During the last couple of weeks, numerous reports of Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO having low read performance have surfaced around the Internet. The most extensive one is probably a forum thread over at Overclock.net, which was started about month ago and currently has over 600 replies. For those who are not aware of the issue, there is a bug in the 840 EVO that causes the read performance of old blocks of data to drop dramatically like the HD Tach graph below illustrates. The odd part is that the bug only seems to affect LBAs that have old data (>1 month) associated with them because freshly written data will read at full speed, which also explains why the issue was not discovered...

SandForce TRIM Issue & Corsair Force Series GS (240GB) Review

SandForce and TRIM—that has always been a tricky combination. SandForce SSDs have always behaved a bit differently when tortured and TRIM'ed due to their internal design. When a non-SandForce...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 11/22/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 10

We've made it to 10 episodes of the AnandTech Podcast! As promised, this week's episode is a bit more PC focused as we discuss the future of AMD. Intel's...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2012

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

Iomega StorCenter NAS Lineup Refresh: 2-bay px2-300d and 4-bay ix4-300d

Iomega's network storage family consists of three lineups: ARM-based EZ single-bay network attached hard disk for home users ARM-based ix series for value-focused consumers x86-based px series for performance-focused consumers (These come...

16 by Ganesh T S on 10/18/2012

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

Synology Launches 12-bay DS2413+ and Wi-Fi Enabled 2-bay DS213air

Synology has been on a tear lately, with product launches happening in quick succession. Approximately a month back, we had the launch of the 2013 2-bay lineup (DS213 and...

13 by Ganesh T S on 10/2/2012

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

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