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Intel gave us a taste of what its Optane could do on consumer desktop systems a few months back when it launched its Optane Memory technology. Those miniscule drives did a great job caching data to give compatible systems packing slower hard drives a huge boost in responsiveness and overall performance. The performance characteristics of Optane Memory also left many enthusiasts chomping at the bit for higher-capacity, speedier Optane SSDs for high-end desktops, however. Fortunately, the wait is now over. Intel recently launched the brand-new Optane SSD 900P series of drives and we can with... Read more...
Toshiba has announced an array of products featuring various flavors of its 64-layer BiCS 3D Flash memory. We previously took a look at the speedy Toshiba XG5 NVMe M.2 SSD, and found it to be a capable performer. Today, however, Toshiba takes its 64-layer BiCS 3D Flash technology in another direction with the brand-new TR200 series SATA solid state drives we’ll be showing you here. The Toshiba TR200 series SSDs are built around 64-Layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS Flash, but use the legacy SATA interface and target budget-conscious do-it-yourselfers. Toshiba’s BiCS Flash memory... Read more...
Crucial recently launched a new series of solid state drives that somewhat defy convention. While a number of other recent releases feature various flavors of TLC NAND, the Crucial BX300 series we’ll be showing you here actually features 3D MLC NAND flash memory. In the current SSD landscape, MLC NAND isn’t typically used for consumer-class SSDs any longer, especially in lower-priced offerings, but Crucial is bucking the trend this time around.The Crucial BX300 series also tops out at a relatively small 480GB capacity. For an affordable boot drive, that’s still plenty of storage for most people,... Read more...
WD recently updated its mainstream Blue line of solid state drives with new 64-layer 3D BiCS NAND flash memory. When we first took a look at the original WD Blue SSD, we found it to be an admirable performer with competitive pricing. This new generation of drives, however, promises better performance and features all of the firmware tweaks and optimizations WD has gleaned over the Blue SSD line’s lifetime.In addition, SanDisk branded versions of the drive are hitting the market as well. Internally the WD Blue with 3D NAND and new SanDisk Ultra 3D are virtually identical, but the drives will target... Read more...
The Samsung Portable SSD T3 was a compact, durable, lightweight, and fast external solid state storage device, that offered killer performance when it launched. The T3 has been out for quite a while, however, and Samsung has since released a few newer types of flash memory, which are better suited to low-power, portable storage devices. As such, the company decided to tweak the T3’s design, update it with newer 64-layer 3D V-NAND flash memory, massage the firmware, and the brand-new Samsung Portable SSD T5 was born.We’ve got one of the new Portable SSD T5’s on-hand and have some benchmarks to share... Read more...
We’ve seen a number of hot SSD products announced over the past week, and Corsair is looking to jump on the pile with the new Neutron NX500 family of PCIe NVMe SSDs. The SSDs are designed to fit into a PCIe 3.0 x4 slot and are the fastest ever introduced by the popular hardware company. The Neutron NX500 offers a no-compromise storage solution when it comes to performance via the use of MLC NAND and dedicated DDR3 cache. Corsair is promising sequential read speeds of up to 3,000 MB/sec and sequential writes of up to 2,400 MB/sec, which should be more than enough to handle the daily riggers of a... Read more...
As a major player in the storage market, Samsung has the advantage of also being a producer of its own flash memory chips. That means it does not have to rely on other chip makers, but can innovate and actively drive the market forward. And that is exactly what Samsung is doing. At its inaugural Samsung Tech Day at this year's Flash Memory Summit, Samsung trotted out various vertical NAND (V-NAND) solutions. It also announced a 1-terabit V-NAND chip that will pave the way for more capacious M.2 NVMe solid state drives. This is something that Samsung has been working on for quite some time. After... Read more...
In case you haven’t already noticed by all of the SSD announcements over the past few days, the Flash Memory Summit is currently taking place in Santa Clara, California. We’ve seen new releases from Intel and Kingston, and now we’re hearing what the folks from Micron in store for us on the SSD front. The company is unleashing its 9200 Series NVMe SSDs, which leverage 3D NAND technology to enable blazing fast speeds and large storage capacities to meet business-critical workloads. The 9200 Series is based on Micron’s 32-layer 3D TLC NAND flash architecture and is available in capacities up to a... Read more...
There is a big push for solid state drive (SSDs) to transform the data center storage market, and Intel is banking on a new form-factor to help spur that transition. The company has announced its new “Ruler” SSD form-factor, which completely ditches legacy 2.5- and 3.5-inch formats. These “long and skinny” SSDs are optimized to maximize storage capacity in targeted servers, while outperforming legacy form-factors in both cooling and power requirements. Using the Ruler form-factor, Intel says that it can infuse 1U servers with up to 1PB of storage, which would be enough to hold 300,000 HD movies.... Read more...
Kingston Digital Inc. will be showing off its upcoming DCU1000 2.5-inch U.2 NVMe PCIe SSD at Flash Memory Summit 2017. Kingston and its partners will be demonstrating the performance capabilities of the DCU1000 storage device, which is said to be the fastest NVMe SSD for the U.2 form factor in the industry. Demonstrations at the event will highlight all sorts of DCU1000 configurations including one that supports multi-million IOPS from a single server solution. "With the introduction of DCU1000, we are proud that Kingston has developed the industry’s most complete family of data performance solutions... Read more...
Toshiba has been busy updating its solid state drive portfolio this summer, and it is leaving no market untouched. The company's latest product announcement is a pair of speedy enterprise SSDs. They are the first enterprise-class SSDs to be built around the company's latest 64 layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) NAND BiCS flash memory, making it possible for customers to expand the use of flash with cost-optimized solutions.The first of the new drives is the TMC PM5 series. It offers up to a whopping 30.72 terabytes of capacity in a 2.5-inch form factor, with transfer speeds rated to... Read more...
Toshiba has announced and new ultra-compact storage solution that is designed specifically for mobile computing and IoT devices. The compact size and power efficiency of the new Toshiba single-package BG3 NVMe SSDs make them perfect for applications where power efficiency and package size are very important. The new BG3 NVMe SSDs use a next-gen single-package ball grid array (BGA) design that is absolutely tiny. "Toshiba’s third generation BG SSDs were designed to not spark, but fuel a revolution in mobile and IoT computing," said Jeremy Werner, vice president SSD marketing and product planning... Read more...
Western Digital today announced that it has successfully developed four bit-per-cell (also known as X4) 3D NAND built using 64-layer, BiCS3 technology. The company says that these chips can store 768 gigabits on a single chip (equivalent to 96GB), which is a 50% increase from 512 gigabit three bit-per-cell NAND (as basic math verifies). WD's X4 3D NAND was designed with the help of the company's work with X4 2D NAND, and one thing in particular the company is really proud of is the fact that its QLC flash delivers performance similar to that of X3 three bit-per-cell NAND. What that means is that... Read more...
It goes without saying that we love solid state drives here at HotHardware. Their ultra-fast speeds and favorable price/GB ratio is make them a must-have for enthusiasts, attractive upgrades for regular consumers, and desirable performance upgrades for enterprise customers. Viking Technology has that last segment of customers in mind with its new Ultra-High-Capacity (UHC) Silo SSD series, which will be available in capacities up to an astonishing 50TB. Given that the UHC Silo SSD series is aimed at the enterprise market, it features a 3.5-inch form-factor and a 6Gbps SAS interface. Viking is confident... Read more...
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