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Solid State Drive technology continues to make big strides in performance, reliability and cost. And of course, at CES 2016 there were a number of storage manufacturers on hand showing off their latest grear, though none made quite the splash that Toshiba's OCZ Technology group made with the annoucement of their new RevoDrive 400 NVMe PCI Express SSD. With this new drive, OCZ is tapping on Toshiba's NVMe controller technology to deliver serious bandwidth in this consumer-targeted M.2 gumstick style drive that also comes with a X4 PCI Express card adapater. OCZ didn't offer much detail on the controller... Read more...
If you haven't yet upgraded from a mechanical hard drive to a solid state drive, take the plunge and thank us later. The difference in performance across the board is both dramatic and noticeable, and though SSDs are comparatively pricey, there are deals to be had. One of them is Samsung's 850 EVO 500GB SSD at Amazon.The online retailer is selling the 500GB model for $147.99 with free shipping for Prime members. That works out to less than 30 cents per gigabyte, and to sweeten the deal, Amazon will email a redemption code for Assassin's Creed Syndicate within 1-2 business days of making your purchase.It's... Read more...
The rapid pace of innovation in the solid state storage market shows no signs of letting up. In only a few generations, the industry bumped up against the limits of the legacy SATA interface, and began leveraging PCI Express for additional bandwidth with some passable, though somewhat clunky bridged solutions (in retrospect). Then some ultra-fast, native PCI Express offerings hit, and have since evolved into multiple form factors, including slotted and gumstick models, with varying physical interfaces.Some of the more recent introductions, like the excellent Intel SSD 750, feature many of the latest... Read more...
We here at HotHardware are suckers for fast SSDs, and the fine folks at Samsung decided to light up Dell World 2015 with two storage products that are sure to knock your socks off. We’ve reported on the PM1725 before, which is a half-height, half-length (HHHL) NVMe SSD that shows no mercy when it comes to transfer speeds. The PM1725 promises sequential writes of 1,800MB/s, while sequential reads come in at a mind-numbing 5,500MB/s. It’s definitely easy to make claims of such high performance parameters in a press release, but we were pleased to see Samsung’s live demo which showed the PM1725 barely... Read more...
We had to look it up, but sure enough, Zotac has dabbled in the solid state drive market before, though not extensively. Up until today, its sole SSD offering was a 120GB drive with up to 520MB/s and 170MB/s of sequential read and write performance, respectively. And now? The company best known for pumping out mini PCs is fleshing out its SSD line with a new Premium label series.Don't get too caught up in the branding, they're Premium by name but a bit pedestrian compared to today's ultra fast NVMe M.2-based SSDs. In that regard, Zotac is unfashionably late to the high-end storage party with a... Read more...
Welcome to the Windows 10 desktop! This marks the end of the upgrade process right? Well, almost. If you are a privacy-minded type, you probably have a few settings to disable, but finalizing the upgrade does not end there either, if you value your storage space. Let's look at some strategies to tidy up the file bloat an OS migration can sometimes leave behind and to further optimize your new Windows 10 installation and setup.Ahh, Bliss - Well, close enough.The ability to fully roll back to your Windows 7 or 8.1 installation within 30 days is a very easily overlooked feature of the Windows 10 upgrade... Read more...
Major players in the solid state storage business continue to innovate at a breakneck pace, especially now that the market has begun a shift away from the lowly SATA interface towards higher performing alternatives like PCI Express. For a while, manufacturers were bolting multiple SATA controllers together on single devices, in RAID configurations, to boost performance beyond what a single SATA-based drive could do. But with the advent of NVMe, that’s no longer necessary for most applications. Though, pairing up multiple NVMe devices can also be a means to increase performance, of course.Just to... Read more...
Today, Intel is taking the wraps off new NVMe PCI Express Solid State Drives, which are the first products with these high speed interfaces that the company has launched specifically for the enthusiast computing and workstation crowds. Historically, Intel's PCI Express-based offerings, like the SSD DC P3700 Series, have been squarely targeted for datacenter or enterprise applications, with price tags to match. However, today Intel is throwing performance enthusiasts another bone with the launch of the Intel SSD 750 series. We've historically been big on PCI Express SSDs here, because they get around... Read more...
Samsung is throwing its weight behind the NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) standard with the introduction of the 950 Pro, the company's first NVMe solid state drive. Offered in the M.2 form factor, the gum-stick sized 950 Pro brings blazing fast performance to ultra-slim laptops and workstations alike. Before we go any further, let's talk a moment about NVMe. It's a relatively new communications interface designed specifically for SSDs with the backing of industry heavyweights such as Samsung, Intel, Sandisk, and others. NVMe-based SSDs hitch a ride on the PCI-Express bus and as a result have... Read more...
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...
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