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 [...]
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 [...]
Ever since PCIe was launched back in 2003, it’s become the de-facto standard for most expansion cards, and with high speed storage now adopting the standard, it’s become more important than ever. It’s only natural then that PCI-SIG, the group behind PCIe, has been working on a new PCIe 4.0 standard which aims to continue to solidify its importance in the computing world. In a recent interview conducted by Tom’s Hardware with PCI-SIG Vice President, Richard Solomon, Solomon revealed some interesting developments for the upcoming PCIe 4.0 standard.
As expected, PCIe 4.0 will double the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, carrying on the [...]
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 [...]
Plextor had some brand-new PCIe SSDs to show at Computex this year with fancy heatsinks and some great performance.Plextor M8PeY
Plextor first unveiled the M8PeY at this year’s CES. This new PCIe SSD features the Marvel 88SS1093 controller and 15nm Toshiba TLC NAND. Boasting sequential read/write performance of up to 2,500MB/1,400MB/s and a random read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000IOPS, the M8PeY is the fastest storage device Plextor has in their arsenal. Although I’m not quite sure why since the PCIe bus can provide 75w of power, it even comes with an additional SATA power connector at the top for “added power [...]
Micron today announced two new client SSDs, the Micron 1100 and Micron 2100, both of which are the first SSDs to utilize Micron latest 3D NAND. First revealed back in late 2014, Micron’s 3D NAND product was originally expected to arrive in the second half of last year, but aside from some presentations about the 3D NAND, no physical product has been announced until now.
The first new introduction is the Micron 1100, which is a client SATA SSD available in capacities of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. Internally, the drive will be powered by a Marvell 88SS1074 “Dean” controller paired with [...]
Patriot this week has announced their latest solid state offerings, The aptly named Patriot Hellfire in M.2 and full PCIe form factors.Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD
The M.2 variant will be designed with a PCIe Generation 3.0 X4 interface with full NVME 1.2 compliance and will reach speeds of 2,500 MB/s read and 600MB/s write for the ultra high end enthusiasts and content creators.
The M.2 variant will be relesed in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB models and a M.2 2280 form factor, powered by the Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND.Hellfire PCIe Add in Card SSD
Patriot also has the full sized add in card drive, for those looking for the best performance possible. It is [...]