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by Brian Beeler

Buyer Beware: Black Friday SSD and Storage Deals

Most of the country is about to get wrapped up in shopping hysteria that ranges from new cars to SSDs and everything in between. Bricks and mortar and online retailers both will be pitching hard drives, SSDs and portable storage of all types this holiday season. But not all deals are good deals, lining up a .25/GB SSD on Black Friday is only a good deal if the SSD itself is a good drive. This time of the year is ripe for off brand manufacturers to cash in on unsuspecting consumers. Let StorageReview help take the guesswork out of the equation. If you're cross-shopping storage deals this season, here's a cheat sheet to help you win at buying storage tech this season.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Neutron Series XT SSD Review

The Corsair Neutron Series XT SSDs are designed to provide a happy median between high performance enthusiasts and multimedia professionals. Corsair indicates that it can achieve this by offering consumers high performance, high capacity, high consistency, and high reliability. These are definitely a line of SSDs that have a very broad demographic, as they targeted towards to essentially any type of use case that demands performance.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk X300 SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced the availability of the SanDisk X300 SSD which is designed for enterprise client environments. The X300 takes advantage of the latest advancements in X3 technology to allow for a focus on user experience with high-performance, while utilizing extensive error-correction to increase reliability and provide peace of mind for today’s CIOs and IT decision makers. The X300 also comes with an improved SSD Dashboard to provide users with visibility into the drive’s performance, security, and available firmware updates. SanDisk indicates that this will help to maintain peak performance at all times.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M600 SSD Review

Micron has released the newest addition to its portfolio of solid state drives, the M600 SATA SSD, designed for low power consumption in client computing environments and the direct successor to the M550. The M600 is built using Micron’s in-house 16nm NAND Flash and features the company’s new dynamic write acceleration, both of which will likely add to its reliability and longevity. Micron has also implemented its industry leading encryption and security features within the M600, including Opal 2.0 self-encryption, RAIN reliability technology, power loss protection and adaptive thermal monitoring.

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by Lyle Smith

Micron M600 Client-Class SSD Announced

Micron has announced their next-generation client-class M600 SATA SSD, which offers low-power, high-performance storage for personal computers. The M600 is specifically designed to leverage Micron’s NAND Flash technology to addresses the storage demands of modern mobile computing applications, such as Ultrabook platforms and tablets, as well as performance-oriented PC desktops and video capture systems. The M600 also offers class-leading SSD power efficiency consuming less than 2 milliwatts (mW) in sleep mode and averages 150mW during active use.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Ultra II SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced their new Ultra II SSD with enhanced SSD Dashboard. The Ultra II is designed to deliver an inexpensive and easy upgrade solution for customers looking to improve performance, battery life, and power efficiency of their PCs. In addition, the enhanced SSD Dashboard offers tools and visibility for drive’s performance, security, and available firmware updates.

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by Lyle Smith

AMD Radeon R7 Series SSD Review

The AMD Radeon R7 Series a high-performance SSD designed for enthusiasts who want the most out of their computers. The drive isn't exactly a new offering from the ground up though, it's made and manufactured by OCZ, and leverages their Barefoot controller and parent Toshiba's MLC NAND. While AMD has a pretty complete PC portfolio including CPUs, GPUs and memory, they don't have a storage component. That said, this is an intriguing route to take by AMD, as entering the already saturated SSD market is a risky endeavor. Even with a pre-made drive from OCZ, it will be interesting to see how well the AMD brand travels to storage, with so many other options available. The Radeon R7 Series does hit all the key spec sheet buttons though, with excellent throughput endurance of 30GB per day and a warranty of 4 years. Of course gamers have also come to love AMD's Radeon line which should give the AMD SSD a better starting point than most other new entrants.

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by Lyle Smith

OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review

OCZ ARC 100 Series SSDs are designed for mainstream consumers who want the benefits of flash storage without a big price tag; the ARC 100 gives consumers an aggressive suggested price point of .50/GB. Of course as the SSDs get into retail, pricing will fall even further. OCZ doesn't cut corners though with the ARC 100, part of the pricing power is due to the vertical integration with parent company Toshiba. Jointly they own all of the core components in the drive, including the controller and Toshiba MLC NAND. The ARC 100 offers a good endurance profile, supporting 20GB of writes per day (same as the Vertex 3) and the drives come with a three-year warranty.

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by Adam Armstrong

Silicon Motion SM2256 SSD Controller for TLC NAND Released

Silicon Motion Technology today introduced the SM2256 SSD controller. The SM2256 is the world’s first complete merchant ASIC/firmware SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller solution, which supports 1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and the upcoming 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers. This makes Silicon Motion the only merchant controller supplier offering a SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller with complete ASIC and firmware for TLC NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Pro 2500 SSD Review

Intel Pro 2500 Series are SSDs designed largely for enterprise client solutions (desktops, notebooks) that require reliability, power-efficient performance, enhanced data security, and remote manageability. While the Intel 730 SSDs are catered towards enthusiasts and the Intel 530's demographic is more mainstream consumer, the Pro 2500 series (and the Pro 1500 Series before it) are specifically architected for businesses who need to deploy a large number of drives into their organization. Intel's new Pro 2500 Series features quoted throughput up to 540MB/s and a random IOPs up to 80,000, all the while offering low-power modes to extend battery life and improve the mobility of the drives. For example, when the new Pro 2500 Series SSDs are combined with the Intel Core vPro Platform, Intel states that power consumption can be reduced by substantially: from milliwatts to microwatts.

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