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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LX SSD Review (CSSD-F256GBLX)

The Corsair Force Series LX SSDs are the company's latest foray in the solid state market and successor to the Force LS Series, which we found to be a decent drive as far as sequential read performance goes. The new Corsair line is specifically designed for mainstream consumers on a budget, with specs quoted to boast fast sequential and random read throughput at an entry-level price point. As such, the LX line is catered towards users on a budget who are looking to upgrade from an HDD-based system to the performance benefits of solid state storage without paying a premium, a statement that is made by many in the SSD industry. That said, the Force Series LX SSDs is indeed a very inexpensive line of solid state drives, so it will be interesting to see where it fits into the saturated SSD market.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Launches New SSDs Based on 2nd Gen 3D V-NAND

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, its second generation V-NAND offering.‚Äč Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND (or Vertical NAND) requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND; however, it still delivers much greater production efficiency as Samsung will essentially be using the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD Now Available

ADATA has announced that its Premier SP610 2.5” SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD is now available. ATADA's new SSD is designed to maintain high read/write speeds consistently for stable performance with its SMI controller as well as featuring the advanced BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) technology. The Premier SP610 is also ideal for PC builders looking to move away from mechanical drives to the high performance of solid state drive technology. ADATA’s new SSD line comes in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

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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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