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August 11, 2016

Samsung Unveils 32TB SSD Leveraging 4th Gen 64-Layer 3D V-NAND

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung recently unveiled a new 32TB 2.5″ SAS SSD making it the world’s biggest in the 2.5″ form factor. Although Seagate also recently introduced their own massive 60TB SSD at the show, Seagate’s solution utilizes the SFF 3.5″ form factor which is significantly larger than Samsung’s drive.

In order to achieve such capacities, Samsung is leveraging their all new 4th Generation 3D V-NAND which now features 64-layers, a whopping 30% increase in cell density over their previous 3rd Generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND. Samsung’s new 64-layer product utilizes 3-bit per cell (TLC) technology to achieve 512Gb [...]

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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 60TB SAS SSD, Claims Highest Capacity Drive in the World

In addition to the Nytro XP7200, Seagate also unveiled an unnamed 60TB SAS SSD, which Seagate claims is the highest capacity SSD in the world. In order to achieve such a feat, Seagate was able to utilize the same controller used in the Seagate 1200.2 SSD, but also included a staggering 1,280 NAND flash dies linked via bridge chips. These bridge chips allow the SSD controller to communicate with far more NAND dies than would typically be allowed without the bridge chips.

Designed for large storage arrays, archives and other read intensive applications, performance on the drive is weighed towards reads with sequential read performance rated at up to 1,500MB/s and random [...]

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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10GB/s, 7.7TB Nytro XP7200 PCIe SSD Solution

Seagate has already made several announcements leading up to FMS this year, but they’ve saved a couple more for FMS as well.

Today Seagate announced the Nytro XP7200 which is a PCIe x16 AIC solution capable of delivering up to 10GB/s and just under 1 million IOPS.

While the numbers are fairly impressive on paper, the Seagate Nytro XP7200 is not really an actual SSD but rather a backplane card that hosts 4x Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 SSDs. As it’s a backplane card, it has no actual logic chip onboard, so in order to reach the advertised 10GB/s sequential and 940K IOPS random reads, it’ll require the user to run the setup in a software RAID [...]

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August 6, 2016

Toshiba Announces BG Series SSD Featuring BiCS TLC 3D NAND

Hot on the heels of Toshiba’s recent 64-layer 3rd Generation BiCS 3D NAND announcement, Toshiba also recently announced their upcoming BG series SSDs designed for tablet and ultraportable applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB, what’s special about Toshiba’s BG series SSDs is that it come in either a 16mm x 20mm BGA package or in a M.2 2230 module. In order to achieve such capacities in such a small form factor, Toshiba is using an in-house controller solution combined with their BiCS TLC 3D NAND packaged into a single chip. Further reducing size, Toshiba removed the need for onboard DRAM by taking advantage of the NVMe [...]

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August 5, 2016

Seagate Introduces Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD for Read Intensive Workloads

Following Seagate’s recent announcement for the 2TB Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 Enterprise SSD, Seagate is announcing yet another enterprise SSD, the Seagate Nytro XF1230. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 is a response to demand by Seagate customers for an enterprise SSD for read intensive workloads.

Developed in partnership with SK Hynix, the drive utilizes a SK Hynix controller along with 16nm SK Hynix MLC NAND. It will be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB. Performance on the drive is rated at up to 550 MB/s sequential reads and 98K IOPS 4K random reads. Power consumption is rated at 4.8w active maximum average. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 will [...]

 
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July 27, 2016

Crucial MX300 Gets Additional Capacities, New Formfactor

When Crucial launched the MX300 a month ago, it was quite interesting as they decided to only launch the 750GB model and call it a “special edition” drive. Now, Crucial is expanding the MX300 lineup with 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB models to round out the lineup. The Crucial MX300 product sheet also has a 2TB and M.2 versions of the drive listed as well although that’s expected down the pipe.

The Crucial MX300 is Crucial’s newest SSD featuring a Marvell 88SS1074 controller and Micron’s 3D TLC NAND. With Crucial’s Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, the Crucial MX300 is able to achieve up to 530MB/s sequential reads and 510MB/s [...]

