SSDs

OWC this week began to ship its ThunderBlade external SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The new DAS can deliver up to 2800 MB/s read speeds, which is beyond what even USB 3.1 Gen 2 can offer and is designed to play into the bandwidth advantages of TB3. Meanwhile, two ThunderBlades can be run in OWC’s proprietary SoftRAID mode to take a full advantage of the TB3 bus at up to 3800 MB/s. OWC’s ThunderBlade DAS devices are available in 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB configurations. Based on the images that OWC demonstrates, all the models are based on four Mercury M.2 SSDs (Silicon Motion SM2260, LDPC, 3D MLC NAND) working in concert (think software-based RAID, but this is not something...

Intel’s Core i5+, Core i7+ CPUs with Bundled Optane Memory Hit Retail

Earlier this month Intel introduced its Core i+ processor brand for desktops and laptops. The brand-within-a-brand setup sees Intel's 8th gen Core i5, i7, and i9 CPUs bundled with...

44 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2018

G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

G-Technology this week introduced its new families of external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface, up to 16 TB capacity, and 2800 MB/s sustained throughput. The new DAS from...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2018

Kingston Launches A1000 Entry-Level PCIe SSDs: Phison PS5008-E8 with 3D TLC

Solid-state drives with a PCIe interface have become standard storage solutions for enthusiast-grade PCs these days. By contrast, gamers with budget constraints tend to buy SSDs featuring a SATA...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2018

Micron Starts Construction of Its Third NAND Fab in Singapore

Micron this week broke ground on its new fab in Singapore that will be dedicated to manufacturing 3D NAND flash memory. Set to be completed late next year, Micron...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2018

ADATA XPG Gammix S11: SM2262 with Heat Spreader for Gamers

The most popular gaming hardware these days tend to be the kit that has gaming-focused 'special treatment'. To satisfy such needs, numerous companies introduce separate brands to address requirements...

7 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2018

The Western Digital WD Black 3D NAND SSD Review: EVO Meets Its Match

The all-new WD Black NVMe SSD and its alter ego SanDisk Extreme PRO finally bring a true high-end NVMe SSD to Western Digital's consumer product lines. Western Digital has...

71 by Ganesh T S & Billy Tallis on 4/5/2018

Pioneer’s APS-XS02 USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 External SSDs Now Available

First formally introduced earlier this year, Pioneer has begun selling their APS-XS02 external SSDs, the company's first USB Type-C SSD. The drives combine stylish design with decent performance, compatibility...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2018

Mushkin Launches Source SSDs: 3D TLC NAND, SATA, from $39 to $110

Mushkin has announced its new family of affordable SSDs primarily aimed at users who would like to upgrade their PCs featuring HDDs. The company’s Source drives use inexpensive 3D...

42 by Anton Shilov on 3/30/2018

Samsung Reveals M.2 Z-SSD

Last week at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Samsung's booth included a surprise appearance of a Z-SSD in the M.2 form factor. Samsung has been...

36 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2018

Marvell Launches New SSD Controllers And RAID-Capable NVMe Switch

At OCP Summit last week, Marvell unveiled a new generation of NVMe SSD controllers and a unique NVMe switch that blurs the lines between a standard PCIe switch and...

9 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2018

Hands On With Samsung's New NF1 SSDs: 36 x 16 TB in 1U

Samsung this week demonstrated progress in its new NF1 form-factor (formerly known as NGSFF and sometimes called M.3), unveiled last August. At the OCP Summit this week, the company...

16 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 3/23/2018

ADATA Launches XPG SX8200 SSDs Featuring 3D TLC NAND, SM2262 Controller

ADATA on Thursday formally launched its XPG SX8200-series SSDs, which it previously demonstrated at CES earlier this year. The new drives are based on one of the latest controllers...

3 by Anton Shilov on 3/23/2018

Intel Previews Optane Enterprise M.2 SSD

At the Open Compute Project Summit this week, Intel previewed their upcoming enterprise Optane SSD in the M.2 form factor, currently planned to be named the Optane SSD DC...

9 by Billy Tallis on 3/21/2018

Best SSDs: Q2 2018

Since the Holiday 2017 sales, SSD prices in general have declined a small amount. New models using 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory are trickling in, with companies beyond...

28 by Billy Tallis on 3/21/2018

Samsung Launches Energy-Efficient PM883 SSD with SATA 3.3, LPDDR4

Samsung has introduced its new lineup of datacenter-class SSDs that uses its latest V-NAND flash memory and a SATA interface. The new drives offer up to 7680 GB capacity...

9 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2018

Toshiba Announces KumoScale NVMe over Fabrics Software

Today, Toshiba is launching a new software solution for pooling NVMe-based storage in a datacenter environment. The new KumoScale software implements the NVMe over Fabrics protocol (NVMeoF) and allows...

1 by Billy Tallis on 3/20/2018

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

Unlimited 5 Year Endurance: The 100TB SSD from Nimbus Data

Nimbus Data on Monday introduced its new lineup of ultra-high capacity SSDs designed to compete against nearline HDDs in data centers. The ExaDrive DC drives use proprietary controllers and...

26 by Anton Shilov on 3/19/2018

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

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