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When they first came out, solid state drives were cost prohibitive for many people and they remained that way until NAND flash memory prices came crashing down like the careers of every actor on "The Celebrity Apprentice." Now not only are SSDs affordable, they're comparatively capacious and much faster than many of the older models, and as a result they've barged into the mainstream market -- that laptop your Aunt Ethel bought from Best Buy could be rocking an SSD. Save for when massive amounts of cheap storage space is needed, SSDs have effectively (and finally) begun to replace HDDs, which is... Read more...
Last year, Plextor introduced its M6e family of solid state drives. The drives are / were offered in M.2 and PCI Express flavors, though technically the PCIe-based models were the same M.2 drives parked in a PCIe-to-M.2 adapter card. Regardless of the technicalities involved, the Plextor M6e’s specifications and performance were relatively strong, with peak read speeds topping the 770MB/s mark.The original Plextor M6e, however, wasn’t much to look at. It featured a basic, green PCB and the M.2 SSD sat right in the middle for all to see. Plextor decided to kick things up a few notches with a new... Read more...
You’d think that an enthusiast-level storage device (one that’s likely to sit near a PC’s case window, we might add) would look cooler than the Plextor M6e.  Well, Plextor solved that at CES 2015 this week when it unveiled the M6e Black Edition. The PCI Express SSD now feature its own metal chassis and a deep red heatsink. The Plextor M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD on display at the Aria hotel in Las Vegas during CES 2015. Plextor’s Global Sales Manager Lear Wu showed us the M6e Black Edition, which offers some speed improvements over the original M6e. It has the same Marvell 88SS9183 controller... Read more...
Kingston first showed off its HyperX Predator PCIe SSD back at CES 2014, and this year at CES 2015 announced that it would finally be available this quarter. We were duly impressed, as the SSD promised read speeds of 1,400 MB/s and write speeds of 1,000 MB/s. However, Samsung has just announced a new PCIe-based SSD that is making my eyes water with joy and anticipation. Let’s first start off with the entrée. The new SM951 supports both PCIe 2.0 and PCIe 3.0 interfaces, with the former providing performance levels that are mind-boggling. Using the PCIe 2.0 interface, the SM951 can deliver sequential... Read more...
One of my favorite companies to watch out for at every CES is Corsair, as the company doesn't only offer a wide-range of products, most of what's seen is usually really solid in design and instills me with that "I WANT IT!" feeling. This year, the company has announced a new SSD, flash drives, a power supply, a budget chassis, and a couple of cooling products. For those yearning for an SSD with "no compromises", there's Corsair's Neutron XT. Available in sizes of 256GB ($150), 512GB ($270), and 960GB ($540), this Phison-based drive will deliver 560MB/s reads and 540MB/s writes.... Read more...
Whether you're in need of a super-fast solid-state drive, a speedy microSD card, or an ultra-secure thumb drive, Kingston has got you covered at this year's CES. I think the "super-fast" SSD I mentioned will whet the most appetites, so let's start off with a look at that one. Called HyperX Predator, Kingston's latest and greatest SSD is PCIe-based in order to deliver some incredible performance. 1,400MB/s read and 1,000MB/s write to be exact. 240GB and 480GB versions of the drive will be available soon, with a 960GB version to come towards the end of Q1 or early Q2. Further... Read more...
We tend to get pretty excited about new solid state drive (SSD) announcements. Why? Well, the more SSDs that flood the market, the better the chances that prices will continue to push downwards. See where we're coming from? With that in mind, Crucial took advantage of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to out its new MX200 and BX100 SSD lines. Starting with the former, the MX200 is built for performance on a SATA 6Gbps interface, and as such, these drives boast sequential reads and writes of up to 555MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, as well as random reads of up to 100,000 IOPS and... Read more...
External hard drives are pretty commonplace these days and are great for backing up large amounts of data, but now that prices of solid state drives have come down from the stratosphere, is there a market for external SSDs? That's a question Samsung intends to answer with its new Portable SSD T1, a rather stylish looking external SSD for faster backup chores on the go.Granted, the price per gigabyte ratio still favors mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs), though just as users are willing to pay a premium for superior performance on the desktop, Samsung is banking on that same philosophy applying... Read more...
Now that Christmas is behind us, the first thing to do as we head into 2015 is relax for a moment -- you survived the hustle and bustle of what will likely rank as the busiest holiday shopping season ever. Once you've taken a deep breath and composed yourself, go ahead and assess your gifts. Tie? Check. Socks? Check. Number One Dad/Mom/Grandpa/Whatever mug? Check. Upgrades for your computer? Hmm, we're guessing the kids didn't stick their noses inside your rig to see what PC parts you could use, which is just as well -- this sort of thing is best handled by ourselves. And if we guessed right, here's... Read more...
Western Digital's participation in the SSD market has been spotty at best. Nearly five-years-ago, the company produced a line of desktop SSDs - like so many other I/O vendors - but today, you'll only find a small hint of flash in a WD drive if you look to the hybrid Black2. WD has instead used its subsidiary HGST to handle everything SSD, but with its major enterprise focus, no one would fault you if you were unaware that WD even dealt with SSDs at all. Well, the enterprise is one area WD seems pretty content to stay in, and expand. Today, the company announced... Read more...
Samsung is at the ready with a brand new family of mainstream solid state drives, targeting the market segment previously occupied by its popular SSD 840 EVO series. The new Samsung SSD 850 EVO series is the follow-up to the company’s current flagship SSD 850 PRO, but the new EVO is Samsung’s first to pack 32‐layer 3D V‐NAND 3-bit MLC flash memory. The move to 32‐layer 3D V‐NAND 3-bit MLC flash (a.k.a. TLC) brings costs down, but doesn’t adversely affect endurance because the cell structure doesn’t suffer from the same inherent limitations of planar NAND, since the cells are stacked vertically... Read more...
Last week we offered you all our picks for mobile tech goodies for good girls and boys this holiday season. Nothing says I love you and care, now get into this selfie with me, like a new smartphone, tablet or notebook -- even if that loved one is, well, you.  You're on the nice list after all, so it's all good. But what if you're the kind that likes to build it yourself, make your own, dial-in a dynamite desktop with only the choicest of components? Well then, our components gift guide should help to get you into that holiday spirit better than spiked egg nog -- and it's healthier... Read more...
When we took at look at SanDisk's Extreme II series of solid state drives in June of last year, we began our article by noting, "odds are, if you’ve bought anything that uses flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a small piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been a leader in flash memory storage since the late ‘80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones and portable media players to digital cameras and camcorders. With such a long history in the flash memory business, it’s should be no surprise that SanDisk offers an array of solid... Read more...
One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgradeability and flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made upgrading or using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command.... Read more...
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