3D TLC

Just in time for Flash Memory Summit, Micron is announcing their fifth generation of 3D NAND flash memory, with a record-breaking 176 layers. The new 176L flash is their second generation developed since the dissolution of Micron's memory collaboration with Intel, after which Micron switched from a floating-gate memory cell design to a charge-trap cell. Micron's previous generation 3D NAND was a 128-layer design that served as a short-lived transitional node for them to work out any issues with the switch to charge trap flash. Micron's 128L flash has had minimal presence on the market, so their new 176L flash will in many cases serve as the successor to their 96L 3D NAND as well. Micron is still withholding many technical details about their 176L...

ADATA External and HP Portable SSDs Review: Featuring the ADATA SE800 and HP P700

Portable flash-based storage solutions are one of the growing segments in the direct-attached storage market. The emergence of 3D NAND with TLC and QLC has brought down the cost...

13 by Ganesh T S on 9/24/2020

The Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Review: A Spirit of Hope

It may be a bit later than originally planned, but Samsung's first consumer SSD to support PCIe 4.0 is here. The Samsung 980 PRO was first previewed at CES...

135 by Billy Tallis on 9/22/2020

Samsung 980 PRO Briefly Listed Online

In what seems to be an accidental leak, a product page for the highly-awaited Samsung 980 PRO SSD was posted and later taken down from Samsung's website for Singapore...

78 by Billy Tallis on 8/31/2020

The Best NVMe SSD for Laptops and Notebooks: SK hynix Gold P31 1TB SSD Reviewed

SK hynix has entered the consumer NVMe SSD market with a big splash: the new Gold P31 has solid high-end performance, but its power efficiency blows the competition out...

76 by Billy Tallis on 8/27/2020

SK Hynix Launches First 128 Layer 3D NAND SSD: Gold P31 NVMe

Last year SK Hynix re-entered the consumer retail SSD market with their Gold S31 SATA SSD. At CES 2020, they previewed a pair of consumer NVMe drives, the first...

20 by Billy Tallis on 8/18/2020

Intel Announces D7-P5500 and D7-P5600 Series PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSDs

Intel has yet to launch their first CPUs supporting PCIe 4.0, but other parts of the business are keeping pace with the transition: network controllers, FPGAs, and starting today...

36 by Billy Tallis on 6/18/2020

Crucial Announces P5 and P2 NVMe SSDs: Going In-House for the High-End

Micron's consumer brand Crucial has introduced two new NVMe SSD product lines, including their first high-end NVMe SSD which features Micron's in-house SSD controller design. However, Crucial's adoption of...

30 by Billy Tallis on 4/23/2020

KINGMAX Joins PCIe 4.0 SSD Club with PX4480 Drives

As AMD’s latest Ryzen 3000/X570 platforms with PCIe 4.0 support become more widespread on the market, SSD vendors are continuing to ramp up the releaes of their matching PCIe...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/1/2020

GOODRAM Announces Entry-Level PX500 SSDs: Bringing NVMe to Budget Drives

As more SSD manufacturers introduce their inexpensive NVMe PCIe drives, the market of entry-level SSDs is slowly but surely moving away from SATA altogether. Case in point this week...

14 by Anton Shilov on 3/24/2020

SSSTC Launches CL1 M.2-2230 SSD: SMI, Up to 512 GB, Up to 2 GB/s

As notebooks are getting thinner and smaller, PC manufacturers require smaller components and therefore demand tinier SSDs as well as densely-packed SoCs. BGA SSDs are of course among the...

37 by Anton Shilov on 3/5/2020

What's TLC is SLC Again: MEMXPRO Introduces PC32 Full-Drive Pseudo-SLC SSDs

Pseudo-SLC caches for TLC-based SSDs are almost as old as TLC NAND itself, serving as a simple and practical solution to TLC's lower sustained throughput. But like all caches...

40 by Anton Shilov on 2/21/2020

Plextor Unveils M9P Plus SSD: A Proven Design Gets 96L 3D TLC & Up to 3.4 GB/s

Plextor has introduced its new flagship consumer SSD lineup, the M9P Plus. The new drives continue to use Marvell’s proven "Eldora" controller, but come equipped with Kioxia’s 96-layer BiCS4...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2020

Patriot Releases Cheap P300 M.2 PCIe SSDs: Two Products, Same Name

Patriot has launched its new family of entry-level NVMe SSDs with a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface designed for budget PCs. Patriot’s P300 drives come in capacities ranging from 128...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/18/2020

Enterprise NVMe Round-Up 2: SK Hynix, Samsung, DapuStor and DERA

Nine enterprise NVMe SSDs suffer through our updated test suite to show who's who for high-end storage.

33 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2020

Enterprise SATA SSDs: Can Budget 2020 beat Top Line 2017?

Today we're looking at two wildly different enterprise SATA SSDs: the Kingston DC450R entry-level server SSD with the latest controller and 96L 3D NAND, and the Micron 5100 MAX...

21 by Billy Tallis on 2/4/2020

96-Layer 3D TLC Reaches Embedded & Industrial NVMe SSDs: Transcend Reveals MTE662T

Though, as always, it takes some time for newer technologies to filter down into the conservative embedded/industrial market, the time has finally come for 96-layer 3D TLC NAND. SSD...

5 by Anton Shilov on 2/3/2020

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Portable SSDs Roundup - Featuring the Samsung T7 Touch and the SanDisk Extreme Pro

External bus-powered storage devices have grown in storage capacity as well as speeds over the last decade. Palm-sized flash-based storage devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are capable of...

38 by Ganesh T S on 1/23/2020

OWC Releases Accelsior 4M2 SSD: Quad-M.2 For Over 6000 MB/s

Just in time for the launch of Apple's newly redesigned Mac Pro tower, OWC has introduced the ‘fastest SSD [they've] ever built’, the Accelsior 4M2. The high-end solid state...

24 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2019

Biostar Launches M700 SSDs: Entry-Level PCIe SSDs

After entering the SSD market a couple of years ago, Biostar has been playing things cautiously, only offering low-cost SATA drives. But as the prices of PCIe SSD controllers...

12 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2019

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