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July 27, 2016

Seagate Unveils 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, XP7102 NVMe AIC

With FMS 2016 coming up soon, new and exciting products are beginning to emerge from the various flash vendors and Seagate is among the first to let loose some details of their upcoming products.

To cater to the needs of the enterprise customer Seagate recently announced the Nytro XM1440 now with capacities up to 2TB. 

The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and the Seagate Nytro XM1440 are both drives that were launched at FMS last year, but at the time only the Nytro XF1440 in the 2.5″ x 7mm form factor scaled up to 2TB. With the recent announcement, the Nytro XM1440 will now achieve a full 2TB capacity in the M.2 22110 form factor. This will make the Nytro XM1440 [...]

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July 13, 2016

Samsung Launches Monster 4TB 850 EVO SSD Priced at $1,499

Samsung recently introduced a massive 4TB version of their 850 EVO SSD, making it officially the highest capacity consumer SSD Samsung will now offer. To achieve this feat, Samsung employed the use of their 48-layer 256Gb TLC V-NAND alongside the existing MHX controller.

Despite the massive gains in capacity, performance still remains incredibly quick with maximum sequential read/write performance rated at up to 540/520 MB/s and maximum 4K random read/write performance rated at up to 98,000/90,000 IOPS.

The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB is expected to retail for $1,499.99. Those looking to purchase one of these new behemoths can pre-order the drive on Amazon now.

 
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July 7, 2016

Review: VisionTek 128GB, 256GB USB 3.0 Pocket SSD

SSD Performance in a Flash Drive Formfactor

Aside from the insanely great performance, shock resistance, and low power consumption, one benefit of SSDs is the ability for them to be extremely compact. As a SSD only requires silicon rather than spinning disks, SSD form factor is really only dictated by how a company chooses to arrange the chips onboard.

As such, we’re starting to see quite a few external SSDs take advantage of this form factor flexibility. One such product is the VisionTek USB 3.0 Pocket SSD which crams a full SSD into a form factor just slightly bigger than your average flash drive.

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July 5, 2016

Review: Toshiba OCZ RD400 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Toshiba OCZ Delivers a Winner

Before NVMe and PCIe SSDs became as well known as they are today, SSD manufacturers had to find creative ways to bypass the limitations of the SATA bus for customers looking for more performance than was possible on SATA. Among the companies spearheading the PCIe SSD market was OCZ with their RevoDrive PCIe line of SSDs. While they were able to provide performance far exceeding what’s possible via the SATA interface, the first RevoDrive SSDs which were Frankensteined creations built with multiple SandForce controllers and custom OCZ virtualization chips that made everything extremely expensive and very cumbersome.

Since then, we’ve [...]

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June 27, 2016

Review: Samsung 950 Pro 256GB NVMe SSD

Samsung’s First PCIe/NVMe Drive for the Consumer

Last year I had the opportunity to be one of the first to witness the launch of the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD at Samsung’s Global SSD Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to its launch, we had already tested both the AHCI and NVMe version of the OEM-oriented Samsung SM951 SSD, which was a precursor to the final retail Samsung 950 Pro.

At its launch, the Samsung 950 Pro took the top spot for the fastest consumer SSD Samsung has to offer. It’s primarily targeted towards professionals, content creators, and enthusiasts who require the highest performance possible.

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June 20, 2016

Review: Samsung Portable SSD T3 1TB

Now with 48-layer 3D V-NAND, Up to 2TB Capacity

When I reviewed Samsung’s Portable SSD T1 last year, I was very impressed with what it had to offer. Of all the external SSDs on the market, the PSSD T1 proved to be the best combination of speed, capacity, and physical size. Because it utilized Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND, it was able to offer 1TB storage capacity in a form factor about the size of a business card. Furthermore, it had native encryption technology built in and since it wasn’t a RAID-based solution, it didn’t cost a boatload of money either.

Fast forward one year and what we have here for review today is the Samsung Portable SSD T3. [...]

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