For the most part, SSD introductions were few and far in-between at CES this year, but SSD maker Plextor made a splash in CES with several new product announcements.
Plextor M8Se PCIe SSD
The Plextor M8Se series of SSDs looks to bring the best cost to performance ratio to the high-end consumer market. Powered by Toshiba 15nm TLC along with the Marvell 88SS1093, the M8Se supports the PCIe Gen 3 x4 interface and the latest NVMe standard, allowing the top capacity Plextor M8Se model can reach up to 2.45GB/s in sequential reads and 1GB in sequential writes. 4K random performance is blazing fast too, rated at 210K IOPS reads and 175K [...]
For CES 2017, Toshiba showed off its new BG series SSD in the M.2 1620 BGA and M.2 2230 form factor for ultraportables and mobile devices.
Powered by Toshiba BiCS 3D TLC NAND along with a Toshiba controller, the Toshiba BG series demonstrates the capabilities of Toshiba’s 3D TLC, scaling up to capacities of 512GB in a form factor as small as 16x20mm. In order to achieve this, Toshiba integrated the controller and the NAND into a single package, and as the drive utilizes NVMe’s Host Memory Buffer (HMB) feature which utilizes system DRAM to act as a buffer, DRAM is not required.
The Toshiba BG M.2 1620 SSDs are designed to be integrated into [...]
At CES 2017, we recently stopped by to speak to our friends at Mushkin to take a quick look at what they’re planning on doing for the upcoming year and so far, it’s looking to be an exciting one. Not only is the memory giant launching a few new storage solutions, it’s also heading into the peripherals market with a great looking keyboard.
Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD
First up is the Mushkin Helix PCIe SSD, which is Mushkin’s first M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Powered by the Silicon Motion SM2260 in combination with Micron 3D MLC NAND, the Helix has a sequential read speed of 2.5GB/s and a sequential write speed of 1.1GB/s. Random I/O performance [...]
With SATA SSDs now at their limit, last year Samsung introduced the Samsung 950 PRO which marked the first time Samsung had introduced a NVMe PCIe SSD for the consumer market. Although Samsung already had OEM PCIe SSDs for quite some time and given that the technology was ready to go, it was only a matter of time until the Samsung 950 PRO was brought into the retail market. Given that the Samsung 950 PRO is a Samsung SSD and not a Samsung smartphone (too soon?) the Samsung 950 PRO did very well in the market quickly establishing itself as the defacto performance NVMe PCIe SSD to buy since it was launched last year.
Of course if you’re Samsung SSD, [...]
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:
It’s no surprise that PCIe SSDs are expected to outship SATA SSDs in 2017 and a number of SSD vendors are rushing to create products for the growing market. As such, ADATA recently announced the new XPG SX8000 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD designed for gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts.
The new XPG SX8000 SSD will be powered by Micron 3D MLC NAND along with the SMI 2260 controller. It’ll feature SLC caching, a DRAM cache buffer, and LDPC ECC technologies. Performance on the XPG SX8000 will be rated at up to 2.4GB/s sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes. The drive will also feature up to 100K/140K IOPS random reads/writes.
The XPG SX8000 will be [...]
Today, Samsung is kicking off their 2016 Global SSD Summit in Seoul, Korea. As anticipated from yesterday’s banners spotted around the halls of the Shilla Hotel in South Korea, Samsung is introducing two new drives, the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO.
Samsung 960 PRO
Based on NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4, the Samsung 960 PRO will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The new 2TB capacity makes the Samsung 960 PRO the highest capacity M.2 NVMe SSD on the market. Samsung is able to achieve this through a “uniquely restructured package design” which we’ll likely be hearing about as the presentations kick off in just a few [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Over the past couple days, the storage world’s been abuzz as Samsung’s latest SM961 PCIe NVMe SSD has shown up online for pre-order.
The Samsung SM961 is the update to the Samsung SM951, and along with it comes with some huge improvements. Performance for example on the Samsung SM961’s random read is marked at 450K IOPS, a 50% increase over the SM951’s 300K IOPS. What’s even more impressive is that the SM961 is expected to be able to hit 400K IOPS in random write, a 4x improvement over the SM951. Sequential read has also been bumped up to a whopping 3,200 MB/s.
The performance increase largely due to Samsung’s new Polaris SSD [...]