SSDs

Flash memory prices have been on a downward trajectory for years. A decade ago, this trend was helping SSDs establish a foothold in the consumer market—largely for enthusiasts. Now, SSDs have taken over as the default storage medium for consumer PCs and further advances in flash memory are no longer pushing consumer SSDs into new product segments. Instead, cheaper flash is driving an increase in SSD capacity. That growth in drive capacity has not been steady. For both technical and marketing reasons, consumer SSD capacities stick close to powers of two. The first 2TB consumer SSDs started to show up in 2015, and now 2TB options are common across all the SSD market segments. 4TB drives started to show up in 2018 but are still...

CES 2020: Patriot Demonstrates PXD External SSD w/ USB-C

Among the many storage vendors at this year's CES was Patriot, who was showcasing its upcoming PXD external SSD. The device features a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface...

5 by Anton Shilov on 1/9/2020

ASUS Going Fast: Quad PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD Storage Add-in Card Hyper M.2

One of the driving features of performance in the high-end desktop space is the creator community: the need for fast CPUs and fast storage is strong, regardless of cost...

19 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/9/2020

Samsung Launches Portable SSD T7 Touch with Fingerprint Security

Samsung's mass-market external drive, the Portable SSD T-series, was last updated in August 2017 with the introduction of the T5 with 64-layer V-NAND. The Portable SSD T5 came with...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2020

Fire At Kioxia & Western Digital NAND Fab - Impact on Supply to be Minimal

Kioxia has reportedly informed its customers that a production tool at one of its fabs caught fire early on Tuesday. The fire was promptly extinguished and no casualties were...

3 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2020

CES 2020: Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Makes An Appearance

Samsung's booth at CES 2020 includes our first look at their next flagship consumer SSD, the 980 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD. This would appear to be Samsung's first client/consumer...

55 by Billy Tallis on 1/7/2020

Samsung’s Fab in Hwaseong Suffers Power Outage

Samsung had to stop production of DRAM and V-NAND memory at its fab near Hwaseong, South Korea, due to power outage earlier this week. Damage caused by disruption of...

48 by Anton Shilov on 1/2/2020

AnandTech Year In Review 2019: Solid State Drives

In 2019, flash memory prices have leveled out and have even crept back upward a bit, and new technologies have been slow to roll out, although we are currently...

42 by Billy Tallis on 12/31/2019

Kioxia: 3D Stacked Storage Class Memory, like 3D XPoint, Isn’t the Future

One of the key battlegrounds of the next decade is going to be storage: density, speed, and demand. Naturally all the major players in the space want to promote...

23 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/30/2019

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

Micron Obtains License to Sell DRAM & NAND to Huawei

The inclusion of Huawei into the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Entity List and consequent restrictions to work with the Chinese giant clearly made it much harder for the U.S.-based...

12 by Anton Shilov on 12/19/2019

The ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 1TB SSD Review: Realtek's Entry-level NVMe Solution

Realtek's second-generation NVMe SSD controllers are ready for prime time, and ADATA decided to try them out. The XPG SX6000 Pro is an entry-level DRAMless NVMe SSD with competitive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 12/18/2019

Samsung to Expand 3D NAND Fab in China

Samsung reportedly plans to invest billions of dollars to expand its 3D NAND production facility in Xian, China. If the company proceeds with the plan, bit production capacity of...

5 by Anton Shilov on 12/17/2019

OWC Launches ThunderBay 4 Mini DAS: 4 SATA Bays With SoftRAID, Up to 1.5 GB/s

OWC has introduced a new small form factor high performance, high redundancy DAS for the professional market. The ThunderBay 4 Mini incorporates 4 2.5-inch storage bays, allowing it to...

29 by Anton Shilov on 12/16/2019

Western Digital Announces WD Blue SN550 SSD

Western Digital is refreshing their NVMe-based WD Blue product line, replacing the WD Blue SN500 with the new WD Blue SN550. The SN550 updates both the controller and NAND...

15 by Billy Tallis on 12/10/2019

The ADATA Ultimate SU750 1TB SSD Review: Realtek Does Storage, Part 1

Realtek has entered the SSD controller market and scored several design wins with ADATA for retail SSDs. The ADATA SU750 entry-level SATA drive is not as important to their...

54 by Billy Tallis on 12/6/2019

Western Digital Starts Sales of WD_Black P50 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 SSDs

Western Digital has started sales of its WD_Black P50 SSDs that were announced earlier this year. The drives are aimed at the high-performance market and are among the first...

17 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2019

GELID Unveils SubZero M.2 XL: A DIY Cooling System for M.2-22110 SSDs

GELID has introduced a rather unusual product: an aftermarket heatsink designed for SSDs that use the server/workstation-oriented M.2-22110 form-factor. The SubZero M.2 XL aluminum heatsink is shipped with two...

16 by Anton Shilov on 12/3/2019

Intel Releases SSD 665p: Second-Gen QLC

Two months after being announced, the Intel SSD 665p is set to be released today. The 665p is the successor to the 660p, the most (only?) successful consumer SSD...

28 by Billy Tallis on 11/25/2019

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

SK Hynix Sampling 128-layer 3D NAND SSDs

SK Hynix announced this week that they have started sampling products based on their 128-layer 3D NAND flash memory, which will soon start showing up in end-user devices. A...

9 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 11/21/2019

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