Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g. Samsung and Intel). Instead Micron has two subsidiaries, Crucial and Lexar, with their sole purpose being the handling of retail sales. The Crucial side handles RAM and SSD sales, whereas Lexar is focused on memory cards and USB flash drives. The Micron crew is left with business to business sales, which consists of OEM sales as well as direct sales to some large corporations. Since the MX100 Micron and Crucial have had separate product planning teams and the M600 is the first Micron-only product to come out of that. Read on to see how the...

The Impact of Spare Area on SandForce, More Capacity At No Performance Loss?

No, it’s not the new Indilinx JetStream controller - that’ll be in the second half of the year at the earliest. And it’s definitely not Intel’s 3rd generation X25-M...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2, Special Sauce SF-1200 Reviewed

Last week we reviewed OCZ's Agility 2 SSD with SandForce's standard, mass production SF-1200 firmware. This week we're back with the Vertex 2. For an extra $20 you get...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2010

This Just In: OCZ Vertex 2 SandForce-1200 SSD with Special Sauce

Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2. As you may have...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2010

OCZ's Agility 2 Reviewed: The First SF-1200 with MP Firmware

SandForce made news last week, but for some not so great reasons. It turns out that the production firmware on SF-1200 drives drops random small file write performance by...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2010

This Just In: OCZ Agility 2 SandForce-1200 SSD

Things move in real time around here. Just yesterday we published an article detailing the differences between SandForce's SF-1200 and SF-1500 controller. We also pointed out that the mass...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2010

Understanding SandForce's SF-1200 & SF-1500, Not All Drives are Equal

Less than 24 hours ago I was called into a meeting with SandForce, the SSD controller manufacturer that has been on fire lately. The company makes two controllers: the...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2010

Corsair's Force SSD Reviewed: SF-1200 is Very Good

Late last year we were told that SandForce's client controller, the SF-1200 wouldn't be as solid of a performer as the SF-1500. It would be on par with Indilinx's...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2010

This Just In: Corsair Force 100GB SSD (SF-1200)

Testing is nearly complete on the last Corsair SSD that came my way, but this morning UPS dropped off another surprise: the Corsair Force SSD. Based on a derivative...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2010

This Just In: Corsair Nova 128GB SSD

I haven't taken a look at a new Corsair SSD in a while. The company started out by shipping relatively uninteresting Samsung based SSDs, but since then we've seen...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

Western Digital's New VelociRaptor VR200M: 10K RPM at 450GB and 600GB

We first laid eyes on Western Digital's Raptor line of 10K RPM desktop hard drives in 2003. The drives were only 36GB in size, but man were they...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2010

Intel's X25-V for $98 at Newegg, Update:Dead Deal

A few folks have sent this in so I thought it was worth posting about. Intel's X25-V that we've recently reviewed is now on sale at Newegg for $98...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/1/2010

Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

Intel has been shipping its value 40GB X25-V SSDs for a little while now, but the official launch was just 11 days ago. In our review we found...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

Crucial's RealSSD C300: An Update on My Drive

Earlier this morning I published an article looking into the performance of 6Gbps SATA controllers, both integrated and off-chip. In it I mentioned my recently deceased Crucial RealSSD C300...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/25/2010

6Gbps SATA Performance: AMD 890GX vs. Intel X58/P55

Seemingly overnight SSDs have changed the way in which we look at storage performance. With an order of magnitude of improvement in random I/O performance and at least...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/25/2010

Intel's X25-V & Kingston's 30GB SSDNow V Series: Battle of the $125 SSDs

Last year Kingston introduced a 40GB version of Intel's X25-M G2 for less than $100 after mail in rebate. Since then, Kingston and Intel couldn't agree on terms for...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2010

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue Review: WD Enters the Consumer SSD Market

Late last year Seagate announced its first SSD, and today Western Digital is introducing its first SSD for the mainstream consumer market. We find out who makes the...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/3/2010

OWC Mercury Extreme SSD - First Look at a 50GB SandForce Drive

OWC sent us its 50GB Mercury Extreme SSD based on the same SandForce controller in OCZ's Vertex LE. We try to find out if the 50GB drive is really...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2010

OCZ’s Vertex Limited Edition Review & SSD State of the Union

The first SandForce SF-1500 SSD has arrived in the form of OCZ's Vertex Limited Edition. Only 5,000 drives are being made with MSRPs starting at $399. We...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2010

Intel & Micron Announce 25nm NAND Flash Production, SSDs to get Bigger/Cheaper in Q4

Moore's law applies to more than just microprocessors. At roughly twice the density of 34nm flash, IMFT's announcement means we'll see SSD capacities double this year - without...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/30/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2 Pro Preview: The Fastest MLC SSD We've Ever Tested

OCZ has been keeping an ace up its sleeve for the past few months. It's called the Vertex 2 Pro and you won't see it until next year...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/31/2009

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