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Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of a new type of Flash storage chip. The company's fifth-gen V-NAND has the fastest data transfer speed in the industry and is the first to use the Toggle DDR 4.0 NAND interface. That new interface improves the speed for transmitting data of the 256Gb V-NAND to over 1.4 Gbps. That is a 40% gain in performance for this new Samsung 90-layer NAND technology, compared to Samsung's 64-layer predecessor. Samsung says that the new V-NAND (Vertically stacked NAND) has energy efficiency comparable to the old 64-layer chip because the... Read more...
Samsung is laying claim to having the highest capacity NVMe solid state drive on the market, an 8-terabyte model based on the ultra-thin Next-Generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF). As is often the case when it comes to technological firsts in storage, the new 8TB NVMe NF1 SSD is not a consumer drive, so don't expect to pick this thing up for your gaming PC, as cool as that might be. Instead, it's optimized for heavy data analytics and virtualization applications in next-gen data centers and enterprise environments. The new drive features 16 of Samsung's 512-gigabyte (GB) NAND flash memory packages.... Read more...
The latest generation of NVMe-based solid state drives have significantly altered the value proposition for performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. Whereas the NVMe drives of “old” were significantly more expensive than SATA-based products, while offering somewhat higher performance, many of today’s drives are only slightly higher priced and may offer 5 – 6x the peak throughput. Case in point, the ADATA XPG SX8200 we will be showing you here today. This ADATA drive is a speedy, yet affordable solid state drive that offers peak read and write speeds of 3200/1700MB per second,... Read more...
Although we first caught a glimpse of the SSD that would become the Toshiba OCZ RC100 back at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, they are now ready for public consumption and Toshiba has just begun shipping the drives. If you’re not hip to the OCZ RC100, it’s a new family of solid state drives that’s specifically designed to push the NVMe interface and smaller M.2 form factor further down into mainstream price points. Toshiba accomplishes this feat by using a single-package design that packs the NAND flash memory and controller into a single chip. The drive’s design... Read more...
Over the past two weeks, we have detailed an ongoing issue that has prevented PCs with certain Intel SSDs from upgrading to the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Microsoft was vague about what SSDs were affected at first, but then later confirmed that the bug crippled the Intel SSD 600p and Intel SSD Pro 6000 series. "When attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, select devices with Intel SSD 600p series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p series may crash and enter a UEFI screen after reboot," said Microsoft earlier this month. "Microsoft is working with OEM... Read more...
Intel and Micron have just jointly announced shipment of the first quad-level cell (QLC) NAND-based SSD in the industry: the Micron 5210 ION, which is aimed directly at read-intensive cloud workloads. Intel-Micron say that the new QLC NAND has 33 percent greater bit density than TLC NAND, which gives it the ability to address opportunities in the market that used to be serviced only by lower cost, higher density Hard Disk Drives (HDD). QLC technology allows the SSD to reach 1-terabit densities using a 64-layer 3D NAND structure. However, the Intel-Micron team also notes 96-layer QLC NAND is... Read more...
Western Digital recently launched a new family of NVMe-based solid state drives targeting gamers and enthusiasts. The simply-branded WD Black NVMe SSD family has a similar naming convention to some previous-generation solid state drives built by the company, but these latest offerings are packing some new technology and offer performance much higher than any of the earlier WD-made storage product offerings that came before it. The WD Black NVMe SSD family features a new controller, 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND flash memory, an intelligently laid-out PCB that optimizes thermal characteristics, and... Read more...
Despite several months of testing, there is a show stopping bug in the April 2018 Update for Windows 10 that is causing issues on systems with certain Intel-brand solid state drives installed. Affected systems can end up in a UEFI screen reboot or experience repeated crashes, according to a new support document on Microsoft's website. As a result, Microsoft is halting the roll out of the April 2018 Update to potentially affected rigs while it works on a fix. "Microsoft is currently blocking some Intel SSDs from installing the April 2018 Update due to a known incompatibility that may cause performance... Read more...
Late last month, Samsung announced its newest family of solid state drives, which include the 970 PRO and 970 EVO. As noted in our review, we were overall impressed with their strong performance across a wide range of workloads compared to the 960 PRO and 960 EVO and against what the competition offers. However, Samsung has thrown us a curveball by reducing prices across the board for both product families. Samsung has cut prices significantly on the on 970 PRO family, which was one of our only sticking points with the SSDs. The 970 EVO family sees less drastic price cuts, as these... Read more...
Intel is upping the ante in the enthusiast storage space again, with a brand-new 3D Xpoint-based drive called the Optane SSD 905P. As its name implies, the Optane SSD 905P isn’t a major departure from the Optane SSD 900P that was released a few month back, but Intel was worked a bit of magic to improve performance in a few ways. Peak capacity of the drive has also been doubled, and a new, edgier design language makes a debut – complete with integrated lighting. We put the Intel Optane SSD 905P through a battery of benchmarks on our updated test bed and have our results laid out for... Read more...
Samsung has been at the forefront of NVMe-based solid state storage essentially since the standard’s inception. The Samsung SSD 960 Pro and 960 EVO that were released all the way back in 2016 have been among the best performing, most sought after M.2 NVMe-based gumsticks available. It’s kind of hard to believe the 960 Pro and 960 EVO have been riding high for so long in such a rapidly advancing space, but it’s true. Samsung, however, is finally ready to supplant its popular drives with the brand-new – you guessed it – SSD 970 Pro and 970 EVO series that we’re... Read more...
There is no shortage of options when it comes to fast solid-state drives to enhance the storage subsystem on our gaming rigs. Western Digital is adding to the mix with the new WD Black 3D NVMe SSD, which is specifically being aimed at gamers. The SSD family is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities, and offers incredible performance across the board. The 250GB SKU offers sequential reads/writes of up to 3,000 MB/sec and 1,600 MB/sec respectively, and random read/write performance of up to 220,000/170,000 IOPs. The 1TB SKU is the speed demon of the family, with sequential read/writes of 3,400... Read more...
Kingston Digital has announced a new storage device aiming at people wanting high performance at an entry-level price. The storage device is called the A1000 PCIe NVMe SSD. The M.2 is the first entry-level consumer-grade SSD of its type and Kingston claims that it will deliver twice the performance of SATA but will retail at “near SATA” pricing. The A1000 is said to be 20 times faster than a normal hard drive. The A1000 is a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor that will work in notebooks and other systems with limited space. A1000 drives use a Gen 3.0 x2 interface, have a 4-channel... Read more...
We like big SSDs and we cannot lie! Luckily for us Nimbus Data is satisfying our lust for all things SSD with a positively massive new offering: the company's new ExaDrive DC100 offers a mind-blowing 100TB of storage space. To put that in perspective, Samsung just began sampling its 30TB PM1643 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD for enterprise customers. The ExaDrive DC100 has been designed for data center duty, but it still offers a traditional SATA interface (along with SAS), and is available in a 3.5-inch form-factor. That means that you could technically fit this SSD in your gaming rig, but we... Read more...
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