Storage

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941) back in late 2013, and before that it was the first one to adopt TLC NAND in 2012. Earlier this year Samsung's second generation client PCIe drive, the SM951, made an appearance in a Lenovo laptop, but to everyone's surprise the drive wasn't NVMe compatible like Samsung had announced earlier. That turned out to be only temporary as a few months later Ganesh discovered an NVMe-enabled SM951 inside an Intel NUC, which we have now put through our extensive SSD test suite. Can NVMe and the SM951 live up to the hype? Read on and...

Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

The Serial ATA International Organization didn't have much to worry about when hard drives were the primary (only) media. The laws of rotational physics ensured hard drive speeds would...

130 by Kristian Vättö on 3/13/2014

OCZ's CEO Outlines Post-Acquisition Plans for TLC and Native PCIe SSDs

Late last year Toshiba announced its intentions to acquire OCZ's assets for $35 million in cash. The offer came after OCZ filed for bankruptcy, following a year of corporate...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2014

An Update to Kingston SSDNow V300: A Switch to Slower Micron NAND

If you are a forum active or a recent buyer of Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD, there is a chance that you're aware of its performance issues. In short, users...

69 by Kristian Vättö on 3/3/2014

Intel SSD 730 (480GB) Review: Bringing Enterprise to the Consumers

The days of Intel being the dominant player in the client SSD business are long gone. A few years ago Intel shifted its focus from client SSDs to the...

94 by Kristian Vättö on 2/27/2014

Western Digital Targets Surveillance Storage Market with Purple Hard Drives

Western Digital's campaign to delineate hard drive market segments and the accompanied colour-based branding has proved to be very popular. The Red drive lineup for the SMB / SOHO...

29 by Ganesh T S on 2/25/2014

SanDisk iNAND Extreme in 2014: Finally a Good eMMC Solution for Mobile?

For the past couple of years we've been focusing more on tracking storage performance within smartphones and tablets. For the most part, we've come away disappointed. With smartphone ASPs...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

5TB 3.5” Enterprise HDD from Toshiba Announced

Despite the focus on immediate storage is on the solid-state drive, whenever a large backup is needed then the mechanical hard-disk drive is still reigning supreme, and the demand...

42 by Ian Cutress on 2/15/2014

An Update Regarding OCZ's Warranties

There's been some level of uncertainty regarding OCZ and especially the outstanding product warranties. I covered OCZ's situation and its position at Toshiba in our Vertex 460 review but...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 1/31/2014

The WD Black2 Review: World's First 2.5" Dual-Drive

If you had asked me a few years ago, I would've said that hybrid drives will be the next big thing in the storage industry. A hybrid drive made...

100 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2014

OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB) Review

The last few months have not been easy at OCZ. After long-lasting financial issues, the company filed for bankruptcy on November 27th and a week later Toshiba announced that...

68 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2014

Plextor’s M6 Series SSDs at CES

I stopped by Plextor at CES last week for the announcement of their latest SSDs, from their upcoming M6 series. These drives are slated to (eventually) replace the current...

6 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2014

ADATA at CES: SF-3700, Power Banks, etc.

Visiting any of the former RAM companies these days usually results in the same result: lots of SSDs, with RAM still there in the background and maybe PSUs and...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/13/2014

OWC to Bring Aftermarket SF3700 PCIe SSD Upgrades to 2013 Macs

I was pleasantly surprised to drop by OWC's booth at CES to see a mechanical sample of its forthcoming LSI SF3700 based PCIe SSD. OWC plans on offering aftermarket...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2014

Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung is in a unique position in the SSD market. It’s the only company in the consumer SSD business with a fully vertically integrated business model and zero reliance...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2014

Mushkin CES 2014: SF-3700 SSDs

USB sticks and memory are fine, but the more interesting products at Mushkin are their upcoming SSDs. We’ve already discussed their new line of enterprise class SSDs, but Mushkin...

8 by Jarred Walton on 1/8/2014

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2: Mini Review

LaCie was among the first on the scene to support Intel (and Apple's) Thunderbolt specification with the Little Big Disk. The original Little Big Disk combined two 2.5" HDDs...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Avago to Acquire LSI

Within the last year, there have been several major acquisitions in the storage industry. Western Digital acquired STEC, Virident, and Velobit; SanDisk acquired SMART; and now Toshiba is taking...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2013

Mushkin Atlas mSATA (240GB & 480GB) Review

The retail mSATA SSD market doesn't have too many players. Most OEMs, such as Samsung, Toshiba and SanDisk, only sell their mSATA SSDs straight to PC OEMs. Out of...

27 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2013

OCZ Releases Intrepid 3000: First In-House Enterprise SSD

The last few weeks have been tough for OCZ. The company filed for bankruptcy and a week later OCZ announced that Toshiba will be acquiring their assets. While there...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 12/12/2013

Samsung SSD News: 1TB 840 EVO mSATA, RAPID for 840 Pro & eDrive for 840 EVO

Today has been a busy day for Samsung's SSD department with three releases/announcements. With three different topics, I've separated this article into three, so let's begin with the hardware. Samsung...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 12/9/2013

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