Nearly two years ago, Samsung launched their Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO to major fanfare. These two juggernaut introductions in addition to their enterprise cousins further established Samsung’s position as the undisputed leader in M.2 form-factor NVMe SSDs. At the time, the industry had been facing a massive shortage of NAND which slowed down product introductions across the board, but as NAND supply has finally begun stabilizing, companies are now finally introducing some new products to once again reignite demand.
Recently, Samsung launched the Samsung 970 EVO and the Samsung 970 PRO which will replace the aging Samsung 960 [...]
Despite the global NAND shortage and the financial troubles Toshiba is experiencing as of late, the company recently announced the new TR200 SSD featuring their latest 64-Layer BiCS TLC 3D NAND.
The new Toshiba TR200 will be available in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, and 960GB. Performance is rated at up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 525MB/s sequential writes. 4K performance is rated at up to 80K/87K IOPS random reads/writes. The drive will feature an endurance of 60-240TBW and a warranty period of 3 years.
The Toshiba TR200 is expected to be showcased at the ChinaJoy show in Shanghai, China from July 27 to July 30, then at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany [...]
Are you one of those gamers who wears a full set of camo and combat boots before launching Battlefield 1? Apacer has got just the perfect SSD for you.
Aptly called the Apacer PT920 Commando, the new PT920 is a MLC NAND based PCIe x4 SSD carrying a heatsink styled off the lower of an AR-15 rifle. Apacer says this is not only an aesthetic decision, but it’s also a strategic one for improved heat dissipation.
Performance wise, the Apacer PT920 Commando features sequential read performance up to 2,500 MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 1,350 MB/s with the 480GB capacity model. The PT920 will arrive in capacities of 240GB and 480GB.
Pricing and [...]
Palit is expanding its business into the SSD sector with the release of its UVS and GF-S series SSDs.
The UVS series SSD is powered by a Phison S3111-S11 controller paired with TLC NAND. Sequential read and write performance is rated at 560MB/s and 470MB/s respectively, while random read and write is rated at 290MB/s and 340MB/s.Manufacturer Palit Model UVS10AT-SSD120 UVS-SSD256 UVS-SSD480 UVS-SSD512 Capacity 120GB 256GB 480GB 521GB NAND Planar TLC 3D TLC Sequential Read 560MB/s 560MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/s Sequential Write 375MB/s 470MB/s 465MB/s 465MB/s Random Read 280MB/s 270MB/s 290MB/s 290MB/s Random [...]
In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a massive NAND shortage in the industry due to a combination of lower production along with higher than expected demand.
According to a recent report by market intelligence firm, DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, mainstream client SSDs are feeling the effects of the shortage as contract prices are expected to increase over 10% in the 1Q2017. MLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 12%-16% and TLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 10%-16%. As a result of the shortage, shipments of client SSDs are expected to drop 7%-8% in 1Q2017.
Due to customer preferences, the NAND [...]
With the NAND shortage in full effect at CES this year, SSDs didn’t really make much of an appearance at the show. However, we did get a chance to stop by controller vendor, Phison, who had a new entry level PCIe NVMe controller to show.
The new controller is the Phison E8 which is going to be the low cost brother to the Phison E7. The new controller will come in two variants: the PS5008-E8 or PS5008-E8T.
The Phison PS5008-E8 will be a PCIe Gen 3 x2 controller featuring performance up to 1.6GB/s sequential reads and 1.3GB/s sequential writes. Random read/write performance will top out at 240K/220K IOPS respectively. It’ll also feature support [...]
At CES 2017, Samsung had originally planned to launch the Samsung 850 Pro 4TB which would’ve made the Samsung 850 Pro not only the fastest consumer SATA SSD on the market, but also the highest capacity as well. However, after scouring the CES show floor for SSD related announcements and not seeing the drive on display at CES 2017, Tom’s Hardware reached out to Samsung’s PR agency for some information where they received the following:
“As a result of the worldwide NAND shortage, Samsung is focused on allocating NAND to products where we see the greatest demand. We will let you know when further updates on the 850 PRO 4TB are available.”
As many [...]
In a recent announcement, Samsung revealed that they’ll be bundling the upcoming Watch Dogs 2 game with the purchase of select Samsung SSDs 500GB and above or Samsung curved gaming monitors for the holiday season.
Watch Dogs 2, the sequel to Watch Dogs, is one of the most highly anticipated games of this year. The game is an open world action adventure game following hacker Marcus Holloway, a hacker who goes around a fictional version of the city of San Francisco taking down the city’s ctOS 2.0 surveillance system.
Samsung will begin offering the Watch Dogs 2 bundle beginning now through December 31, 2016 or while supplies last.
The list of [...]
After officially closing on the SanDisk acquisition earlier this year, it looks like Western Digital is reaping the benefits of the acquisition with the introduction two new SSDs – the WD Blue and WD Green SSD.
The WD Blue SSD is WD’s mainstream offering, similar to what we get from their HDD lineup. Powered by a Marvell 88SS1074 controller paired with SanDisk 15nm TLC flash, the WD Blue is capable of performance up to 545 MB/s sequential reads and 525 MB/s sequential writes. Random read/write performance is expected to reach up to 100K/80K IOPS.
The WD Blue SSD will be offered in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The [...]
When Intel launched their 600P series SSDs several months ago, it was met with a very lukewarm reception. Aside from having some decent performance in extremely light workloads and being priced very competitively for a M.2 NVMe SSD, the TLC powered drive simply didn’t compete well with competitors on performance or endurance. As such, it was reviewed very poorly by a number of review sites including TechSpot and Tom’s Hardware.
In light of these reviews, it appears that Intel may be backpedaling on their previous endurance ratings.
According to Intel Director of Client SSD Strategic Planning and Product Marketing, David Lundell: