M.2

With the ever-raging debate about the correlation of high thermals and the performance throttling of M.2 SSDs being a hot topic, Cryorig intends to unveil an interesting and aggressive styled M.2 SSD based cooling solution at Computex 2018: the Frostbit M.2 SSD Cooler. The Cryorig Frostbit M.2 SSD Cooler is the first mass-manufactured M.2 cooler to feature a dual stacked heatpipe design and carries a weight of 56 g and a maximum thermal dissipation rating of 12 W. 12W is well past what any conventional SSD is capable of outputting, so with good contact this cooler will certainly be overkill. Those worried about obstruction from large GPUs especially the ones directly slotted above the M.2 slot, the larger copper heatpipe on the Frostbit allows for...

ADATA Announces XPG Storm: A Cooler for M.2 SSDs with a 16500 RPM Fan

ADATA this week has introduced its first aftermarket cooler for M.2-2280 SSDs. The XPG Storm is meant to ensure stable performance with the latest drives under high loads, while...

29 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2017

The MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic Motherboard Review: White as Snow

Our first look at MSI X299 offerings arrived in the form of a mid-range board from the Arsenal Gaming series, the Tomahawk Arctic. The Tomahawk line of motherboards, MSI...

21 by Joe Shields on 11/20/2017

ADATA Launches XPG SX6000 SSDs: 3D TLC, M.2, 512GB for $200

Update 11/2: ADATA notified us about the corrected MSRPs for the XPG SX6000 series SSDs, which are higher than the ones published. ADATA has launched its new 3D TLC-based SSD...

21 by Anton Shilov on 10/27/2017

The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 (512GB) SSD Review: Entry-Level NVMe With Style

The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 is a fresh take on the same controller and NAND flash combination used by the Intel SSD 600p. ADATA has added a flashy heatspreader...

28 by Billy Tallis on 10/25/2017

The Team Group T-Force Cardea (240GB) SSD Review: Grace Under Write Pressure

The Team T-Force Cardea takes a standard Phison E7 M.2 NVMe SSD and mounts a serious heatsink to ensure thermal throttling is not a problem. We compare the 240GB...

23 by Billy Tallis on 9/28/2017

The Toshiba XG5 (1TB) SSD Review

The Toshiba XG5 is their first SSD to ship with 64-layer 3D NAND and is their first mainstream SSD to use 3D NAND. The XG5 is a NVMe SSD...

33 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2017

Alphacool Releases Two New SSD Coolers: Passive HDX-2 and Watercooled HDX-3

This week Alphacool announced the availability of their new M.2 SSD Coolers, the HDX-2 and HDX-3. Some may recall the original HDX M.2 cooler was a simple, passive, clip...

17 by Joe Shields on 7/20/2017

EKWB Launches Aftermarket EK-M.2 Aluminum Heatsink for M.2 SSDs

EKWB (EK Water Blocks) on Wednesday introduced a useful but slightly different to their normal routine type of product. The company has started to sell its EK-M.2 NVMe passive...

25 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2017

Toshiba Introduces XG5 Client NVMe SSD

After teasing with a demo earlier this month at the Dell EMC World conference, Toshiba is now officially announcing their first SSD based on their 64-layer BiCS3 3D NAND...

7 by Billy Tallis on 5/30/2017

The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) Preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake Caching

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today...

110 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2017

Intel Launches Optane Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market

Last week, Intel officially launched their first Optane product, the SSD DC P4800X enterprise drive. This week, 3D XPoint memory comes to the client and consumer market in the...

128 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2017

The Western Digital Black PCIe SSD (512GB) Review

After acquiring SanDisk and introducing WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, it is no surprise to see Western Digital introduce a WD Black SSD that is a M.2 PCIe...

36 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

SilverStone Launches SST-TP01-M.2 Thermal Pads for M.2 SSDs

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at...

33 by Anton Shilov on 2/23/2017

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB Review: Phison NVMe Tested

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is Patriot's first NVMe SSD, and one of several similar products based on Phison's E7 NVMe controller paired with Toshiba 15nm MLC. The...

42 by Billy Tallis on 2/10/2017

Western Digital Announces WD Black PCIe SSD

Western Digital has announced the WD Black PCIe SSD, their first PCIe SSD for the consumer market. While the WD Green and WD Blue SSDs introduced last fall were...

19 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2017

Corsair Releases Force MP500 SSDs: 3 GB/s, Phison PS5007-E7, MLC NAND

Corsair on Tuesday introduced its flagship Force MP500 lineup of SSDs targeting high-performance gaming PCs. The new drives come in an M.2-2280 form-factor with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface...

18 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2016

The Samsung 960 EVO (1TB) Review

Last month the Samsung 960 Pro broke most of the performance records for a consumer SSD and often by a surprisingly large margin. But as impressive as it was...

89 by Billy Tallis on 11/15/2016

The Samsung 960 Pro (2TB) SSD Review

A year ago, Samsung brought their PCIe SSD technology to the retail market in the form of the Samsung 950 Pro, an NVMe M.2 SSD with Samsung's 3D V-NAND...

72 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2016

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

UPDATE: New features unveiled during the presentation and Q&A session are described below. Here at Samsung's SSD Global Summit in South Korea, the company has just officially unveiled their next...

139 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

Samsung SM961 Price And Availability Outlook

The SM961 is Samsung's latest high-end client PCIe SSD for OEMs, but as with its SM951 and XP941 predecessors there will be distributors selling the SM961 online to consumers...

51 by Billy Tallis on 6/21/2016

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