M.2

Last year Western Digital overhauled their WD Black NVMe SSD with an upgrade to 3D NAND and a new in-house SSD controller, transforming the product line from one of the slowest NVMe drives to one of the top high-end competitors. Now the third generation WD Black SSD is here, with the model number SN750 to avoid confusion with its predecessors. (Internally, last year's model was known as the SN700, and the OEM version was the SN720.) The new WD Black SN750 is an incremental update over last year's model, keeping the same basic controller and 64L 3D NAND combination but refining the firmware and adding a 2TB option. Western Digital is also shifting their marketing efforts more toward gamers with the addition of SKUs...

A DIY Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD with the TEKQ Rapide and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

14 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2018

The HP EX920 M.2 SSD Review: Finding the Mainstream Sweet Spot

Historically, HP has not been a big player in the consumer storage market. Recently however, the HP brand has been used for several SSDs based on reference designs for...

37 by Billy Tallis on 7/9/2018

The Kingston A1000 NVMe SSD Review: Phison E8 Revisited

Kingston's first low-end NVMe SSD is the A1000, using Toshiba's latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND and the Phison E8 controller. The price isn't quite down to SATA SSD levels...

26 by Billy Tallis on 7/2/2018

Giveaway: Toshiba OCZ RC100 M.2 & XS700 USB-C 240GB SSDs

In the mood for some free hardware? Well then you're in luck: our awesome community team in conjunction with Toshiba is holding a giveaway for a quartet of the...

3 by Ryan Smith on 6/27/2018

MSI’s Four-Way M.2 PCIe Card: It Looks Like a GPU

Having seen both ASUS and ASRock’s PCIe cards that support four M.2 NVMe drives each at a x4 connection at CES, and then GIGABYTE’s prototype card at Computex, there...

47 by Ian Cutress on 6/21/2018

The Toshiba RC100 SSD Review: Tiny Drive In A Big Market

The Toshiba RC100 is an NVMe SSD in the smaller-than-usual M.2 2242 form factor and making use of the NVMe Host Memory Buffer to improve the performance of this...

63 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2018

Plextor Demonstrates 4-Way M9Pe Extreme SSD Solution: Up to 6.5 GB/s

Having worked with Marvell for many years, Plextor is tied closely to Marvell’s controller ecosystem since its proprietary firmware technologies rely on capabilities of the said controllers. In recent...

13 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

Intel Previews M.2 Optane SSD 905P 380GB

During Intel's keynote at Computex 2018, Intel Client Computing Group manager Gregory Bryant offered a brief preview of the upcoming M.2 version of the Optane SSD 905P high-end NVMe...

5 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2018

Cryorig Set to Reveal the Dual Heatpipe Frostbit M.2 SSD Cooler

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...

15 by Gavin Bonshor on 5/24/2018

The Intel Optane Memory M10 (64GB) Review: Optane Caching Refreshed

Intel's Optane Memory M.2 caching drives are being updated. The new drives gain a new model number (M10), the same power management improvements introduced by the Optane SSD 800P...

98 by Billy Tallis on 5/15/2018

Samsung Posts Lowered MSRPs For 970 PRO And 970 EVO SSDs

Sales of the Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs are due to begin tomorrow (May 7), and it appears that Samsung may be making a last-minute...

32 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2018

Intel Optane SSD 905P Coming Soon

Intel hasn't officially announced it yet, but a refresh of their flagship consumer SSD is on the way. The Intel Optane SSD 905P will feature slightly improved performance and...

23 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review: NVMe On The Cheap

The MyDigitalSSD SBX is one of the first SSDs to use a controller designed for low-end NVMe SSDs. The combination of the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba's 64-layer 3D...

46 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The Mainstream Phoenix Rises: Samsung's 970 EVO (500GB & 1TB) SSDs Reviewed

The new Samsung 970 EVO isn't their top of the line consumer SSD, but it might as well be. With their latest 3D TLC NAND flash memory and SSD...

68 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

Samsung Announces 970 PRO And 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

Samsung has announced the third generation of their high-end consumer NVMe SSDs. The new 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs use a newer controller and Samsung's latest...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

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...

37 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...

116 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

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