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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 storage devices, with up to 30.72 TB capacity each. The new drives use Samsung’s 64-layer 512Gb TLC V-NAND memory chips stacked in 1 TB packages. Later this year Samsung plans to expand the PM1643 lineup with SSDs featuring other capacities. Samsung’s PM1643 30.72 TB SSD is the company’s highest-capacity mass-produced drive to date. It is designed primarily for read-intensive workloads, and features an SAS-12 Gbps interface. Samsung rates its PM1643 for one DWPD (drive write per day) throughout five years, which indicates a very high endurance of roughly 56 PB for the drive. The choice of...

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...

24 by Ganesh T S yesterday

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 6 days ago

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...

31 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2018

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 256 GB eUFS Devices for Automotive Applications

Samsung has announced that it has started mass production of eUFS 2.1-compatible storage devices for automotive applications. The new 256 GB devices support select UFS 3.0 features for vehicles...

5 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2018

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...

1 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

The Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review: A Second Look

After an initial launch of just the 1TB capacity, the full Crucial MX500 lineup is now on the market, but facing new competitors. We look at how the more...

23 by Billy Tallis on 2/2/2018

Plextor Launches M8V SATA SSD

Plextor has introduced the M8V series, their latest budget SATA SSDs, now with 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. Plextor's budget SATA drives tends to use whatever controller and NAND combination...

10 by Billy Tallis on 2/1/2018

JEDEC Publishes UFS 3.0 Spec: Up to 2.9 GB/s, Lower Voltage, New Features

JEDEC this week published their UFS 3.0 specification, which is intended to bring numerous performance, power and feature set-related improvements to the standard. The version 3.0 of the spec...

10 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

Samsung Launches Z-SSD SZ985: Up To 800GB Of Z-NAND

Samsung announced today that they are officially launching their first Z-SSD product, the SZ985. The Z-SSD uses Samsung's Z-NAND memory, a high-performance derivative of their 3D NAND flash memory...

43 by Billy Tallis on 1/29/2018

HGST Ultrastar 7K6 & 7K8 Enterprise HDDs: Up to 8 TB, 9th Gen PMR

This week Western Digital has introduced a new breed of HGST-branded server-class hard drives targeting “mainstream” applications that require 24/7 availability as well as enterprise-grade reliability and performance, but...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/25/2018

The Intel SSD 760p 512GB Review: Mainstream NVMe Done Right

Intel's third generation consumer NVMe SSD is here. After the big expensive drive based on their enterprise SSDs and the affordable M.2 drive that was barely an upgrade over...

48 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Micron Introduces 5200 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs

Today Micron is updating their enterprise SATA SSD family to use their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Aside from the new flash, the new 5200 series is almost...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Sharkoon Launches Quickstore One USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C Storage Device DIY Kit

Sharkoon this week introduced a new DIY kit that lets users build their own external storage device featuring a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface with a USB Type-C connector...

16 by Anton Shilov on 1/20/2018

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...

6 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

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