Storage

As Flash Memory Summit 2016 approaches, many major players in the SSD market are starting to announce new products. A year after introducing the Nytro XM1440 enterprise M.2 PCIe SSD, Seagate is expanding the lineup with a 2TB option. The XM1440 M.2 and XF1440 2.5" U.2 SSDs are based on the combination of Marvell's 88SS1093 PCIe 3.0 NVMe controller and Micron MLC NAND. The products are a result of a collaboration between Micron and Seagate, and are sold by Micron as the 7100 series. The 2.5" version has had a 2TB-class capacity option from the start, but the new XM1440 2TB is the first of its kind. The higher drive capacity is achieved through denser NAND packaging rather than from switching to higher-capacity 3D...

Seagate Innov8 8TB Bus-Powered External Hard Drive Review

Bus-powered storage devices have traditionally been limited by USB 2.0's power delivery specifications. The low power limit meant that only 2.5" drives (typically with a spindle speed of 5400 RPM...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2016

Western Digital’s Acquisition of SanDisk Officially Closes

Western Digital announced on Tuesday that the Chinese authorities have approved its acquisition of SanDisk. The regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in connection with the planned...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

QNAP Expands Thunderbolt NAS / DAS Lineup with TVS-x82T Series

QNAP recently held a product launch event in San Jose. The main announcement was the follow-up to their TVS-871T released late last year. The first generation Thunderbolt NAS came...

17 by Ganesh T S on 5/13/2016

Market Views: HDD Shipments Down 20% in Q1 2016, Hit Multi-Year Low

Leading industry watchers like IDC and Gartner early this year predicted that the first quarter of 2016 would not be good for the PC industry and various companies agreed...

115 by Anton Shilov on 5/12/2016

Choosing the Right SSD for a Skylake-U System

Our Skylake NUC review had a brief section on the storage subsystem performance. The comments section raised a few questions about the inability of SSDs such as the Samsung...

40 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2016

The SanDisk X400 1TB SSD Review

The SanDisk X400 is the flagship model of SanDisk's business/OEM SSD lineup. As the successor to the X300 and X300s, the X400 continues the strategy of combining premium features...

38 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2016

SanDisk Announces Z410 Client SSD

SanDisk has introduced a new low-end drive to their line of client SSDs targeted at business and OEM customers. The Z410 is positioned closely to Z400s but is not...

35 by Billy Tallis on 4/27/2016

Drobo 5D with BeyondRAID - Protected Direct-Attached Storage Made Simple

Drobo's direct-attached and network-attached storage units are quite popular in the market, but we have never had the opportunity to evaluate them on AnandTech. At CES 2016, we met...

74 by Ganesh T S on 4/25/2016

The Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review: A Return To Planar NAND

The Samsung 750 EVO is a new budget SATA SSD using 16nm planar TLC NAND flash instead of Samsung's highly-praised 3D V-NAND. The 750 EVO otherwise has much in...

107 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2016

The PNY CS1311 and CS2211 SSD Review: MLC vs TLC at 15nm

PNY's latest consumer SSDs incorporate Toshiba 15nm NAND and are based on the Phison S10 controller. The TLC-based PNY CS1211 and MLC-based PNY CS2211 offer the rare opportunity of...

45 by Billy Tallis on 4/15/2016

Thunderbolt 3 in Action: Akitio Thunder3 Duo Pro DAS Review

A lot of attention has been paid to high-speed I/O interfaces for computing systems over the last five years. Flash-based storage media capable of multi-Gbps throughput have become very...

60 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2016

Micron Presents New SSDs and Strategy: From Components to Whole Solutions, 3D NAND Shipping Imminent

At Micron's Enterprising event today in Austin, TX, the company discussed several upcoming products and shared information about an ongoing strategic shift. Not content to stay a mere component...

19 by Billy Tallis on 4/12/2016

Micron Announces 9100 & 7100 Series PCIe Enterprise SSDs

Micron entered the PCIe SSD market in 2011 with the formidable P320h. Using generously overprovisioned 34nm SLC NAND and a controller with 32 NAND channels and a PCIe 2.0...

21 by Billy Tallis on 4/12/2016

SanDisk Extreme 900 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

SanDisk launched the Extreme 900 SSD at Computex 2015. The claim to fame was the availability of almost 2TB of flash in a bus-powered enclosure with a USB 3.1...

31 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2016

The OCZ Trion 150 SSD Review

The OCZ Trion 150 is the latest entry-level SSD from Toshiba's subsidiary. It makes almost no hardware changes from the Trion 100 aside from using Toshiba's newer 15nm TLC...

78 by Billy Tallis on 4/1/2016

LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Type-C External HDD Capsule Review

Seagate launched a host of direct-attached storage products under the LaCie brand name at CES earlier this year. Though the LaCie Chrome USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C external SSD...

12 by Ganesh T S on 3/31/2016

Best NASes: Q1 2016

Network-attached storage vendors do not usually follow a regular yearly cadence in updating their offerings. Releases for different market segments are spread throughout the year. That said, thanks to...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/30/2016

Renice Announces X9 Military-Grade Rugged SSDs with R-SATA Connectors

Shenzhen Renice Technology, a little-known maker of special-purpose SSDs from China, has introduced its new family of drives designed for military and rugged applications. What makes these new drives...

16 by Anton Shilov on 3/25/2016

Toshiba to Build New Fab to Produce BiCS NAND Flash

Toshiba this month has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility to produce its BiCS NAND flash memory. The company intends to start making chips at the new...

5 by Anton Shilov on 3/25/2016

Samsung Readies New Cost-Effective SSDs Featuring Maia Controller

Thanks to introduction of the PCIe-based M.2 form-factor and subsequent removal of SATA III bandwidth constraints, the evolution of high-performance SSDs has been quite spectacular in the recent years...

29 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2016

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