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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Z400s Economical SSDs Announced

SanDisk has announced the new cost-effective SanDisk Z400s SSD, which is specifically designed to replace hard-disk drives in computing platforms and embedded applications. This line of SSDs is a significant release by SanDisk, as the company promises they will be priced on par with other consumer HDDs all the while offering much better performance, reliability, and power consumption. If this pricing claim is true, it would essentially eliminate the cost difference between solid state and hard disk drives, a gap which has be shrinking significantly over the past few years.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SM951-NVMe M.2 SSD Review

Designed for ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations, the Samsung SM951-NVMe is the industry’s first M.2 NVMe PCIe to hit the market. Samsung has been offering an AHCI-based PCIe 3.0 version of its SM951 line for several months now. With this new highly-anticipated NVMe edition, Samsung is adding a powerful and welcomed drive to its quality SSD portfolio all the while reinforcing its dominance in the flash memory market. Samsung also has indicated that it will be incorporating its 3D V-NAND technology into the SM951-NVMe sometime in the future, which will further increase the drive’s density as well as help it to boast even better performance.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SM951 PCIe M.2 SSD Review

The Samsung SM951 M.2 is a high-performance, low-powered PCIe SSD that is designed for use in both ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations. The SM951 is very similar to the HP Z Turbo drive that we reviewed inside the HP Z620 in both specifications and performance, which offered twice the performance of standard high-performance SSDs all at a similar price tag. Since this impressive debut, consumers have been asking for this drive to hit the market, so the recent release of Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD is a huge deal for many, including here at StorageReview. That being said, consumers will have to pay a premium if they want to reap the benefits of this impressive drive. To avoid confusion, we are reviewing the AHCI version of the SM951 not the soon to be released NVMe version.

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Model Announced

LaCie has announced that its Rugged Thunderbolt storage solution will be released in a 1TB SSD capacity. This significant increase in storage comes with no size or weight increase when compared to the 500GB offering, making it just as portable as before. Our first look at the 500GB SSD version showed that the LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt certainly brought a lot to the table when it came to performance, design, and top-in-class durability for the traveling consumer. This Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 solution is also ideal for tough field work due to its shock, dust, and water resistance. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD Review

Like the mSATA model, the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 is very similar to its impressive 2.5 inch brethren; however, it has the added benefit of not being limited by mSATA’s legacy architecture. Another advantage of the M.2 form factor is that it comprised of a much smaller footprint compared to traditional SSD sizes, all without having to sacrifice capacity. Its unique thin and light form factor also allows the tiny storage solution to be deployed in wide range of use cases, everything from the most recent Ultrabooks that require high performance, to the lastest tablets.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 850 EVO mSATA SSD Review

The Samsung 850 EVO mSATA is pretty much identical to the previously reviewed 2.5 inch 850 EVO, which proved to be an impressive SSD by offering bar-setting performance and fantastic endurance coupled with a competitive price point. As such, the mSATA version of Samsung’s newest SSD line features the same 3D V-NAND technology, enabling it to boast twice the endurance of a conventional 2D planar type NAND flash, and is designed to maximize everyday computing with an obvious focus on performance and reliability. The mSATA model is built for small form factor computing, embedded applications, and provides users with upgrading capability for ultra-thin PCs and desktops using an mSATA slot.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Vector 180 SSD Review

The OCZ Vector 180 is the direct successor to the Vector 150, which was a nicely designed SSD that we found very reliable while boasting great endurance. The Vertex 180 improves on these qualities by offering power failure management functionality as well as adding OCZ’s ShieldPlus plan, the latter which offers consumers a market leading customer service and replacement plan. Like all recent OCZ drives, the Vector 180 uses an in-house controller with the OCZ Barefoot 3 M00, giving OCZ much more control over their pricing, as well as improved performance, reliability, and support. This has been made obvious in OCZ’s recent release of reliability data, which demonstrates how they have become leaders in the consumer SSD market in this category.

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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Ignite SSD Review

After Patriot’s two-year hiatus from the SSD industry, the company has finally put themselves right back in the thick of things with the release of the Patriot Ignite SSD, which is designed for a variety of use cases inside notebooks and PCs including gaming and content creation. Their switch to solely focusing on flash media and memory products was mostly due to their minimal success with their previous SSD products, including the Patriot Pyro, Blaze, and Torch drives. These kinds of setbacks are common, as smaller companies need to offer something unique or anything else to differentiate themselves from the storage titans. That being said, the Patriot Ignite has been equipped with the new Phison S10 controller, quoting maximum sequential read and write speeds up to 560MB/s and 545MB/s, respectively, using a SATA III 6.0 Gb/s interface.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX100 SSD Review

While Crucial’s MX200 is a feature-heavy consumer SSD, the BX100 is catered more towards users looking to upgrade their systems to solid-state-based at a lower cost in exchange for a slight drop in performance. Crucial even admits that the “BX100 SSD isn’t the fastest drive on the market” on their website. With a price tag starting at roughly $70, this value-driven SSD is an attractive choice for consumers on a budget, who still want a better computing experience than what HDDs provide. The BX100 features a Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Micron MLC NAND and custom firmware that combine to boast ultra-low power consumption.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ Releases SSD Reliability Data

OCZ has become very open recently about total failure rates on their new SSDs. This is pretty unprecedented, making them a unique player in the market as no other company releases this type of data to the public. If you follow the storage industry closely, you will know that OCZ has recently produced some high-quality, performance-heavy drives, such as the Vertex 460 and the OCZ Storage RevoDrive 350. But you will also find that their drives have recently been trending as being much more reliable than in the past. Though it’s not known what their reliability numbers were before this recent openness, we do know their numbers have improved significantly.

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