We published our last 'Best SSDs' article in July and to be completely honest the core of my recommendations has remained unchanged, but there are a couple of new entries that deserve a mention. We are admittedly a bit late with this guide since it's less than ten days until Christmas and most people should already be done with their gift purchases, but I wanted to wait for the Samsung SSD 850 EVO launch to ensure that our guide is up-to-date going forward. Similar to what we have done before, I will be splitting the recommendations into a few different categories specified by form factor and performance. As always, the listed prices are accurate at the time of publishing, but given the dynamic nature and...

Plextor Releases M5 Pro SSD: Say Hello to Marvell 88SS9187 and 19nm Toshiba NAND

This is an announcement we have been waiting for. In our Plextor M3 Pro and M5S reviews, we mentioned that the limits of Marvell's 88SS9174 controller have more or...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/7/2012

OCZ Vertex 4 Review (128GB), Firmware 1.4/1.5 Tested

When OCZ released the Vertex 4 in April, it brought us excepionally great write performance. Based on OCZ's Everest 2 controller (Marvell IP with custom firmware), the Vertex 4...

60 by Kristian Vättö on 8/4/2012

Buffalo MiniStation Thunderbolt Review - An External with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

Back when Thunderbolt (then Intel Lightpeak) was optical, I was actively involved in covering the interface, partly out of professional curiosity due to my optical background, partly because I...

61 by Brian Klug on 8/1/2012

The Intel SSD 330 Review (60GB, 120GB, 180GB)

Earlier this year Intel introduced its second SandForce based SSD: the Intel SSD 330. While Intel had previously reserved the 5xx line for 3rd party controllers, the 330 marks...

64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2012

Crucial's v4 SSD: Affordable 3Gbps SATA SSD based on Phison's PS3105 Controller

Crucial's m4 SSD has been extremely popular. It's priced very competitively and although it's not the fastest SATA 6Gb/s SSD, its performance is still very good. Crucial has now...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 7/31/2012

Plextor M5S Now Available

Plextor launched the M5S SSD about two weeks ago and we were among the first to review it. Plextor did not have a specific release date at the time...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 7/27/2012

Plextor M5S 256GB Review

Plextor is one of those OEMs who have quietly been making their way into the SSD market. They haven't been aggressive with marketing. Their drives are not featured on...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 7/18/2012

Plextor Releases M5S SSD Series

Plextor has updated its SSD lineup with something new: the M5S. It's based on the same Marvell 88SS9174 controller as Plextor's M3 and M3 Pro, which we've been quite...

17 by Kristian Vättö on 7/11/2012

Corsair Releases Force Series GS SSDs

Corsair has released a new member of its Force series SSDs called the Force GS. The Force GS is based on SandForce's SF-2200 series controller (most likely SF-2281) and...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 7/9/2012

Plextor M3 Pro (256GB) Review

If you are an active reader, you might remember our Plextor M3 review from a few months back. As I noted in the review, I wasn't expecting much when...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 7/1/2012

Hynix Enters Consumer SSD Market with SandForce Based SSDs - 20nm NAND is Also Here UPDATE: It's actually 26nm

Hynix has been in the SSD industry for years but their SSDs have been available only to OEMs. Their NAND is used in various other brand SSDs but Hynix...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2012

OWC Releases 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD

OWC has released a 960GB version of their Mercury Electra 3G SSD series. The drive uses two SandForce SF-2181 controllers, configured in RAID 0 using Silicon Image's RAID controller...

20 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2012

Hynix to Acquire Link A Media Devices (LAMD)

Hynix published a press release that they have acquired Link A Media Devices (commonly referred to as simply LAMD). The cost of the acquisition has not been revealed, nor...

1 by Kristian Vättö on 6/19/2012

The next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display: SSD Analysis

After a week in Taiwan, and a weekend in San Francisco, I'm finally back home and hard at work on the Retina Display MacBook Pro Review. One of the...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/13/2012

The New MacBook Air Uses Toshiba's SATA 6Gb/s SSDs UPDATE: Samsung Too

Yesterday's keynote was certainly one of the biggest events for Macs that Apple has held in years. The main focus was obviously in the new MacBook Pro with Retina...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2012

Intel Discovers SandForce SF-2281 Controller Can't Do AES-256 Encryption, Offers Return Program

Although SandForce's SF-2281 controller has been shipping for well over a year at this point, it took Intel to discover a bug in the controller that prevents it from...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/11/2012

SandForce Demos 19nm Toshiba & 20nm IMFT NAND Flash

SandForce's controllers have fairly broad compatibility with NAND available on the market today. It shouldn't be a surprise that the first demo we saw of Toshiba's 19nm and Intel/Micron's...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012

ADATA XPG SX900 (128GB) Review: Maximizing SandForce Capacity

SandForce sets aside more NAND capacity than most controllers for spare area. While Intel, Marvell, Samsung and others default to ~7% of total NAND capacity for spare area, SandForce...

58 by Kristian Vättö on 6/8/2012

OCZ's Intrepid 3: Enterprise Everest 2

In addition to the Kilminjaro based platforms, OCZ showed off its Intrepid 3 SSD at Computex today. The Intrepid 3 is an enterprise version of the Indilinex Everest 2...

0 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

OCZ Demonstrates Native PCIe SSDs: Z-Drive R5 in PCIe, mini-PCIe and 2.5" Form Factors

OCZ showed us its Kilimanjaro based Z-Drive R5 (native PCIe controller jointly developed with Marvell) running a 4KB random write test at Computex today. The drive was pushing as...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/5/2012

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