M.2

Samsung's booth at CES 2020 includes our first look at their next flagship consumer SSD, the 980 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD. This would appear to be Samsung's first client/consumer SSD to support PCIe 4.0, which has until now only been rolled out to their high-end enterprise drives. Since this just a low-key preview instead of a formal announcement with a press release, information is limited. The exhibit shows only sequential performance numbers: 6500 MB/s reads, 5000 MB/s writes. That's a bit better than what we currently see with PCIe 4.0 drives using the Phison E16 controller, but by the end of this year we should start seeing the Phison E18 and other controllers offering sequential speeds around 7GB/s, so the 980 PRO may have little...

Western Digital Announces WD Blue SN550 SSD

Western Digital is refreshing their NVMe-based WD Blue product line, replacing the WD Blue SN500 with the new WD Blue SN550. The SN550 updates both the controller and NAND...

15 by Billy Tallis on 12/10/2019

GELID Unveils SubZero M.2 XL: A DIY Cooling System for M.2-22110 SSDs

GELID has introduced a rather unusual product: an aftermarket heatsink designed for SSDs that use the server/workstation-oriented M.2-22110 form-factor. The SubZero M.2 XL aluminum heatsink is shipped with two...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/3/2019

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

The Toshiba/Kioxia BG4 1TB SSD Review: A Look At Your Next Laptop's SSD

Today we're taking a look at Toshiba's tiny, OEM-only BG4 SSD. The BG4 is going to become an increasingly common sight in OEM laptops as manufacturers look to save...

33 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2019

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

SanDisk’s Extreme Pro NVMe 3D SSD Gains Capacity: Up to 2 TB

Western Digital has quietly expanded its SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSD range with a 2 TB model. The drive offers performance on par with other models in...

7 by Anton Shilov on 7/12/2019

Galax Goes White: A PCIe 4.0 2TB SSD with a White PCB

There were a number of PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the Computex show floor this year, mostly using the Phison reference design. Galax still used the turnkeys solution, but applied...

11 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2019

GIGABYTE Shows PCIe 4.0 x16 Four-Way M.2 PCIe Add-In Card

We’ve seen some of these before – an add-in card that helps expand the M.2 capabilities of a system. Typically motherboards come with up to three M.2 slots, however...

9 by Ian Cutress on 5/29/2019

Toshiba Announces XG6-P NVMe SSD For Client And Datacenter

Toshiba has announced a new variant of their XG6 client NVMe SSD: the XG6-P that adds a 2TB option to the family. The previous XG5 generation of SSDs followed...

0 by Billy Tallis on 5/29/2019

The Team Group MP34 512GB SSD Review: Refining Phison's NVMe Workhorse

Team Group's MP34 is a high-end NVMe SSD based on the familiar combination of the Phison E12 controller and Toshiba 3D TLC, but the price drops enabled by the...

16 by Billy Tallis on 5/15/2019

Behind The Scenes: SSD Testing In 2019 With Quarch's HD Power Module

Every so often we are asked for more behind-the-scenes information on how we test products. So now that we've completed some updates to our SSD testing workflow – thanks...

13 by Billy Tallis on 5/9/2019

The Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: QLC and Optane In One SSD

Intel's latest SSD caching solution using 3D XPoint memory is here. This time, the Optane cache is paired with QLC NAND flash, and all bundled onto one M.2 drive...

60 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2019

The Western Digital WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: Moving The Mainstream To NVMe

Western Digital's latest generation of WD Blue SSDs jumps from SATA to NVMe, making some sacrifices in the process but still meeting the everyday needs of the typical consumer.

51 by Billy Tallis on 4/19/2019

The GIGABYTE Aorus RGB M.2 SSD Review: Nothing Is Too Small For RGB LEDs

GIGABYTE entered the SSD market last year somewhat timidly with entry-level SATA drives, and they've been working their way up the market since. Their new Aorus RGB SSDs are...

23 by Billy Tallis on 4/10/2019

Micron Introduces 2200 Client NVMe SSD With New In-House Controller

Micron has announced the first product based on their new in-house client NVMe SSD controller. The Micron 2200 doesn't boast performance sufficient to compete with the top enthusiast-class NVMe...

14 by Billy Tallis on 3/18/2019

New WD Blue SSD Switches To NVMe

In the process of assimilating SanDisk, Western Digital has been re-using their hard drive branding on consumer SSDs: WD Green, Blue and Black can refer to either mechanical hard...

15 by Billy Tallis on 3/14/2019

Pictured: Intel and Qualcomm to offer 5G Modules for M.2 Slots

Last week we reported on Fibocom, an Intel partner, had announced a new M.2 module featuring the Intel XMM8160 5G modem to be used in CPEs as well as...

21 by Ian Cutress on 3/4/2019

The Silicon Power P34A80 SSD Review: Phison E12 With Newer Firmware

Today we're looking at Silicon Power's P34A80 high-end NVMe SSD, another drive based on the Phison E12 controller and Toshiba 64L 3D TLC NAND, but with newer firmware than...

8 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2019

Intel and Fibocom to Co-Develop a 5G M.2 Module for System Integration

Fibocom Wireless is a company that has won investment from Intel Capital and develops wireless modules as well as communication solutions. As part of the Mobile World Congress event...

1 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2019

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