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 merchant controller solution (hardware + firmware) to support TLC NAND out of the box and succeeds the SM2246 controller we tested a while ago with ADATA's Premier SP610. The SM2246 was not the fastest solution in the market but it provided decent performance at an alluring price and the SM2256 is set to lower the total cost even more thanks to support for lower cost TLC NAND. The SM2256 continues to be a 4-channel design and I am guessing it is also based on the same single-core ARC design with most changes being in the ECC...

The Seagate 600 & 600 Pro SSD Review

If you had asked me back in 2008 who I thought would be leading the SSD industry in 2013 I would’ve said Intel, Western Digital and Seagate. Intel because...

59 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/7/2013

Seagate 1200 SSD: Custom Seagate SAS Controller, X8 PCIe SSD Also Announced

Alongside the Seagate 600 and 600 Pro SATA SSDs, Seagate is also announcing its 1200 SSD aimed squarely at the enterprise market. While the 600/600 Pro use Link A...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/7/2013

Synology's DS213j Targets Budget-Conscious Home NAS Market

Synology is one of the few NAS vendors to successfully pull through multiple units in our labs without any showstopper failures. The quality and breadth of the feature set...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2013

QNAP Lauches Marvell-based TS-x20 / x21 Series with Revamped QTS 4.0 OS

QNAP's entry level NAS models received an upgrade recently with the launch of the TS-x20 and TS-x21 series. Both of therm are based on Marvell CPUs (and the lack...

8 by Ganesh T S on 5/2/2013

Micron P420m Announced: MLC PCIe SSD

Nearly two years ago Micron announced its first native PCIe SSD: the P320h. We finally got to review it over a year later. In the time between announcement and...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/2/2013

Kingston SSDNow V300 (120GB & 240GB) Review

Update: Kingston is now using slower Micron NAND in the V300 so you may want to think twice before buying this drive since the results in this review are...

42 by Kristian Vättö on 4/30/2013

QNAP's TS-EC1279U-RP 12-bay Flagship Rackmount NAS Review

Our enterprise NAS reviews have focused on Atom-based desktop form factor systems till now. These units have enough performance for a moderately sized workgroup and lack some of the...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2013

Plextor M5M (256GB) mSATA Review

Plextor has been increasing their presence in the SSD market month by month. It's not a coincidence, we have been very pleased with all Plextor's drives that we have...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 4/17/2013

Plextor M5 Pro (128GB) SSD Giveaway

Plextor has been making a name for itself in the SSD space lately with its M-series of drives. The M3 and M5 lines are well received and remarkably competitive...

1842 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/15/2013

Hardware Accelerated BitLocker Encryption: Microsoft Windows 8 eDrive Investigated with Crucial M500

Most modern SSDs come with some form of hardware encryption. On these drives with hardware encryption, it’s usually permanently turned on - all data written to the NAND is...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2013

Intel Confirms Falcon Ridge Production in 2013, Ramp in 2014

Yesterday Intel announced its updated Redwood Ridge Thunderbolt controllers (adding 4K/DP1.2 support, lower power operation and slightly lower BOM cost) as well as next year's Falcon Ridge family of...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

The Crucial/Micron M500 Review (960GB, 480GB, 240GB, 120GB)

This is probably the most excited I've been about any SSD launch in quite a while. At CES this year, Crucial announced its M500 SSD - the world's first...

110 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/9/2013

MyDigitalSSD BP4 2.5" & mSATA (240GB) Review

When I reviewed MyDigitalSSD's BP3, I have to say I was positively surprised. A relatively unknown manufacturer combined with a Phison controller is not the most promising mix. With...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 4/3/2013

QNAP Launches Marvell-based 4-bay Rackmount NAS Units

Rackmount NAS units introduced in recent days have been mostly based on the powerful Intel processors, but there is a market demand amongst small workgroups and SMBs for low...

7 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2013

ReadyNAS 100, 300 and 500 Series Reboots Netgear's SMB NAS Lineup

Netgear got into the SMB / SOHO / consumer NAS market with the purchase of Infrant Technologies in May 2007. The first generation ReadyNAS NV products were based on...

20 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2013

Inside AnandTech 2013: All-SSD Architecture

When it comes to server hardware failures, I've seen them all with our own infrastructure. With the exception of CPUs, I've seen virtually every other component that could fail...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Seagate Announces New Laptop and Desktop SSHDs (Solid State Hybrid Drives)

A few days ago we reported that Seagate would stop selling 7200 RPM 2.5” hard drives by the end of the year. Now we know why. Seagate will continue...

53 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/5/2013

ioSafe N2: A Disaster-Resistant Synology DS213

The emergence of the digital economy has brought to fore the importance of safeguarding electronic data. We have discussed the 3-2-1 data backup strategy before in the piece where...

26 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

QNAP Introduces Atom-based 12-bay TS-1269U-RP Rackmount NAS

QNAP's flagship NAS lineup, the TS-ECx79U-RP, checks all the boxes for a high performance enterprise NAS in a rackmount form factor for high end SMBs. These include quad GbE...

9 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2013

Seagate to Discontinue 7200rpm 2.5" Drives Later This Year

Earlier today X-bit Labs reported that Seagate will stop the production of their 7200RPM 2.5" drives by the end of this year and I just got a confirmation from...

57 by Kristian Vättö on 3/1/2013

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