Storage

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941) back in late 2013, and before that it was the first one to adopt TLC NAND in 2012. Earlier this year Samsung's second generation client PCIe drive, the SM951, made an appearance in a Lenovo laptop, but to everyone's surprise the drive wasn't NVMe compatible like Samsung had announced earlier. That turned out to be only temporary as a few months later Ganesh discovered an NVMe-enabled SM951 inside an Intel NUC, which we have now put through our extensive SSD test suite. Can NVMe and the SM951 live up to the hype? Read on and...

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD: WD Red Pro Gets a Competitor

We have seen this story play out before. Western Digital delineates the hard drive market with a product aimed at a particular niche and Seagate comes in a few...

22 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2014

Asustor AS7008T 8-bay Intel Haswell SMB 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 11/30/2014

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive 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...

30 by Ganesh T S on 11/27/2014

Intel's 3D NAND to Ship in H2'15: 256Gbit Die & 32 Layers

Last Thursday in its annual Investor Meeting Intel revealed the first details of its 3D NAND technology and announced that it will begin the shipments of 3D NAND in...

58 by Kristian Vättö on 11/25/2014

HGST Deskstar NAS 4 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, new opportunities have opened up, thanks to the rapid growth in...

34 by Ganesh T S on 11/22/2014

Synology DS1815+ 8-bay Intel Rangeley SMB NAS Review

Synology started the roll-out of their SMB-targeted NAS units based on Intel's latest Atom platform (Rangeley) in September 2014. We have already looked at the 4-bay DS415+ in detail...

62 by Ganesh T S on 11/18/2014

Corsair Neutron XT (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Phison S10 Debuts

The ugly truth is that the SSD market has been tough for almost all the typical PC component vendors lately. With Samsung, SanDisk, and Micron/Crucial being serious about the...

57 by Kristian Vättö on 11/17/2014

Exploring Performance Consistency in USB 3.0 Flash Drives

SSD technology has advanced to a stage where it is possible to have flash drives with bona-fide SSD controllers. The addition of a SATA to USB 3.0 bridge provides...

29 by Ganesh T S on 11/15/2014

Intel Launches M.2 and Larger Capacity 2.5" SSD DC S3500 Models

Two years ago Intel released the DC S3500 and S3700 SSDs that marked as the company's first truly in-house SATA 6Gbps SSDs. Today Intel is adding M.2 form factor...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 11/11/2014

Mushkin Ventura Ultra USB 3.0 120GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

The rise of USB 3.0 as a high speed interface for PCs and the increasing affordability of flash memory has led to some very interesting products. USB flash drives...

8 by Ganesh T S on 11/11/2014

Tegile Launches T3600 & T3700 All-Flash Arrays

Last week we expanded our enterprise storage coverage with flash arrays and today the coverage continues with Tegile's announcement of the T3600 and T3700. To bring everyone up to...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 11/4/2014

Synology Launches 8-bay Rangeley-based DS1815+

In the last week of September, Synology launched their Intel Rangeley-based DS415+. In our review, we found it resolved most of the issues encountered in the previous Atom-based SMB...

10 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2014

Synology DS415+ Review: DSM on Intel Rangeley

Synology recently launched the DS415+, their first Intel Rangeley-based NAS. This 4-bay NAS, targeted towards SMBs and SOHOs, finally brings about hardware accelerated encryption capabilities to DSM in the...

41 by Ganesh T S on 10/30/2014

Skyera Releases skyHawk FS All-Flash Array: Up to 136TB of NAND in 1U

Our enterprise storage coverage has mainly been focused on individual enterprise SSDs from the likes of Intel and Micron, but there's a lot of interesting action in the storage...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2014

OneDrive Will Offer Unlimited Storage For Office 365 Subscribers

It was only four months ago that Microsoft increased the available OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers to one terabyte, and apparently there was still room for improvement. Today...

17 by Brett Howse on 10/27/2014

Upgrading the SSD in Chromebook & MyDigitalSSD Super Boot Drive M.2 2242 SSD Review

The majority of the Chromebooks tend to have 16GB of onboard storage with some high-end models having twice that. For the intended usage where everything is done in the...

67 by Kristian Vättö on 10/21/2014

Samsung Releases Firmware Update to Fix the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug

The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the...

94 by Kristian Vättö on 10/16/2014

Micron M600 (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) SSD Review

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...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 9/29/2014

Firmware Update to Fix the Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug Coming on October 15th

A week ago Samsung acknowledged the existence of the read performance bug in the SSD 840 EVO and I just received a note that the fixed firmware is in...

84 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2014

Corsair Flash Voyager GTX USB 3.0 256GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

The rise of USB 3.0 as a high speed interface for PCs and the increasing affordability of flash memory has led to some very interesting products. USB flash drives...

24 by Ganesh T S on 9/24/2014

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