M.2

The first consumer SSD with QLC NAND has arrived, and it shows that there isn't much to worry about. For most use cases, the Intel SSD 660p is as fast as a mainstream TLC-based NVMe SSD, but it finally brings NVMe prices all the way down to SATA levels.

Samsung Reveals M.2 Z-SSD

Last week at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Samsung's booth included a surprise appearance of a Z-SSD in the M.2 form factor. Samsung has been...

36 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2018

Intel Previews Optane Enterprise M.2 SSD

At the Open Compute Project Summit this week, Intel previewed their upcoming enterprise Optane SSD in the M.2 form factor, currently planned to be named the Optane SSD DC...

11 by Billy Tallis on 3/21/2018

Toshiba Introduces Datacenter SSDs With 64L 3D NAND

Toshiba is announcing a trio of new enterprise SSD models intended for large-scale datacenter deployments. The new CD5, XD5 and HK6-DC respectively use 2.5" U.2, M.2 22110 and 2.5"...

0 by Billy Tallis on 3/19/2018

The Intel Optane SSD 800p (58GB & 118GB) Review: Almost The Right Size

Intel's first Optane products hit the market almost a year ago, putting the much-awaited 3D XPoint memory in the hands of consumers. Today, Intel broadens that family with the...

115 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2018

The MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Motherboard Review: Light up the Night

What happens when a vendor adds 802.11ac to Killer networking? You get an ACK - specifically, the MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK. This motherboard includes 3-way SLI and Crossfire...

34 by Joe Shields on 3/5/2018

Western Digital Announces Client NVMe SSDs With New In-House Controllers

Western Digital has announced their first client NVMe SSDs with their SanDisk 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. These drives are also the first to feature Western Digital's new in-house NVMe...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2018

The Latest High-Capacity M.2: The Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SSD, Reviewed

The Samsung 860 EVO is the mainstream side of Samsung's new generation of consumer SATA SSDs, though our 2TB M.2 drive is a bit of a niche product. Like...

37 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2018

The Intel SSD 760p 512GB Review: Mainstream NVMe Done Right

Intel's third generation consumer NVMe SSD is here. After the big expensive drive based on their enterprise SSDs and the affordable M.2 drive that was barely an upgrade over...

48 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Samsung Announces 860 PRO And 860 EVO SATA SSDs

After more than three years of ruling the consumer SATA SSD market, the Samsung 850 series is being replaced. The 850 PRO and 850 EVO that first brought 3D...

21 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

ASRock at CES 2018: Ultra Quad M.2 PCIe Card

LAS VEGAS, NV – Sometimes, one M.2 PCIe drive is not enough. Some motherboards come with three M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs, but that might not be enough either...

8 by Ian Cutress on 1/16/2018

Intel Previews Optane 800p 58GB And 118GB M.2 SSDs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Intel has previewed an upcoming expansion of their Optane family of storage products featuring 3D XPoint memory. The Optane SSD 800p is essentially a higher...

26 by Billy Tallis on 1/10/2018

The Samsung PM981 SSD Review (512GB, 1TB): Next Generation Controller And 3D NAND

The Samsung PM981 is an OEM SSD featuring a newer generation of controller and flash than the current retail 960 EVO, resulting in improved performance and hopefully lower prices...

53 by Billy Tallis on 11/30/2017

Toshiba Updates XG5 NVMe SSD With Faster And Larger XG5-P

Today Toshiba is announcing a new variant of their XG5 client NVMe SSD for the OEM market. The new XG5-P offers improved performance over the original XG5 and introduces...

2 by Billy Tallis on 11/30/2017

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

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