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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 850 EVO SSD 2TB Review

Today Samsung has released the latest addition to its 850 EVO SSD line, the 850 EVO SSD 2TB. The 850 EVO SSD line is designed more for everyday computing. Like its PRO counterpart, the EVO use Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND 2bit MLC/3bit MLC. Unlike the PRO, the EVO is aimed more at mainstream computer users and less at enthusiasts. Samsung states that its 3D V-NAND gives it up to two times the density and write speed performance of other drives. The drive has 2GB of LPDDR2DRAM cache memory, SATA 6Gb/s interface, and comes with a 5-year warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Announces New High Capacity 16nm TLC NAND

Today at Computex, Micron Technology Inc. announced its new Triple-Level-Cell (TLC) NAND built on its 16nm process. This new TLC NAND adds to Micron growing portfolio of flash storage devices. The new NAND will set a balance between cost and performance for consumer flash products such as Consumer SSDs and USB flash drives.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Demonstrates Thunderbolt NAS, Qsirch, Virtualization Solutions, QTS 4.2, and More

QNAP Systems has demonstrated various new technologies and devices at Computex 2015, including the world's first Thunderbolt NAS, the unique search tool "Qsirch", a hybrid approach to virtualization with Virtualization Station and Container Station, the new QTS 4.2 operating system, multi-zone multimedia system, and various new and feature-rich Turbo NAS models for home and businesses. In addition, QNAP cooperated with HGST, Seagate, Toshiba and WD to showcase joint solutions of QNAP NAS using a variety of their HDDs and SSDs.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial Announces DDR4 Memory Products; Storage Executive Updated

Crucial has announced various SSD and DRAM news during Computext 2015, including significant updates to its Storage Executive tool, Crucial Ballistix DDR4 16GB performance memory, and the general sampling of Crucial DDR4 2400MT/s 8Gb-based RDIMM, LRDIMM, and ECC UDIMM server modules.

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by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Plans To Unveil New TLC-based Trion SATA SSD and Z-Drive 6300 NVMe Add-In Card At Computex

Today OCZ Storage Solutions announced that they plan to showcase their new Trion-100 series at Computex this year. This new series of SSDs is based on Triple-Level Cell (TLC) NAND flash. This new series is aimed to provide an easy and affordable SSD for entry-level users looking to optimize mobile or desktop systems. OCZ will also have a first look at the Z-Drive 6300 add-in Card (AIC), the newest addition to the recently announced Z-Drive 6000 PCIe NVMe SSD series.

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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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