SSDs

Western Digital has quietly introduced an 8 TB version of its high-end SN850X SSD, doubling the top capacity of the well-regarded drive family. The new drive offers performance on par with other members of the range, but with twice as much capacity as the previous top-end model – and with a sizable price premium to go with its newfound capacity. Western Digital introduced its WD_Black SN850X SSDs in the summer of 2022, releasing single-sided 1 TB and 2 TB models, along with a double-sided 4 TB model. But now almost two years down the line, the company has seen it fit to introduce the even higher capacity 8 TB model to serve as their flagship PCIe 4.0 SSD, and keep with the times of NAND...

Samsung Joins The 60 TB SSD Club, Looking Forward To 120 TB Drives

Multiple companies offer high-capacity SSDs, but until recently, only two companies offered high-performance 60 TB-class drives with a PCIe interface: Solidigm and Western Digital. As our colleagues from Blocks...

19 by Anton Shilov on 7/5/2024

Kioxia's High-Performance 3D QLC NAND Enables High-End High-Capacity SSDs

This week, Kioxia introduced its new 3D QLC NAND devices aimed at high-performance, high-capacity drives that could redefine what we typically expect from QLC-based SSDs. The components are 1...

6 by Anton Shilov on 7/5/2024

SK hynix Wraps up Dev Work on High-End PCB01 PCIe 5.0 SSD for OEMs, Launching Later This Year

SK hynix early in Friday announced that the company has finished the development of it's PCB01 PCIe Gen5 SSD, the company's forthcoming high-end SSD for OEMs. Based on the...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2024

Western Digital Rolls Out Updated Budget WD Blue SN5000 SSDs, Adds 4TB Model

Western Digital expanded its WD Blue NVMe family of budget SSDs this week with the introduction of the the WD Blue SN5000 series, an updated lineup of SSDs that...

16 by Anton Shilov on 6/20/2024

Silicon Motion Demos Low-Power PCie 5.0 SSD Controller: SM2508

Rounding out our Computex 2024 SSD controller news, let's talk about the final major controller vendor at the show: Silicon Motion. Silicon Motion has been somewhat late to the...

5 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2024

Realtek Outlines SSD Controller Roadmap: High-End PCIe 5.0 x4 Platform in the Works

While Realtek is best known in the enthusiast space for for its peripheral controllers such as audio codecs and network controllers, the company also has a small-but-respectable SSD controller...

3 by Anton Shilov on 6/13/2024

Cheaper PCIe 5.0 x4 SSDs Incoming: Silicon Power Demos Phison E31T-Based SSD

Although consumer SSDs based on Phison's PS5026-E26 controller have been on the market for almost a year and a half now, the class-leading drives still carry a distinct price...

6 by Anton Shilov on 6/11/2024

Lexar ARMOR 700 Portable SSD Review: Power-Efficient 2 GBps in an IP66 Package

Lexar has a long history of serving the flash-based consumer storage market in the form of SSDs, memory cards, and USB flash drives. After having started out as a...

1 by Ganesh T S on 5/30/2024

Sabrent Launches Rocket Nano M.2-2242 SSD: Up to 5 GB/sec

Sabrent tends to get into news when it launches ultra-high-performance SSDs for enthusiast-grade desktops, but this week the company introduced a completely different type of product: a small form-factor...

4 by Anton Shilov on 5/9/2024

Samsung Starts Mass Production of 9th Generation V-NAND: 1Tb 3D TLC NAND

Samsung Electronics has started mass production of its 9th generation of V-NAND memory. The first dies based on their latest NAND tech come in a 1 Tb capacity using...

2 by Anton Shilov on 4/23/2024

Lexar SL500 Portable SSD Review: Silicon Motion SM2320 and YMTC NAND in a Potent Package

Lexar has a long history of serving the flash-based consumer storage market in the form of SSDs, memory cards, and USB flash drives. After having started out as a...

7 by Ganesh T S on 4/23/2024

SK hynix Tube T31 Stick SSD Review: Bridging Solution Springs A Surprise

SK hynix is one of the few vertically integrated manufacturers in the flash-based storage market. The company is well-established in the OEM market. A few years back, they also...

15 by Ganesh T S on 4/15/2024

SK hynix Platinum P51 Gen5 SSD with 238L NAND Spotted at GTC

SK hynix is set to unveil their first Gen5 consumer NVMe SSD lineup shortly, based on the products at display in their GTC 2024 booth. The Platinum P51 M.2...

8 by Ganesh T S on 3/19/2024

First DNA Data Storage Specification Released: First Step Towards Commercialization

The DNA Data Storage Alliance introduced its inaugural specifications for DNA-based data storage this week. This specification outlines a method for encoding essential information within a DNA data archive...

13 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2024

Western Digital Launches PC SN5000S SSD: Low-Cost Meets High Performance

Western Digital has introduced its new series of SSDs aimed at mainstream PCs, which combine high performance and low cost. The Western Digital PC SN5000S family of DRAM-less drives...

11 by Anton Shilov on 3/14/2024

Best Portable SSDs: March 2024

Once the domain of external, bus-powered hard drives, these days the market for external storage has been almost completely consumed by portable SSDs. Rapid technological advancements in NAND flash...

1 by Ganesh T S on 3/8/2024

SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE Portable SSD Ecosystem Review

Western Digital had unveiled the SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE modular SSD ecosystem in mid-2022 to serve the needs of the professional market. Compact and sturdy NVMe drives (PRO-BLADE SSD Mag...

13 by Ganesh T S on 3/7/2024

Western Digital Issues Update on Company Split: CEOs for Post-Split Entities Announced

Now well in the midst of executing its plan to divide itself into separate hard drive and NAND businesses, Western Digital today offered a fresh update on the state...

27 by Anton Shilov on 3/6/2024

Silicon Power PX10 Portable SSD Review: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Silicon Power announced the MS70 and PX10 Portable SSDs in late 2023. The company is well known for offering entry- and mid-range products at compelling price points, but the...

5 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2024

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