For nearly two years Samsung was the only manufacturer with an SSD that utilized TLC NAND. Most of the other manufacturers had talked about TLC SSDs in one way or another, but nobody had come up with anything retail worthy until now. A month ago SanDisk took the stage and unveiled the Ultra II, the company's first TLC SSD and the first TLC SSD that is not by Samsung. Read on for our full review.

Intel Explains 20nm NAND Endurance Concerns on the SSD 335

It's common knowledge by now that as NAND cells shrink in size (thanks to smaller process nodes), their endurance and program/erase latencies both suffer. Consumers wouldn't really be happy...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2012

AnandTech/Intel S3700 Roundtable Discussion & Webcast Videos Live

Intel invited me to attend SC12 and participate in a webcast for the launch of its new DC S3700 SSD. I joined Roger Peene from Intel's SSD Solutions and...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2012

Samsung SSD 840: Testing the Endurance of TLC NAND

NAND endurance is something that always raises questions among those considering a move to solid state storage. Even though we have showed more than once that the endurance of...

46 by Kristian Vättö on 11/16/2012

AnandTech/Intel SSD Webcast Live Today at 9AM PST/12PM EST

We are live at SC12 from Salt Lake City, Utah this morning and are preparing to answer your SSD, NAND and Intel SSD DC S3700 questions. In about two...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/13/2012

AnandTech Webcast Live 11/13 at 9AM PST/12PM EST from SC12: Ask Your Intel SSD DC S3700 Questions Here

There's a bunch of cool stuff happening at this year's Supercomputing conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. For starters, we'll get to see the updated list of the world's...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2012

The Intel SSD DC S3700 (200GB) Review

When Intel arrived on the scene with its first SSD, it touted superiority in controller, firmware and NAND as the reason it was able to so significantly outperform the...

30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2012

Rescheduling the Intel SSD DC S3700 Review

This is a rare situation so I thought I'd post a quick explanation here. There was a miscommunication relating to the exact date and time of the embargo lift...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/6/2012

The Intel SSD DC S3700: Intel's 3rd Generation Controller Analyzed

Today Intel is announcing its first SSD based on its own custom 6Gbps SATA controller. This new controller completely abandons the architecture of the old X25-M/320/710 SSDs and adopts...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/5/2012

Intel SSD 335 (240GB) Review

Back in February, Intel released its first SandForce based SSD: the Intel SSD 520. Since then Intel's SSD lineup has evolved. A couple of months after the 520's release...

70 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2012

Understanding Apple's Fusion Drive

During its iPad mini launch event today Apple updated many members of its Mac lineup. The 13-inch MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini all got updated today. For the...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/24/2012

OWC Mercury Electra 3G MAX 960GB Review: 1TB of NAND in 2.5" Form Factor

The decrease in NAND prices has opened doors for bigger SSD capacities. 512GB SSDs have been available for a couple of years now but even though prices have come...

38 by Kristian Vättö on 10/18/2012

Micron P320h PCIe SSD (700GB) Review

Well over a year ago Micron announced something unique in a sea of PCIe SSDs that were otherwise nothing more than SATA drives in RAID on a PCIe card...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/15/2012

Samsung SSD 840 (250GB) Review

Samsung has been making steady progress in becoming one of the major players in the consumer SSD market. Even before the SSD 470, Samsung was a major player in...

85 by Kristian Vättö on 10/8/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 7

We're back with another podcast. This time we start out with a discussion of Borderlands 2 and philosophies on sidequests in games. We briefly talk about TI defocusing its...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/1/2012

Samsung SSD 840: Preliminary Benchmarks

I just got back from Seoul last night where Samsung held their SSD Global Summit for the first time. As a souvenir, Samsung gave us all an 840 SSD...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 9/27/2012

Samsung Releases TLC NAND Based 840 SSD

Along with Samsung's release of the 840 Pro SSD today, Samsung is also releasing a more mainstream oriented 840 SSD. It's based around the same Samsung MDX controller as...

29 by Kristian Vättö on 9/24/2012

Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB) Review

If we had an award for most improved in the SSD space, it would have to go to Samsung. When we first encountered Samsung MLC drives a few years...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2012

Breaking the SATA Barrier: SATA Express and SFF-8639 Connectors

Pretty much all high-end client SSDs have no issues saturating the current 6Gbps SATA interface. We've talked about a move to PCIe based SSDs but these are the connectors...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

NGFF SSDs: Putting an End to Proprietary Ultrabook SSD Form Factors

We've seen a bunch of custom SSD form factors with the arrival of Ultrabooks as well as systems like the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro. The need is...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/13/2012

OCZ Vector: The First True Indilinx Based SSD (Barefoot 3) from OCZ

I just saw the outcome of a year long effort from both the Indilinx and the PLX teams at OCZ: the Vector SSD (pictured above). Unlike the Octane and...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/11/2012

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