SATA

Intel and Micron are announcing today that their jointly-developed QLC NAND flash memory is now available, and Micron is now shipping the first solid state drive based on QLC NAND: an enterprise SATA drive branded the 5210 ION series. This will join the TLC-based 5200 family as a lower-cost tier with reduced write performance and endurance. QLC NAND flash memory stores four bits of data per memory cell, providing a 33% capacity boost over three bit per cell TLC NAND, which is now used in almost all SSDs. The downsides are that QLC NAND has lower write endurance on the order of 1000 program/erase cycles, and lower write performance. Both of these are consequences of the difficulty of discriminating between 16 possible voltage levels within...

The Plextor M8V SATA SSD Review: Toshiba 3D TLC In a Mainstream Drive

Today we're taking a look at Plextor's M8V SSD. This is their latest entry-level SATA SSD and the first SATA drive from Plextor to use 64-layer 3D TLC NAND...

10 by Billy Tallis on 3/20/2018

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 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 Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review: A Second Look

After an initial launch of just the 1TB capacity, the full Crucial MX500 lineup is now on the market, but facing new competitors. We look at how the more...

24 by Billy Tallis on 2/2/2018

Plextor Launches M8V SATA SSD

Plextor has introduced the M8V series, their latest budget SATA SSDs, now with 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. Plextor's budget SATA drives tends to use whatever controller and NAND combination...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/1/2018

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

The Samsung 860 PRO (512GB And 4TB) SSD Review: Replacing A Legend

The Samsung 850 PRO has been the top SATA SSD for years. Samsung is now replacing it with an updated premium SATA SSD, one that promises to be the...

60 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Micron Introduces 5200 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs

Today Micron is updating their enterprise SATA SSD family to use their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Aside from the new flash, the new 5200 series is almost...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

The Samsung SSD 850 120GB Review: A Little TLC for SATA

The latest entry level SSD from Samsung has no suffix and bears neither the PRO or EVO appellation. It is a new entry-level SATA SSD featuring Samsung's latest 64-layer...

31 by Billy Tallis on 11/27/2017

Microsemi Introduces New SAS/SATA HBAs And RAID Cards

Today Microsemi is announcing the availability of a new generation of SAS/SATA adapters and RAID cards under their Adaptec brand. The new cards are based on the 28nm SmartIOC...

8 by Billy Tallis on 11/1/2017

Giveaway: Toshiba TR200 240GB, 480GB, & 960GB 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 trio of the...

9 by Ryan Smith on 10/31/2017

The Toshiba TR200 3D NAND SSD Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

The Toshiba TR200 finally brings Toshiba's 3D NAND to the retail SSD market. Where Western Digital and SanDisk chose to go after Samsung's performance with their 64L 3D NAND...

50 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2017

One Design, Two Products: The SanDisk Ultra 3D (1TB) and WD Blue 3D (1TB) SSD Reviews, with BiCS 3D NAND

The first 3D NAND SSDs from Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiary have arrived. The same mainstream SATA SSD with 3D TLC is being sold under two names, but...

51 by Billy Tallis on 9/14/2017

The HP S700 And S700 Pro SSD Review

HP is not a well-known name in the retail SSD market, but as a major PC OEM it's not too surprising to see them producing their own SSD models...

57 by Billy Tallis on 9/7/2017

The Crucial BX300 (480GB) SSD Review: Back To MLC

The Crucial MX300 has done well over the past year covering a wide segment of the consumer SSD market for Micron, with entry-level pricing but mainstream performance. Micron is...

89 by Billy Tallis on 8/29/2017

Toshiba Announces TR200 Retail SATA SSDs With 3D NAND

Toshiba has announced their first retail SSDs to use 3D NAND. The new TR200 series will use Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND, the first generation of their 3D...

3 by Billy Tallis on 7/27/2017

Previewing Maxiotek's MK8115 SSD Controller: Can DRAM-less Drives Make The Cut?

Maxiotek, the fabless SSD controller design group formerly part of JMicron, has released their first new controller since being spun off. The MK8115 is a DRAM-less SATA SSD controller...

60 by Billy Tallis on 5/9/2017

Toshiba Launches N300 HDDs for NAS: Up to 8 TB, Up to 240 MB/s

Toshiba this week launched its new lineup of high-reliability hard drives for NAS units. The drives offer up to 8 TB of capacity and are based on enterprise-grade platforms...

16 by Anton Shilov on 4/21/2017

Dell To Offer Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs In PowerEdge Servers

Toshiba is announcing today that Dell will begin offering Toshiba HK4 series enterprise SATA SSDs as a storage option for Dell's PowerEdge servers. Dell currently offers a wide range...

8 by Billy Tallis on 4/18/2017

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