SSDs

Flash memory prices have been on a downward trajectory for years. A decade ago, this trend was helping SSDs establish a foothold in the consumer market—largely for enthusiasts. Now, SSDs have taken over as the default storage medium for consumer PCs and further advances in flash memory are no longer pushing consumer SSDs into new product segments. Instead, cheaper flash is driving an increase in SSD capacity. That growth in drive capacity has not been steady. For both technical and marketing reasons, consumer SSD capacities stick close to powers of two. The first 2TB consumer SSDs started to show up in 2015, and now 2TB options are common across all the SSD market segments. 4TB drives started to show up in 2018 but are still...

The TeamGroup L5 LITE 3D (480GB) SATA SSD Review: Entry-Level Price With Mainstream Performance

The TeamGroup L5 LITE 3D is an older SATA drive that has consistently been one of the cheapest drives on the retail market. Since it doesn't cut corners with...

42 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2019

Samsung’s PCIe Gen 4 Enterprise SSDs Get Reliability & Performance Boost

Almost a year after outlining their first roadmap for PCIe 4.0 SSDs, Samsung's first two models are in mass production: the PM1733 and PM1735 high-end datacenter SSDs. Details about...

5 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 9/20/2019

GIGABYTE’s Aorus Gen4 AIC SSD 8 TB Launched: Up to 15 GB/s

After originally showcasing it at Computex a bit earlier this year, GIGABYTE has officially introduced its quad-SSD PCIe 4.0 adapter card, the AORUS Gen4 AIC. Designed house up to...

24 by Anton Shilov on 9/19/2019

Giveaway: QNAP TS-932X NAS & Seagate IronWolf Drive Bundle

We’re back this week with another giveaway, this time courtesy of Seagate. After giving away some of their new Ironwolf 110 SSDs a couple of months back, this month...

29 by Ryan Smith on 9/12/2019

Patriot Launches Viper VP4100 PCIe Gen 4 SSDs: Up to 5 GB/s

Patriot’s Viper Gaming division this week officially introduced its first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, several weeks ahead of schedule. The Viper VP4100 drives use Phison’s PS5016-E16 controller and generally resembles...

13 by Anton Shilov on 9/12/2019

GOODRAM Reveals IRDM Ultimate X: A Lineup of PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs

GOODRAM has introduced its first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface designed for new-generation high-end PCs. Set to be available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB...

22 by Anton Shilov on 9/9/2019

YMTC Starts Volume Production of 64-Layer 3D NAND

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. (YMTC) this week said that it had started volume production of its 64-layer 3D NAND memory that uses its proprietary Xtacking architecture. The bhips were...

3 by Anton Shilov on 9/5/2019

Samsung Announces Standards-Compliant Key-Value SSD Prototype

Samsung has announced a new prototype key-value SSD that is compatible with the first industry standard API for key-value storage devices. Earlier this year, the Object Drives working group...

48 by Billy Tallis on 9/5/2019

Toshiba Memory to Acquire Lite-On’s SSD Business: Gains IP, R&D, Manufacturing Ops

Toshiba Memory, which is set to rebrand as Kioxia Holdings this October, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SSD business of Lite-On Technology Corp. The decision will enable...

10 by Anton Shilov on 9/3/2019

Toshiba's Timeline for PCIe 4.0 SSDs

Following up on several announcements from Flash Memory Summit earlier this month, Toshiba has shared more information about their plans for transitioning their NVMe SSDs to PCI Express 4.0...

10 by Billy Tallis on 8/30/2019

Dressed to Impress: Team Group’s T-Force Delta Max RGB SATA SSD

RGB LEDs are used for thousands of enthusiast-class products these days, so in many cases manufacturers compete against each other in terms of style and try to make their...

16 by Anton Shilov on 8/30/2019

Micron’s Fab 10 Expansion Completed: 96-Layer 3D NAND Production Starts in 2019

Micron this week hosted a grand opening ceremony of its Fab 10 Expansion in Singapore. The new cleanroom is not expected to increase the company’s production capacity in terms...

21 by Anton Shilov on 8/16/2019

Marvell at FMS 2019: NVMe Over Fabrics Controllers, AI On SSD

Prior to Flash Memory Summit, Marvell unveiled their first generation of client SSD controllers supporting PCI Express 4.0. During the show itself, their focus was much more on the...

5 by Billy Tallis on 8/16/2019

FMS 2019: EDSFF Form Factors Update - Long, Short, & Everything In-Between

What began as Intel's Ruler concept for a new SSD form factor blossomed into the Enterprise and Datacenter Small Form Factor family of standards, with the version 1.0 specs...

1 by Billy Tallis on 8/16/2019

SK Hynix Re-Enters Retail SSD Market, Launches Gold S31 SATA Drives

Coming off of the heels of last week’s Flash Memory Summit, today a familiar entity is throwing its hat back into the ring for retail SSDs: SK Hynix. This...

16 by Ryan Smith on 8/15/2019

ADATA Expands XPG SX8200 Pro Range with 2 TB Model

Over the past few months we have seen a number of companies announcing high-end 2 TB PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2-2280 SSDs, which was not particularly surprising given positioning of...

19 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2019

Samsung Preps PM1733 PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSDs For AMD's "Rome" EPYC Processors

With the launch of AMD's new second generation "Rome" EPYC processors, AMD's numerous hardware partners have been lining up to announce their own wares built around the new processors...

45 by Anton Shilov on 8/9/2019

Phison Previews Next-Gen PCIe 4.0 SSD Controllers: Up to 7 GB/s, NVMe 1.4

At FMS 2019, Phison shared the specs for its next generation of client SSD controllers. The PS5018-E18 high-end controller will be made using a FinFET process technology and promises...

27 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 8/9/2019

Western Digital Reveals Ultrastar DC SN340 SSDs for Read Intensive Workloads

Western Digital has introduced its new accelerator drives designed for very read-intensive workloads. The key feature of the Ultrastar DC SN340 Very Read Intensive (VRI) SSDs is their low...

5 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2019

Western Digital Unveils Ultrastar DC SN640 SSDs: Up to 30.72 TB Capacity

Western Digital has announced its new family of enterprise SSDs aimed at mixed-use-case workloads. The new drives use in-house developed components and come in EDSFF E1.L, U.2, and M.2-22110...

14 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2019

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