SSDs

Bus-powered portable flash-based storage solutions are one of the growing segments in the consumer-focused direct-attached storage market. The emergence of 3D NAND with TLC and QLC has brought down the cost of such drives. NAND manufacturers like Western Digital, Samsung, and Crucial/Micron who also market portable SSDs have an inherent advantage in terms of vertical integration. Last year, Crucial/Micron had announced its entry into the segment with the QLC-based Crucial Portable SSD X8. A few months back, Crucial updated the lineup with a 2TB model while adding a lower-performance X6 member to the portfolio. Read on for our review of how these two high-capacity models fare in our evaluation.

The OCZ Vertex 3 Review (120GB)

SandForce was first to announce and preview its 2011 SSD controller technology. We first talked about the controller late last year, got a sneak peak at its performance this...

154 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2011

Origin's Genesis: Flagship Bling

Now that we've been getting a fairly steady influx of desktop machines from boutiques, Origin PC is stepping into the ring by sending us their go-to flagship model, the...

39 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/2/2011

The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD Review

Last week I was in Orlando attending CTIA. While enjoying the Florida weather, two SSDs arrived at my office back in NC: Intel's SSD 320, which we just reviewed...

103 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2011

Kingston Releases New V100 Firmware to Address Data Loss Bug

While I was at CTIA last week I ran into a friend from Kingston who let me know about an issue with the JMicron JMF618 based SSDNow V100 SSDs...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

The Intel SSD 320 Review: 25nm G3 is Finally Here

It's called the Intel SSD 320, but the part number should give away just what we're looking at here: This is the long awaited third generation Intel based SSD. This...

194 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

OCZ Grows Up, Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Indilinx

We first met Indilinx in early 2009, with its Barefoot controller at the heart of OCZ's Vertex SSD. Until SandForce showed up in 2010 with the SF-1200/1500 series of...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2011

The Intel SSD 510 Review

It's been a long time coming but we finally have Intel's third generation SSD. Codenamed Elmcrest, this is not only the first 6Gbps SSD from Intel but it's also...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Preview: Faster and Cheaper than the Vertex 3 Pro

Last week OCZ pulled the trigger and introduced the world’s first SF-2000 based SSD: the Vertex 3 Pro. Not only was it the world’s first drive to use SandForce’s...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Pro Preview: The First SF-2500 SSD

For the past six months I've been working on research and testing for the next major AnandTech SSD article. I figured I had enough time to line up its...

144 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2011

CES 2011: Corsair Performance Series 3 SSD Benchmarks

Corsair has traditionally been a very conservative player in the SSD space. It started by selling Samsung based drives and eventually moved to Indilinx (although far later than its...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

OCZ'z Vertex 3 Pro Demo: World's First SandForce SF-2000

A few months ago SandForce announced its second generation SSD controller: the SF-2000 series. The specs SandForce released at the time were almost too good to be true. As...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2011

Micron's RealSSD C400 uses 25nm NAND at $1.61/GB, Offers 415MB/s Reads

Here’s a little deja vu for you. At last year’s Storage Visions (a small storage show that precedes CES) Micron announced its first 6Gbps SSD, the RealSSD C300. Although...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2011

Intel's SSD 310: G2 Performance in an mSATA Form Factor

Although not quite the Intel SSD announcement we were expecting in Q4, today Intel unveiled its first mSATA SSD: the Intel SSD 310. Based on the 34nm Intel X25-M G2...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/29/2010

Micron's ClearNAND: 25nm + ECC, Combats Increasing Error Rates

NAND endurance is on its way down with each subsequent process generation. At the same time unrecoverable bit error rates are on their way up. Companies like SandForce have...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/2/2010

ADATA N004 - SATA & USB 3.0 SSD Reviewed

OCZ and Kingston have already shown us what solid state technology can do for external drive transfer speeds when given the headroom provided by USB 3.0 technology. Now, ADATA...

18 by Rajinder Gill on 11/29/2010

Quick Look: Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0, A USB 3.0 V+100 SSD

Although OCZ was first on the market with a USB 3.0 enabled SSD with its Enyo drive, competitors are knocking down the doors and bridging the gap. We saw...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/24/2010

OCZ Vertex Plus Preview: Introducing the Indilinx Martini

Last year was dominated by two SSD controller manufacturers: Intel and Indilinx. Intel delivered the performance while Indilinx offered a value alternative. Once SandForce hit early this year however...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2010

Kingston SSDNow V+100 Review

I'm not sure what it is about SSD manufacturers and overly complicated product stacks. Kingston has no less than six different SSD brands in its lineup. The E Series...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/11/2010

A Quick Look at OCZ's RevoDrive x2: IBIS Performance without HSDL

Over the summer we previewed OCZ's first affordable PCIe SSD: the RevoDrive. Made of a pair of SandForce SF-1200 controllers behind a PCI-X RAID controller and a PCI-X to...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/4/2010

SandForce Announces Next-Gen SSDs, SF-2000 Capable of 500MB/s and 60K IOPS

For months SandForce has been telling me that the market is really going to get exciting once its next-generation controller is ready. I didn’t really believe it, simply because...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/7/2010

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