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...

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...

33 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...

49 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

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

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