Consumer SSD Reviews
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 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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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Toshiba XG5 NVMe SSD Review

Announced last month, Toshiba’s XG5 is the company’s newest M.2 form factor (2280) NVMe SSD. The XG5 is also the first SSD from Toshiba to leverage the company’s 64-layer BiCS 3D flash memory (TLC) which delivers the highest layer count in the market. The XG5 comes in three capacities ranging from 256GB to 1TB and uses a single-sided form factor to enhance deployment flexibility in devices like ultra-thin computers or embedded/edge computing devices. The XG5 is targeted at mainstream client computing use cases where there's a clear need for performance, while still respecting a balance of power consumption and overall drive cost. For organizations with an enhanced security need, the XG5 comes in an SED flavor, supporting TCG Opal Version 2.01.

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by Tucker Mindrum

ADATA SU900 SSD Review

ADATA recently added to their 3D NAND SSD line with the SU900, a larger capacity option (2TB) that also includes performance improvements. Other than the newly added high speed SMI controller and the aforementioned changes, the SU900 is almost identical to its predecessor (the ADATA SU800 SSD). That said, the SU900 is being marketed as a good option for casual users looking to upgrade the storage of their ultrabooks, notebooks, or game consoles.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Intel Optane Memory Review

Optane Memory, formally 3D XPoint, is utilizing the first new class of NAND in nearly 25 years. The Optane Memory PC-caching solution works with Intel’s new 7th generation Intel Core processors and systems that support it, to accelerate large capacity HDDs. Coming in 16GB and 32GB modules, Optane Memory is packaged in an M.2 SSD that users can add into desktop systems. When paired with its software, Intel claims up to 28% faster overall system performance, 14x hard drive access, and 2x the task responsiveness.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA XPG SX8000 PCIe M.2 SSD Review

ADATA has entered the M.2, NVMe market with the release of the XPG SX8000. With their tiny physical footprint coupled with impactful performance, M.2 drives have become immensely popular over the past few years, offering a ton of flexibility and power. The XPG SX8000 is a mid-range M.2 SSD that supports the PCIe Gen3x4 interface and one is one of the first drives to feature the Silicon Motion SM2260 controller. The SM2260 is designed mainly for client and entry-level enterprise SSDs (in this case, however, a high-end consumer SSD) and features four 8Gbps lanes of simultaneous data flow combined with with eight NAND channels. 

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Black PCIe SSD Review

M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs are all the rage on the consumer side of the market. These drives tend to pack a performance punch, take up a tiny amount of space (ideal for the notebook market that gets thinner and thinner each year), and more recently can bring more than enough capacity for consumer needs. WD, not wanting to be left behind, has introduced their M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD as part of their well received “Black” line of products. Like all M.2 NVMe SSDs, WD touts that their drive will deliver superior performance in a small form factor. The Black PCIe comes in both 256GB and 512GB capacities.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba OCZ TL100 SSD Review

The Toshiba OCZ TL100 is an entry-level, budget-friendly SSD first announced in September. Toshiba is positioning the SSD as an HDD replacement and touting benefits one would expect from an SSD over HDD. This inculdes dramatic improvement in boot times and overall performance, with lower power consumption resulting in longer battery life. The TL100 uses Toshiba’s TLC NAND flash memory technology, and has one of the lowest suggested retail prices on the market for an SSD.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Back in September, Samsung announced two new NVMe drives. The 960 PRO is targeted to pro users and enthusiasts, and the 960 EVO aims to take the advantages of NVMe and bring it to the everyday consumer. The 960 EVO comes to market with the idea of allowing consumers to benefit from the performance, low latency, small form factor, and low power consumption of NVMe—without the professional performance price tag. While the EVO doesn’t aspire to the performance of its PRO brother, it does bring a drastic improvement over a SATA interface.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Samsung 960 PRO M.2 SSD is the newest addition to the company’s portfolio of high-performing solid-state drives. Whether it's a flash drive or an enterprise SSD, we always know what we are getting when Samsung releases a new storage product: quality components, good performance, and competitive pricing. So it’s always exciting to see a new drive hit the market. In this case, the Samsung 960 Pro is the successor of the 950 Pro, a drive that offered users a way to significantly upgrade their notebooks and workstations, coupled with enterprise-grade reliability features. The 960 offers more of the same, but is improved in virtually every way.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Blue SSD Review (1TB)

The WD Blue SSD is WD first branded SATA SSD released today. WD acquired SanDisk last year for $19 Billion, but has not released any WD branded SSDs until now. The WD Blue is a SATA SSD that comes in two form factors (2.5” or M.2) and three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. As one would expect, the WD Blue comes with all of the benefits one would associate with using an SSD over a HDD. Also released today is the WD Green, an OEM version of the same drive, once again in both M.2 and 2.5” form factors and with the same capacities. 

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