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 to the mainstream market. The Ultra II is based on SanDisk's second generation 19nm TLC NAND, which means that the Ultra II is the first non-Samsung SSD to ship with TLC NAND. We have covered TLC NAND several times already, but in short TLC NAND provides lower cost at the cost of performance and endurance, making it a feasible option for value drives. Similar to SanDisk's other client drives, the Ultra II is based on the Marvell 88SS9187 platform. SanDisk's expertise lies in the firmware development and NAND know-how, which has generally given them an advantage...

The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD

The third major SSD article on AnandTech is here. We go back and try to better understand how these SSDs work, how their performance is evolving and how...

296 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/30/2009

Lab Update: The Next SSD Article, Matte vs. Glossy and Touch Screens

Early TRIM results, matte vs. glossy displays and more. Anand updates from the lab.

88 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/21/2009

Intel Forces OCZ's Hand: Indilinx Drives To Drop in Price

SSD prices come crashing down. Intel set $225 as the marker for its 80GB and the market has responded. OCZ shared its pricing strategy with us. ...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/23/2009

Intel X25-M G2: Dissected and Performance Preview

The first internal pics and a full performance preview of Intel's brand new 34nm X25-M G2 SSD. This thing rocks.

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2009

Intel's 34nm SSD Preview: Cheaper and Faster?

Today Intel announced its new 34nm SSD lineup with lower prices and better performance. While we await the arrival of our drive, we spend some time discussing the...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/21/2009

The SSD Update: Vertex Gets Faster, New Indilinx Drives and Intel/MacBook Problems Resolved

Another week, another SSD update. OCZ's Vertex drive got even faster, the first non-OCZ Indilinx drives show up and some Intel issues get resolved.

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/30/2009

The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ

The SSD market appears to have changed a lot. Drives are cheaper, newer controllers are everywhere and there are more questions than answers as to how these SSDs perform...

237 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/18/2009

Intel X25-M SSD: Intel Delivers One of the World's Fastest Drives

Intel finally lifted the NDA on the performance of its first MLC SSD. Let's just say that after today, a Core 2 isn't the only Intel component you...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/8/2008

Vigor iSURF II Hard Drive Cooling System - Keeping it Cool...

We take a quick look at Vigor Gaming's hard disk cooling system that provides a unique design which actually works.

17 by Gary Key on 7/31/2008

64GB SSD on the Desktop: Samsung and OCZ go mainstream

We provide a desktop oriented review of the new mainstream 64GB Solid State Drive from Samsung and its fraternal twin from OCZ Technology.

41 by Gary Key on 5/15/2008

Western Digital VelociRaptor- No longer just a Raptor

We provide a quick update on the WD VR150 series after receiving a new drive from Western Digital that proves this dinosaur is serious about ruling the storage world.

31 by Gary Key on 5/2/2008

Western Digital VelociRaptor: A Drive with a Bite

We provide a preview of the new VelociRaptor and a drive hampered by early firmware that still manages to set new performance standards.

31 by Gary Key on 4/22/2008

Western Digital 640GB - Twice the Platters, Twice the Fun

We take a first look at the new WD6400AAKS and find Western Digital has turned performance up a notch in the mid-range market.

42 by Gary Key on 3/21/2008

Western Digital serves up 320GB on a Platter

We take a first look at Western Digital's latest drive that will have you scrambling for part number WD3200AAKS-00B3A0.

29 by Gary Key on 2/22/2008

A Lesson in User Failure: Investigating the Serial ATA Connector

We learn about failure prevention when we break a SATA wafer connector

64 by Ryan Smith on 1/18/2008

Thermaltake Muse R-Duo: External RAID

Thermaltake sent us their Muse R-Duo for testing, and external enclosure supporting RAID 0/1, USB, and eSATA. We put the device through the performance wringer to see what it...

12 by Dave Robinet on 12/14/2007

MTRON MSP 7000 SSD - Raptors Beware

We take a quick first look at the new MTRON 7000 series and come away impressed, again.

48 by Gary Key on 12/3/2007

Seagate and Western Digital 1TB Drives: Improved and Green

Hitachi beat everyone to the 1TB drive level, but can these more recent offerings offer a compelling alternative? We'll find out, as Western Digital and Seagate target your green.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/26/2007

Ultra ULT40010: Keeping it Cool

We put Ultra's new HD cooler through the ringer and it barely breaks a sweat.

32 by Dave Robinet on 11/2/2007

Transcend TS16GSSD34E: SSD ExpressCard for those on the Go...

We take a look at one of the first ExpressCards featuring SSD technology and will not be giving up our USB thumb drives, just yet.

11 by Dave Robinet on 10/25/2007

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