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Micron's consumer brand Crucial has introduced two new NVMe SSD product lines, including their first high-end NVMe SSD which features Micron's in-house SSD controller design. However, Crucial's adoption of NVMe continues to lag behind most brands as both new models are still using PCIe 3 interfaces while the high-end market is migrating to PCIe 4. The Crucial P5 is the first retail SSD to use a controller designed by Micron. Their in-house SSD controller design efforts date back at least as far as their 2015 acquisition of Tidal Systems, but the first product with a Micron-designed SSD controller only showed up a year ago: the Micron 2200 series client OEM SSD. The Crucial P5 is a clear step up from that, but still uses a...

KINGMAX Joins PCIe 4.0 SSD Club with PX4480 Drives

As AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000/X570 platforms with PCIe 4.0 support become more widespread on the market, SSD vendors are continuing to ramp up the releaes of their matching PCIe...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

GOODRAM Announces Entry-Level PX500 SSDs: Bringing NVMe to Budget Drives

As more SSD manufacturers introduce their inexpensive NVMe PCIe drives, the market of entry-level SSDs is slowly but surely moving away from SATA altogether. Case in point this week...

14 by Anton Shilov on 3/24/2020

SSSTC Launches CL1 M.2-2230 SSD: SMI, Up to 512 GB, Up to 2 GB/s

As notebooks are getting thinner and smaller, PC manufacturers require smaller components and therefore demand tinier SSDs as well as densely-packed SoCs. BGA SSDs are of course among the...

7 by Anton Shilov on 3/5/2020

What's TLC is SLC Again: MEMXPRO Introduces PC32 Full-Drive Pseudo-SLC SSDs

Pseudo-SLC caches for TLC-based SSDs are almost as old as TLC NAND itself, serving as a simple and practical solution to TLC's lower sustained throughput. But like all caches...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/21/2020

Plextor Unveils M9P Plus SSD: A Proven Design Gets 96L 3D TLC & Up to 3.4 GB/s

Plextor has introduced its new flagship consumer SSD lineup, the M9P Plus. The new drives continue to use Marvell’s proven "Eldora" controller, but come equipped with Kioxia’s 96-layer BiCS4...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2020

Patriot Releases Cheap P300 M.2 PCIe SSDs: Two Products, Same Name

Patriot has launched its new family of entry-level NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface designed for budget PCs. Patriot’s P300 drives come in capacities ranging from 128...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2020

Enterprise NVMe Round-Up 2: SK Hynix, Samsung, DapuStor and DERA

Nine enterprise NVMe SSDs suffer through our updated test suite to show who's who for high-end storage.

36 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2020

Enterprise SATA SSDs: Can Budget 2020 beat Top Line 2017?

Today we're looking at two wildly different enterprise SATA SSDs: the Kingston DC450R entry-level server SSD with the latest controller and 96L 3D NAND, and the Micron 5100 MAX...

23 by Billy Tallis on 2/4/2020

96-Layer 3D TLC Reaches Embedded & Industrial NVMe SSDs: Transcend Reveals MTE662T

Though, as always, it takes some time for newer technologies to filter down into the conservative embedded/industrial market, the time has finally come for 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. SSD...

4 by Anton Shilov on 2/3/2020

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs Roundup - Featuring the Samsung T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro

External bus-powered storage devices have grown in storage capacity as well as speeds over the last decade. Palm-sized flash-based storage devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of...

38 by Ganesh T S on 1/23/2020

OWC Releases Accelsior 4M2 SSD: Quad-M.2 For Over 6000 MB/s

Just in time for the launch of Apple's newly redesigned Mac Pro tower, OWC has introduced the ‘fastest SSD [they've] ever built’, the Accelsior 4M2. The high-end solid state...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2019

Biostar Launches M700 SSDs: Entry-Level PCIe SSDs

After entering the SSD market a couple of years ago, Biostar has been playing things cautiously, only offering low-cost SATA drives. But as the prices of PCIe SSD controllers...

12 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2019

SK Hynix Sampling 128-layer 3D NAND SSDs

SK Hynix announced this week that they have started sampling products based on their 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory, which will soon start showing up in end-user devices. A...

9 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 11/21/2019

The SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA SSD Review: Hynix 3D NAND Finally Shows Up

SK Hynix has been in the NAND and SSD business for a long time, but we haven't had the opportunity to review a drive with SK Hynix NAND in...

22 by Billy Tallis on 11/13/2019

Western Digital Ultrastar DC SS540 SAS SSDs: Up to 15.36 TB, Up to 3 DWPD

Western Digital has introduced its new series of SSDs designed for mission critical applications, including OLTP, OLAP, hyper converged infrastructure (HCI), as well as software-defined storage (SDS) workloads. The...

21 by Anton Shilov on 11/6/2019

Micron Announces 5300 And 7300 Series Enterprise SSDs

Among several announcements today, Micron is updating two families of enterprise/datacenter SSDs to use their latest 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. SATA Update The new 5300 series SATA drives are...

2 by Billy Tallis on 10/24/2019

Team Group Unveils MP33 SSDs: Entry-Level PCIe Drives

Team Group has introduced its new family of NVMe SSDs aimed at the budget PC market. The new MP33 drives use controllers from Silicon Motion and Phison and will...

10 by Anton Shilov on 10/3/2019

ADATA Releases the XPG SX8100 SSD: Make It Fast & Hold the Bling

While many gaming-branded components come adorned in RGB LEDs, there is thankfully still a market for plainer and saner products. To that end, ADATA has introduced its new family...

4 by Anton Shilov on 9/20/2019

Patriot Launches Viper VP4100 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs: Up to 5 GB/s

Patriot’s Viper Gaming division this week officially introduced its first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, several weeks ahead of schedule. The Viper VP4100 drives use Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller and generally resembles...

13 by Anton Shilov on 9/12/2019

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