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...

StarTech Standalone Hard Drive Eraser And USB 3.0 Dock Capsule Review

When StarTech.com first offered up their USB 3.0 Standalone Eraser Dock for review, it took me a little while to really figure what it was for. The name is...

38 by Billy Tallis on 2/16/2016

OCZ Releases Trion 150 SSD

As previewed at CES, OCZ has released an update to their budget-oriented Trion 100 SATA SSD. The Trion 150 switches from parent company Toshiba's A19nm TLC to their 15nm...

27 by Billy Tallis on 2/4/2016

ioSafe Launches BDR 515 Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliance

ioSafe's disaster-resistant storage devices are unique in the market. Yesterday, they introduced the latest member of their backup and data recovery (BDR) server lineup - the BDR 515. It...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/4/2016

CES 2016: Phison previews upcoming SSD controllers

Phison may not be a household name, but they're a major player in the SSD market. Where Marvell's SSD controllers are typically sold to drive vendors who then pair...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Silicon Motion at CES: 3D NAND support for SM2246EN and roadmap update

2015 was a great year for SSD controller designer Silicon Motion. Their SM2246EN controller was at the heart of some of the best mainstream and value SATA SSDs, while...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Marvell Implements Host Memory Buffer for DRAM-less 88NV1140 SSD Controller

The first version of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard was ratified almost five years ago, but its development didn't stop there. While SSD controller manufacturers have been hard...

33 by Billy Tallis on 1/12/2016

SanDisk Announces X400 Client SSD for OEMs

As CES gets underway, SanDisk is announcing the X400 SSD as the successor to the X300 and X300s and as the higher-performance counterpart to the Z400s. The new X400...

6 by Billy Tallis on 1/5/2016

Samsung Introduces Portable SSD T3

In recent years a new category of portable storage devices has emerged. Based on the same controllers and flash used in 2.5" SATA SSDs, portable SSDs offer much higher...

11 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2016

Transcend Announces SuperMLC: Pseudo-SLC SSDs For Industrial Market

Transcend offers one of the broadest ranges of SSDs and flash memory cards, with products for almost every form factor and even some legacy interfaces like IDE. Part of...

14 by Billy Tallis on 12/31/2015

The Angelbird Wings PX1 M.2 Adapter Review: Do M.2 SSDs Need Heatsinks?

The M.2 form factor has quickly established itself as the most popular choice for PCIe SSDs in the consumer space. The small size easily fits in to most laptop...

69 by Billy Tallis on 12/21/2015

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Capsule Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 12/11/2015

Western Digital Expands HGST Helium Drive Lineup with 10TB Ultrastar He10

HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary, has been shipping hard drives sealed with helium for a couple of years now. Their helium drives have so far come in two flavors...

113 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2015

Intel's Xeon D Product Family Updated with Storage and Networking-Specific SKUs

Intel's Xeon D has been one of the most exciting platforms to come out of Intel this year. Xeon D has created more excitement in the micro-server / edge...

17 by Ganesh T S on 11/9/2015

Asustor AS6204T Braswell NAS Review

Asustor is one of the recent entrants in the NAS market. Over the last couple of years, they have tried to play in the same space as QNAP and...

29 by Ganesh T S on 11/5/2015

The Crucial BX200 (480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Crucial's First TLC NAND SSD

The Crucial BX200 is the successor to the very successful BX100 and is Crucial's new value-oriented SSD. The BX200 moves to the newer Silicon Motion SM2256 controller and is...

84 by Billy Tallis on 11/3/2015

QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

QNAP is one of the leading vendors in the COTS NAS (commercial off-the-shelf network attached storage) space. They have a wide variety of hardware platforms to choose from, ranging...

34 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

Behind The Scenes: Evaluating NAS Units with Solution-Based Benchmarks

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a leading NAS vendor and provide some insights on how we evaluate NAS units. In particular, the talk dealt with the importance...

17 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

141 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Western Digital To Acquire SanDisk

Western Digital announced today that they have entered in to an agreement to acquire SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. Western Digital is one of the few remaining hard drive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 10/21/2015

The Plextor M6V (256GB) SSD Review

Plextor's M6V SSD was originally planned to be their first drive using TLC NAND, but that has now been put off to next year's M7V. Instead, Plextor is taking...

52 by Billy Tallis on 10/12/2015

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