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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 850 PRO Review

Samsung today has launched their new enthusiast class SSD family, the SSD 850 PRO. The SSD 850 PRO is the successor to the 840 PRO and comes with quite a few new updates. The 850 PRO is powered by Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND technology, the first such drive to hit the market. Comparing 3D NAND technology to traditional 20 nm planar NAND flash, 3D can deliver up to two times the density and write speed performance. The capacity points for the 850 PRO run from 128GB to 1TB with DRAM cache memory going up to 1GB LPDDR2. The drives come with Samsung’s newest version of Samsung Magician, version 4.4 and all drives include a 10-year warranty.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD Review

The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is designed specifically for gamers, PC enthusiasts, and media professionals who require consistent, top-in-class real-world performance out of their storage. With its quoted sequential read speed of 550MB/s and write speed up to 520MB/s, the SanDisk’s new Extreme PRO certainly is specced to deliver the performance needed for graphics-intensive applications in addition to speedy gaming load times. The Extreme PRO also boasts an industry first a 10-year warranty to assuage any concerns about the drive's expected longevity and SanDisk's commitment to the drive.

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by Brian Beeler

It's Game Over for Most Consumer SSD Companies

At StorageReview we made the conscious decision some time ago to stop talking about all the tiny SSD brands running around in the marketplace with a SandForce reference design drive, or an SSD more or less made for them by one of the leaders in the space. The drives are generally poorly supported and have no cost advantage. Aside from brand loyalty, there's really no reason to buy them. The only consumer SSDs worth buying are from companies that have the intellectual property and ability to not only make the drives, but to support them long-term. For everyone else in the consumer SSD space, the game is over and the market will continue to consolidate. 

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by Lyle Smith

PLX Announces Industry’s First USB-to-PCI Express Solution

PLX Technology has announced the industry’s first USB-to-PCI Express solution, bridging the external connectivity gap laptop computers face when using PCIe-based SSDs. The recently completed reference design platform is based on the PLX PCIe 2.0-to-USB 3.0 SuperSpeed controller technology inside an external dongle enclosure. This allows laptop and storage vendors to leverage both USB 3.0’s 5bps speeds as well as PCIe 2.0’s 5 Gbps performance. This combination of two of the industry’s most powerful and widely used interconnect technologies into a unified solution gives end users the ability to avoid the connectivity limitations they've had with their internal SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Kingston HyperX FURY SSD Announced

Today at COMPUTEX TAIPEI, HyperX, a division of Kingston, announced the addition of the FURY SSD to its HyperX FURY family. The FURY SSD is a 2.5" form factor SSD with SATA (6GB/s) interface, comes in either 120GB or 240GB capacities, and has a 3-year warranty with free technical support. The FURY SSD features locked synchronous NAND and is powered by the LSI SandForce SF-2281 controller. With read/write speeds both at 500MB/s, the FURY SSD is perfect for gamers or enthusiasts that want faster load times, boot times, and file execution on a budget.

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by Adam Armstrong

SanDisk SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD Released

SanDisk announced today the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD. The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is an enthusiast class SSD with sequential speeds up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write and having an upper capacity around 1TB. Using SanDisk's two-tiered caching architecture, nCache, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD can optimize its speed and endurance for heavy workloads, multi-tasking, and fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. nCache enables 24/7 consistant high performance. To top it all off, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD comes with a 10-year warranty. That's not a typo, the warranty covers ten years and is the longest in the industry.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX100 SSD Review

The Crucial MX100 (a brand of Micron) is a mainstream consumer SSD targeted toward users who are looking to upgrade PCs or laptops from hard drives to an SSD on a budget. The MX100 is a direct replacement for the M500, the core changes are in a NAND die shrink and firmware enhancements. Crucial claims the net result is the MX100 boasts significant performance improvements over the M500 line at all capacities. To make it easy for upgraders working in a variety of environments, Crucial includes a handy 7mm to 9.5mm adapter bracket as well as the Acronis True Image software for cloning an existing drive to a new MX100 SSD.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Force Series LX SSD Review (CSSD-F256GBLX)

The Corsair Force Series LX SSDs are the company's latest foray in the solid state market and successor to the Force LS Series, which we found to be a decent drive as far as sequential read performance goes. The new Corsair line is specifically designed for mainstream consumers on a budget, with specs quoted to boast fast sequential and random read throughput at an entry-level price point. As such, the LX line is catered towards users on a budget who are looking to upgrade from an HDD-based system to the performance benefits of solid state storage without paying a premium, a statement that is made by many in the SSD industry. That said, the Force Series LX SSDs is indeed a very inexpensive line of solid state drives, so it will be interesting to see where it fits into the saturated SSD market.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Launches New SSDs Based on 2nd Gen 3D V-NAND

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, its second generation V-NAND offering.​ Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND (or Vertical NAND) requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND; however, it still delivers much greater production efficiency as Samsung will essentially be using the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD Now Available

ADATA has announced that its Premier SP610 2.5” SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD is now available. ATADA's new SSD is designed to maintain high read/write speeds consistently for stable performance with its SMI controller as well as featuring the advanced BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) technology. The Premier SP610 is also ideal for PC builders looking to move away from mechanical drives to the high performance of solid state drive technology. ADATA’s new SSD line comes in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

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