Tom's Hardware Ask Me Anything - Samsung
Jul 29, 2013 - in News
Ask Samsung anything you've ever wondered about its storage and memory products.
Aftermarket SSD On A MacBook Pro: TRIM Gets Tested
Jul 25, 2013 - in Reviews
The ATA interface standard's TRIM command helps SSDs write faster and live longer. But if you own a Mac, you can only enable it with an OEM drive installed. A freeware tool turns TRIM on for aftermarket SSDs, and we take a look at how well it works.
Samsung 840 EVO SSD: Tested At 120, 250, 500, And 1000 GB
Jul 25, 2013 - in Reviews
Last week, Samsung unveiled a successor to its wildly popular 840 at the company's Global SSD Summit in Seoul, South Korea. Stacked with a series of new features and 19 nm, three-bit-per-cell NAND, we benchmark four models and make a recommendation.
Does Your Storage Controller Affect The Performance Of An SSD?
Jul 4, 2013 - in Reviews
Samsung Starts Production of PCIe SSDs for Ultrabooks
Jun 18, 2013 - in News
Samsung has started mass producing its XP941 SSDs, the industry's first PCIe based SSDs for Ultrabooks.
Burn! HTC and Samsung Trade Barbs After UK Awards Show
Jun 11, 2013 - in News
It seems HTC and Samsung's UK branches are forgetting their manners.
One SSD Vs. Two In RAID: Which Is Better?
May 13, 2013 - in Reviews
One SSD is good, right? So, two SSDs in RAID 0 must be better. That’s certainly the case when you're benchmarking sequential performance. But we're finding that, except in extreme examples, one SSD that's twice as large is often better.
Is A SATA 3Gb/s Platform Still Worth Upgrading With An SSD?
Apr 21, 2013 - in Reviews
Today's fastest SSDs already bounce off the SATA 6Gb/s interface's throughput ceiling. Does a 3 Gb/s link kill the performance of those drives? We run a number of synthetic and real-world tests to assess the damage when you upgrade an older platform.
Samsung Acquires SSD Tech Developer Nvelo
Dec 17, 2012 - in News
Nvelo's "SSD caching" systems utilized for speeding up retrieval of data in devices.
Enter to Win a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD
Dec 17, 2012 - in News
A chance to win a new SSD every week.
SSD Prices Continue to Trend Downward
Jun 25, 2012 - in News
As hard drive prices remain high since the Thailand floods of 2011, the SSD prices have taken a different trend, a much appreciated downward trend in prices.
Does Your SSD's File System Affect Performance?
Apr 12, 2012 - in Reviews
SSDs serve up data quickly, and prices are low enough that some enthusiasts may want SSDs for data storage. Does the file system you use matter? We compare performance between FAT32, NTFS, and the newer exFAT file systems on two popular SSD architectures.
The 15 Winners of the "Explain a Samsung SSD" Contest
Jan 26, 2012 - in News
Join team Tom's to try to win in Samsung's SSD contest. OPEN WORLDWIDE.
Install A Hard Drive Or SSD In Your Notebook's Optical Bay
Jan 25, 2012 - in Reviews
You want a performance-oriented SSD in your notebook, but you also need the capacity of a hard drive. Why not just remove your optical drive, drop your hard drive into its bay, and load up a brand new SSD with Windows and your apps?
Freeing Up Capacity On An SSD With NTFS Compression
Nov 30, 2011 - in Reviews
Flash-based solid-state drives with more than 64 or 128 GB of capacity are fairly small, but they're still really expensive relative to hard drives. Compressing the Windows partition frees up some space, but is that really a good idea?
Round-Up: 15 microSDHC Cards, Benchmarked And Reviewed
Nov 9, 2011 - in Reviews
With rated write performance as high as 10 MB/s and capacities as high as 32 GB, there's plenty of choice in the microSDHC marketplace. Do the contenders actually hit their performance targets? Interestingly, some of them are actually quite a bit better!
Should You Upgrade? From A Hard Drive To An SSD
Oct 6, 2011 - in Reviews
Should you buy a new processor for your next machine? How about a new graphics card? Have you given any thought to the status of your storage subsystem? We're making a case for incorporating solid-state technology the next time you're upgrade-shopping.
Hands-On: A Second mSATA-Based SSD Emerges
Jul 14, 2011 - in Reviews
When it comes to storage, the 3.5” and 2.5” form factors are most popular. But they're not always suitable for notebooks and netbooks. Samsung is the second vendor to introduce an mSATA-based SSD, after Intel demonstrated its SSD 310 earlier this year.
Three PCI Express-Based SSDs: When SATA 6 Gb/s Is Too Slow
Jun 30, 2011 - in Reviews
When it comes time to hunt down the ultimate in storage performance, you simply cannot settle for standard SSDs. Instead, look to PCI Express-based drives that circumvent the limitations of SATA. We have products from Fusion-io, LSI, and OCZ on the bench.
Can You Get More Space Or Speed From Your SSD?
Jun 8, 2011 - in Reviews
With the market for solid-state drives continually expanding, we wanted to explore some of the most popular tweaks enthusiasts use to purportedly improve performance and free up capacity. We break out the benchmarks and put them to the test.
A Sexy Storage Spree: The 3 GB/s Project, Revisted
Apr 21, 2011 - in Reviews
We repeat our extreme SSD RAID project for the third time and arrange 16 Samsung 470-series SSDs based on MLC NAND in a RAID 0 array to reach new levels of performance. We weren't as fortunate this time, but not for the reasons you might suspect.
SSDs In RAID: A Performance Scaling Analysis
Mar 25, 2011 - in Reviews
RAID arrays with dozens of hard drives are not uncommon for reaching certain performance levels. We demonstrate how beautifully SSD RAID arrays can scale. There may come a time when a few flash-based drives will replace entire farms of hard disks.
SSD Performance: TRIM And Firmware Updates Tested
Dec 23, 2010 - in Reviews
Solid state drives can deliver exceptional performance, but they're not necessarily fire-and-forget upgrades. You'll only really get the best possible experience from them if you pay attention to details like TRIM support and available firmware updates.
How Do SSDs Redefine Storage Performance?
Nov 15, 2010 - in Reviews
It only takes one or two modern SSDs to outperform business-class RAID arrays with four or eight hard drives. We're running a full comparison and looking at the implications for high-performance systems when you make the transition to flash-based tech.