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SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD 480GB @ LanOC Reviews
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 4:00P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in August I took a look at the new WD My Passport SSD and was impressed with its performance and form factor. While it does have an SSD inside it wasn’t really designed to take a beating, something that might happen when you use a drive a lot and it gets tossed around. Well, Western Digital owns SanDisk as well and along with the My Passport SSD they had also sent over the SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD. It is a completely different design and it is designed to handle a little more rough handling. Today I’m going to check it out and see what they are doing differently with this model and take a look at its overall performance.
  FULL STORY @ LANOC

Silicon Power Armor A62 4TB USB 3.1 Gen 1 Portable Hard Drive Review
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 3:17P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you're out in the market looking for a high-capacity 2.5" rugged portable hard drive that isn't lacking in performance then the latest Armor A62 line by Silicon Power is certainly worth checking out.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

MyDigitalSSD SBX line
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 3:16P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When one thinks of an M.2 SSD, we typically associate that with either a SATA 6GB/s or more recently with a PCIe 3.0 x4 link. The physical interface of M.2 was meant to accommodate future methods of connectivity, but it's easy to overlook the ability to revert back to something like a PCIe 3.0 x2 link. Why take a seemingly backward step on the interface of an SSD? Several reasons actually. Halving the number of lanes makes for a simpler SSD controller design, which lowers cost. Power savings are also a factor, as driving a given twisted pair lane at PCIe 3.0 speeds draws measurable current from the host and therefore adds to the heat production of the SSD controller. We recently saw that a PCIe 3.0 x2 can still turn in respectable performance despite lower bandwidth interface, but how far can we get the price down when pairing that host link with some NAND flash?
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

Intel SSD 760p 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD Review
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 3:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Intel launched the SSD 600p Series back in 2016 they rocked the storage market with a solid performing PCIe NVMe SSD series that was available at affordable prices. Intel was able to do this by pairing the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller with Intel 32-layer TLC NAND Flash memory. The result was a series of drives that were was capable of sequential read/write performance of up to 1800 / 560 MB/s and random read/write performance of 155K / 128K IOPS. In January 2018, Intel released the successor to that series with the SSD 760p Series. Intel did some major updates under the hood on the SSD 760p Series as they went with newer Silicon Motion SM2262 controller with custom firmware and the latest Intel 64-layer 3D TLC NAND Flash memory. Read on to see what those changes did on Intel's budget PCIe NVMe drive series.
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

Crucial MX500 1 TB SSD Review
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 3:15P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few weeks ago Crucial introduced their new MX500 series with 64 Layer 3D TLC NAND. After the MX100, MX200 and MX300 follows not the MX400 SSD, but now the MX500 SSD. The Crucial MX500 is available in capacities from 250GB over 500GB and 1TB up to 2TB and offers a number of features designed to provide greater stability and data security. In our previous test of the Crucial BX300 we were already enthusiastic about the Silicon Motion SMI 2258 controller and we are curious to see how the new second generation 3D NAND will perform in combination with this controller.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA3 SSD Review (2TB)
     Fri, Mar 16 2018 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Through introduction of the Samsung 860 EVO, Samsung has done two things that make the EVO a great introduction; they have made it current with their latest 64-Bit 3D TLC V-NAND and they have given more power to their MJX controller, thus creating faster host to host communication. This increases their audience significantly as the 860 EVO now has an open door to workstation, NAS and other business communications where affordable, yet reliable storage is key. This, in itself provides a great deal of confidence in their product, even increasing the final TBW on all capacities, but specifically, it is now 12000TBW vice the previous 3000TBW with a five year warranty for the 2TB volume.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

l Optane 800P SSD Review (58/118GB)
     Thu, Mar 15 2018 | 3:59P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our review of the Intel Optane 800P demonstrates one of the strongest and most powerful SSDs on the market today. Where other SSDs performance drop significantly when being pushed into 'steady state' mode', this new 3D XPoint memory media does not suffer that degradation whatsoever. The result is what just might be the most powerful consumer SSD available, and most definitly a new technology that wil have competitors working many late nights for some time to come. The Intel Optane 800P.
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

