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...

JMicron SSD Controller Roadmap: JMF680 SATA 6Gbps & JMF815 PCIe Controllers Next Year

JMicron is getting ready to ship its new JMF670H controller to its customers and we also have reference design samples in for testing, but in its suite at Computex...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2015

Plextor M7e PCIe SSD to Ship in Q3, M7V TLC SSD in 2016 & New Software Features

Plextor first showed off the M7e at CES earlier this year and at Computex we got an update on the release schedule. Plextor is now aiming for Q3 release...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 6/11/2015

SFF-8639 Connector Renamed as U.2

As SATA Express never took off because of the two-lane limitation, the SSD and motherboard industries have been looking for an alternative connector for connecting 2.5" SSDs over PCIe...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Seagate Announces SandForce SF3500 SSD Controller Series: Mass Production Expected in Q4'15

The SandForce SF3000 series has become the unicorn of the SSD industry. For the past two years there has been a lot of hype about the new controller, but...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Silicon Motion Displays Upcoming SM2260 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Controller

Silicon Motion has remained relatively quiet about its plans for a PCIe controller. We have known that the company is working on one (well, it would be a major...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

ADATA Displays XPG SX930 SSD, Two New TLC SSDs, Several PCIe Drives & USB Type-C Products

After a long week of meetings and over a day worth of traveling, I'm finally back from Taipei. Given our hectic schedule (it was just me and Ian at...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/8/2015

OCZ Announces Trion 100 TLC SSD & Shows Off an Upcoming NVMe Drive with Toshiba Controller

One of the things I've been expecting to see at this year's Computex is more TLC NAND based SSDs. So far only Samsung and SanDisk have been shipping TLC...

4 by Kristian Vättö on 6/2/2015

SanDisk Announces 2TB USB 3.1 External SSD

SanDisk is announcing the availability of a host of external flash drives at Computex 2015. Two of them are being marketed as external portable SSDs with a Type-C interface...

10 by Ganesh T S on 6/1/2015

SanDisk Releases Z400s SSD for Mainstream PCs & Embedded Applications

With Computex only a week away, SanDisk is taking a head start today with the release of Z400s SSD. SanDisk is aiming to cater two different markets with the...

25 by Kristian Vättö on 5/26/2015

Crucial MX200 (250GB, 500GB & 1TB) SSD Review

Last year Micron launched M600 SSD for the OEM market, but unlike in the past there was no simultaneous retail product release. We were told that the M600 firmware...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 5/22/2015

Inside OCZ's Factory: How SSDs Are Made

At CES I had the opportunity to sit down with OCZ's CEO, Ralph Schmitt, to discuss the state of OCZ after Toshiba acquired the company in late 2013. We...

64 by Kristian Vättö on 5/20/2015

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...

86 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...

74 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...

76 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...

67 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...

134 by Kristian Vättö on 4/2/2015

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