Storage

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue to be the storage media of choice in areas dealing with large amount of relatively cold data. Hard drives are also suitable for workloads that are largely sequential and not performance sensitive. The $/GB metric for SSDs (particularly with QLC in the picture) is showing a downward trend, but it is still not low enough to match HDDs in that market segment. Since the release of the last HDD guide, Western Digital has announced retail availability of their OptiNAND-equipped 20TB drives, and prices have generally shown a downward trend. Some high-capacity models have become a lot...

Seagate Announces FireCuda 530 PCIe 4.0 SSD at SG21

The gaming segment continues to experience rapid growth in the PC market, and we have seen PC component vendors come up with launch events specifically targeting gamers. Seagate's...

23 by Ganesh T S on 6/23/2021

After Selling HyperX to HP, Kingston Resurrects FURY Brand for DRAM and SSDs

Last week, we reported that the highly anticipated acquisition of Kingston's HyperX gaming brand by HP was completed for the sum of $325 million. As we noted, the terms...

9 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/7/2021

NVMe 2.0 Specification Released: Major Reorganization

Version 2.0 of the NVM Express specification has been released, keeping up the roughly two year cadence for the storage interface that is now a decade old. Like other...

24 by Billy Tallis on 6/3/2021

Micron Announces PCIe 4.0 Client SSDs

In Micron's keynote today at (virtual) Computex, the memory manufacturer announced they have started shipping the companies first PCIe 4.0 SSDs, using their latest 176-layer 3D TLC NAND flash...

29 by Billy Tallis on 6/1/2021

Marvell Announces First PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD Controllers: Up To 14 GB/s

Today Marvell is announcing the first NVMe SSD controllers to support PCIe 5.0, and a new branding strategy for Marvell's storage controllers. The new SSD controllers are the first...

47 by Billy Tallis on 5/27/2021

Western Digital Unveils Multimedia-Focused SanDisk Professional Portfolio

Western Digital's G-Technology brand is well-known in multimedia production circles with products ranging from portable SSDs to multi-HDD RAID enclosures. As part of its Flash Perspective event today, the...

13 by Ganesh T S on 5/26/2021

Western Digital Introduces WD Black SN750 SE SSD: Entry-Level PCIe Gen4

Among several announcements today, Western Digital is introducing a new more affordable PCIe Gen4 SSD under their gaming-oriented WD Black brand (styled WD_BLACK). The new WD Black SN750 SE...

14 by Billy Tallis on 5/26/2021

Western Digital Introduces WD Black D30 Game Drive External SSDs

Western Digital is adding a new external SSD to their WD_BLACK product line: the WD Black D30 Game Drive SSD. The D30 is a bus-powered USB SSD offering up...

4 by Billy Tallis on 5/26/2021

Caching And Tiering: Intel Optane Memory H20 and Enmotus FuzeDrive SSD Reviewed

Two competing products break out of the mold of typical consumer SSDs and combine two kinds of storage on one drive, with extra software to use that storage intelligently...

45 by Billy Tallis on 5/18/2021

Best SSDs: May 2021

A solid state drive is often the most important component for making a PC feel fast and responsive; any PC still using a mechanical hard drive as its primary...

20 by Billy Tallis on 5/14/2021

The Inland Performance Plus 2TB SSD Review: Phison's E18 NVMe Controller Tested

Phison's E18 is their second-generation PCIe 4.0 SSD controller, and it keeps them in the running for the fastest consumer SSDs. Micro Center's Inland Performance Plus is the cheapest...

118 by Billy Tallis on 5/13/2021

The ADATA GAMMIX S50 Lite 2TB SSD Review: Mainstream PCIe Gen4

Today we're taking a look at ADATA's XPG Gammix S50 Lite, a mid-range consumer NVMe SSD based on Silicon Motion's new SM2267 controller. Among other notable features, the Gammix...

93 by Billy Tallis on 4/30/2021

Seagate Unveils FireCuda-Branded External HDD Solutions

Seagate has been marketing their gaming-focused storage products under the FireCuda brand over the last few years. With a focus on performance, these products have typically been flash-based and/or...

23 by Ganesh T S on 4/21/2021

Sabrent Rocket Q4 and Corsair MP600 CORE NVMe SSDs Reviewed: PCIe 4.0 with QLC

A PCIe Gen4 SSD controller can get more performance out of QLC NAND, but can a QLC SSD ever be more than a low-end drive?

60 by Billy Tallis on 4/9/2021

Silicon Motion Announces SM2708 SD Express Controller

Silicon Motion has announced their first SD Card controller to support the NVMe-based SD Express interface. The new SM2708 controller is capable of sequential transfer speeds of 1700 MB/s...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/7/2021

Kingston Introduces NV1 Entry-Level NVMe SSD

As previewed at CES, Kingston's newest entry-level consumer NVMe SSD is now shipping. The new NV1 uses a similar strategy to Kingston's entry-level SATA drives like the A400, where...

12 by Billy Tallis on 3/30/2021

Mushkin Launches DELTA And GAMMA PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs

Mushkin has announced two new product lines for PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs. Following on from last year's introduction of the ALPHA series, the new DELTA and GAMMA drives continue...

12 by Billy Tallis on 3/30/2021

Intel’s DPG Launch Event April 6th: Early Look at 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake)

Today Intel has announced that it will be holding a launch event on April 6th for the new vision of its Data Platform Group. This event is set to...

31 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 3/19/2021

The Western Digital WD Black SN850 Review: A Very Fast PCIe 4.0 SSD

Western Digital has rapidly risen to being a top-tier player in the market, and this is no more evident than with their newest high-end SSD, the WD Black SN850.

83 by Billy Tallis on 3/18/2021

Seagate's Roadmap: The Path to 120 TB Hard Drives

Seagate recently published its long-term technology roadmap revealing plans to produce ~50 TB hard drives by 2026 and 120+ TB HDDs after 2030. In the coming years, Seagate is...

67 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2021

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