Storage

Bus-powered portable flash-based storage solutions are one of the growing segments in the consumer-focused direct-attached storage market. The emergence of 3D NAND with TLC and QLC has brought down the cost of such drives. NAND manufacturers like Western Digital, Samsung, and Crucial/Micron who also market portable SSDs have an inherent advantage in terms of vertical integration. Last year, Crucial/Micron had announced its entry into the segment with the QLC-based Crucial Portable SSD X8. A few months back, Crucial updated the lineup with a 2TB model while adding a lower-performance X6 member to the portfolio. Read on for our review of how these two high-capacity models fare in our evaluation.

Toshiba Updates Canvio Portable Storage Lineup with Flex and Gaming HDDs

Hard disk drives still rule the roost when dealing with bus-powered portable storage devices that are economical on a $/Gb basis, particularly at higher capacity points. Seagate and Western...

10 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2020

Samsung 980 PRO Briefly Listed Online

In what seems to be an accidental leak, a product page for the highly-awaited Samsung 980 PRO SSD was posted and later taken down from Samsung's website for Singapore...

78 by Billy Tallis on 8/31/2020

Best Consumer Hard Drives: August 2020

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...

33 by Ganesh T S on 8/27/2020

The Best NVMe SSD for Laptops and Notebooks: SK hynix Gold P31 1TB SSD Reviewed

SK hynix has entered the consumer NVMe SSD market with a big splash: the new Gold P31 has solid high-end performance, but its power efficiency blows the competition out...

74 by Billy Tallis on 8/27/2020

Crucial Launches X6 Portable SSD, Updates X8 with 2TB Model: QLC Drives for the Budget-Conscious

Crucial introduced their first bus-powered direct-attached storage product last year - the X8 Portable SSD. The product put their P1 NVMe SSD behind an ASMedia bridge to offer read...

8 by Ganesh T S on 8/25/2020

Western Digital's USB 3.1 Gen 2 WD My Passport SSD Gets an NVMe Refresh

Western Digital's lineup of direct-attached storage (DAS) products targets a range of markets and form-factors. After the acquisition of HGST / G-Technology and SanDisk, the company now offers similar...

20 by Ganesh T S on 8/20/2020

SK Hynix Launches First 128 Layer 3D NAND SSD: Gold P31 NVMe

Last year SK Hynix re-entered the consumer retail SSD market with their Gold S31 SATA SSD. At CES 2020, they previewed a pair of consumer NVMe drives, the first...

20 by Billy Tallis on 8/18/2020

Intel Previews 4-Layer 3D XPoint Memory For Second-Generation Optane SSDs

As part of Intel's Architecture Day 2020 presentations, Raja Koduri spent a bit of time talking about the status of their Optane products. Most of it was a recapitulation...

26 by Billy Tallis on 8/13/2020

The Next Step in SSD Evolution: NVMe Zoned Namespaces Explained

In June we saw an update to the NVMe standard. The update defines a software interface to assist in actually reading and writing to the drives in a way...

43 by Billy Tallis on 8/6/2020

Microchip Announces Flashtec NVMe 3108 PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSD Controller

Microchip is announcing their first PCIe 4.0-capable SSD controller for low-power and entry-level enterprise SSDs. The new Flashtec NVMe 3108 is the smaller 8-channel derivative of the 16-channel Flashtec...

5 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2020

Memblaze Releases New PBlaze5 520 Series Low-Power Enterprise SSDs

Yesterday we saw Memblaze introducing a new series of low-power server-class NVMe SSDs that focus on providing excellent performance whilst maintaining lower power consumption levels, aiming at enterprises improving...

3 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/30/2020

HP Announces S750 SSD: 96L Entry-Level SATA

HP-branded SSDs (manufactured by Biwin) have over the past few years become one of the more recognizable consumer SSD brands, thanks in large part to the success of the...

18 by Billy Tallis on 7/15/2020

Western Digital's 16TB and 18TB Gold Drives: EAMR HDDs Enter the Retail Channel

Western Digital made a number of announcements yesterday related to their enterprise hard-disk drives (HDD) product lines. While there was nothing unexpected in terms of the products being announced...

70 by Ganesh T S on 7/9/2020

The Samsung 870 QVO (1TB & 4TB) SSD Review: QLC Refreshed

Samsung's second-generation QLC NAND is here, but it's still held back by a SATA interface. The new Samsung 870 QVO is probably big enough to be your only SSD...

64 by Billy Tallis on 6/30/2020

400 TB Storage Drives In Our Future: Fujifilm

One of the two leading manufacturers of tape cartridge storage, FujiFilm, claims that they have a technology roadmap through to 2031 which builds on the current magnetic tape paradigm...

38 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/30/2020

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC SN840 Dual-Port NVMe SSD

Western Digital is introducing a new high-end enterprise NVMe SSD, the Ultrastar DC SN840, and a NVMe over Fabrics 2U JBOF using up to 24 of these SSDs. The Ultrastar...

25 by Billy Tallis on 6/24/2020

Western Digital Announces Red Plus HDDs, Cleans Up Red SMR Mess with Plus Branding

Western Digital originally launched their Red lineup of hard disk drives for network-attached storage devices back in 2012. The product stack later expanded to service professional NAS units with...

43 by Ganesh T S on 6/24/2020

Intel Announces D7-P5500 and D7-P5600 Series PCIe 4.0 Enterprise SSDs

Intel has yet to launch their first CPUs supporting PCIe 4.0, but other parts of the business are keeping pace with the transition: network controllers, FPGAs, and starting today...

36 by Billy Tallis on 6/18/2020

Kioxia Launches PM6: First 24G SAS SSD, up to 30.72 TB

Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory) has launched their sixth generation enterprise SAS SSD, the PM6 series. This is the first SSD available to support the latest 24G SAS interface, doubling...

32 by Billy Tallis on 6/16/2020

Storage Matters: Why Xbox and Playstation SSDs Usher In A New Era of Gaming

A new generation of gaming consoles is due to hit the market later this year, and the hype cycle for the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 has been...

196 by Billy Tallis on 6/12/2020

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