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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD 660p Series Review

Released today, the Intel SSD 660p Series is the company's first client SSD to ship with 64-layer QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND. What this means to the end user is a less expensive SSD that has a reasonable performance profile. As will be true for most QLC SSD launches, the conversation is going to be about finally having an SSD that can replace HDDs both in terms of price and capacity. The 660p for its part is positioned as an NVMe SSD in a single-sided m.2 form factor that will accelerate the demise of HDDs and value-based SATA SSDs in client computing. The 660p is part of the larger Intel portfolio play that include faster drives based on TLC and Optane that hit mainstream and performance use cases.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Announces 4TB QLC SSDs For Consumers

Today Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced that it is mass-producing a 4-bit or quad-level cell (QLC) SATA SSD for consumers. The company states that this will result in a 4TB SATA SSD for the consumers market, an industry’s first using QLC. 

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SX8200 SSD Review (480GB)

ADATA is calling the XPG SX8200 its fastest consumer SSD to date. The new drive is an M.2 form factor that leverages the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface (NVMe 1.3 supported) as well as second generation 64-Layer 3D NAND. ADATA gives quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s sequential read, 1.7GB/s sequential write, and for random performance the drive is able to hit up to 310K IOPS read and 280K IOPS write. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB Review

The Samsung 970 Pro 1TB is the largest capacity model of the company's newest high-performing consumer M.2 NVMe SSD line. We previously reviewed the 512GB version, and though it had a strong showing, we were expecting it to be a bit faster. To show best-case performance we've wrapped up testing of the larger 1TB model, which as you will soon find out impressed us even more.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba XG6 96-layer 3D TLC Client SSD Announced

Toshiba has announced the XG6, the market’s first SSD built on 96-layer 3D TLC BiCS FLASH memory. The XG6 fits right in the middle of Toshiba’s client portfolio as their newest mainstream NVMe entry, replacing the impressive XG5, targeted towards client PCs, high-performance mobile device, gaming segments and embedded use cases. The XG6 is also ideal for data center environments as boot drives in servers, caching and logging, in-situ processing and commodity storage. Toshiba indicates their new SSD boasts an increase of roughly 40% per unit chip size compared to the 64-later 3D flash memory.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Review

Last week Seagate Technologies announced their latest SSD, simple named BarraCuda SSD. The naming follows in line with the rest of the company’s Guardian Series of drives and naming scheme. The BarraCuda SSD will serve as a drop in HDD SATA replacement that, due to the change in faster technology, will boost PC and laptop performance.

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by Michael Rink

Samsung Announces First 8Gb LPDDR5 DRAM

Samsung are the first to announce that they have successfully developed a 10-nanometer class (process node between 10 and 20 nanometers). This announcement is not only ahead of Samsung’s competitors, but also ahead of the finalization of the specifications for DDR5 & LPDDR5. JEDEC, the standards group for the microelectronics industry, is still forecasting the release of the full DDR5 standardsfor later this year. Samsung similarly made their announcement for their LPDDR4 chips ahead of the associated standards in 2014. Since then, they tell us, they have been setting the stage to transition to the LPDDR5 standard for use in upcoming 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered mobile applications.

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate BarraCuda SSD Announced

Seagate has announced the newest addition to their BarraCuda portfolio, simply dubbed the BarraCuda SSD. Designed for speed, reliability and versatility, this affordable 2.5” form factor SATA 6GB/s drive is built for everyday computer use and for those looking to upgrade their system to solid-state technology.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba OCZ RC100 Series SSD Review

Toshiba is looking to enter the mainstream end-user NVMe stage with the OCZ RC100 Series SSD. Launching at a competitive price point, the RC100 is designed for those looking to upgrade their rigs to the much faster NVMe technology, fitting in the middle of their SATA (such as the OCZ TR200) and higher-end NVMe SSDs (such as the RD400). Eventually NVMe will supplant SATA in PCs, offering solutions for value and an alternate line for performance. Toshiba is getting out ahead of the curve with the RC100 as it tries to address that space. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Higher Capacity Optane SSD With The 905P

Today Intel expanded its Optane family with the addition of the Optane SSD 905P. The latest addition adds higher capacity to the family to handle larger data sets and address one of the factors that may be holding adoption of Optane back, with its smaller capacities. The 905P is made for enthusiasts, prosumers, and those looking into system acceleration. 

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