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Spinning hard disks are completely out for just about all but the very cheapest of systems. Solid state drives like the WD Blue SN550 we'll be evaluating in this article are here to stay, and continue to make their way into lower-priced, ever more affordable notebooks and desktops. That's no doubt due to the fact that these drives' asking prices have consistently dropped year over year. In 2020, there hasn't been much good news on the affordable, widely-available PC hardware front, but SSD availability has been one bright spot. There's never been a better time to grab an SSD to speed up any PC still chugging along with magnetic media.  Western Digital isn't a newcomer to solid state storage,... Read more...
If you need to check the integrity if your file system using the built-in Check Disk utility in Windows 10, be advised that some users are reporting issues with it, when attaching the "/f" parameter, which tells the utility to fix errors on the disk. The problem seems to only be affecting solid state drives (SSDs). For those of you who have never heard of the Check Disk utility, it dates back several decades and was something us old fogies ran on many occasions. These days Windows does a much better of job of taking care of disk maintenance on its own, though there are still instances when IT admins and tech savvy users might want to run the command, which is initiated by typing "chkdsk" in a... Read more...
Predicting what will happen in the PC market, including supplementary components, sometimes feels a lot like throwing darts at a dartboard. Analysts do the best they can with the information available, but things have a tendency to turn on a dime. That said, one welcome trend we have seen is the continued drop in price for solid state drive (SSD) storage (without a shortage of drives), and there is reason to believe that further price cuts are around the corner. I am not sure storage makers see it as a welcome trend, but consumers sure do. This has made it easier than ever to consider an SSD in place of a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD)—even though the latter still offers a better price... Read more...
Thank the stars above that prices on solid state drives (SSDs) are no longer stratospheric, having plummeted down to earth. Granted, the price-per-gigabyte ratio is still better on mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) storage, but SSDs are fast and attainable on a budget. Especially now—with Cyber Monday in view, Samsung's incredibly fast 970 Evo Plus and 980 Pro SSDs are on sale at Amazon. As we noted in our review of the 970 Evo Plus, this SSD line is optimized for speed in a big way. It is a worthy upgrade over the regular Evo line (read: non-Plus), with much faster write speeds—up to 3,300MB/s, versus 2,500MB/s. Rated sequential reads did not change, but were already blazing fast... Read more...
The Steam Autumn sale kicked off yesterday, and you may be buying a few more games that you want to try out. The biggest problem you could encounter is not knowing what games to uninstall so you have room to install others. However, Western Digital has you covered this Black Friday with some stellar deals on storage, so you can install and play the games you want, without having to sacrifice those that you already have, in order to free up storage space. Western Digital 1TB WD_Black SN750 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Today, the top deal we have for you is this WD_Black 1TB M.2 SSD coming in at a whopping 54% off, bringing the price down to $115. If you need to store some games, this is... Read more...
I have yet to see a solid state drive come with a whiplash warning, but maybe one is finally warranted. Faster SSDs are coming, and at least some of them will be driven by Phison's brand-spanking-new PS5018-E18 controller chip, which leverages the PCI Express 4.0 bus to push incredibly high read and write speeds on the PC. How fast, you ask? According to Phison, the E18 controller can drive sequential read speeds of up to 7,400MB/s, or 7.4GB/s, and sequential write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s, or 7GB/s. This will enable a new generation of PCIe 4.0 SSDs that perform even higher than the initial ones, which generally peaked at around 5,000MB/s. “While other companies are just now starting... Read more...
At the beginning of September, Sabrent announced its Rocket 4 Plus solid state drive, which is rated to deliver delightfully fast sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and write speeds up to 6,850MB/s. This is large part due to Phison's next-gen PS5018-E18 controller. As enticing as that is, it appears the E18 can push even further. The controller chip is basically what drives an SSD, managing the data flow from the NAND flash memory chips and I/O. Phison has been pressing the pedal to the metal, with its E18 controller rated to deliver read and write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s, and long with 4K random read and writes of up to 1 million IOPS. Here's a breakdown... Those are some impressive... Read more...
The market for PCIe 4.0 SSDs is expanding at a rapid pace, helped in part -- in the consumer market -- by the introduction of AMD's Zen 2/X570 platform in 2019. With the launch of Tiger Lake and the upcoming Zen 3 and Rocket Lake desktop processor platforms, PCIe 4.0 SSDs are going to filter further into the mainstream market. One of the newest entries in the mainstream market is coming from PNY, and it's called the XLR8 CS3040. The XLR8 CS3040 offers a significant uplift in performance compared to the top PCIe 3.0 SSDs, delivering sequential read and write speeds of 5,600MB/sec and 4,300MB/sec respectively. This performance puts it in the company of the first-generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs... Read more...
