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

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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by Lyle Smith

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Review

Samsung has updated its highly-popular consumer SSD line again with the 970 EVO, which is being released along side the 970 PRO. The new 970 EVO is the 2nd generation of Samsung’s 3-bit MLC NVMe SSDs for client PCs and features upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite technology and the all-new, enhanced Phoenix controller. Using the tiny M.2 2280 form factor, the new Samsung drive is targeted specifically prosumers, gamers and media professionals who require reliable performance under high workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung SSD 970 PRO Review

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the third generation of its popular M.2 NVMe SSDs. Again releasing a high-performing 970 PRO and a higher capacity 970 EVO. As with previous versions, the 970 is pushing performance levels even higher with quote speeds of 3.5GB/s read, 2.7GB/s write, and up to 500K IOPS in both read and write. This level of performance is ideal for prosumers and tech enthusiasts as well as those that work with 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Black NVMe SSD (SanDisk Extreme Pro) Review

Recently Western Digital released a new high performance PCIe NVMe SSD with the second generation WD Black. Being a “Black” drive it is intended for general, higher-end PC use. The drive come in a M.2 2280 form factor making it ideal for notebooks and ultrabooks. With the advancements in speed and capacity, the drive is made with gaming, video editing, and VR in mind. A parallel offering from the SanDisk brand in the Extreme Pro family is also available and is essentially the same drive.

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by Lyle Smith

Kingston Digital Now shipping UV500 SSDs

Kingston Digital is now shipping their UV500 line of SSD products, which is available in three different form factors (2.5″, M.2 2280, mSATA) to accommodate a wide range of client systems. UV500 is also the company’s first 3D NAND-enabled SSD with full-disk encryption. Featuring Marvell’s 88SS1074 controller and 3D NAND Flash, the UV500 is quoted to deliver read and write speeds up to 520MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively.

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