During the last couple of weeks, numerous reports of Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO having low read performance have surfaced around the Internet. The most extensive one is probably a forum thread over at Overclock.net, which was started about month ago and currently has over 600 replies. For those who are not aware of the issue, there is a bug in the 840 EVO that causes the read performance of old blocks of data to drop dramatically like the HD Tach graph below illustrates. The odd part is that the bug only seems to affect LBAs that have old data (>1 month) associated with them because freshly written data will read at full speed, which also explains why the issue was not discovered...

OCZ's Fastest SSD, The IBIS and HSDL Interface Reviewed

Earlier this year OCZ announced its intention to bring a new high speed SSD interface to the market. Frustrated with the slow progress of SATA interface speeds, OCZ wanted...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/29/2010

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 & OCZ Enyo, Quick Look at Two USB 3.0 SSDs

Since I reviewed my first SSD, three things have happened. 1) Controllers have improved significantly. My personal favorite, SandForce’s SF-1200, can outperform the original X25-M by more than 3x...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

The World's First 3TB HDD: Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB Review

Seagate recently announced the world's first 3TB 3.5" HDD. There's just one catch: it's external only. The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB arrived in our labs over a week ago...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2010

Micron Announces RealSSD P300, SLC SSD for Enterprise

Buying an SSD for your notebook or desktop is nice. You get more consistent performance. Applications launch extremely fast. And if you choose the right SSD, you really curb...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/12/2010

The SSD Diaries: Crucial's RealSSD C300

The promise was high. Crucial was to not only offer better than X25-M performance but also be the first to deliver a 6Gbps SSD. Competing controller makers wouldn't hit...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/13/2010

Crucial RealSSD C300: 64GB for $150

To date, the least expensive SSDs worth consideration have come in at around $100 give or take. Our last roundup looked at the Intel X25-V 40GB, the Kingston SSDNow...

40 by Jarred Walton on 6/28/2010

OCZ's RevoDrive Preview: An Affordable PCIe SSD

Take two SandForce SF-1200 controllers and put them on a card with a boatload of NAND and a RAID controller. Add some special sauce to keep the price low...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2010

Intel's X25-M and X25-V Now Available in Best Buy Stores

Consider this one big step for SSD-kind: Intel just sent along a note letting us know that its X25-M and X25-V SSDs are now available at Best Buy. The...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/22/2010

2010 Value SSD (~$100) Roundup: Kingston and OCZ take on Intel

Two years ago the best SSD you could buy was made by Intel and it cost $7.44 per GB of MLC NAND. Today Intel is actually the value leader...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2010

ASUS U30Jc Revisited: Adding an SSD

Last week we looked at the ASUS U30Jc and found a lot to like… so much that we awarded it a Bronze Editors' Choice. The stock configuration comes with...

35 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2010

OCZ Announces SandForce Based PCIe RevoDrive SSD

PCIe based SSDs have been reserved for enterprise use ever since their introduction. Generally limited by pricing, even OCZ's own forays into the PCIe SSD market have been targeted...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2010

Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD

The promise of Hybrid HDDs has come and gone with no champion. Today Seagate is announcing its Momentus XT, a 2.5" 7200 RPM notebook drive (9mm form factor) with...

120 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2010

Hard Drives to reach 3TB in 2010?

Sources close to Seagate roadmaps have leaked the potential of a 3TB SAS drive being released this year. The quest for storage is almost a never ending saga. Dubbed...

25 by Ian Cutress on 5/10/2010

Crucial RealSSD C300 Firmware, Part III

Poor Crucial. Although it started its C300 campaign on the right foot, posting some very impressive sequential read speeds thanks to 6Gbps SATA and ONFI 2.0 NAND, things haven't...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2010

OCZ Discovers Bug in Onyx SSD, Updated: We're in the Clear

A week ago I got a shipment of a bunch of new SSDs including OCZ's long awaited Onyx. This is based on the Indilinx Amigos controller, which is basically...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/5/2010

Crucial Releases RealSSD C300 Firmware Fix, Bricks More Drives?

Back in March I posted an update on my experiences with Crucial's RealSSD C300. In it I pointed out that not only had my review sample apparently bricked itself...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/4/2010

The Impact of Spare Area on SandForce, More Capacity At No Performance Loss?

No, it’s not the new Indilinx JetStream controller - that’ll be in the second half of the year at the earliest. And it’s definitely not Intel’s 3rd generation X25-M...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2, Special Sauce SF-1200 Reviewed

Last week we reviewed OCZ's Agility 2 SSD with SandForce's standard, mass production SF-1200 firmware. This week we're back with the Vertex 2. For an extra $20 you get...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2010

This Just In: OCZ Vertex 2 SandForce-1200 SSD with Special Sauce

Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2. As you may have...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2010

OCZ's Agility 2 Reviewed: The First SF-1200 with MP Firmware

SandForce made news last week, but for some not so great reasons. It turns out that the production firmware on SF-1200 drives drops random small file write performance by...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2010

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