SSDs

Micron's consumer-oriented Crucial brand is finally entering the world of NVMe SSDs with the new Crucial P1 M.2 SSD. The P1 is an entry-level NVMe drive using four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory and the Silicon Motion SM2263 controller. This is the same basic formula as used in the Intel 660p, the only other consumer QLC drive on the market so far. Micron has brought their own firmware customizations, so while the performance characteristics are similar to the Intel 660p they are definitely not the same drive. The Crucial P1 has slightly lower usable capacities than the Intel 660p, which translates into slightly more spare area available for garbage collection and SLC caching. Unlike the Intel 660p, the Crucial P1 uses the...

ADATA at CES 2018: A 1U AIC Server for 5G Comms, with 36x 8TB M.3 Drives

LAS VEGAS, NV – I had no idea what an M.3 drive was until I visited ADATA at CES. Having lived through IDE, SATA, and now M.2, I had...

11 by Ian Cutress on 1/16/2018

ASRock at CES 2018: Ultra Quad M.2 PCIe Card

LAS VEGAS, NV – Sometimes, one M.2 PCIe drive is not enough. Some motherboards come with three M.2 slots for NVMe SSDs, but that might not be enough either...

8 by Ian Cutress on 1/16/2018

Mushkin at CES 2018: CarbonEXT 1 TB USB 3.0 SSD, Swap USB Type-A & Type-C Drive

LAS VEGAS, NV — In addition to a host of new M.2 SSDs, Mushkin introduced two new USB-based products at CES 2018: the CarbonEXT new external SSD as well...

5 by Anton Shilov on 1/12/2018

Mushkin Unveils New Pilot & Helix-L M.2 SSDs at CES 2018: Up to 3.5 GB/s, Up to 2 TB

LAS VEGAS, NV — Mushkin on Wednesday formally announced its lineup of M.2 SSDs that it will be offering this year. All the drives are based on various controllers...

10 by Anton Shilov on 1/11/2018

Phison at CES 2018: Thunderbolt SSDs, Second-Gen NVMe Controllers

LAS VEGAS, NV — At CES, SSD controller vendor Phison is showing off a range of controller ICs and drive reference designs that are close to hitting the shelves. Phison's...

9 by Billy Tallis on 1/10/2018

Intel Previews Optane 800p 58GB And 118GB M.2 SSDs

LAS VEGAS, NV — Intel has previewed an upcoming expansion of their Optane family of storage products featuring 3D XPoint memory. The Optane SSD 800p is essentially a higher...

26 by Billy Tallis on 1/10/2018

Patriot Announces EVLVR Thunderbolt 3 SSD: Phison PS5008-E8, Up to 1.5 GB/s, 1 TB

LAS VEGAS, NV — Patriot has introduced a rather rare product, an external SSD with a Thunderbolt 3 interface. The Patriot EVLVR offers up to 1 TB capacity, up...

3 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2018

Intel And Micron To Discontinue Flash Memory Partnership

LAS VEGAS, NV — The long-running partnership between Intel and Micron for the development and manufacturing of NAND flash memory will soon come to an end. The two companies...

9 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2018

Toshiba Announces RC100 NVMe SSD And XS700 Portable SSD

LAS VEGAS, NV — Toshiba is adding two more SSDs with 3D NAND to their consumer product line. Neither product is a direct replacement for one of their current...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2018

Lite-On and Tsinghua Unigroup Create $100 Million Joint Venture for SSD Operations in China

Lite-On has announced that it had signed an agreement with Tsinghua Unigroup to establish a joint venture in China. The JV will develop and build SSDs in Suzhou. The...

6 by Anton Shilov on 1/5/2018

Plextor Launches M9Pe NVMe SSDs

Today Plextor is officially launching their first SSDs with 3D NAND flash memory: the M9Pe family of NVMe SSDs. Based on Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND, the M9Pe...

10 by Billy Tallis on 1/2/2018

Corsair Launches the Neutron NX500 1.6 TB PCIe SSD

Corsair has started selling its highest-capacity PCIe SSD to date, the Neutron NX500, featuring 1.6 TB of NAND. The drive is based on the Phison E7 controller as well...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/19/2017

The Crucial MX500 1TB SSD Review: Breaking The SATA Mold

The Crucial MX500 is the next generation SATA SSD from Micron's consumer division. As the latest MX series drive, the MX500 is positioned to be a mainstream product with...

90 by Billy Tallis on 12/19/2017

The Intel Optane SSD 900p 480GB Review: Diving Deeper Into 3D XPoint

Our first look at the Intel Optane SSD 900p only included the smaller 280GB capacity. We now have added the 480GB model to our collection, and have started analyzing...

69 by Billy Tallis on 12/15/2017

Spotted: 960 GB & 1.5 TB Intel Optane SSD 900P

Intel’s Optane SSD 900P featuring 3D XPoint memory have an edge over SSDs based on NAND flash when it comes to performance and promise to excel them in endurance...

17 by Anton Shilov on 12/15/2017

Western Digital, Toshiba And Bain Capital Settle Disputes Over Sale Of Toshiba Memory

Western Digital announced in a press conference this afternoon that they have reached a settlement agreement with Toshiba over Western Digital's objections to the sale of Toshiba's stake in...

11 by Billy Tallis on 12/12/2017

Lite-On Announces Enterprise EPX M.2 NVMe SSDs: 3D TLC, Up to 1920 GB, 1800 MB/s

Lite-On has added its new EPX-series enterprise-class SSDs to its lineup. Based around 3D TLC NAND memory and in the uncommon M.2-22110 form-factor, the new drives are aimed at...

7 by Anton Shilov on 12/8/2017

Lite-On Adds MU X SSD to Lineup: Phison PS5008-E8, 3D TLC, Up to 1600 MB/s

Phison has been sampling its entry-level PS5008-E8 NVMe SSD controller for well over a year now, and a number of its partners have demonstrated their drives featuring the chip...

4 by Anton Shilov on 12/7/2017

The Samsung PM981 SSD Review (512GB, 1TB): Next Generation Controller And 3D NAND

The Samsung PM981 is an OEM SSD featuring a newer generation of controller and flash than the current retail 960 EVO, resulting in improved performance and hopefully lower prices...

53 by Billy Tallis on 11/30/2017

Toshiba Updates XG5 NVMe SSD With Faster And Larger XG5-P

Today Toshiba is announcing a new variant of their XG5 client NVMe SSD for the OEM market. The new XG5-P offers improved performance over the original XG5 and introduces...

2 by Billy Tallis on 11/30/2017

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