TLC

ADATA has introduced a new family of SSDs that come in M.2 form-factor and are more affordable than the majority of M.2 drives on the market. The Premier SP550 SSDs in M.2 form-factor utilize familiar architecture, a controller from Silicon Motion as well as TLC NAND flash memory. The most advanced M.2 Premier SP550, the 480 GB, has hit the street at $120. The ADATA Premier SP550 is powered by the Silicon Motion SM2256 controller as well as TLC NAND flash memory produced by an unknown maker (though it's likely that the M.2 drives use chips from SK Hynix, just like the SP550 SSDs in 2.5” form-factor). The SM2256 controller supports error correction control and management technology based on low-density parity-check (LDPC) code to reduce...

The Intel SSD 540s (480GB) Review

With no in-house controller or NAND suitable for an entry level consumer SSD to compete in today's market, Intel has turned to third-party suppliers for the key components of...

71 by Billy Tallis on 6/23/2016

ADATA Introduces Premier SP580 SSD: TLC NAND, LDPC and Marvell Controller

Last week, ADATA announced its new inexpensive lineup of SATA SSDs: the new Premier SP580 drives use Marvell’s 'Artemis' controller aimed at value storage, as well as TLC NAND...

21 by Anton Shilov on 6/16/2016

The Crucial MX300 750GB SSD Review: Micron's 3D NAND Arrives

Micron is the second company to the 3D NAND flash milestone, with today's release of the Crucial MX300 750GB Limited Edition. This follows on from two years ago when...

79 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2016

Samsung Expands 750 EVO SSD Lineup with 500 GB Model, Changes Positioning

When Samsung released its 750 EVO lineup of SSDs based on planar TLC NAND flash memory earlier this year, it seemed like a big surprise, as the company was...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

AMD Changes SSD Strategy: High-End M.2/NVMe SSDs Incoming, Low-Cost R3 Drives Are Here

Over the past week or so, we noticed other news outlets reporting on the AMD R3 series of SSDs, as if there had been a recent press release circulating...

47 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

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...

37 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

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...

106 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

Plextor Embraces TLC NAND: Introduces M7V SSD

After toying with the concept last year, Plextor has finally announced its first family of SSDs based on TLC NAND flash memory. The new M7V lineup of drives is...

21 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2016

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

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

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...

25 by Billy Tallis on 3/23/2016

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

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

Micron 3D NAND Status Update

Update: We've got some more information and diagrams from Micron's Winter Analyst Conference earlier today. After samples of their upcoming 3D NAND were sighted in the wild at CES, Micron...

19 by Billy Tallis on 2/12/2016

Sony Enters SSD Market with Phison S10-Based SLW-M Series

Sony-Asia this month introduced its first own-brand solid-state drives that it will sell in retail. The decision to start selling consumer SSDs is completely unexpected because Sony has been...

35 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2016

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

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

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