Following the release of the AMD Ryzen 3000 desktop processor family, and complementing X570 motherboards, PCIe 4.0 SSDs have been sought after by enthusiasts looking for some extra performance. There aren't many companies out there making PCIe 4.0 SSD controllers, so when new products are announced, we definitely take notice. Such is the case today with three new PCIe 4.0 SSD controllers that are coming from Silicon Motion (one of which we've already heard about). The first is the 8-channel SM2264, which is aimed squarely at the enthusiast market for those craving the ultimate in performance. According to the company, the SM2264 features a quad-core ARM R8 CPU directing four lanes of 16Gb/s... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung unveiled the privacy-minded Portable SSD T7 Touch. This external USB-C storage device delivered high capacities up to 2TB and impressive read-write speeds over USB 3.2 Gen 2. Its headlining feature, however, was an integrated fingerprint reader to effortlessly unlock the drive’s AES 256-bit encryption. Not everyone needs this one-touch access to their files though, and would prefer a more straightforward external storage solution. For these users Samsung has released a non-touch variant of the T7 to shed some cost, but keep the rest of the goodness intact. Samsung Portable SSD T7 Specifications & Features The simply named Samsung Portable SSD T7 lacks the... Read more...
Buying a solid state drive right now is not a bad idea, with all of the Prime Day deals happening (at Amazon and other retailers as well). But if you decide to wait a bit, you might be rewarded with even lower prices. Same goes for RAM. A continued oversupply of memory chips is the reason, with average selling prices (ASPs) predicted to decline even further this quarter. This is good news for consumers. We have already seem RAM and SSD prices come down quite a bit over the past year or so, in what has been a somewhat volatile market. If you are building a PC today (or soon), it is completely feasible to splurge on a 32GB DDR4 memory kit and a fast 1TB NVMe SSD without taking out a second mortgage.... Read more...
We love compelling SSD deals here at HotHardware, so we of course are always on the lookout for the latest to deliver to our readers. Well, today we’ve got some deals for you on a few Inland SSDs that are available at Amazon. The Inland Platinum 1TB SSD features a standard M.2 2280 PCIe 3.0 form-factor and would be perfectly at home in either a laptop or a desktop. Amazon has priced the SSD at $99.99 with free shipping and free return shipping if the SSD for some reason doesn't work out for you. When it comes to performance, sequential reads are rated at 3,400MB/sec, while sequential reads come in at 1,900MB/sec. Likewise, random reads and writes are spec'd for 120K IOPS... Read more...
Instead of potentially and needlessly thrashing your solid state drive, Microsoft is testing an update to Windows 10 that would add storage health monitoring, allowing it to check your high-speed SSD for signs of impending failure. Ideally, this would give you time to back up your data before it goes kaput, if the drive is about to check itself into the digital graveyard. The new feature is accessible to users in the Windows Insider program, with preview build 20226 in the Dev channel, or what was previously called the Fast ring. Microsoft revamped its Windows Insider program in June, replacing the Ring system with a Dev channel (intended for "highly technical users"), Beta channel (for "early... Read more...
Yesterday we brought you some compelling deals on some fast Sabrent SSDs, and we’re back for another round today. This time we’ve got some deals on some blazing fast 1TB PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 based SSDs that won’t empty your wallet in the process (along with some info on Prime Day 2020). Starting things off is the Kingston A2000 1TB SSD, which is priced at just $99.99, representing a 29 percent discount off its normal asking price. That price gets you plenty of storage in an M.2 2280 form-factor with a PCIe 3.0 interface. Kingston lists sequential read/write speeds at 2,200MB/sec and 2,000MB/sec respectively for the A2000, which is quite good at this price point. Kingston... Read more...
We first caught a glimpse of the Samsung SSD 980 Pro all the way back at CES in early January. The highly-anticipated drive was tucked away in a display case in Samsung’s massive booth on the show floor, but other than the branding, some early claimed performance data, and the fact that drive had a native PCIe 4.0 interface, details were scant. All that changes today, though. We’ve gotten our hands on a couple of shiny, new Samsung SSD 980 Pro drives – in 250GB and 1TB flavors – and are finally able to give you the full scoop. The Samsung SSD 980 Pro series of solid state drives not only support the PCI Express 4.0 interface, but they are outfitted with a completely new... Read more...
