SSDs

When Samsung took the stage at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, they admittedly didn't deliver any bombshell announcements on the scale of the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint surprise, but they still had a lot to talk about. We knew that Samsung's third generation of V-NAND/3D NAND was on the way with mass production scheduled for the second half of this year. Samsung has now disclosed that mass production is starting this month, and that it's a 48-layer design with a 256Gb TLC being the first die announced. Samsung's current second-generation 3D NAND is a 32-layer design available as 128Gb TLC or 128Gb MLC. With mass production imminent, Samsung has ensured that neither SK Hynix nor the Toshiba/SanDisk joint venture will be able to leapfrog them with their...

FMS 2014: Silicon Motion Showcases SM2256 SSD Controller with TLC NAND Support

A couple of weeks ago at Flash Memory Summit, Silicon Motion launched their next generation SATA 6Gbps SSD controller. Dubbed simply as SM2256, the new controller is the first...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 8/20/2014

SanDisk Releases Ultra II SSD: Bringing More TLC NAND to the Market

It is a busy day in the client SSD space as earlier today AMD announced the company's first SSD, the R7, and now SanDisk is releasing the Ultra II...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

AMD Jumps Into the SSD Market: Radeon R7 Series SSD Launched

Back in 2011, AMD made a rather unexpected move and expanded its Radeon brand to include memory in addition to graphics cards. With today's announcement AMD is adding another...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

FMS 2014: HGST Announces FlashMAX III PCIe SSDs

Continuing with our Flash Memory Summit coverage, HGST announced their FlashMAX III enterprise SSD, which is the first fruit of HGST's Virident acquistion and continues Virident's FlashMAX brand. The...

18 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2014

FMS 2014: SanDisk ULLtraDIMM to Ship in Supermicro's Servers

We are running a bit late with our Flash Memory Summit coverage as I did not get back from the US until last Friday, but I still wanted to...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2014

OCZ Launches ARC 100 Value SSD

The release of the Vector marked as a change in OCZ's strategy. With a new CEO, OCZ's goal was to change the company's brand image from being a low-cost...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 8/13/2014

Transcend SSD340 (256GB) Review

A couple of months ago we reviewed JMicron's JMF667H reference design SSDs, which did relatively well in our tests especially when taking JMicron's older SSD controllers into account. As...

57 by Kristian Vättö on 8/4/2014

Intel SSD Pro 2500 (240GB) Review

Last year Intel introduced the SSD Pro 1500, the company's first SSD for the business segment. The Pro 1500 brought support for hardware accelerated encryption in the form of...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 7/30/2014

Best SSDs: July 2014

Given the recent product releases in the SSD industry, it is now a good time to do another purchase recommendation post. We did our first "Best SSDs" post in...

42 by Kristian Vättö on 7/23/2014

Testing Samsung 850 Pro Endurance & Measuring V-NAND Die Size

Last week Samsung announced the 850 Pro, which is the first mainstream SSD to utilize 3D V-NAND. We already reviewed the drive and covered the fundamentals of V-NAND in...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 7/7/2014

Samsung SSD Global Summit 2014: 845 DC Pro with V-NAND, SM951 with NVMe Support

Every year for the past three years, Samsung has flown a bunch of media from all around the world for their SSD Global Summit. The Summit serves as an...

17 by Kristian Vättö on 7/4/2014

Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) Review: Enter the 3D Era

Over the last three years, Samsung has become one of the most dominant players in the SSD industry. Samsung's strategy has been tight vertical integration ever since the beginning...

157 by Kristian Vättö on 7/1/2014

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD (256GB & 512GB) Review: Say Hello to an SMI Controller

The ADATA Premier SP610 is the first SSD with a new Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller to enter our test labs. This is a drive going after the lower cost...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 6/27/2014

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) Review: The Fastest Just Got Faster

The SSD market is currently going through the biggest change in its history. Ever since consumer SSDs started appearing around 2006, SATA has been the dominant interface, but now...

83 by Kristian Vättö on 6/16/2014

SanDisk To Acquire Fusion-io

It looks like the SSD industry is going through some serious consolidation. Only a couple of weeks ago, Seagate announced that they have acquired LSI's flash division (i.e. SandForce...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 6/16/2014

Computex 2014: Memoright Shows XT3 TLC SSD & NF8-830 PCIe SSD

Memoright is a company that some of you might have heard of as we reviewed one of their drives back in 2011 but they have been out of the...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2014

Computex 2014: JMicron Displays JMF670H SATA 6Gbps & JMF811 PCIe SSD Controllers

Sorry for the photo quality -- I had to run to another meeting so I just took some quick photos with my phone RIght before Computex, we published a review...

2 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2014

Computex 2014: G.Skill Demos PCIe SSDs

In the initial days of SSDs, G.Skill, the DRAM manufacturer, used to sell 2.5-inch SSDs. These were SATA 3 Gbps devices mostly, with the latest ones utilising SandForce...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

The Intel SSD DC P3700 Review Part 2: NVMe on Client Workloads

Last week we reviewed Intel's first NVMe drive: the DC P3700. Based on a modified version of the controller in Intel's SSD DC S3700/S3500, the P3700 moves to an...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2014

Computex 2014 ADATA Booth Tour: 2TB SX930 SSD, Micro SSDs, Power Banks, Wireless Chargers and More

We already covered ADATA's DDR4 last week but they had a ton of other interesting products at their booth. I'll start with the SSDs as they are the most...

13 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2014

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