OCZ Vector 150 SSD Review: A New Flagship With 19 nm Flash
Nov 11, 2013 - in Reviews
OCZ is re-launching its flagship consumer SSD as the Vector 150. Armed with 19 nm Toggle-mode flash and new encryption functionality, this new drive is purported to be the pinnacle of of enthusiast-class solid-state storage. Does it live up to the hype?
Intel SSD 530 Review: A Revised Controller And 20 nm Flash
Oct 31, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel recently lifted the veil on a replacement for its SSD 520, not surprisingly called the SSD 530. It partners new SandForce silicon with IMFT's 20 nm flash for better power consumption and a more modest price tag. Does the evolution pay off?
Best SSDs For The Money: October 2013
Oct 28, 2013 - in Reviews
October didn't give us much in the way of storage excitement, but the most mundane news is perhaps the best: prices are falling on SSDs again. Even if they weren't, we're still at all-time lows on solid-state pricing. It remains a good time to buy an SSD.
Six SSD DC S3500 Drives And Intel's RST: Performance In RAID, Tested
Oct 8, 2013 - in Reviews
Intel lent us six SSD DC S3500 drives with its home-brewed 6 Gb/s SATA controller inside. We match them up to the Z87/C226 chipset's six corresponding ports, a handful of software-based RAID modes, and two operating systems to test their performance.
Micron P420m SSD Review: 1.4 TB Of PCI Express-Attached Storage
Sep 8, 2013 - in Reviews
After the success of its P320h, Micron is following up with the P420m, an MLC-based PCI Express x8 add-in card aimed at more read-oriented enterprise customers. How does it compare to the company's SLC-based flagship? We benchmark ours thoroughly.
SanDisk A110 PCIe SSD: Armed With The New M.2 Edge Connector
Sep 5, 2013 - in Reviews
We got our hands on an early sample of SanDisk's A110 SSD. So what? Big deal? Not a chance. This thing is PCI Express-attached and sports the new M.2 edge connector. Read on to learn more about the next generation of solid-state storage connectivity.
Hands-On With Silicon Motion's New SSD Controller
Aug 11, 2013 - in Reviews
Silicon Motion already makes flash storage controllers in all shapes and sizes. Now, with a new SATA 6Gb/s processor ready for action, the Taiwanese firm is hoping to make a dent in the market share currently enjoyed by SandForce and Marvell.
SSD Deathmatch: Crucial's M500 Vs. Samsung's 840 EVO
Aug 6, 2013 - in Reviews
Micron's consumer products division, Crucial, wasn't the first brand to introduce a 1 TB SSD. But it was the first to sell one for less than a fortune, and it sports some snazzy new features to boot. We got our hands on the entire line-up to test.
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
SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD Reviewed At 64, 128, And 256 GB
Jul 1, 2013 - in Reviews
SanDisk's Ultra Plus replaces the company's older SATA 3Gb/s SandForce-based Ultra with something a bit more modern, and with a budget-oriented price tag. We test all three capacities to see if the entry-level pricing belies a pocket rocket in disguise.
LSI SAS 9300-8e & HGST Ultrastar SSD800MM: 12 Gb/s SAS, Tested
Jun 19, 2013 - in Reviews
With the announcement of LSI's SAS 9300-8e and HGST's Ultrastar SSD800MM earlier this year, the world was officially introduced to 12 Gb/s SAS. Today we get our first look at how two times the interface bandwidth translates to real-world performance.
The SSD DC S3500 Review: Intel's 6 Gb/s Controller And 20 nm NAND
Jun 11, 2013 - in Reviews
As enterprise SSDs become more specialized and application-focused, Intel is hoping its SSD DC S3500 will strike a chord with customers looking for excellent read performance on a budget. We compare this drive to other notable contenders in its class.
SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review: Striking At The Heavy-Hitters
Jun 6, 2013 - in Reviews
SanDisk is looking for a rise to prominence in the SSD segment with a new Marvell 88SS9187-based drive. The Extreme II packs 19 nm Toggle-mode NAND (from SanDisk, naturally), specialized firmware, and intriguing performance potential. How does it compare?
OCZ Vertex 450 256 GB SSD Review: Can We Call It Vector Jr.?
May 27, 2013 - in Reviews
OCZ is shaking up its current product stack by replacing the year-old Vertex 4 SSD. The Vertex 450 matches Barefoot 3 controller silicon with 20 nm synchronous NAND for something slightly more economical than the company's current flagship, the Vector.
