3D TLC

External bus-powered storage devices have grown in storage capacity as well as speeds over the last decade. Palm-sized flash-based storage devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of delivering 2GBps+ speeds, while the USB-based mainstream market has moved on to to 1GBps+ offerings in the last year. In today's review, we take a look at a number of different bus-powered USB 3.2 Gen 2 storage devices featuring NVMe SSDs, including the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD.

OWC Releases Accelsior 4M2 SSD: Quad-M.2 For Over 6000 MB/s

Just in time for the launch of Apple's newly redesigned Mac Pro tower, OWC has introduced the ‘fastest SSD [they've] ever built’, the Accelsior 4M2. The high-end solid state...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2019

Biostar Launches M700 SSDs: Entry-Level PCIe SSDs

After entering the SSD market a couple of years ago, Biostar has been playing things cautiously, only offering low-cost SATA drives. But as the prices of PCIe SSD controllers...

12 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2019

SK Hynix Sampling 128-layer 3D NAND SSDs

SK Hynix announced this week that they have started sampling products based on their 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory, which will soon start showing up in end-user devices. A...

9 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 11/21/2019

The SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA SSD Review: Hynix 3D NAND Finally Shows Up

SK Hynix has been in the NAND and SSD business for a long time, but we haven't had the opportunity to review a drive with SK Hynix NAND in...

22 by Billy Tallis on 11/13/2019

Western Digital Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSDs: Up to 15.36 TB, Up to 3 DWPD

Western Digital has introduced its new series of SSDs designed for mission critical applications, including OLTP, OLAP, hyper converged infrastructure (HCI), as well as software-defined storage (SDS) workloads. The...

21 by Anton Shilov on 11/6/2019

Micron Announces 5300 And 7300 Series Enterprise SSDs

Among several announcements today, Micron is updating two families of enterprise/datacenter SSDs to use their latest 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. SATA Update The new 5300 series SATA drives are...

2 by Billy Tallis on 10/24/2019

Team Group Unveils MP33 SSDs: Entry-Level PCIe Drives

Team Group has introduced its new family of NVMe SSDs aimed at the budget PC market. The new MP33 drives use controllers from Silicon Motion and Phison and will...

10 by Anton Shilov on 10/3/2019

ADATA Releases the XPG SX8100 SSD: Make It Fast & Hold the Bling

While many gaming-branded components come adorned in RGB LEDs, there is thankfully still a market for plainer and saner products. To that end, ADATA has introduced its new family...

4 by Anton Shilov on 9/20/2019

Patriot Launches Viper VP4100 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs: Up to 5 GB/s

Patriot’s Viper Gaming division this week officially introduced its first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, several weeks ahead of schedule. The Viper VP4100 drives use Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller and generally resembles...

13 by Anton Shilov on 9/12/2019

GOODRAM Reveals IRDM Ultimate X: A Lineup of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs

GOODRAM has introduced its first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface designed for new-generation high-end PCs. Set to be available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB...

22 by Anton Shilov on 9/9/2019

Dressed to Impress: Team Group’s T-Force Delta Max RGB SATA SSD

RGB LEDs are used for thousands of enthusiast-class products these days, so in many cases manufacturers compete against each other in terms of style and try to make their...

16 by Anton Shilov on 8/30/2019

Samsung Preps PM1733 PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSDs For AMD's "Rome" EPYC Processors

With the launch of AMD's new second generation "Rome" EPYC processors, AMD's numerous hardware partners have been lining up to announce their own wares built around the new processors...

45 by Anton Shilov on 8/9/2019

Western Digital Reveals Ultrastar DC SN340 SSDs for Read Intensive Workloads

Western Digital has introduced its new accelerator drives designed for very read-intensive workloads. The key feature of the Ultrastar DC SN340 Very Read Intensive (VRI) SSDs is their low...

5 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2019

Western Digital Unveils Ultrastar DC SN640 SSDs: Up to 30.72 TB Capacity

Western Digital has announced its new family of enterprise SSDs aimed at mixed-use-case workloads. The new drives use in-house developed components and come in EDSFF E1.L, U.2, and M.2-22110...

14 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2019

Samsung Unveils 6th Generation V-NAND Memory with Up to 136 Layers

Samsung on Tuesday introduced its sixth-generation V-NAND memory, which in a bid to further improve capacity and density, features over 100 active layers. To make V-NAND with over 100...

41 by Anton Shilov on 8/6/2019

ADATA Launches XPG Gammix S50: A PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD

ADATA has introduced its first PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe SSD, which is aimed at the latest AMD Ryzen-based PCs using the AMD X570 platform. The ADATA XPG Gammix S50...

13 by Anton Shilov on 7/31/2019

SK Hynix NAND Update: 3D NAND Output Cut, Slowdown Capacity Expansions

SK Hynix said that it would cut wafer starts of 3D NAND in the coming months more aggressively than it originally anticipated earlier this year. Besides, the company will...

14 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2019

Team Group’s T-Force Cardea Liquid: A Liquid-Cooled M.2 SSD

With liquid cooling options already available for most PC components, it was only a matter of time until someone did it for PC storage as well. And now that...

32 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2019

The Kingston KC2000 SSD Review: Bringing BiCS4 To Retail

The Kingston KC2000 is a new high-end consumer M.2 NVMe SSD. Kingston had been neglecting this market segment for a while, but the two year old KC1000 has finally...

30 by Billy Tallis on 7/22/2019

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