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...

Samsung Releases 750 EVO SATA SSD

After an accidental leak in November that was spotted by our friends at Tom's Hardware, the Samsung 750 EVO has now officially launched worldwide. Since the introduction of their...

49 by Billy Tallis on 2/17/2016

Micron 3D NAND Status Update

Update: We've got some more information and diagrams from Micron's Winter Analyst Conference earlier today. After samples of their upcoming 3D NAND were sighted in the wild at CES, Micron...

19 by Billy Tallis on 2/12/2016

Plextor Introduces M6S Plus SSDs with Toshiba’s 15nm MLC NAND

Plextor this week introduced its M6S Plus SSDs that use Toshiba’s latest MLC NAND flash memory as well as a proven controller from Marvell. The new SSDs offer the...

36 by Anton Shilov on 2/10/2016

Sony Enters SSD Market with Phison S10-Based SLW-M Series

Sony-Asia this month introduced its first own-brand solid-state drives that it will sell in retail. The decision to start selling consumer SSDs is completely unexpected because Sony has been...

35 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2016

OCZ Releases Trion 150 SSD

As previewed at CES, OCZ has released an update to their budget-oriented Trion 100 SATA SSD. The Trion 150 switches from parent company Toshiba's A19nm TLC to their 15nm...

27 by Billy Tallis on 2/4/2016

CES 2016: Phison previews upcoming SSD controllers

Phison may not be a household name, but they're a major player in the SSD market. Where Marvell's SSD controllers are typically sold to drive vendors who then pair...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Silicon Motion at CES: 3D NAND support for SM2246EN and roadmap update

2015 was a great year for SSD controller designer Silicon Motion. Their SM2246EN controller was at the heart of some of the best mainstream and value SATA SSDs, while...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Marvell Implements Host Memory Buffer for DRAM-less 88NV1140 SSD Controller

The first version of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard was ratified almost five years ago, but its development didn't stop there. While SSD controller manufacturers have been hard...

33 by Billy Tallis on 1/12/2016

ZOTAC to Expand Lineup of SSDs with PCIe Offerings

ZOTAC is primarily known for its NVIDIA GeForce-based video cards, but in the recent years, the company started to sell motherboards, small form-factor personal computers and various accessories. Last...

8 by Anton Shilov on 1/6/2016

Patriot Memory Enters PCIe Storage Market with Hellfire SSDs

Patriot Memory has been selling solid-state drives for about eight years now. To date, virtually all of Patriot’s SSDs have used the Serial ATA interface, which became a performance-limiting...

7 by Anton Shilov on 1/5/2016

SanDisk Announces X400 Client SSD for OEMs

As CES gets underway, SanDisk is announcing the X400 SSD as the successor to the X300 and X300s and as the higher-performance counterpart to the Z400s. The new X400...

6 by Billy Tallis on 1/5/2016

Samsung Introduces Portable SSD T3

In recent years a new category of portable storage devices has emerged. Based on the same controllers and flash used in 2.5" SATA SSDs, portable SSDs offer much higher...

11 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2016

Transcend Announces SuperMLC: Pseudo-SLC SSDs For Industrial Market

Transcend offers one of the broadest ranges of SSDs and flash memory cards, with products for almost every form factor and even some legacy interfaces like IDE. Part of...

14 by Billy Tallis on 12/31/2015

The Angelbird Wings PX1 M.2 Adapter Review: Do M.2 SSDs Need Heatsinks?

The M.2 form factor has quickly established itself as the most popular choice for PCIe SSDs in the consumer space. The small size easily fits in to most laptop...

69 by Billy Tallis on 12/21/2015

The Crucial BX200 (480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Crucial's First TLC NAND SSD

The Crucial BX200 is the successor to the very successful BX100 and is Crucial's new value-oriented SSD. The BX200 moves to the newer Silicon Motion SM2256 controller and is...

84 by Billy Tallis on 11/3/2015

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

141 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Western Digital To Acquire SanDisk

Western Digital announced today that they have entered in to an agreement to acquire SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. Western Digital is one of the few remaining hard drive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 10/21/2015

OCZ Announces First SATA Host Managed SSD: Saber 1000 HMS

Today OCZ is introducing the first SATA drive featuring a technology that may be the next big thing for enterprise SSDs. Referred to by OCZ as "Host Managed SSD"...

18 by Billy Tallis on 10/15/2015

The Plextor M6V (256GB) SSD Review

Plextor's M6V SSD was originally planned to be their first drive using TLC NAND, but that has now been put off to next year's M7V. Instead, Plextor is taking...

52 by Billy Tallis on 10/12/2015

Micron acquires SSD Controller Designer Tidal Systems, Inc.

A year ago, several veterans of SSD controller design firms SandForce and Link_A_Media Devices formed a new startup called Tidal Systems, Inc. to focus on developing NVMe SSD controllers...

12 by Billy Tallis on 10/9/2015

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