SATA

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 devices to act as caches and improve the performance for real-world workloads. SMBs and SMEs are currently using enterprise SSDs for this purpose, while home consumers / prosumers have no qualms about using consumer SSDs for this purpose. The current trends indicate that there is a market for SSDs specifically targeting the NAS market, as long as it is at the right price point. Seagate is introducing the IronWolf 110 SATA SSD series at CES 2019, with retail availability slated for late January. Available in capacities ranging from 240GB to 3.84TB, the new SSDs are touted...

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...

35 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...

103 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...

13 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...

13 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...

44 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

Seagate Announces BarraCuda Consumer SATA SSD

Seagate has pretty much always been a major player in the storage market, where they're known primarily for their hard drives. They haven't been completely absent from the SSD...

21 by Billy Tallis on 7/3/2018

Intel And Micron Launch First QLC NAND: Micron 5210 ION Enterprise SATA SSD

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...

38 by Billy Tallis on 5/21/2018

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...

33 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

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