SSDs

The external storage market has experienced rapid growth over the last few years, particularly in the retail consumer segment. It has been fueled in part by advancements in bus-powered flash-based storage devices. Thunderbolt SSDs are at the top in terms of both performance and price, but the last few years have seen various high-end portable SSDs with a USB interface. The USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) ecosystem has been slowly gaining traction, with Kingston's XS2000 portable SSD being the latest to join the device lineup. Based on Silicon Motion's new SM232x family of UFD (USB flash drive) controllers, the product family offers full Gen 2x2 performance while consuming a fraction of the power needed by similar solutions currently in the market. Silicon Motion sent across the...

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

Intel's 3rd Generation X25-M SSD Specs Revealed

What's this? The long awaited specs for Intel's third generation SSD? Indeed. Internally it’s called the Postville Refresh (the X25-M G2 carried the Postville codename), but externally it carries the...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2010

OCZ's Fastest SSD, The IBIS and HSDL Interface Reviewed

Earlier this year OCZ announced its intention to bring a new high speed SSD interface to the market. Frustrated with the slow progress of SATA interface speeds, OCZ wanted...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/29/2010

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 & OCZ Enyo, Quick Look at Two USB 3.0 SSDs

Since I reviewed my first SSD, three things have happened. 1) Controllers have improved significantly. My personal favorite, SandForce’s SF-1200, can outperform the original X25-M by more than 3x...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

Toshiba Portege R700: A Truly Ultraportable 13.3"

To say that I was very impressed by the Toshiba R700 on paper would be an understatement. Even with very little actual hands-on time with the notebook, I put...

43 by Vivek Gowri on 9/7/2010

Micron Announces RealSSD P300, SLC SSD for Enterprise

Buying an SSD for your notebook or desktop is nice. You get more consistent performance. Applications launch extremely fast. And if you choose the right SSD, you really curb...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/12/2010

The SSD Diaries: Crucial's RealSSD C300

The promise was high. Crucial was to not only offer better than X25-M performance but also be the first to deliver a 6Gbps SSD. Competing controller makers wouldn't hit...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/13/2010

Dell Adamo 13: CULV Goes Upscale

When it debuted at CES 2009, the 0.65” Dell Adamo 13 gave the notebook world a Windows equivalent to the MacBook Air. With the ultrathin body, the brushed aluminum...

67 by Vivek Gowri on 7/6/2010

OCZ's RevoDrive Preview: An Affordable PCIe SSD

Take two SandForce SF-1200 controllers and put them on a card with a boatload of NAND and a RAID controller. Add some special sauce to keep the price low...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2010

Intel's X25-M and X25-V Now Available in Best Buy Stores

Consider this one big step for SSD-kind: Intel just sent along a note letting us know that its X25-M and X25-V SSDs are now available at Best Buy. The...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/22/2010

2010 Value SSD (~$100) Roundup: Kingston and OCZ take on Intel

Two years ago the best SSD you could buy was made by Intel and it cost $7.44 per GB of MLC NAND. Today Intel is actually the value leader...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2010

ASUS U30Jc Revisited: Adding an SSD

Last week we looked at the ASUS U30Jc and found a lot to like… so much that we awarded it a Bronze Editors' Choice. The stock configuration comes with...

35 by Jarred Walton on 6/1/2010

OCZ Announces SandForce Based PCIe RevoDrive SSD

PCIe based SSDs have been reserved for enterprise use ever since their introduction. Generally limited by pricing, even OCZ's own forays into the PCIe SSD market have been targeted...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2010

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