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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Announced Hellfire M.2 and PCIe AIC SSDs

Patriot has announced the latest additions to their solid-state drive porfolio, the Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD and the Hellfire PCIe AIC. With a Gen 3 x 4 interface and NVMe 1.2 support, the Hellfire is the company’s first M.2 PCIe SSD and is quoted to reach speeds up to 2,500MB/s read and 600MB/s write. Patriot's other new offering, the Hellfire PCIe AIC, is ideal for power users looking for a huge increase in performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Silicon Motion Announces Turnkey Merchant SATA SSD Controller Supporting 3D NAND

Today at CES in Las Vegas, Silicon Motion Technology Corporation released the world’s first turnkey merchant SATA SSD controller solution supporting 3D NAND from multiple vendors, the SM2246EN with 3D NAND support. Silicon Motion states that its new controller will help accelerate adoption of high-performance SSDs. The updated SM2246EN with 3D NAND support will be demonstrated at Silicon Motion’s booth at CES.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk Launches The World’s Thinnest 1TB M.2 SSD

Today At CES SanDisk Corporation launched what they are calling the world’s thinnest 1TB M.2 form factor SSD, the X400. The X400 is only 1.5mm thick. In order to achieve this level of ultra-slim thinness, The X400 is only single sided—the first single sided 1TB SATA M.2. With the X400 customers should see faster boot times, faster application launch times, as well as extended battery life.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Samsung Magician and Data Migration Overview

Samsung has produced several high performing SSDs. Their 2.5”, mSATA, and M.2 all currently sit at the top of our leaderboard. Along with its high-performing and innovative SSDs, Samsung also updates its incredibly useful software suite including Samsung Data Migration (SDM) currently in version 3.0 and is Samsung Magician software (currently in version 4.9).

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

How to Upgrade Samsung SSD Firmware

Samsung has an inherent advantage in the SSD space in that they own their own NAND and controller and build the SSD firmware and software in-house. The results on the software side are evident; Samsung's Magician software package is one of the most robust in the industry, providing customers with an easy way to manage and optimize their SSD. Operating in-house also means Samsung can update their firmware faster and more often, in turn providing users with a reliable and stable experience. While SSD firmware isn't always easy to update, the Samsung Magician tool makes the task about as easy as it gets. Samsung also provides firmware update tools for those who prefer a bootable USB/CD option as well.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Reveals New Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro

Today HP Inc. announced the latest storage solution for its workstations, the Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro. HP claims that the Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro is 16 times faster than a standard SATA SSD at a similar cost. The Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro enables up to four M.2 PCIe SSD modules to be connected to one PCIe Gen3 x16 slot.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX200 SSD Review

Crucial has released their newest addition to their economy line of drives with the BX200 SSD, Micron’s first TLC-based solid-state drive. Like their BX100 before it, the BX200 is firmly targeted toward budget-minded consumers and those looking to upgrade their hard disk-based system to solid state technology. There are significant benefits and performance gains when leveraging SSDs; even with the more budget-friendly drives. As such, the BX200 allows users to experience speedy load times with their applications, system boot ups that occur almost instantly, and improve the overall performance to every day applications. Coupling its equipped Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller, 4-channels of Micron NAND flash and custom firmware, the BX200 also offers ultra-low power consumption.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial BX200 SSD Makes An Ideal HDD Replacement

Today Crucial announced that its new consumer SSD, the BX200. The drive is aimed at consumers and SMB that are looking for an affordable way to increase performance, see faster boot times, and load applications faster. The BX200 will be replacing the BX100 we previously reviewed. In our review we found that, though the BX100 was inexpensive, it was able to outperform several of the other drives in some tests.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD Review

It’s always exciting when Samsung releases a new solid-state product, as they have been the clear market leader over the past few years in price-per-performance; each new addition to their portfolio has been an impressive and worthwhile upgrade. That being said, the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 line has finally hit the market, which is a tiny SSD designed to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and professionals. Because of its small M.2 form factor, the Samsung 950 Pro satisfies a plethora of uses cases where space is an issue, such as with ultra-slim notebooks and M.2 compatible workstation PC users that want to leverage Samsung’s pedigree in storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency, not to mention performance. However, perhaps the most significant draw to this new drive is the company's focus on giving their customers enterprise durability in the price range of a consumer-grade SSD.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSDs Announced

Samsung has unveiled the highly anticipated Samsung 950 PRO SSD M.2, designed to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and business laptops and PCs. Because it uses the M.2 form factor, these tiny SSDs can be used in a variety of uses cases including ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations all the while benefiting from Samsung’s storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency pedigree.  The Samsung 950 SSD is released as a successor to their very impressive line of 850 PRO SSDs.

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