SSDs

After all the enterprise and OEM drive announcements last month surrounding Flash Memory Summit, we've finally got a new drive to talk about that will be sold directly to consumers and available through retailers. Toshiba's Q300 and Q300 Pro drives are client-focused SATA drives using Toshiba-branded flash and controllers. The Q300 uses TLC flash and has an endurance rating of about 0.23 drive writes per day for three years. The Q300 Pro uses MLC flash and is rated for about 0.34 drive writes per day for five years. Toshiba Q300 SATA SSDs Capacity 960GB 480GB 240GB 120GB NAND Toshiba TLC Controller Toshiba TC358790 Sequential Read 550 MB/s Sequential Write 530 MB/s 4kB Random Read IOPS 87k 4kB Random Write IOPS 83k Endurance Rating 240TB 120TB 60TB 30TB SLC caching Yes QSBC Error Correction No Active Power Consumption 5.1W Idle Power Consumption 1.1W MSRP $449.99 $309.99 $159.99 $99.99 TLC-based drives require more power for writes, but the idle power rating is quite...

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

A Look at Enterprise Performance of Intel SSDs

For the majority of the history of AnandTech we've hosted our own server infrastructure. A benefit of running our own infrastructure is that we're able to gain a lot...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/8/2012

Hitachi Releases Ultrastar SSD400S.B: 25nm SLC NAND Is Here

25nm MLC NAND has been in the market for roughly a year now and it is very common in today's consumer SSDs—there are only a few models using 3Xnm...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

Intel SSD 520 Review: Cherryville Brings Reliability to SandForce

Intel was rumored to be working on a SandForce based drive for several months now, but even the rumors couldn't encapsulate just how long Intel and SF has worked...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/6/2012

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in a Plane Crash

Micron's long time CEO, Steve Appleton, has died in a plane crash at the age of 51 at the Boise Airport on Friday morning. He was reportedly flying a...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 2/4/2012

Samsung Updates the Firmware of SSD 830 Series, Fixes BSOD Issue

This seems to be a month of SSD firmware updates. Less than two weeks ago, Crucial released a firmware update to fix the issue that caused BSODs after 5184...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

OCZ Releases Firmware Update for Octane, Increases Random Write Performance

OCZ released a firmware update for its Octane SSD series. The update carries a version number 1.13 and OCZ claims substantial random write improvements. To refresh everyone's memory on...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

TRIM Enabler 2.0 for OS X Lion Released

People are often concerned with the performance of their SSD; is it running as fast as advertised. TRIM is an essential part of keeping your SSD performance up (see...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Kingston's SSDNow V+200: More Affordable SandForce

Last year Kingston introduced its HyperX line of SF-2281 based SSDs. HyperX marked the first time SandForce and Kingston ever worked together but the relationship continued. Kingston quietly introduced...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/19/2012

Crucial Provides a Firmware Update for M4 to Fix The BSOD Issue

Last week, we wrote about the BSOD issue that Crucial's M4 SSDs were experiencing. After 5184 hours (yes, that's the specific number) of active use, the SSD started to...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/14/2012

Super Talent: Demos PCIe-based RAIDDrive upStream and RAIDDrive II SSDs

It’s a bit sad, really: SATA 6Gbps ony a couple years old and already we’re seeing SSDs push the limits of the interface. While the SATA spec will eventually...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2012

Some Thoughts on SandForce's 3rd Generation SSD Controller

I spent a few minutes talking to SandForce in between meetings today and got a general idea of what a third generation SF controller might look like. The SandForce...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Corsair Continues to Expand

Corsair has been making a tremendous number of waves over the past year, as announcements made at last year's CES are beginning to come to fruition. They continue to...

9 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/12/2012

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now