Best SSDs For The Money: July 2014
Jul 19, 2014 - in Reviews
This month, we discuss a couple of new high-end SSDs based on fresh developments in flash technology. Are they really that much better than the latest mainstream-oriented drives, though? Check out our recommendations for more information!
JMicron Returns: The JMF667H Controller On Four Reference SSDs
Jul 11, 2014 - in Reviews
It's rare that we get the chance to test SSDs before they hit production. But after waltzing with Silicon Motion's SM2246EN platform last year, JMicron offered us a handful of reference drives with different types of flash, all driven by the new JMF667H.
Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review: 3D Vertical NAND Hits Desktop Storage
Jun 30, 2014 - in Reviews
After winning an award last year for its 840 EVO, Samsung is ready to follow up with another high-end offering. The company's 850 Pro SSD merges the EVO's familiar MEX controller with 3D V-NAND. Does the combination justify an upgrade, or should you wait?
Surveillance Hard Drive Shoot-Out: WD And Seagate Square Off
Jun 19, 2014 - in Reviews
Video surveillance has been around for years. Grainy gas station cameras are giving way to higher-end 1080p-capable IP cameras, and storage is evolving to meet the needs of these ever-expanding solutions. Today we look at two new entries into the market.
A 1400 MB/s SSD: ASRock's Z97 Extreme6 And Samsung's XP941
Jun 5, 2014 - in Reviews
Z97 ushers in new and exciting ways to attach and use storage devices. With support for M.2 PCIe and SATA Express, two sides of the same SSD coin, Z97 improves on Z87. But not everywhere. AsRock add to Z97 with some new tricks, and so we take a look.
Samsung 845DC EVO SSD Review: 3-Bit MLC Hits The Enterprise
Jun 2, 2014 - in Reviews
With the introduction of its 845DC EVO, Samsung continues down the path of taking well-received enthusiast-oriented SSDs and customizing them for the enterprise. We run the new drive through a battery of tests in order to determine its strengths.
SSD Recovery: How Pros Bring Flash Memory Back To Life
May 23, 2014 - in Picture Story
If you use SSDs or any form of flash-based storage, you have to worry about something going wrong and ruining the drive. Is there any way to retrieve that data? Yes, there is. If your files are worth recovering, here's how the pros go about saving them.
QNAP TS-470 NAS Review: Four GbE Links, With 10 GbE Scalability
May 22, 2014 - in Reviews
Armed with a Sandy Bridge-based Celeron CPU, QNAP's TS-470 handles the traffic from four gigabit Ethernet connections. Or, with the addition of a 10 GbE upgrade card, it can be made to push well over 1 GB/s, providing you use the right storage.
Buffalo LinkStation 420 Review: An Inexpensive Two-Bay NAS
May 22, 2014 - in Reviews
Are you looking for an entry-level NAS system and don't have the spare parts to roll your own? Buffalo's LinkStation 420 uses a fairly basic platform, and we have a few critiques, but it's otherwise a simple and affordable storage solution for the home.
Plextor M6e 256 GB PCI Express SSD Review: M.2 For Your Desktop
May 1, 2014 - in Reviews
Plextor's next-gen M6e is a M.2 2280 PCIe SSD combined with a x4 PCIe adapter. You probably don't have a M.2 PCIe slot yet, but Plextor hopes their Marvell 9183 powered SSD will find a home in enthusiast systems thanks to their adapter.
Six Battery-Powered Wireless Storage Devices, Reviewed
Apr 24, 2014 - in Reviews
Would you like a device capable of functioning as USB-based storage, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an archive for your media, a streaming server, and a rechargeable battery? The six devices in this round-up are versatile, including a combination of those features.
Micron M500DC 800 GB SSD Review: Cloud And Web 2.0 Storage
Apr 22, 2014 - in Reviews
Building on the desktop-oriented M500, Micron is announcing its enterprise-focused M500DC. We got a chance to run the 800 GB model through an updated test suite to gauge whether this Marvell-powered SSD keeps up with the best-known enterprise solutions.
