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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...
Samsung is introducing a number of new members to their SSD 850 EVO line-up of Solid State Drives, based on different form factors than the standard 2.5” drives we showed you here. The brand new mSATA and M.2 Samsung SSD 850 EVO drives being announced today, however, leverage all of the same technology. The last few generations of Samsung’s 2.5” Solid State Drive utilized PCBs that barley filled up half of their encloses, and a large portion of those PCBs were dedicated to the standard SATA power and data cable connectors, so it’s no shock to see these new, smaller variants arrive with mSATA and... Read more...
Toshiba and SanDisk announced the joint development of what they claim is the world's first 48-layer three dimensional stacked cell structure flash memory, otherwise known as BiCS (Bit Cost Scalable), a 2-bit-per-cell 128-gigabit (16 gigabytes) device. Put another way, BiCS is essentially Toshiba's version of the 3D NAND flash memory that's shipping with newer Samsung solid state drives (SSDs). The appeal of a 3D stacked cell structure is that it negates the need to continually shrink the size of NAND flash memory cells by using thinner process technologies and the technological hurdles that go... Read more...
OCZ Technology is at the ready with yet another new Solid State Drive, built around the company’s tried-and-true Barefoot 3 controller. The Vector 180 series drive we’ll be showing you here today is packing some of Toshiba’s latest A19nm MLC NAND flash memory and has some welcomed features and additions normally reserved for more expensive, enterprise-class drives.And the Vector 180 isn’t the only thing OCZ has in store today. Launching alongside this new SSD is a brand new utility, dubbed OCZ Guru, geared for easy management and tuning of OCZ’s enthusiast-class drives. The OCZ Guru utility will... Read more...
At this point, we've pretty much seen what the best and fastest SATA 6Gbps-based solid state drives can offer -- transfer rates just shy of 600Mb/s. So what's the solution for even faster performance? To tap into the PCIe bus, of course! Enter Kingston's blazing fast HyperX Predator, an M.2 form factor SSD featuring a PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface. This 'Marvell-ous' piece of hardware sports a Marvell 88SS9293 controller and is capable of hitting read and write speeds of up to 1,400MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively. Yeah, it's like that. These are best case scenarios, of course, and those metrics apply... Read more...
If you want a quick and budget-friendly route to speeding up a computer that features an “old hat” hard drive, a solid-state drive is pretty much a no-brainer upgrade. Over the years, the prices for SSDs have steadily fallen while performance has steadily increased — it’s a win-win for everyone. Today, Mushkin is teaming up with online tech retailer Newegg to deliver an “eco-friendly” SSD product family for those looking to breathe new life into older (or budget-spec’d) computers. Mushkin’s new ECO2 SSD line features a SATA-III interface and a Sandforce SF-2200 flash controller. Mushkin is promising... Read more...
HP acquired VoodooPC back in 2006, bringing the creative genius of owner Rahul Sood into its fold and ensuring that its gaming lineup of desktop PCs and Laptops would get a lot more style and attitude. Sood and HP eventually parted ways, but the ghost of VoodooPC, its DNA and swank logo stayed on, giving HP a unique gaming line. The HP Omen 15 is the latest gaming laptop in this series and it has Voodoo personality from the moment you take it out of the box. Before you dive into the nitty-gritty, let's give you a walk-around and demo of the Omen 15 in action... HP Omen 15 Specifications & Features... Read more...
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...
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