMe M.2 SSD with Samsung's 3D V-NAND...

70 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2016

Reminder: OCZ SSD Giveaway & Ask The Experts Recap

As a final reminder to anyone who has yet to enter, our OCZ SSD giveaway closes on later this week on Friday. We'll be giving away 3 SSDs altogether...

23 by Ryan Smith on 10/12/2016

Western Digital Introduces WD Blue And WD Green SSDs

Five months ago, Western Digital completed its acquisition of SSD and NAND flash manufacturer SanDisk, adding consumer SSDs and more enterprise SSDs to their existing portfolio of hard drives...

13 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2016

The Western Digital Blue (1TB) SSD Review: WD Returns to SSDs

After completing the acquisition of SanDisk, Western Digital is entering the consumer SSD market under its own brand with new SSDs derived from existing SanDisk product lines. As with...

76 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2016

Plextor Launches S2C SSDs: 16 nm SK Hynix TLC NAND and SMI SM2258

Plextor has introduced its new family of entry-level SSDs, which could become the most affordable drives in the company’s lineup in the coming months. The S2C SSDs use TLC...

17 by Anton Shilov on 10/7/2016

Market Trends Q2 2016: SSD Shipments Up 41.2% YoY, PC Sales Up on Q1

Sales of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 41.2% year-over-year, based on findings from TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking company. Shipments of all types of SSDs...

24 by Anton Shilov on 10/5/2016

ADATA Launches XPG SX8000: High-End M.2 NVMe SSD Featuring 3D MLC NAND

ADATA on Thursday introduced its first lineup of SSDs powered by 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The XPG SX8000 drives promise up to 2.4 GB/s read speed as well...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/29/2016

Giveaway: OCZ VX500 & RD400 SSDs

It’s been a while since we’ve last had a hardware giveaway, so for those of you looking for some new hardware, you’re in luck. As part of the recent...

14 by Ryan Smith on 9/29/2016

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

UPDATE: New features unveiled during the presentation and Q&A session are described below. Here at Samsung's SSD Global Summit in South Korea, the company has just officially unveiled their next...

139 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 (256GB, 512GB, 1024GB) SSD Review

Toshiba's new OCZ VX500 SSD is a replacement for the Vector 180 that adopts a different controller to enable much better power management, support for 15nm MLC NAND and...

30 by Billy Tallis on 9/13/2016

Intel’s 140GB Optane 3D XPoint PCIe SSD Spotted at IDF

As part of this year’s Intel’s Developer Forum, we had half expected some more insights into the new series of 3D XPoint products that would be hitting the market...

66 by Ian Cutress on 8/26/2016

ADATA Introduces Ultimate SU800 SSD: SMI Controller, 3D NAND, SATA Interface

ADATA has formally introduced its first SSDs based on 3D NAND flash memory. The Ultimate SU800 drives are designed for price-conscious market segments and use SATA interface, which means...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/25/2016

Intel Launches 3D NAND SSDs For Client And Enterprise

Today Intel is announcing a variety of new SSDs with their 3D NAND flash memory. The new models use a mix of 3D MLC and 3D TLC, some SATA...

49 by Billy Tallis on 8/25/2016

Micron Cancels Ballistix TX3 NVMe SSD

At Computex in June, Micron announced that Crucial's Ballistix brand was being promoted to a standalone brand for gaming-oriented products. Their exhibit included three tiers of Ballistix DRAM products...

7 by Billy Tallis on 8/18/2016

Marvell Announces NVMe Controller for DRAM-Less PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs

Marvell has announced its new controller for affordable and miniature SSDs, the 88NV1160. The chip can be used to build small form-factor SSDs in M.2 as well as BGA...

24 by Anton Shilov on 8/17/2016

Intel Optane And 3D XPoint Updates From IDF

At Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco, Intel is sharing a few more details about its plans for their Optane SSDs using 3D XPoint memory. The next milestone...

36 by Billy Tallis on 8/16/2016

Toshiba Begins to Sample eMLC-Based ZD6300 7.68 TB SSDs to Customers

Toshiba has quietly expanded its ZD6300 family of SSDs with a 7.68 TB model, its most capacious storage device announced to date. The new drive was designed for mixed...

31 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Western Digital to Use 3D ReRAM as Storage Class Memory for Special-Purpose SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit this week, Western Digital announced that it intends to use 3D Resistive RAM (ReRAM) as storage class memory (SCM) for its future special-purpose ultra-fast...

38 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Maxiotek Unveils MK8115: Low-Cost SSD Controller for 3D NAND SATA SSDs

Maxiotek this week introduced its first SSD controller designed for affordable SSDs with an SATA interface, which is meant to be paired with new types of NAND flash memory...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/11/2016

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