SSDs

Intel has officially launched the next wave of Optane SSDs, continuing a gradual rollout of higher density drives as their production of 3D XPoint memory catches up with demand. Intel's flagship consumer SSD family is still split between the Optane SSD 900P and 905P, with the more recent 905P filling out the higher capacities while bringing modestly improved performance and power efficiency. This week's releases are the 1.5TB 905P add-in card and 960GB and 1.5TB 905P U.2 drives, bringing the consumer lineup and the enterprise P4800X line both up to the same maximum capacity. The larger capacity options don't bring any more performance improvements because they are still using the same controller, and even the smallest 280GB 900P had enough 3D XPoint dies to keep...

Samsung Posts Lowered MSRPs For 970 PRO And 970 EVO SSDs

Sales of the Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs are due to begin tomorrow (May 7), and it appears that Samsung may be making a last-minute...

32 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2018

AKiTiO's Node Lite Optane Drive: An External Intel 905P SSD in Exclusive Red

AKiTiO and Intel this week announced plans to release a special product bundle consisting of AKiTiO’s Node Lite Thunderbolt 3 box and Intel’s Optane 905P SSD. The Node Lite...

6 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2018

Intel Optane SSD 905P Coming Soon

Intel hasn't officially announced it yet, but a refresh of their flagship consumer SSD is on the way. The Intel Optane SSD 905P will feature slightly improved performance and...

23 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review: NVMe On The Cheap

The MyDigitalSSD SBX is one of the first SSDs to use a controller designed for low-end NVMe SSDs. The combination of the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba's 64-layer 3D...

46 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The Mainstream Phoenix Rises: Samsung's 970 EVO (500GB & 1TB) SSDs Reviewed

The new Samsung 970 EVO isn't their top of the line consumer SSD, but it might as well be. With their latest 3D TLC NAND flash memory and SSD...

68 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

Samsung Announces 970 PRO And 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

Samsung has announced the third generation of their high-end consumer NVMe SSDs. The new 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs use a newer controller and Samsung's latest...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

OWC Ships ThunderBlade External SSDs, Touts SoftRAID Tech for 3800 MB/s Speeds

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...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/13/2018

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...

12 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...

11 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...

72 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...

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

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