 
Intel Optane SSD 800P 58GB and 118GB Review
     Thu, Mar 15 2018 | 3:59P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Intel has finally launched an Optane SSD for the mainstream market, the Intel Optane SSD 800P. The Intel Optane SSD 800P series is available as M.2 2280 single-sided ‘gumsticks’ that use the PCIe 3.0 x2 interface. Only two capacities are available, so you get your choice of a 58GB drive for $99 or a 118GB for $199. Read on to see how they perform!
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

X25-M brought NAND flash memory
     Thu, Mar 15 2018 | 3:58P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"While I'm thrilled to see a higher capacity M.2 Optane SSD come from Intel, there are many compromises to consider before running out and buying an SSD 800P. First is the interface, which is limited to half the PCIe lanes of most other modern SSDs. Then we have the capacity - a lot of folks who desire a super responsive SSD would also very likely be cramped with only 118GB of space. Lastly, we have the price. Unless the M.2 form factor was specifically required, power users would be far better off opting for the 900P as it offers higher performance and capacities at a much lower cost/GB. In light of all of these gotchas, the 800P becomes a great performing product that only fits a very specialized/niche set of practical applications. At the listed price, there are just too many competitive options out there (even from Intel). That said, the 800P is the highest capacity 3D XPoint you can get in an M.2 form factor to date, so if that's your need/use case, then have at it!"
  FULL STORY @ PCPER

OWC ThunderBlade V4 4TB Review
     Thu, Mar 15 2018 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have OWC's latest in the lab."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

Crucial MX500 SSD Review
     Tue, Mar 13 2018 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Featuring the latest Micron 64-layer 3D NAND for excellent power efficiency while maintaining exceptional read and write rates, makes this kind of drive ideal for mobile users as well as desktops. The 7mm 2.5” form factor and incredible lightweight properties are also important.
  FULL STORY @ VORTEZ

Samsung SSD 860 Evo Review
     Sun, Mar 11 2018 | 9:03A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The new Samsung SSD 860 Pro and Samsung SSD 860 Evo 2.5-inch SSDs which are available from 250GB over 500GB, 1TB, 2TB up to 4TB total capacity are being tested on OCinside.de. The EVO and PRO are looking almost identical and they are fast at first glance, but why are their prices so different? We also take a second look at the two brand-new Samsung SSDs and show the differences between the Samsung SSD 860 PRO and Samsung SSD 860 EVO. From benchmarking to thermal image, there are all details in the following SSD comparison review.
  FULL STORY @ OCINSIDE

The SSD Reviewers Guide to SSD Optimization 2018
     Sun, Mar 11 2018 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This report will be chronological, explaining what needs to be considered in your build including motherboard, SSD selection and installation, UEFI/BIOS settings, OS installation, and finally, SSD optimizations that should be considered. This Guide will be very easily understood, will explain very clearly our thoughts on the inherent gains and risks associated with each tip, will spell out how to complete each step, and where possible, will contain true performance results to demonstrate the gains…or losses. Have we got you hooked yet?
  FULL STORY @ THESSDREVIEW

Silicon Power Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD Review
     Sat, Mar 10 2018 | 9:00A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Bolt B80 USB 3.1 External SSD from Silicon Power does sport a premium look thanks to the aluminum construction but is also easy to carry along. It comes with military-grade shockproof protection, but also rubber covers/gaskets in order to prevent water and dust penetration. For signaling data transfer activity, the product is provided with a white LED and its modular design along with the easy disassembly procedure does allow the user to replace the mSATA SSD with any other model/capacity."
  FULL STORY @ MADSHRIMPS

ICY DOCK ICYRaid Dual Bay 3.5" USB 3.0 External RAID Enclosure Review
     Fri, Mar 09 2018 | 9:02A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Two tray-less 3.5” drive bays with support for RAID 0/1 and JBOD/LARGE mode, manually speed adjustable fan and performance second to none are what makes the brand new ICYRaid MB662U3-2S R1 USB 3.0 External Enclosure by ICY DOCK a must for demanding users.
  FULL STORY @ NIKKTECH

ADATA Gammix S10 512 GB
     Fri, Mar 09 2018 | 9:01A | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
ADATA's Gammix S10 SSD is built using a Silicon Motion controller paired with 3D TLC flash. The SSD is cooled by a sexy red heatsink that not only looks pretty but also keeps the drive cooler than other NVMe SSDs we tested before. Priced at $210 it's one of the most affordable PCIe x4 drives on the market.
  FULL STORY @ TECHPOWERUP

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