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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston SSDNow mS200 mSATA Review (240GB)

The Kingston SSDNow mS200 is an mSATA SSD that is built specifically for system builders, OEMs, and enthusiasts. Roughly eight times smaller than a 2.5” drive, the SSDNow mS200 claims sequential read/write speeds of 550MB/s and 530MB/s.  The device is fully compliant with mSATA interface, uses NAND based flash memory and supports Intel’s SRT, S.M.A.R.T., and TRIM. The mS200 comes in 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD Line Adds 240GB and 480GB Capacities

Kingston Digital has announced the addition of 240GB and 480GB capacities to the SSDNow mS200 mSATA family of SSDs. Kingston’s SSDNow mS200 mSATA SSD allows system builders and enthusiasts to gain an economic performance boost, including quicker boot times and application loads while requiring less power than HDDs. The mS200 boasts read speeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 520MB/s.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier Pro SP920 SATA SSD Review

The ADATA Premier Pro SP920 2.5” SATA SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs of multimedia professionals looking for high-performance capabilities with large file transfers, such as massive videos files. Under the hood, it is equipped with the latest generation of the incomparable Marvell controller with the SATA III 6Gb/s specification. ADATA has indicated that their stringent selection of flash memory chips is said to enhance the overall system efficiency and speed, particularly with the transmission of multimedia files (or uncompressed data). 

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by Lyle Smith

Micron/Crucial M550 SSD Review

Micron/Crucial’s 20nm 128Gb MLC NAND was released in 2013 and hit the market in a consumable way as the first terabyte-class M500 SSD. The drive debuted at a price under $600 and proved to be a decent performer, though it is more a mainstream drive for consumers under the Crucial brand and for OEMs and system builders with the Micron flag. Today's release of the new similarly branded Crucial/Micron M550 expands on their personal storage line with improved performance, longer battery life, new capacity and form factor options, and an advanced feature set. The M550 SSD is specifically designed to meet the needs businesses and enthusiasts who are heavily involved with high-performance computing, ultrathin, and media/video applications. The M500 will stay in market, providing a balance of price and performance. 

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 730 Series Review

Today, Intel launched the SSD 730, a new enthusiast-grade SSD designed with the most intensive client workloads possible in mind. The 730 is highlighted by its specially qualified 3rd generation Intel controller, 20nm NAND, and optimized firmware. Intel has also stepped up its game with their new SSD by factory overclocking these components, pushing the limits of performance by increasing its controller speed by 50% as well as offering a 20% boost in NAND bus speed.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces the HG6 Series of Next Gen, High-Performance SSDs

Toshiba America has announced the next generation of their HG series of high performance SSDs, the new HG6 SSD line, which offers high-performance, power efficiency, and is designed for a variety of applications including Ultrabooks and data center servers. Capacities range up to 512GB.

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OCZ Vertex 460 SSD Review

Fresh from their recently-announced bankruptcy and acquisition by Toshiba, OCZ's newest consumer-grade SSD makes a bold statement during the company's important transition phase, aiming to provide a value-minded SSD solution while simultaneously catering to the enthusiast with high performance needs. The OCZ Storage Solutions Vertex 460 is a mainstream SSD that takes advantage of the new partnership by marrying OCZ's Barefoot 3 M10 controller with Toshiba's 19nm MLC NAND technology, providing a product that benefits from quality engineering and the lower operational costs that stem from the work of a strong collaborative team. This is a major boon for OCZ, both in terms of finance and technology, and the Vertex 460 can be rightly considered a positive indication of things to come from the company.

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by Brian Beeler

Toshiba Closes OCZ Acquisition

In early December OCZ Technology filed for bankruptcy and at the same time announced plans by Toshiba to acquire OCZ's key storage assets including its engineering team and controller technology. Toshiba had previously worked to supply NAND for OCZ's SSDs, a deeper pairing made sense given the strengths of each company. Toshiba owns fabs and can create NAND; OCZ has a reputable SSD controller and better distribution channels for storage products globally. Tonight Toshiba Corporation announced that the company "has finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Going forward the former OCZ will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD Review

The Samsung 840 EVO is an mSATA SSD that is the first to hit the 1TB capacity point. Though it has a compact mSATA form factor, roughly a quarter of the size of a standard 2.5” SSD, it packs the performance punch of its larger siblings. Ultra-thin laptops have been limited in their storage capacity up until now. Taking advantage of Samsung’s advances in flash memory, the 840 EVO mSATA SSD will take portable computing capacity and speeds in ultra-thin computers that was previously unattainable. To get to the 1TB capacity point, Samsung uses a total of four flash memory packages, each having 16 dense layers of 128Gb TLC chips.

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by Lyle Smith

Plextor M6 and M6e Series of SSD Solutions Announced

Plextor has announced the M6 and M6e series lineup of solid-state drives, featuring their next-generation 2.5” M6S and M6M mSATA SSDs. Also introduced by Plextor is two new PCI-e drives: the M6e PCI-e SSD specifically designed for gaming, the ultra-fast M6e M.2 PCI-e and the new half height, half length (HHHL) PCI-e card.

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