Seagate 600 SSD 240 GB Review: LAMD And Toshiba, Together Again
May 7, 2013 - in Reviews
Seagate is the world's largest purveyor of mechanical hard drives. As the company prepares for mortal combat in the consumer SSD space, are its wits, Toshiba's Toggle-mode NAND, and SK hynix memory solutions' 87800 controller enough to get by?
Seagate 600 Pro-Series 200 GB SSD Review: For The Enterprise
May 7, 2013 - in Reviews
After years of halfhearted attempts to join the solid-state storage market, Seagate is finally ready to reinvent itself with a new family of SSDs. The first one we're looking at is the enterprise-class 600 Pro. Does this 200 GB drive impress our team?
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.
Almost 20 TB (Or $50,000) Of SSD DC S3700 Drives, Benchmarked
Apr 14, 2013 - in Reviews
We've already reviewed Intel's SSD DC S3700 and determined it to be a fast, consistent performer. But what happens when we take two-dozen (or about $50,000) worth of them and create a massive RAID 0 array? Come along as we play around in storage heaven.
Micron P400m SSD Review: High Endurance MLC Is Here To Stay
Feb 12, 2013 - in Reviews
Endurance. Reliability. Data protection. They're all important factors when it comes time to evaluate high-end storage technology. Micron's P400m, the company's latest enterprise-class SSD, is positioned to not only address those needs, but exceed them.
Intel SSD DC S3700 Review: Benchmarking Consistency
Jan 30, 2013 - in Reviews
With the recent announcement of the SSD DC S3700, Intel is firmly targeting enterprise customers with something not normally seen on spec sheets: performance consistency. Will their latest offering live up to expectations, or fall short? Lets find out.
Round-Up: 10 mSATA SSDs From Adata, Crucial, Mushkin, And OCZ
Jan 6, 2013 - in Reviews
The first mSATA-based SSDs we reviewed wowed us with diminutive dimensions, but not as much with performance. Today's best efforts are a lot more like their desktop equivalents, though. We round up 10 models between 64 and 256 GB and nail down a winner.
Micron RealSSD P320h Review: A PCIe Drive Capable Of 3.2 GB/s
Jan 2, 2013 - in Reviews
Announced earlier this year, Micron's RealSSD P320h PCI Express-based SSD promises to be an enterprise workhorse. A custom controller, single-level cell NAND, amazingly low latency, stellar random I/O, and incredible endurance combine to blow us away.
OCZ Vector 256 GB Review: An SSD Powered By Barefoot 3
Nov 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Less than two years after acquiring Indilinx for $32 million in stock, OCZ is ready to introduce its first SSD based on controller technology developed in-house. Can its new Barefoot 3 propel the 256 GB Vector we're testing into a performance victory?
Time To Upgrade: 10 SSDs Between 240 And 256 GB, Rounded Up
Nov 22, 2012 - in Reviews
Over the past year, we've seen the cost per gigabyte of solid-state storage drop in a major way. Once upon a time, we shopped for affordable 60 and 80 GB drives. Now we really want 256 GB drives in our desktops. Meet the last 10 models to land in our lab.
Intel SSD 335 240 GB Review: Driving Down Prices With 20 nm NAND
Oct 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Intel's SSD 335 is a refresh of the SSD 330 sporting 20 nm MLC NAND flash. Does it alter performance? Not really. Pricing? Yes. How about endurance? That's hard to say for certain. There's only one model, though, with 240 GB of capacity. We test it today.
Plextor M5 Pro 256 GB Review: 19 nm NAND And Marvell's Latest
Sep 27, 2012 - in Reviews
Hot on the heels of its M5S, Plextor sent us the M5 Pro. Loaded with hot new technologies like 19 nm NAND and the latest Marvell controller, the company's flagship was certainly worth waiting for. How does it do against the established incumbents, though?
Samsung 840 Pro SSD: More Speed, Less Power, And Toggle-Mode 2.0
Sep 24, 2012 - in Reviews
Samsung is taking the wraps off its new flagship 840 Pro SSD. It's promising better performance, lower power consumption, a five-year warranty, and aggressive pricing. Is such a compelling combination of benefits really possible in such a crowded market?
Plextor M5S 256 GB Review: Marvell Inside, With A Twist
Sep 4, 2012 - in Reviews
Plextor's optical drives were always known for their quality. Now, the company is trying to carry that reputation over to SSDs. Its M5S is actually a fourth-generation offering based on Marvell's controller technology. But Plextor adds its own spin, too.
Best SSDs For The Money: July 2012
Jul 29, 2012 - in Reviews
Although we saw some small price adjustments over the last month, that's not the biggest news. A past recommendation, Samsung's 830, was based on a promotional bundle that some readers reported not getting. We took the issue to Samsung for resolution.