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 Adam Armstrong

Intel SSD 760p Review

Intel is expanding its 3D NAND SSDs and its NVMe footprint with today’s release of the Intel SSD 760p Series. This M.2 SSD leverages an NVMe interface and the benefits that one would expect from it: mainly a performance increase and lower power consumption. The M.2 form factor also makes it ideal for mobile platforms such as ultra-thin notebooks.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 860 PRO SSD Review

The Samsung 860 PRO is the company’s latest and greatest consumer SSD that’s ready to make an impact on the market. The Samsung SSDs have been the most popular and easily the best price/performance drives over the past several years, with the last model (Samsung 850 PRO) setting a new bar in performance and capacity in a consumer drive. Featuring the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, 8Gb LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller, the Samsung 860 PRO is specced to deliver the same results. Samsung states that their new MJX controller allows for faster communication with the host system, has improved Linux compatibility, and can effectively handle workstation storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Plextor M9Pe(G) NVMe SSD Review (512GB)

Introduced at CES 2018, the new Plextor M9Pe Series of SSDs are aimed at end users looking for more performance in their drives. While the Series has three models aimed at three slightly different use cases, for this review we will be focused on the M9Pe(G). The M9Pe(G) is a M.2 NVMe SSD that is ideal for gamers and prosumers that need high performance in a smaller form factor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial MX500 SSD Review (500GB)

A couple of weeks ago we received and review the 1TB version of Crucial’s new MX500 SSD. As we stated then, this new 2.5” drive is being marketed as a drop in replacement for HDDs or a low cost flash option for OEMs. The drive was released in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities and both 2.5” an M.2 form factors (though the M.2 tops out at 1TB).

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by Lyle Smith

WD Unveils New Storage Solutions For Consumers

Western Digital has announced new consumer content solutions today at CES 2018, including updates to their voice-activated media streaming via popular Smart Home devices, the world’s smallest 1TB USB flash drive and a portfolio of ultra-mobile, high-performance, wireless and high-capacity flash storage products. These new products will be branded under both SanDisk and WD names. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel & Micron To Go Their Separate Ways On NAND Development

Intel and Micron announced today that they were updating the joint development program on NAND. The two companies will complete the 3D NAND projects that they are jointly working on for the rest of this year and into next. After that, the two companies will begin developing 3D NAND technology independent of each other.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces RC100 M.2 NVMe SSD At CES

Today at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Toshiba Memory America announced its new mainstream M.2 NVMe SSD Series, the RC100. The new series of SSDs bridge the gap between cost-effective and high performance for M.2 NVMe drives. Toshiba will be offering the drives in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.

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by Adam Armstrong

PLEXTOR Plans To Announce M9Pe Series SSD At CES

Today PLEXTOR announced the unveiling of its fastest PCIe Client SSDs at CES 2018, the M9Pe Series. The new series is all about performance with impressive quoted speeds of 3.2GB/s sequential read, 2.1GB/s sequential write, and random performance of 400K IOPS read and 300K IOPS write. The company states that it was able to hit these numbers by implementing its PlexNitro 3D NAND into the drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

StorageReview’s Top 10 End User Computing Articles Of 2017

Every year here at StorageReview we write a lot of articles, news, and reviews. And as long as you, dear readers, keep interested, we’ll keep cranking them out. Below is a list of the top 10 end user computing articles of the past year by reader engagement.

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by Adam Armstrong

Crucial MX500 SSD Review

Crucial has expanded its MX line of SSDs with the addition of the MX500 SATA SSD. The drive comes in two form factors: either 2.5” or M.2. It also comes in several capacities ranging from 250GB up to 2TB, though the 2TB version is for the 2.5” form factor only. The drive is being billed as a drop in replacement for HDDs or a low cost flash alternative for system builders and OEMs. 

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