SSDs

Version 2.0 of the NVM Express specification has been released, keeping up the roughly two year cadence for the storage interface that is now a decade old. Like other NVMe spec updates, version 2.0 comes with a variety of new features and functionality for drives to implement (usually as optional features). But the most significant change—and the reason this is called version 2.0 instead of 1.5—is that the spec has been drastically reorganized to better fit the broad scope of features that NVMe now encompasses. From its humble beginnings as a block storage protocol operating over PCI Express, NVMe has grown to also become one of the most important networked storage protocols, and now also supports storage paradigms that are entirely different from the...

Corsair add 32GB and 256GB models to their Nova SSD range...

Corsair have announced today that they are expanding their Nova SSD range to include both the 32GB and 256GB models. Using the Indilinx Barefoot™ controller, Corsair is marketing...

6 by Ian Cutress on 5/4/2010

The Impact of Spare Area on SandForce, More Capacity At No Performance Loss?

No, it’s not the new Indilinx JetStream controller - that’ll be in the second half of the year at the earliest. And it’s definitely not Intel’s 3rd generation X25-M...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/3/2010

This Just In: New SSDs from Patriot, OCZ & OWC

I had a lot of stuff come in this morning. First the iPad 3G, then Zotac's next-generation ION box and a bunch of NDA'd CPUs. A little earlier in...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/30/2010

OCZ's Vertex 2, Special Sauce SF-1200 Reviewed

Last week we reviewed OCZ's Agility 2 SSD with SandForce's standard, mass production SF-1200 firmware. This week we're back with the Vertex 2. For an extra $20 you get...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/28/2010

This Just In: OCZ Vertex 2 SandForce-1200 SSD with Special Sauce

Next week I'll have more to report on than just SSDs, I promise. Until then, the SandForce festivities continue with today's arrival: The OCZ Vertex 2. As you may have...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/22/2010

OCZ's Agility 2 Reviewed: The First SF-1200 with MP Firmware

SandForce made news last week, but for some not so great reasons. It turns out that the production firmware on SF-1200 drives drops random small file write performance by...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/21/2010

This Just In: OCZ Agility 2 SandForce-1200 SSD

Things move in real time around here. Just yesterday we published an article detailing the differences between SandForce's SF-1200 and SF-1500 controller. We also pointed out that the mass...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/17/2010

Understanding SandForce's SF-1200 & SF-1500, Not All Drives are Equal

Less than 24 hours ago I was called into a meeting with SandForce, the SSD controller manufacturer that has been on fire lately. The company makes two controllers: the...

84 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/16/2010

Corsair's Force SSD Reviewed: SF-1200 is Very Good

Late last year we were told that SandForce's client controller, the SF-1200 wouldn't be as solid of a performer as the SF-1500. It would be on par with Indilinx's...

63 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2010

This Just In: Corsair Force 100GB SSD (SF-1200)

Testing is nearly complete on the last Corsair SSD that came my way, but this morning UPS dropped off another surprise: the Corsair Force SSD. Based on a derivative...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/13/2010

This Just In: Corsair Nova 128GB SSD

I haven't taken a look at a new Corsair SSD in a while. The company started out by shipping relatively uninteresting Samsung based SSDs, but since then we've seen...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2010

Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

Intel has been shipping its value 40GB X25-V SSDs for a little while now, but the official launch was just 11 days ago. In our review we found...

87 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/29/2010

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