Plextor M6S And M6M SSD Review: Revving Another Marvell Engine
Apr 10, 2014 - in Reviews
Plextor is launching two new SSDs under its M6 banner. The M6S and M6M lean on Toshiba's A19 flash and Marvell's updated 9188 silicon. Together, both components (plus some custom firmware work) should augment value and speed in a couple of form factors.
Adata Premier Pro SP920 SSD: From 128 To 1024 GB, Reviewed
Apr 1, 2014 - in Reviews
Adata shifts away from SandForce in its Premier Pro SP920 SSD family. With promises of incredible performance and spiffy features like DevSlp, Adata's latest employs the Marvell controller we saw in Crucial's M550. But the two share quite a bit more...
The Crucial M550 SSD Review: Striking Back With More Performance
Mar 18, 2014 - in Reviews
Crucial's M500 brought mainstream performance, enhanced features, and rock-bottom pricing together in one of the most-recommended SSDs of 2013. Following up, Crucial has a refined version called the M550, juiced-up for performance-hungry enthusiasts.
SSD Or Hard Drive? Upgrading Your PlayStation 4's Storage
Mar 13, 2014 - in Reviews
Sony's PlayStation 4 features an easy-to-replace 2.5-inch notebook drive. We open the console up and swap its stock disk with an SSD, a hybrid drive, and an old hard drive to see if a storage upgrade might help unlock some additional performance.
The SSD 730 Series Review: Intel Is Back With Its Own Controller
Feb 27, 2014 - in Reviews
Once up on a time, Intel's 10-channel controller drove the SSD market forward. When it was replaced by a 6Gb/s processor in 2012, that technology was enterprise-only. Finally, Intel is giving enthusiasts a taste of its home-grown solution in the SSD 730.
Samsung 840 EVO mSATA Review: 120, 250, 500, And 1000 GB, Tested
Feb 24, 2014 - in Reviews
Once upon a time, adopting mSATA-based storage meant compromising capacity and performance. With its 840 EVO, Samsung gives you access to as much as 1000 GB at incredibly fast speeds. The company even manages attractive pricing to keep mSATA competitive.
SanDisk X210 256 And 512 GB: Enthusiast Speed; OEM Reliability
Jan 15, 2014 - in Reviews
SanDisk's X210 SSD is both an OEM drive for major vendors and an aftermarket product for the enthusiast world. Having passed a gauntlet of validation tests, can it break into the consumer space as a true alternative to the quickest power user products?
SanDisk Optimus Eco SSD: A SAS Interface And Up To 2 TB Of Flash
Dec 12, 2013 - in Reviews
Consolidation drastically changed the face of enterprise solid-state storage in 2013. One of the bigger moves was SanDisk's acquisition of SMART Storage Systems. Today, we're looking at the first branded SAS-based SSD to come from that purchase.
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?
Disaster Strikes: How Is Data Recovered From A Dead Hard Drive?
Nov 7, 2013 - in Picture Story
With enough time and use, all drives fail. Some fail at the worse time while holding irreplaceable data. When the unthinkable hits and you're staring at your precious bits trapped in a paperweight, here is how the experts go about retrieving your sanity.
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?
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.
Seagate Laptop Ultrathin HDD Review: 500 GB In 5 mm Of Space
Jul 31, 2013 - in Reviews
When you look at it from the side, Seagate's Laptop Ultrathin HDD is almost easy to miss. Measuring just 5 mm tall, it’s one of the thinnest hard drives in existence. We got our hands on the 500 GB model to see if it can keep up with larger disks.
HGST Travelstar 7K1000 Review: A 1 TB Notebook Drive At 7200 RPM
Jul 29, 2013 - in Reviews
HGST's Travelstar 7K1000 is the first 1000 GB notebook drive we've tested with a 7200 RPM spindle speed. Is this hard disk a performance crown winner? We run our standard suite of benchmarks on it and compare the repository to 13 competitors.