SSDs

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices. External SSDs with a Thunderbolt interface have been around for a few years now, but, the price to performance ratio had prevented them from getting wide acceptance. Things are changing with the portable Thunderbolt 3 SSDs, and wallet-friendly choices are emerging, thanks to Phison's reference designs that went public at the 2018 CES. We recently reviewed TEKQ's Rapide, a portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD using a Phison controller (but, not the 3D TLC-based low-cost reference design). It proved to be quite easy to disassemble. We set out to determine the performance of the Rapide with the...

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...

4 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...

11 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...

30 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...

2 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

Power Outage at Samsung’s Fab Destroys 3.5% of Global NAND Flash Output For March

A half-hour power outage at Samsung’s fab near Pyeongtaek, South Korea, disrupted production and damaged tens of thousands of processed wafers. Media reports claim that the outage destroyed as...

62 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2018

ADATA Announces XPG SX950U SATA SSD

ADATA has announced a replacement for their top SATA SSD, finally moving their SATA lineup entirely to 3D TLC NAND flash memory. The outgoing XPG SX950 (based on Micron...

0 by Billy Tallis on 3/14/2018

The Intel Optane SSD 800p (58GB & 118GB) Review: Almost The Right Size

Intel's first Optane products hit the market almost a year ago, putting the much-awaited 3D XPoint memory in the hands of consumers. Today, Intel broadens that family with the...

115 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2018

Western Digital Announces Client NVMe SSDs With New In-House Controllers

Western Digital has announced their first client NVMe SSDs with their SanDisk 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. These drives are also the first to feature Western Digital's new in-house NVMe...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2018

Samsung 30.72 TB SSDs: Mass Production of PM1643 Begins

Update 2/21: Adding power consumption figures for the PM1643 drive, new features. Samsung this week announced that it has started mass production of its PM1643-series SSDs. These are monstrous data...

22 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2018

TEKQ Rapide Thunderbolt 3 External SSD Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now have...

33 by Ganesh T S on 2/20/2018

The Intel SSD DC P4510 SSD Review Part 1: Virtual RAID On CPU (VROC) Scalability

Today, Intel is introducing their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND to the enterprise SSD market with the new Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe drive. They are also finally giving us...

20 by Billy Tallis on 2/15/2018

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

Micron Readies 3D QLC NAND-Based Datacenter SSDs for Nearline Storage

Micron has revealed plans to release datacenter-class SSDs based on 3D QLC NAND memory in an effort to compete in the nearline storage market. Briefly announced at a conference...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2018

SK Hynix Announces SSDs with 72-Layer 3D NAND ICs, Own Controllers

SK Hynix this week has said it has completed development of its enterprise-grade SSDs based on its 512 Gb 72-layer 3D TLC NAND chips as well as its own...

7 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

Patriot Demos Viper M.2 SSDs with Phison E12, Up to 2 TB

In January, Patriot demonstrated its upcoming Viper M.2-branded high-end SSDs. The new drives are powered by Toshiba’s 64-layer BICS 3D NAND flash memory and Phison’s latest PS5012-E12 controller. The...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

ATP Launches M.2 NVMe SSDs: 3D MLC, SMI, Extreme Temps, Up to 2.5 GB/s

ATP has introduced its new lineup of SSDs aimed at industrial applications and are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures and humidity. The new ATP...

7 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2018

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