SSDs

Samsung is launching the latest iteration of their mainstream consumer TLC-based SATA SSDs. The new 870 EVO brings the same generational updates to Samsung's 3D NAND and SSD controller that we saw with last year's 870 QVO. The updated EVO SATA SSD arrives three years after the launch of the Samsung 860 EVO and 860 PRO. The 870 EVO uses the same sixth-generation Samsung V-NAND (3D NAND) that debuted in the high-end 980 PRO NVMe SSD. Officially, this is "1xx layers", but all signs point to it being 128L 3D NAND. This may sound unimpressive when Micron and SK hynix have already announced their 176-layer 3D NAND, but Samsung's NAND manufacturing process is arguably more advanced: they're still able to manufacture all 128L in one...

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Officially Announces SSD 710 Series for the Enterprise

Intel just announced its latest SSD: the enterprise focused Intel SSD 710 series. The specs don't deviate very far from what we published a couple of months ago. The...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

OCZ Reveals 7.5mm 2.5" SSDs

OCZ just issued a press release revealing that LG is using OCZ's brand new 7.5mm 2.5" SSD in their P220 laptop. Note that regular 2.5" drives have height of...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/13/2011

Dell Precision Mobile Workstations: Now with Larger and Faster SSDs

I recently received an email from a reader asking for advice on the "best" laptop Dell has to offer. The reader's work is footing the bill, but with the...

9 by Jarred Walton on 9/8/2011

OWC Releases Mac-Compatible SSD Firmware Updater

One thing that SandForce based SSDs have lacked since their introduction has been a Mac supported firmware updater. Updating the firmware has required Windows installation, which is something that...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2011

Samsung Releases Series 7 Laptops: Aluminum Body and SSD Caching

Samsung has released four new laptops today. They are branded as Series 7 and will be available in October. These are also the first laptops with SSD caching. Read...

55 by Kristian Vättö on 8/31/2011

The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009

When we first reviewed Crucial's m4 SSD we came away with mixed feelings on the drive. In some cases it was the first or second fastest drive we'd reviewed...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/31/2011

HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end

Most USB 3.0 controller cards available on the market today utilize the PCIe x1 interface. With a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 5Gbps, it is possible that these controllers...

40 by Zach Throckmorton on 8/30/2011

Corsair Releases 90GB Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSDs

Corsair just released two new 90GB SSDs: Force 3 and Force GT. Both drives were released a while ago, this update just adds the 90GB model. Corsair claims up...

5 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2011

Intel SSD 320 Firmware Posted, Addresses Bad Context 13x Error

How about that for turnaround time? Just two days ago Intel announced that it had found the root cause of the power cycle bug that could leave your SSD...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Samsung Series 7 GAMER to use Diskeeper's ExpressCache

With its Z68 chipset Intel introduced SSD caching (Smart Response Technology), a feature that would allow you to use an ultra small SSD as a read/write cache in front...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Meet the 6Gbps Samsung SSD 830: The Consumer PM830

Last week Samsung announced its PM830, its first SSD with support for 6Gbps SATA. Although the PM830 is shipping to OEMs today, it won't be available directly to consumers...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Intel Testing Firmware Fix for SSD 320 8MB Power Bug

Not too long ago Intel officially recognized that its SSD 320 is impacted by a bug that results in the drive's capacity being limited to 8MB. Today Intel announced...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/15/2011

Two New SATA Specs: SATA Express & µSSD

The SATA IO working group announced one new spec and that it has begun work on another: µSSD and SATA Express, respectively. These two specs span the gamut from...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/11/2011

The SandForce Roundup: Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ, OWC & MemoRight SSDs Compared

It's a depressing time to be covering the consumer SSD market. Although performance is higher than it has ever been, we're still seeing far too many compatibility and reliability...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/11/2011

Samsung Announces PM830, Its First 6Gbps SSD with up to 512GB Capacities

With each subsequent generation, Samsung's SSDs have been getting noticeably better. Two years ago its drives were unrecommendable, but just this year we met the Samsung SSD 470. While...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2011

OCZ Releases Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD

OCZ has updated their enterprise Z-Drive lineup with new fourth-generation R4 PCIe SSD. OCZ had a prototype of this SSD on display at Computex (our article). R4 adapts SandForce's...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 8/3/2011

SanDisk SSDs Coming To Your PC

The SSD market gets bigger and bigger and now one of the big guns in Flash memory is stepping into the game. Having previously primarily released OEM SSD products...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/27/2011

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