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

Crucial Releases MX500 SSD

Crucial has expanded its MX line of SSDs with the introduction of the MX500. This new SSD is being billed as an HDD replacement that seriously kicks up the overall performance of the system. Crucial is releasing the drive in two form factors, M.2 and 2.5”, as well as capacities up to 2TB (2.5”).

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces XG5-P 2TB M.2 NVMe

Today Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA) announced that it was expanding the XG5 lineup of NVMe SSDs, with the new XG5-P. The new drive is based on the same 64-layer, 3D BiCS FLASH memory as the XG5. The new drive series comes with up to 55% improvement in random read/write performance as well as capacities as high as 2TB, twice the capacity of the XG5.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces UFS Devices Leveraging 64-Layer BiCS Flash

Today Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA) announced that it has began sampling Universal Flash Storage (UFS) devices utilizing its 64-layer BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory. TMA states that these new devices will be able to meet performance demands of applications that demand high-speed read/write performance and low power consumption. Ideal use cases will be in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as augmented /virtual reality systems.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Releases Optane 900P SSD Series

Today Intel launched its next phase of Optane based products with the release of the Optane 900P SSD Series. This series marks the second release of Optane technologies for consumer and the first that is more like a traditional SSD, the Optane Memory functioned more like a caching device. Intel will also be working with the developers of the MMORPG, Star Citizen, to include a free copy of the game and come DLC.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TR200 SSD Review

The Toshiba TR200 is a budget-friendly drive that features both low power consumption during operation and cost savings. The TR200 Series is the company’s first consumer SSD equipped with 64-Layer 3-bit-per-cell TLC BiCS FLASH, technology that previously only shipped with OEM products. Though Toshiba has indicated that their retail SSDs will now be branded under their name (while OCZ will act as a sub-series), they will have the same performance of OCZ drives and will still target the same markets.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial BX300 SSD Review

The Crucial BX300 is the company’s latest consumer SSD that combines their 3D NAND with a budget-friendly price tag. The new BX300 SSD is the direct successor to the BX200 and features a Silicon Motion Controller and custom firmware. Highly energy efficient, the BX300 is available in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD Review

The SanDisk Ultra 3D is a new client SSD similar to that of the WD Blue 3D. Because this drive is on the lower end of the performance scale, its main application will be general upgrades from an HDD-based system to solid-state technology for faster boot up times and speedier overall performance. It should also be noted that WD has the same drive under its own brand, so this is essentially an identical SSD with a different sticker slapped on it.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces 64-Layer 3D NAND Client NVMe SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced its next generation single-package ball grid array (BGA) solid state drive (SSD) product line based on Toshiba’s latest 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH, the BG3 series.  The new series is designed for mobile storage with the benefits of higher performance in a smaller footprint versus traditional SATA devices. Another important aspect of mobile use the BG3 series tackles is power usage; the new technology has a cost-effective DRAM-less design to reduce power requirements.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces New Value SATA TR200 SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its latest SATA SSD aimed at the consumer market, the TR200. This new drive will feature Toshiba’s latest 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH. The TR200 will be geared for those on a budget that want to take advantage of 64-layer 3D flash memory.

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel 545S SSD Review

Intel’s latest client SSD featuring its new 64-Layer, TLC, Intel 3D NAND, is the 545S Series. The first version available, and the subject of this review, is the 2.5” form factor with 512GB capacity. Intel did state that it would be releasing more capacities, ranging form 128GB up to 2TB, and a M.2 form factor as well. The new drive is a SATA drive and will serve as an HDD replacement, offering better performance and lower power one typically sees when switching form SSD to HDD.

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