The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the fix and a firmware update is expected to be released on October 15th. Samsung kept its promise and delivered the update yesterday through its website (download here). The fix is actually a bit more than just a firmware update. Because the bug specifically affects the read speed of old data, simply flashing the firmware isn't enough. The data in the drive has to be rewritten for the changes in the new firmware to take place. Thus the fix comes in the form of a separate tool, which Samsung calls Performance Restoration Software. For now the...

Intel SSD 330 Officially Announced: Affordable SandForce

We reported on Intel's SSD 330 weeks ago, but today is the official announcement of the drive and its availability in the channel. Unlike previous 300 series drives, the...

75 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2012

Crucial Releases Firmware Update for m4 SSD

Crucial has released a firmware update for its popular m4 SSD series. The update carries a version code of 000F. The update is said to improve compatibility with certain...

40 by Kristian Vättö on 4/12/2012

Intel's SSD 910: Finally a PCIe SSD from Intel

Solid state storage has quickly been able to saturate the SATA interface just as quickly as new standards are introduced. The first generation of well-built MLC SSDs quickly bumped...

70 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/12/2012

OCZ Confirms Octane and Vertex 4 use Marvell based Silicon

I received a tip yesterday with proof that OCZ's Everest controller was actually a Marvell 88SS9174 controller (the same controller used in Crucial's m4, Intel's SSD 510, etc...) with...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/11/2012

Micron C400 mSATA (128GB) SSD Review

The arrival of affordable, high-performance client SSDs gave us two (closely related) things: 1) a high-speed primary storage option that could work in both a notebook or a desktop...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2012

Kingston HyperX 3K (240GB) SSD Review

With OCZ intent on moving as much volume to its in-house Indilinx controllers as possible, SandForce (now LSI) needed to expand to additional partners. OCZ has strong control over...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2012

The Plextor M3 (256GB) Review

Plextor as a brand is probably a new acquaintance for most people and I have to admit that I had not heard of Plextor until a couple of months...

114 by Kristian Vättö on 4/5/2012

OCZ Vertex 4 Review (256GB, 512GB)

Thirteen months ago OCZ announced its intention to acquire Indilinx, the SSD controller maker that gave Intel its first taste of competition in the consumer market in 2009. Eight...

126 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/4/2012

Details on Intel SSD 330 Series

It's been a busy spring for Intel. The Intel SSD 520 series was released in February, and a month later, Sandy Bridge EP was released. Only another month or...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 4/3/2012

Intel SSD 313 Series Launched

A bit over a month ago, we reported that Intel's SSD 313 would be launching soon. We don't know when exactly the launch took place but the 313...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 4/3/2012

LSI's Nytro MegaRAID Brings SSD Caching to SAS RAID Cards

At the beginning of the year LSI completed the acquisition of SandForce, the SSD controller maker we've been covering extensively since its arrival on the scene in late 2009...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/2/2012

Marvell's 3rd Generation 88SS9187 SSD Controller

Today Marvell is announcing its third generation SSD controller with the 88SS9187. Its predecessor, the 88SS9174 was used in many drives including Crucial's m4 and Intel's SSD 510. The...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2012

Micron Announces 2.5" PCIe SSD for Enterprise

Micron has announced the first 2.5" SSD which utilizes PCIe interface instead of the more common SATA interface. The 2.5" form factor allows for easy serviceability because the drives...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 3/7/2012

Corsair Releases Accelerator Series SSDs

Corsair released a new SSD series today branded Accelerator. Like the name suggests, this series is aimed for caching purposes and is bundled with NVELO's DataPlex caching software. Corsair...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 3/6/2012

OCZ Releases 180GB and 360GB Models of Agility 3

Today OCZ added two more capacities to their Agility 3 lineup: 180GB and 360GB. Agility 3 isn't the first SSD series to feature such SSD capacities, but more often...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 2/29/2012

Intel Sells Some of Its IMFT Stake to Micron

Intel and Micron today announced that they have done some modifications to their agreements on their IMFT joint venture. In short, Intel is selling its stake in two fabs...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 2/28/2012

ADATA Releases Three SSDs - Maximizing The Capacity of SandForce Drives

ADATA has released three new SSD lineups: XPG SX900, Premier Pro SP900, and Premier SP800. XPG is ADATA's high-end brand aimed at gamers and enthusiasts and SX900 is the...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 2/25/2012

Understanding TLC NAND

In almost every SSD review we have published, Anand has mentioned how an SSD is the biggest performance upgrade you can make today. Why would anyone use regular hard...

91 by Kristian Vättö on 2/23/2012

Intel 313 Series SSDs Launching Soon

Intel 313 Series SSDs (also known as "Hawley Creek") were originally scheduled for Q4'11 release but obviously they were delayed. VR-Zone is now claiming that the release will take...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 2/22/2012

OCZ Octane 1.13 Firmware Update: Improving 4KB Random Write Performance

The one thing that OCZ has been missing for so many years is finally one of its staples: focus. The same company that dabbled in everything from brain mice...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2012

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