Storage

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...

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

Samsung Shows Off SM961 and PM961 SSDs: OEM Drives Get a Boost

At Samsung's annual SSD Forum Japan, the company has demonstrated two previously-unannounced high-performance client SSDs. The new SM961 and the PM961 drives are based on the company’s Polaris controller...

46 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2016

The ADATA Premier SP550 SSD Review: A Second Look At Silicon Motion's SM2256 Controller

Today we're taking a look at ADATA's Premier SP550 SSD, the company's latest entry-level drive. The Premier SP550 gives us a fresh look at Silicon Motion's SM2256 controller by...

24 by Billy Tallis on 3/23/2016

OWC Introduces SSD Upgrade for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air PCIe SSDs

Apple's Retina MacBook Pro and all but the earliest MacBook Air models have relied solely on SSDs for internal storage, as Apple slimmed down the designs to the point...

21 by Billy Tallis on 3/9/2016

Seagate Announces PCIe x16 SSD Capable Of 10GB/s

At the Open Compute Project Summit this week in San Jose, Seagate will show off a pair of upcoming enterprise NVMe SSDs with impressive throughput specifications. The drives will...

30 by Billy Tallis on 3/9/2016

Thecus Announces Two New Rackmount NAS Servers

Thecus has introduced two new commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rackmount enterprise-class NAS servers with 12 and 16 bays. They both run the latest version of Thecus's Linux-based OS. The systems...

2 by Anton Shilov on 3/7/2016

The Toshiba Q300 SSD Review: Toshiba Becomes a Retail Brand

Today we're looking at Toshiba's Q300 SSD. The Q300 is the entry-level model from the Toshiba's first line of SSDs sold directly to consumers and through retail outlets. Based...

30 by Billy Tallis on 2/26/2016

Mushkin Impact 256GB and Atom 128GB USB Flash Drives Capsule Review

Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them carry uninteresting specifications. In particular, flash drives advertising smaller physical footprints have tended to carry disappointing...

9 by Ganesh T S on 2/24/2016

Samsung Portable SSD T3 Review

Samsung launched the Portable SSD T3 at CES 2016. The claim to fame was the availability of 2TB of flash in a palm-sized enclosure with a USB 3.1 Gen...

46 by Ganesh T S on 2/22/2016

Seagate Begins to Ship 2.5-Inch, 7mm Thick 2 TB Mobile Hard Drives with SMR

Seagate has started to ship its highest-capacity hard drives for notebooks. The new HDDs use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology with very high areal density as well as slimmed-down...

28 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2016

SanDisk Ultra +Cloud 64GB + 64GB Flash Drive Review

USB flash drives (UFDs) are a dime a dozen in the current market. In order to stand out in the crowd, manufacturers have adopted a two-pronged approach. While one...

21 by Ganesh T S on 2/18/2016

Samsung Releases 750 EVO SATA SSD

After an accidental leak in November that was spotted by our friends at Tom's Hardware, the Samsung 750 EVO has now officially launched worldwide. Since the introduction of their...

49 by Billy Tallis on 2/17/2016

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