The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the appearance of small and affordable direct attached storage units with very high performance for day-to-day data transfer applications. We have already looked at some SSDs with a USB 3.0 - SATA bridge over the last couple of months. Today, we will be looking at what SanDisk brings to the market with the Extreme and Extreme PRO lineups.

Understanding SandForce's SF-1200 & SF-1500, Not All Drives are Equal

Less than 24 hours ago I was called into a meeting with SandForce, the SSD controller manufacturer that has been on fire lately. The company makes two controllers: the...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2010

Corsair's Force SSD Reviewed: SF-1200 is Very Good

Late last year we were told that SandForce's client controller, the SF-1200 wouldn't be as solid of a performer as the SF-1500. It would be on par with Indilinx's...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2010

This Just In: Corsair Force 100GB SSD (SF-1200)

Testing is nearly complete on the last Corsair SSD that came my way, but this morning UPS dropped off another surprise: the Corsair Force SSD. Based on a derivative...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2010

This Just In: Corsair Nova 128GB SSD

I haven't taken a look at a new Corsair SSD in a while. The company started out by shipping relatively uninteresting Samsung based SSDs, but since then we've seen...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

Western Digital's New VelociRaptor VR200M: 10K RPM at 450GB and 600GB

We first laid eyes on Western Digital's Raptor line of 10K RPM desktop hard drives in 2003. The drives were only 36GB in size, but man were they...

77 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2010

Intel's X25-V for $98 at Newegg, Update:Dead Deal

A few folks have sent this in so I thought it was worth posting about. Intel's X25-V that we've recently reviewed is now on sale at Newegg for $98...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/1/2010

Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

Intel has been shipping its value 40GB X25-V SSDs for a little while now, but the official launch was just 11 days ago. In our review we found...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

Crucial's RealSSD C300: An Update on My Drive

Earlier this morning I published an article looking into the performance of 6Gbps SATA controllers, both integrated and off-chip. In it I mentioned my recently deceased Crucial RealSSD C300...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/25/2010

6Gbps SATA Performance: AMD 890GX vs. Intel X58/P55

Seemingly overnight SSDs have changed the way in which we look at storage performance. With an order of magnitude of improvement in random I/O performance and at least...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/25/2010

Intel's X25-V & Kingston's 30GB SSDNow V Series: Battle of the $125 SSDs

Last year Kingston introduced a 40GB version of Intel's X25-M G2 for less than $100 after mail in rebate. Since then, Kingston and Intel couldn't agree on terms for...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/19/2010

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue Review: WD Enters the Consumer SSD Market

Late last year Seagate announced its first SSD, and today Western Digital is introducing its first SSD for the mainstream consumer market. We find out who makes the...

66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/3/2010

OWC Mercury Extreme SSD - First Look at a 50GB SandForce Drive

OWC sent us its 50GB Mercury Extreme SSD based on the same SandForce controller in OCZ's Vertex LE. We try to find out if the 50GB drive is really...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/26/2010

OCZ’s Vertex Limited Edition Review & SSD State of the Union

The first SandForce SF-1500 SSD has arrived in the form of OCZ's Vertex Limited Edition. Only 5,000 drives are being made with MSRPs starting at $399. We...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/19/2010

Intel & Micron Announce 25nm NAND Flash Production, SSDs to get Bigger/Cheaper in Q4

Moore's law applies to more than just microprocessors. At roughly twice the density of 34nm flash, IMFT's announcement means we'll see SSD capacities double this year - without...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/30/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2 Pro Preview: The Fastest MLC SSD We've Ever Tested

OCZ has been keeping an ace up its sleeve for the past few months. It's called the Vertex 2 Pro and you won't see it until next year...

102 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/31/2009

Western Digital’s Advanced Format: The 4K Sector Transition Begins

Western Digital will soon be launching the first consumer 4K sector drives, and wants to let you know how to be prepared. We take a look at what 4K...

88 by Ryan Smith on 12/18/2009

Seagate Enters the Enterprise SSD Market with Pulsar

Seagate is now throwing its hat into the ring with its first SSD: Pulsar. Unlike all of the SSDs we’ve reviewed here, Pulsar is OEM-only at the start...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/7/2009

The SSD Improv: Intel & Indilinx get TRIM, Kingston Brings Intel Down to $115

New Update on TRIM fw.Intel and Indilinx SSDs now have TRIM support - we put it to the test. At the same time Kingston helps Intel bring SSDs...

166 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2009

Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB: SATA 6Gb/s Performance Preview

We take Seagate's latest drive technology for a quick spin and wonder if SATA 6Gb/s technology will ever benefit desktop based hard drives.

56 by Gary Key on 10/29/2009

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

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