Storage

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 that they do not offer very high performance. Nonetheless, usage of high-capacity 3D NAND chips helps the manufacturer to increase its MTBF rating and could eventually help ADATA to offer very competitive pricing for these drives. The family of ADATA’s Ultimate SU800 SSDs includes models with 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB capacity. The drives are based on Silicon Motion’s SM2258 controller (which has four NAND flash channels and LDPC ECC technology) as well as 3D TLC NAND flash memory from an unknown manufacturer (either IMFT or SK Hynix). The drives come in...

Plextor M5 Pro (128GB) SSD Giveaway

Plextor has been making a name for itself in the SSD space lately with its M-series of drives. The M3 and M5 lines are well received and remarkably competitive...

1842 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/15/2013

Hardware Accelerated BitLocker Encryption: Microsoft Windows 8 eDrive Investigated with Crucial M500

Most modern SSDs come with some form of hardware encryption. On these drives with hardware encryption, it’s usually permanently turned on - all data written to the NAND is...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2013

Intel Confirms Falcon Ridge Production in 2013, Ramp in 2014

Yesterday Intel announced its updated Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt controllers (adding 4K/DP1.2 support, lower power operation and slightly lower BOM cost) as well as next year's Falcon Ridge family of...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

The Crucial/Micron M500 Review (960GB, 480GB, 240GB, 120GB)

This is probably the most excited I've been about any SSD launch in quite a while. At CES this year, Crucial announced its M500 SSD - the world's first...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5" & mSATA (240GB) Review

When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 4/3/2013

QNAP Launches Marvell-based 4-bay Rackmount NAS Units

Rackmount NAS units introduced in recent days have been mostly based on the powerful Intel processors, but there is a market demand amongst small workgroups and SMBs for low...

7 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2013

ReadyNAS 100, 300 and 500 Series Reboots Netgear's SMB NAS Lineup

Netgear got into the SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market with the purchase of Infrant Technologies in May 2007. The first generation ReadyNAS NV products were based on...

21 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: All-SSD Architecture

When it comes to server hardware failures, I've seen them all with our own infrastructure. With the exception of CPUs, I've seen virtually every other component that could fail...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Seagate Announces New Laptop and Desktop SSHDs (Solid State Hybrid Drives)

A few days ago we reported that Seagate would stop selling 7200 RPM 2.5” hard drives by the end of the year. Now we know why. Seagate will continue...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/5/2013

ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213

The emergence of the digital economy has brought to fore the importance of safeguarding electronic data. We have discussed the 3-2-1 data backup strategy before in the piece where...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

QNAP Introduces Atom-based 12-bay TS-1269U-RP Rackmount NAS

QNAP's flagship NAS lineup, the TS-ECx79U-RP, checks all the boxes for a high performance enterprise NAS in a rackmount form factor for high end SMBs. These include quad GbE...

9 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

Seagate to Discontinue 7200rpm 2.5" Drives Later This Year

Earlier today X-bit Labs reported that Seagate will stop the production of their 7200RPM 2.5" drives by the end of this year and I just got a confirmation from...

57 by Kristian Vättö on 3/1/2013

An Update on Intel's SSD 525 Power Consumption

Intel's SSD 525 is the mSATA version of last year's SF-2281 based Intel SSD 520. The drive isn't just physically smaller, but it also features a new version of...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

OCZ Releases Vertex 3.20 with 20nm IMFT NAND

Yesterday OCZ introduced an updated version of their Vertex 3: The Vertex 3.20. The name derives from the fact that the new Vertex 3.20 uses 20nm IMFT MLC NAND...

27 by Kristian Vättö on 2/20/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro mSATA SSD Upgrade: Dangerous but Successful

Unlike current ARM or Atom based tablets, Microsoft's Surface Pro integrates a full blown mSATA SSD. My review sample included a 128GB Micron C400, while I've seen reports of...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2013

Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown: mSATA SSD Inside

After we published our Surface Pro review I went back and updated it to confirm that the SSD inside was indeed of the mSATA variety. My particular review sample...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Micron P400m Review (200GB)

Micron has remained one of the more stable players in the SSD space over the past few years. Although not typically at the top of our charts, Micron (and...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Apple Is Now Using SanDisk SSDs in the Retina MacBook Pro As Well

There has always been some level of lottery involved when buying an SSD-equipped Mac. The first Mac to start the lottery was the 2010 MacBook Air, which initially used...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 2/5/2013

The Full Intel SSD 525 Review: 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 180GB & 240GB Tested

Last week we published a teaser look at Intel's latest mSATA SSD: the Intel SSD 525. At the time we only presented performance for a single 240GB drive, however...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/3/2013

Intel Releases 180GB SSD 335

Intel released the SSD 335 in October last year but the initial launch included only the 240GB version. Today Intel is adding a 180GB model to the SSD 335...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 2/1/2013

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