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Micron's consumer brand Crucial has introduced two new NVMe SSD product lines, including their first high-end NVMe SSD which features Micron's in-house SSD controller design. However, Crucial's adoption of NVMe continues to lag behind most brands as both new models are still using PCIe 3 interfaces while the high-end market is migrating to PCIe 4. The Crucial P5 is the first retail SSD to use a controller designed by Micron. Their in-house SSD controller design efforts date back at least as far as their 2015 acquisition of Tidal Systems, but the first product with a Micron-designed SSD controller only showed up a year ago: the Micron 2200 series client OEM SSD. The Crucial P5 is a clear step up from that, but still uses a...

The Silicon Power P34A80 SSD Review: Phison E12 With Newer Firmware

Today we're looking at Silicon Power's P34A80 high-end NVMe SSD, another drive based on the Phison E12 controller and Toshiba 64L 3D TLC NAND, but with newer firmware than...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2019

Intel and Fibocom to Co-Develop a 5G M.2 Module for System Integration

Fibocom Wireless is a company that has won investment from Intel Capital and develops wireless modules as well as communication solutions. As part of the Mobile World Congress event...

1 by Ian Cutress on 2/25/2019

The Samsung 970 EVO Plus (250GB, 1TB) NVMe SSD Review: 92-Layer 3D NAND

Samsung is updating its mainstream NVMe SSD with a new generation of 3D NAND that brings improved performance and power efficiency. The new 'Samsung 970 EVO Plus' keeps the...

35 by Billy Tallis on 1/22/2019

The Western Digital WD Black SN750 SSD Review: Why Fix What Isn't Broken?

Last year Western Digital overhauled their WD Black NVMe SSD with an upgrade to 3D NAND and a new in-house SSD controller, transforming the product line from one of...

57 by Billy Tallis on 1/18/2019

Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive

External SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are still the only option for users looking to get high-end performance in a bus-powered portable device. These SSDs have become possible...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2019

HP Announces EX950 M.2 NVMe SSD

HP has announced a new high-end consumer NVMe SSD, the HP EX950. The EX950 is the successor to the very successful HP EX920, which for most of 2018 was...

13 by Billy Tallis on 1/9/2019

New Generation of Optane M.2 SSDs Coming Soon

Intel's Optane products so far fall into one of two categories. At the high end is the flagship P4800X enterprise SSD and its derivatives for the enthusiast market. At...

27 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2019

Seagate at CES 2019: BarraCuda 510 and FireCuda 510 M.2 NVMe

Seagate recently returned to the consumer SSD market with the BarraCuda SSD. It didn't make much of a splash, but Seagate got their feet wet and kicked off a...

4 by Billy Tallis on 1/7/2019

The Enterpise TLC Storage Era Begins: Rounding Up 13 SSDs With Samsung, Intel, and Memblaze

It's been a busy year for consumer SSDs. With all the NAND flash manufacturers now shipping high-quality 3D NAND in volume, we've seen more competition than ever, and huge...

36 by Billy Tallis on 1/3/2019

Innodisk Launches M.2 Graphics Card with 4K Output

Innodisk has released a graphics adapter in an M.2 form-factor. The card supports resolutions of up to 1920×1080 at 60 Hz or 3840×2160 at 30 Hz and is designed...

23 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2018

PCI-SIG Warns Of Incompatibilities Between M.2 And Samsung's NGSFF/NF1

PCI-SIG, the standards committee behind PCI Express and related standards, has issued a warning about incompatibilities between their M.2 standard and Samsung's NGSFF/NF1 SSD form factor. The notice from...

16 by Billy Tallis on 11/16/2018

HighPoint Releases the SSD7102: A Bootable Quad M.2 PCIe x16 NVMe SSD RAID Card

In the upper echelons of commercial workhouses, having access to copious amounts of local NVMe storage is more of a requirement than ‘something nice to have’. We’ve seen solutions...

28 by Ian Cutress on 10/24/2018

Corsair Launches Force Series MP510 NVMe SSD

Today Corsair is launching the Force Series MP510 as their new high-end M.2 NVMe SSD. The MP510 is a big improvement over the preceding MP500, replacing the Phison E7...

12 by Billy Tallis on 10/16/2018

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming Review: A $200 Motherboard at 5.1 GHz

The ASUS ROG Strix Z370-F Gaming sits in the middle of its Z370 product stack, intending to deliver users a full assortment of features. The all black board supports...

11 by Joe Shields on 10/1/2018

The ASUS ROG Strix B360-G Gaming Review: A Polarizing $100 Motherboard Design

The B360 market should be a battleground for new PC builds: it offers almost all the features needed for everyone. There is a lot of scope for motherboard manufacturers...

26 by Joe Shields on 9/25/2018

Intel Expands Optane 905P SSDs To 1.5TB

Intel has officially launched the next wave of Optane SSDs, continuing a gradual rollout of higher density drives as their production of 3D XPoint memory catches up with demand...

14 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2018

SilverStone Launches SST-ECM23 Riser Card for M.2 SSDs

SilverStone has introduced its new PCIe x16 riser card for M.2 SSDs. The SST-ECM23 risers are aimed at those who want to maximize the efficiency of their SSD cooling...

16 by Anton Shilov on 9/17/2018

The Toshiba XG6 1TB SSD Review: Our First 96-Layer 3D NAND SSD

For the second year in a row, Toshiba is the first to ship a new generation of 3D NAND. The new XG6 NVMe SSD for OEMs otherwise changes little...

32 by Billy Tallis on 9/6/2018

The Intel SSD 660p SSD Review: QLC NAND Arrives For Consumer SSDs

The first consumer SSD with QLC NAND has arrived, and it shows that there isn't much to worry about. For most use cases, the Intel SSD 660p is as...

92 by Billy Tallis on 8/7/2018

The Silicon Motion SM2262EN SSD Controller Preview: Good And Bad Amplified

Silicon Motion's high-end NVMe controller is being updated as the SM2262EN. It sets new records by improving on the strengths of the original SM2262, but it also exacerbates the...

28 by Billy Tallis on 8/1/2018

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