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

Western Digital SSD Dashboard Review

Western Digital SSD Dashboard is used to manage the company’s drives (which includes SanDisk products), featuring useful disk information, ways to optimize and sanitize/clean your SSD, and easy point-and-click firmware updates.  At first glance, we noticed that the interface has a much more modern look than most other SSD drive management tools we’ve looked at. It sports a nice blue background with an intelligent panel-layout design along the bottom. Navigating through sections is easy, responsive and intuitive.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel SSD Toolbox Review

Intel consistently releases firmware updates to their SSDs to correct issues that may arise with operation, and perhaps more importantly for consumers, to occasionally deliver even greater performance and reliability to their SSDs. Intel has an advantage in the space by engineering some of their components in-house such as their NAND and controllers, and when you couple this with their vast industry knowledge, experience and IP, Intel is in a highly advantageous spot for producing SSDs. Almost all of those SSDs can be upgraded and managed with a single application called the Intel SSD Toolbox.
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by Lyle Smith

WD Announces BiCS5, 5th-Generation 3D NAND Technology

Western Digital (WD) today announced its fifth-generation 3D NAND technology. Built on TLC and QLC technologies, BiCS5 will have a competitive price tag while delivering excellent capacity, performance, and reliability. WD indicates that these characteristics will make it ideal for the exponential growth of data in the areas of connected cars, mobile devices, and artificial intelligence.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 665p Review (1TB)

Announced back in November, the 665p is Intel’s latest QLC SSD. Like its predecessor the Intel 660p, the 665p leverages QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND to lower the price of the SSD while only taking a moderate performance hit. The 665p is built off of Intel’s 96-layer NAND, the first QLC drive to hit the market in 96-layers. Like the 660p, the 665p is an M.2 SSD that leverages the NVMe interface and comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Magician 6 Review

Several years back (and an update just over four years ago) we went through Samsung’s data migration software and Magician, and gave an in-depth overview of how to use it and its features. Over the years Samsung has made several upgrades and changes to Magician and we will go over them here. We’re going to start off with a brief overview and the software’s basic functions before jumping into the new functionality in Samsung Magician 6.  

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by Adam Armstrong

SK hynix Announces New NVMe Consumer Drives At CES 2020

Today at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, SK hynix Inc. announced two new PCIe NVMe SSD families. The new drives are the Platinum P31 and Gold P31 PCIe NVMe consumer Solid State Drives (SSDs). The new SSD families along with several of SK hynix products will be showcased at the company’s booth #13529 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, which is being held from January 7th to 10th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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by Adam Armstrong

ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB SSD Review

The ADATA XPG SPECTRIX S40G RGB is an M.2 SSD that is designed for those looking for performance at a good price as well as a little bit of Wow in their drive design. The S40G leverages an NVMe interface, as well as SLC caching and a DRAM buffer, for quoted speeds of 3.5GB/s read and 3GB/s write as well as throughput as his at 300K IOPS read and 240K IPS write. The drive is marketed toward gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and graphic professionals. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SN550 SSD Review

The WD Blue SN550 is the company’s newest mainstream NVMe SSD and successor to the SN500, which we reviewed earlier this year. The new WD drive is a consumer, entry-level drive all packed inside the small M.2 2280 form factor. This includes an in-house controller, firmware, and their latest 3D NAND. As such, this makes it ideal for PC users looking to improve overall system performance over traditional SATA SSDs and especially HDDs, for jobs including booting and application load speeds. It’s also perfect for those looking to move to an NVMe-based SSD at a very affordable cost.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD Now Available

Western Digital (WD) has announced their newest high-performance drive, the WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSD. Released as a successor to the SN500, the new WD drive is a consumer-focused, entry-level NVMe M.2 2280 M.2 drive. As such, it is ideal for PC users looking to improve application, transfer and booting speeds over tradition SATA SSDs and HDDs and those who want to make the big jump to an NVMe-based system without having to dive deep in their pockets.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Its 665P QLC SSD

Today Intel announced the release of its latest QLC SSD, the 665P. This new 96-Layer SSD comes in capacities as high as 2TB and performance numbers quoted at 2GB/s sequential read and write and 250K IOPS. The new drive comes with 1.5x endurance compared to the Intel SSD 660P.

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