StorageReview.com SSD reviews cover both consumer and enterprise SSD reviews. Flash storage comes in a variety of interfaces which is how the SSD communicates with the computer. Our SSD reviews category covers NVMe SSDs and SATA SSDs for end users. NVMe SSDs are typically much faster, but more expensive, than SATA SSDs. NVMe SSD adoption is accelerating though as the SATA lifecycle is nearing the end; most new laptops and desktops will have NVMe flash storage inside. NVMe SSDs aren't always going to be high-performance though, NVMe SSD speed depends on a variety of factors. StorageReview SSD reviews clearly focus on SSD speed, but there's much more to consider like flash technology used, SSD controller, drive capacity, and price, to best understand where each SSD is best.

NVMe may be the most popular interface for consumer SSDs, but SSDs come in a number of shapes and sizes as well. Most common still is the standard 2.5" form factor that SSDs have used for years. M.2 NVMe SSDs are gaining popularity in space constrained use cases, like notebooks and portable workstations. PCs often use M.2 NVMe SSDs too, because many more of them can be put into a system often via PCIe card that can house four or even eight drives. 2.5" NVMe SSDs still have a capacity advantage though, as there's more room to put flash storage modules on the PCB. Lastly some vendors prefer the NVMe add-in card (PCIe card) because it offers the most room for flash inside a PC.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda 510 NVMe SSD Review

The Seagate BarraCuda 510 is a consumer drive for users looking to leverage the NVMe interface inside their ultra-thin laptops, workstations, and desktop PCs, though it’s also available in a 2.5 SATA model. First revealed during CES 2019 in January, the BarraCuda 510 features 3D cTLC NAND and capacities up to 512GB. The new Seagate drive also comes bundled with SeaTools SSD, which is the company’s free software that tests and analyzes their drives for health monitoring.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston KC2000 NVMe SSD Review

The Kingston KC2000 SSD is the company’s next generation M.2 NVMe drive that is geared toward power users. The drive leverages 96-layer, 3D TLC NAND and the latest Gen 3.0 x 4 controller to deliver quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s read and 2.2GB/s write. With the drive’s performance and endurance, Kingston states it would be a good fit for desktops, workstation, and high-performance computing systems. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces XG6-P SSD Series

Toshiba has announced the XG6-P SSD series, an offshoot of its performance-driven NVMe M.2 XG6 Series. The new Toshiba line are designed for high-end workstation PCs and gaming systems and cost-optimized data center and composable infrastructures. Available is capacities up to 2TB, Toshiba claims a significant improvement over other Toshiba drives, including double the capacity of the XG6, faster write speeds than the XG5-P, and a lower power envelope and smaller form factor than the datacenter class XD5.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review

Announced at CES this year, Intel Optane Memory H10 is the marriage of two technologies that brings Optane performance in a higher capacity SSD, without the higher associated costs. Intel Optane flash and Intel QLC 3D NAND are combined on a single M.2 2280 form factor in a hybrid storage configuration. Optane brings the performance for end user workloads, while QLC brings affordable capacity. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD Review

The WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD, announced mid-March, is the first SSD in the WD Blue family that utilizes NVMe technology, whereas the previous WD Blue models used SATA technology. The WD Blue SN500 is an M.2 form factor, consumer-focused, entry point NVMe SSD, ideal for those looking to gain a performance boost by upgrading from their HDD or older SATA SSD. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Introduces Client 2200 NVMe SSDs

Today Micron Technology, Inc. announced that it was expanding its client NVMe SSDs with the addition of the Micron 2200 PCIe NVMe SSD. Aimed at OEMs that are looking for NVMe storage, the 2200 leverages 3D TLC NAND, internally designed ASIC drive controller and firmware in an M.2 form factor. The 2200 comes in capacities up to 1TB.

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by Michael Rink

Western Digital Adds NVMe To WD Blue SSD

Today Western Digital (WD) is releasing their first mid-range NVMe drive. We previously covered the announcement for the second generation of their high-end Black line NVMe SSDs due out in April. The first gen of their high-end NVMe's are available now, so its no surprise WD is transitioning their mid-range Blue line of drives to NVMe. With the industry-wide adoption of NVMe having been anticipated for some time, we expect to see their Green line make the jump sooner rather than later, although we've not yet heard anything suggesting an exact timeline for that. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron 1300 SSD Announced

Today Micron Technology Inc. announced its latest cost-effective SSD for client use, the Micron 1300 SSD. The 1300 is based off of the company’s prior 1100 SSD series and leverages 96-Tier 3D NAND. The drive has a SATA interface and comes in both 2.5” and M.2 form factor in capacities up to 2TB (for the 2.5” version).

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD Review

Earlier this year, Western Digital announced the second generation in its WD Black line of enthusiasts SSD, the WD SN750 NVMe. The SN750 is an M.2 2280 SSD with the option of a heatsink for longer peak performance, though it will take up more space. The drive is quoted of hitting speeds in the upward of 3.47GB/s read, 3GB/s write with throughput of 515K IOPS read and 560K IOPS write. 

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by Marshall Gunnell

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB Review

Announced today, the 970 EVO Plus is Samsung’s latest enhancement to its NVMe SSD portfolio. Succeeding the 970 EVO, the 970 EVO Plus comes in an M.2 2280 form factor and, as with its predecessor, is ideal for IT professionals, pro gamers, creative professionals, and general tech enthusiasts, providing reliability and handling intensive workloads on PCs and workstations.

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