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Prices for solid state drives have fallen precipitously over the past year. This is especially true when shopping 2.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs, which is where some of the best values in solid state storage are currently found. That's certainly true of Micron's Crucial brand MX200 line, two of which we have in for review here. First announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, the MX200 series debuted in three capacities -- 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB, each priced at under 50 cents per gigabyte. Crucial set the MSRPs at $140 for the 250GB model, $250 for the 500GB... Read more...
NAND flash technology is advancing at a rapid clip, and that’s resulting in solid state drives (SSDs) that are faster, more capacious and cheaper (per GB). Look no further than Samsung’s announcement this week of its latest Vertical NAND (V-NAND) chips that allows for the ultra fast PM1725 NVMe SSD capable of delivering mind-blowing sequential read speeds of up to 5,500 megabytes per second. But if you think those read speeds are impressive, Samsung just made our jaws drop with the announcement of an incredible advancement on the storage density front. The company’s new PM1633a SSD manages to pack... Read more...
Sometimes it's the enterprise sector that gets dibs on the coolest technology, and so it goes with a trio of TCO-optimized, high-performance solid state drives from Samsung, all three of which are based on three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. And get this -- the fastest of bunch can read data at up to 5,500 megabytes per second. That's the rated sequential read speed of Samsung's PM1725, a half-height, half-length (HHHL) card-type NVMe SSD. Other rated specs include a random read speed of up to 1,000,000 IOPS, random write performance of up to 120,000 IOPS, and... Read more...
Several months after first introducing the SSD 750 series of solid-state drives, Intel is touting its first addition to the line: an 800GB Intel SSD 750 that hits a sweet spot between the two original models. Until now, anyone who wanted storage with the sheer speed of the 750 series had to choose between a 400GB drive and a 1.2TB behemoth. The 800GB SSD 750 has many of the same physical characteristics as the other drives, but differs a bit when it comes to performance. From a durability standpoint, the hard drive is as tough as the others, offering the same endurance rating (70GB writes per day)... Read more...
"This is something many people thought was impossible," exclaimed Intel Senior Vice President Rob Crooke. During an invite-only press conference, Crooke along with Micron CEO Mark Durcan revealed a radically new class of storage and memory architecture called 3D XPoint (pronounced "Cross Point"). To say this is a game-changer would be the understatement of the year. Tangible products based on the technology will debut in 2016, but today's event was focused on the development partnership between Intel and Micron. Frankly, what they've accomplished is astounding. Even though we’re finally on the... Read more...
OCZ is launching a brand new series of solid state drives today, dubbed the Trion 100. Early prototypes of the drives were shown off at CES a few months back, but the drives are now ready for primetime. We should note that the Trion 100 series breaks some new ground for OCZ. Not only are they the first drives from the company to use TLC NAND, but they’re also the first to use all in-house Toshiba technology with the drive's Flash memory and controller both designed and built by Toshiba.The OCZ Trion 100 series is targeted at budget conscious consumers and users still contemplating the upgrade from... Read more...
In case you haven’t already read the Hot Hardware reviews, we’re big fans of Samsung’s 850 EVO and 850 PRO SSDs. The drives come backed with 5-year warranty (10-year for the PRO), offer excellent reliability, and are top-notch performers in synthetic and real world benchmarks. Not content with tackling the “internal” storage market, the company introduced the Portable SSD T1, which is essentially an 850 EVO wrapped in a pretty enclosure with a USB 3.0 interface. Now, Samsung is turning its attention back to internal SSDs with the introduction of a range-topping 2TB storage tier for the 850 EVO... Read more...
Remember when it was considered a big deal when SSDs hit the $1/GB mark? That seems high now, but remember that some of the first SSDs to hit the market cost about $8/GB. Then, mainstream Solid State Drives crossed the $0.50/GB mark, and today, it's super easy to find SSDs on sale that cost about ~$0.35/GB. According to predictions at InformationWeek, SSD pricing could become 1:1 with mechanical hard drives in late 2016. Imagine getting a 4TB SSD for about $150 - I am salivating at the thought. If that happens, it will negate the last remaining technical advantage of the legacy hard drive... Read more...
If you're building a new system with all the fancy newfangled technology that's available, then there's a good chance you'll be rocking a USB Type-C connector. And if that's the case, SanDisk has a portable storage solution that may be of interest -- the Extreme 900 Portable SSD, a pocket-sized drive with a generous 1.92TB of storage capacity.SanDisk claims the Extreme 900 is the world's highest-performing, next-generation portable SSD. We prefer hard numbers to blanket claims, and on that front, SanDisk rates the Extreme 900 as being able to transfer data at up to 850MB/s. That kind of performance... Read more...
When we reviewed the latest 6 terabyte hard drives at the beginning of the year, we acknowledged that, for all the benefits of solid-state drives, capacity and price-per-terabyte remained in the hard drive’s “pros” column. But with Fixstars’ announcement that it will be shipping 6TB SSDs this summer, solid-state drives are looking even better. Hard drives still have the lead when it comes to capacity, but at 6TB, Fixstar’s SSD is going to be plenty of storage for many users. The 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps SSD (model SSD-6000M) has 540MBps / 520MBps read and write speeds, respectively. “The unparalleled... Read more...
If you're the owner of one of Samsung's 840 EVO solid-state drives, chances are you're familiar with the serious speed degradation problem that can arise over time, in some cases throttling it to 1/10th of the speed it should be. Well, the good news is that a fix is available; the bad news is that it's not even clear at this point if it actually squashes its bug for good. To update, you'll need to grab the latest version of Samsung's Magician, versioned 4.6. There is a caveat, though: it seems that Samsung is preferring to have people update on as small a scale as possible at first, as it's limiting... Read more...
Solid State Drives continue to be one of the more sought after (and effective) upgrades for both desktop and mobile systems. But as drives have matured, and newer generations have been released, the bandwidth limitations of the legacy SATA interface have become increasingly more apparent. Even relatively affordable, mainstream solid state drives are bumping into the SATA bandwidth limit right alongside more expensive flagship drives, which makes it difficult to differentiate between them based on performance alone.The answer to eliminating the bandwidth limitations of the SATA interface is PCI... Read more...
It’s a given that SSDs have pretty much taken over the high performance and ultra-slim laptop markets, and are even making some inroads in the desktop sector. While most consumer SSDs up to this point have been SATA-based, PCI Express-based SSDs are gaining traction and significant speed increases. When it comes to outright speed, NVMe PCIe SSDs are hard to beat, and Samsung has a real whopper with its new SM951-NVMe SSD. The SM951 is the industry’s first NVMe SSD to use an M.2 form-factor and its performance is quite astonishing. Samsung says that the SM951-NVMe is capable of sequential read and... Read more...
When solid-state drives are unencumbered by the SATA interface, beautiful things can happen. Look no further than the Intel SSD 750 Series, which we reviewed two weeks ago, to see what kind of performance is achievable with an NVMe PCI Express interface. If you can actually believe it, HGST, a Western Digital company, has actually announced a new NVMe PCI Express SSD that is rated faster than even Intel’s new barnstormer. But to be fair, the Intel SSD 750 Series is aimed at the consumer/prosumer market whereas the new HGST Ultrastar SN100 is aimed squarely at the enterprise market. The HGST Ultrastar... Read more...
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