Just a week ago, we brought you news of XPG's latest mainstream SSD: the PCIe 4.0 based GAMMIX S50 Lite, which provides slightly better performance that typical PCIe 3.0 SSDs on the market. Today, however, XPG is targeting the other end of the spectrum with the high-performance GAMMIX S70 PCIe 4.0 SSD that will be duking it out with the likes of the Samsung 980 Pro and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. If you thought that the Rocket 4 Plus was fast, you ain't seen nothin' yet. XPG says that the GAMMIX S70 is good for maximum sequential reads of 7,400MB/sec, while sequential writes are rated for 6,400MB/sec. To put that in perspective, this is how its peers compare:         ... Read more...
You will be able to swap out the external solid state drive (SSD) storage on your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S without rebooting the console, Microsoft has confirmed. Up until now, we only knew that both consoles would support external NVMe SSDs as a way to expand the internal storage, but the hot swapping revelation is a new development. Why does this matter? Here's the deal—Microsoft has been making a big deal about the switch to SSD storage with its next-generation game console. Likewise, it has also been hyping its Velocity storage architecture. The two combined come with the promise of virtually eliminating both initial game loads, and in-game transitions. It could also open the... Read more...
Remember how we told you that a bug in Windows 10's built-in drive optimization tool could be crippling your solid state drive (SSD)? Well, good news folks—the latest cumulative update (this month's Patch Tuesday roll out) fixes the problem, and even if you rely on a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) instead of an SSD, you should prioritize applying it. We are talking about KB4571756. Microsoft's related support article is a little vague, with the following bits listed as highlights... Updates to improve security when using input devices (such as a mouse, keyboard, or pen) Updates to improve security when Windows performs basic operations Updates for storing and managing files Updates to... Read more...
Have you ever needed to store millions of videos, songs, and games (or just 3 whole copies of the new Call of Duty)? TEAMGROUP, maker of memory and storage products, is shaking up the SSD game with QX, the first consumer-grade 15.3TB 2.5” SATA SSD. This beastly storage device at built with 3D QLC flash memory, which may lead to concerns of overall lifespan. TEAMGROUP quells this concern with the fact that it “has up to 2560TBW of write life.” Also, the QX SSD supports Windows TRIM optimization, NCQ technology, and Wear-Leveling technology, which all contribute to a longer lifespan. Overall, TEAMGROUP states that this device is “super durable” and will revolutionize... Read more...
Over the weekend, we were made privy to official specifications for the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD, which should be arriving relatively soon on the consumer market. The 980 Pro offers some pretty spectacular performance stats, with maximum sequential reads and writes of 7,000MB/sec and 5,000MB/sec respectively. However, Sabrent is looking to crash Samsung’s brief “hurrah” with the Rocket 4 Plus. Sabrent’s first PCIe 4.0 SSD, the Rocket, used a Phison E16 controller and provided sequential reads and writes of up to 5,000MB/sec and 4,400MB/sec respectively. However, the new Rocket 4 Plus is off the charts with sequential reads of 7,000MB/sec (matching that of the... Read more...
We got our first glimpse of Samsung's new 980 Pro SSD back at CES 2020, and at the time, it was promising big performance thanks to its shift from the PCIe 3.0 interface to PCIe 4.0. We were initially told that the 980 Pro would top out with blistering sequential read speeds of 6.5GB/sec, which would absolutely crush anything else available on the consumer SSD market. Today, Samsung is dishing out official specs for the 980 Pro via a product page for the SSD. Overall, Samsung is claiming that the 980 Pro is twice as fast as contemporary PCIe 3.0 SSDs, and up to 12.7 times faster than SATA-based counterparts.  Getting down to actual performance, Samsung quotes up... Read more...
Memory maker SK Hynix is over the moon at being the first to market with a consumer solid state drive (SSD) that uses 128-layer NAND flash memory chips, and while that is notable, the real treat here is the balance of speed and price. The company's new Gold P31 is both fast and relatively affordable, particularly in the realm of NVMe drives. SK Hynix being first to offer a 128-layer NAND powered SSD is only mildly surprising. After all, the company makes its own chips and storage components. "As a leading manufacturer of memory chips, SK Hynix designs, develops, and supplies its own DRAM and NAND flash devices as well as internal SSD controllers. Prior to the addition of the Gold P31 PCIe SSD,... Read more...
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