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NAND flash memory prices are projected to climb in 2020. The manufacturing transitions to 96-layer 3D NAND and beyond are not going to increase bit output as quickly as demand will be growing. This will be a major change from the NAND oversupply that caused price crashes in 2018 and into 2019. SSD controller vendor Phison is betting that increasing prices will finally push the consumer SSD market to embrace 4 bit per cell QLC NAND flash memory, which thus far has seen only limited success in the retail SSD market and virtually no adoption from PC OEMs. The price premium for SSDs with 3 bit per cell TLC NAND has been small or non-existent across all market segments, so the performance and endurance advantages...

The ADATA Ultimate SU750 1TB SSD Review: Realtek Does Storage, Part 1

Realtek has entered the SSD controller market and scored several design wins with ADATA for retail SSDs. The ADATA SU750 entry-level SATA drive is not as important to their...

55 by Billy Tallis on 12/6/2019

The SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA SSD Review: Hynix 3D NAND Finally Shows Up

SK Hynix has been in the NAND and SSD business for a long time, but we haven't had the opportunity to review a drive with SK Hynix NAND in...

22 by Billy Tallis on 11/13/2019

Micron Announces 5300 And 7300 Series Enterprise SSDs

Among several announcements today, Micron is updating two families of enterprise/datacenter SSDs to use their latest 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. SATA Update The new 5300 series SATA drives are...

2 by Billy Tallis on 10/24/2019

The TeamGroup L5 LITE 3D (480GB) SATA SSD Review: Entry-Level Price With Mainstream Performance

The TeamGroup L5 LITE 3D is an older SATA drive that has consistently been one of the cheapest drives on the retail market. Since it doesn't cut corners with...

43 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2019

SK Hynix Re-Enters Retail SSD Market, Launches Gold S31 SATA Drives

Coming off of the heels of last week’s Flash Memory Summit, today a familiar entity is throwing its hat back into the ring for retail SSDs: SK Hynix. This...

16 by Ryan Smith on 8/15/2019

Giveaway: Seagate Ironwolf 110 SSD (480GB)

We haven’t yet given away any hardware this summer, so let’s change that. Earlier this year Seagate announced that they’d be expanding their Ironwolf family of NAS-focused drives to...

23 by Ryan Smith on 7/16/2019

The Kingston DC500 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs Review: Making a Name In a Commodity Market

SATA isn't dead yet. Kingston has kicked off a new generation of enterprise SSDs with a new family of SATA drives built around the new Phison S12DC controller and...

28 by Billy Tallis on 6/25/2019

Kingston Launches New Enterprise SATA SSDs

Kingston is making a renewed effort in the enterprise storage market this year, starting with the launch of their DC500 family of enterprise SATA SSDs. The new DC500R and...

8 by Billy Tallis on 3/18/2019

Micron Announces 1300 Client SATA SSD With 96L TLC

Micron's line of client SATA SSDs for the OEM market is making the jump to 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory with the new Micron 1300 SSD. This replaces...

5 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2019

Seagate Introduces IronWolf SSD for NAS

The recent drop in flash pricing has resulted in high-performance SSDs at wallet-friendly price points. NAS units currently being introduced also come with tiering support, allowing the flash-based storage...

11 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2019

The Enterpise TLC Storage Era Begins: Rounding Up 13 SSDs With Samsung, Intel, and Memblaze

It's been a busy year for consumer SSDs. With all the NAND flash manufacturers now shipping high-quality 3D NAND in volume, we've seen more competition than ever, and huge...

36 by Billy Tallis on 1/3/2019

The Seagate BarraCuda (500GB) SSD Review: Getting Back In The Game

Seagate has been one of the top names in the storage industry for decades, but it's almost exclusively for their hard drives. The company has been largely absent from...

39 by Billy Tallis on 12/7/2018

The Samsung 860 QVO (1TB, 4TB) SSD Review: First Consumer SATA QLC

The introduction of four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory continues with Samsung's launch of their first consumer SATA SSD with QLC NAND. The new 860 QVO establishes...

107 by Billy Tallis on 11/27/2018

The Mushkin Source 500GB SATA SSD Review: A Value Proposition For An Everyday PC

QLC SATA SSDs haven't quite hit the consumer market just yet, so the most affordable entry-level SSDs are still DRAMless designs with TLC NAND. The Mushkin Source is a...

31 by Billy Tallis on 11/21/2018

ADATA Reveals Ultimate SU630 SSD: 3D QLC for SATA

ADATA has introduced its new entry-level SSD for client PCs. The Ultimate SU630 is the first drive from an independent maker of SSDs based on 3D QLC NAND, which...

14 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2018

Micron Announces Broad Availability Of 5210 ION QLC SSD

Micron's 5210 ION enterprise SATA SSD was announced in May as the first shipping SSD with four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory, but until now it has...

13 by Billy Tallis on 11/8/2018

The Team Group Delta RGB SSD Review: Lite Performance, Light Drive

Today we're looking at another SATA SSD with RGB lighting, but the Team Delta RGB is very different from our previous RGB SSD. The lighting design is far more...

14 by Billy Tallis on 9/26/2018

The Kingston HyperX Fury RGB SSD Review: Bright Idea, Dimmed Performance

Kingston's HyperX gaming brand is introducing their first SSD with adjustable RGB LED lighting. The LEDs add significantly to the price tag, but internally it's a mid-range SATA SSD...

45 by Billy Tallis on 9/24/2018

Microsemi Announces SmartRAID Cards With On-Board Supercapacitors And Encryption

Last year, Microsemi released a new generation of 12Gbps SAS controller chips, then incorporated them into a variety of SAS/SATA host bus adapter (HBA) and RAID cards under their...

6 by Billy Tallis on 7/26/2018

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