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 & 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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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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