SSDs

Crucial introduced the X6 Portable SSD last year as an entry-level alternative to their NVMe-based X8 Portable SSD. Launched in capacities of up to 2TB, the X6 adopted a 96L 3D TLC version of the BX500 SATA SSD along with an ASMedia ASM235CM SATA to USB 3.2 Gen 1 bridge chip. Today, the company is launching a unique high-performance product in the external SSD space within the same X6 family. Direct flash-to-USB controllers have traditionally been used only in thumb drives, where compactness is the primary feature. These controllers present a number of advantages including significant reduction in bill-of-materials (BOM) cost and overall device power consumption. However, such controllers have typically been restricted to speeds of around 400MBps. Taking advantage of the USB 3.2 Gen...

Computex 2011: SandForce mSATA Drives & No More Supercap

I haven't been to Computex since 2005. I felt that for a while there the show had lost some of its appeal. Motherboards alone weren't all that interesting and...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) Review

OCZ has been at the forefront of each generation of SandForce SSD release since the debut of the SF-1500 based Vertex Limited Edition. More recently the Vertex 3 was...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2011

Z68 SSD Caching with Corsair's F40 SandForce SSD

I have to admit that Intel's Z68 launch was somewhat anti-climactic for me. It was the chipset we all wanted when Sandy Bridge first arrived, but now four months...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/13/2011

Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology (SSD Caching) Review

The problem with Sandy Bridge was simple: if you wanted to use Intel's integrated graphics, you had to buy a motherboard based on an H-series chipset. Unfortunately, Intel's H-series...

106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/11/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) Review

Three months ago we previewed the first client focused SF-2200 SSD: OCZ's Vertex 3. The 240GB sample OCZ sent for the preview was four firmware revisions older than what...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2011

Intel’s Roadmap: Ivy Bridge, Panther Point, and SSDs

Last week, we told you about Sandy Bridge-E and X79 chipset. Today, we have a lot of interesting news about other Intel products, including a look at the Ivy...

74 by Kristian Vättö on 5/6/2011

SanDisk-Toshiba Take Back The Crown With A Different Kind of NAND

After 11 years of partnership, Sandisk and Toshiba's timing could not have been better. Just seven days after losing the NAND crown to Intel and Micron (IMFT) they announce...

35 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/5/2011

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Review (120GB)

I still don't get how OWC managed to beat OCZ to market last year with the Mercury Extreme SSD. The Vertex LE was supposed to be the first SF-1500...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2011

Apple Now Using Samsung SSDs in MacBook Air?

Last October after months of waiting, Apple finally refreshed their MacBook Air lineup, which we reviewed shortly after launch. The update introduced a new 11.6” form factor along with...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 4/15/2011

Intel & Micron Announce First 20nm MLC NAND Flash for Use in SSDs

We just started testing SSDs based on IMFT 25nm NAND Flash and look at what Intel/Micron just announced? The first 8GB MLC NAND device built on a 20nm process...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2011

The OCZ Vertex 3 Review (120GB)

SandForce was first to announce and preview its 2011 SSD controller technology. We first talked about the controller late last year, got a sneak peak at its performance this...

154 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2011

Origin's Genesis: Flagship Bling

Now that we've been getting a fairly steady influx of desktop machines from boutiques, Origin PC is stepping into the ring by sending us their go-to flagship model, the...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/2/2011

The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD Review

Last week I was in Orlando attending CTIA. While enjoying the Florida weather, two SSDs arrived at my office back in NC: Intel's SSD 320, which we just reviewed...

103 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2011

Kingston Releases New V100 Firmware to Address Data Loss Bug

While I was at CTIA last week I ran into a friend from Kingston who let me know about an issue with the JMicron JMF618 based SSDNow V100 SSDs...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

The Intel SSD 320 Review: 25nm G3 is Finally Here

It's called the Intel SSD 320, but the part number should give away just what we're looking at here: This is the long awaited third generation Intel based SSD. This...

194 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

OCZ Grows Up, Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Indilinx

We first met Indilinx in early 2009, with its Barefoot controller at the heart of OCZ's Vertex SSD. Until SandForce showed up in 2010 with the SF-1200/1500 series of...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2011

The Intel SSD 510 Review

It's been a long time coming but we finally have Intel's third generation SSD. Codenamed Elmcrest, this is not only the first 6Gbps SSD from Intel but it's also...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Preview: Faster and Cheaper than the Vertex 3 Pro

Last week OCZ pulled the trigger and introduced the world’s first SF-2000 based SSD: the Vertex 3 Pro. Not only was it the world’s first drive to use SandForce’s...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Pro Preview: The First SF-2500 SSD

For the past six months I've been working on research and testing for the next major AnandTech SSD article. I figured I had enough time to line up its...

144 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2011

CES 2011: Corsair Performance Series 3 SSD Benchmarks

Corsair has traditionally been a very conservative player in the SSD space. It started by selling Samsung based drives and eventually moved to Indilinx (although far later than its...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

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