Storage

samsung-860-qvo-ssdBy Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

Samsung launched a new consumer Solid State Drive (SSD) series today called the Samsung 860 QVO SSD. This SATA III 2.5-inch drive series is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities and feature Samsung’s brand new high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash. The Samsung 860 QVO was brought to market to help eliminate the need to for PC users to rely on a combination of an SSD as the boot drive and a rotational hard drive for mass storage. In order for that to happen the 860 QVO series needs to be rather inexpensive. The good news is that the Samsung 860 QVO 1TB SSD has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $149.99 or roughly $0.15 per GB. The larger 860 QVO 2TB and 4TB drives have the same price per GB as they cost $299.99 and $599.99, respectively. These prices are still higher than using say a 256GB SATA SSD boot drive and a 2TB HDD for archive storage, but Samsung believes that the market is willing to pay a little extra as they don’t have to frequently switch data between the primary and secondary drive. Samsung firmly believes that the storage paradigm will shift back to all-in-one drive model.

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hyperx-fury-rgb-ssdBy Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

Today we’ll be taking a look at the HyperX FURY RGB SSD. This SATA III 2.5-inch drive series is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities and each has a light bar inside to give your gaming PC a little RGB lighting in a place that most don’t. This is yet another SATA III 6 Gbps drive, so sequential read/write performance is what you’d expect at up to 550 MB/s read and 480 MB/s write. This drive doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in terms of performance, so it’s primarily aimed at those that want to brighten their rigs with RGB lighting on an SSD.

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samsung-ssd-970-evo-and-proBy Marco Chiappetta @ Hot Hardware

The Samsung SSD 970 Pro and 970 EVO are the company’s latest flagship sold state drives for high-performance desktop and mobile applications. They feature new controllers, the latest NAND, updated firmwares, and some subtle new features, all designed to boost performance and reliability. We’ve got both drives in hand and have put them through their paces on our freshly-updated test bed, alongside a quartet of competing products.

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hp-ex920-m.2-ssd-1tbGreat Speed for a Dynamite Price

By Les Tokar @ The SSD Review

High performance, low power, increased system responsiveness, high reliability, small form factor, minimum weight, enhanced ruggedness along with high data integrity and security; these are the selling points made by HP with respect to their newest HP EX920 M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD. As much as this description might fit any of the latest gen M.2 SSD family, HP has built a product that we believe is going to do very well in the SSD industry, a product that very well might raise more than a few eyebrows.

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intel-optane-ssd-800pBy Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

Intel has finally launched an Optane SSD for the mainstream market, the Intel Optane SSD 800P. The Intel Optane SSD 800P series is available as M.2 2280 single-sided ‘gumsticks’ that use the PCIe 3.0 x2 interface. Only two capacities are available, so you get your choice of a 58GB drive for $99 or a 118GB for $199. These won’t be large enough to be the sole storage drive in an enthusiast or gamers PC, but they’ll make for an ideal boot drive for a Windows 10-base system.

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intel-optane-ssd-900pBy Chris Ramseyer @ Tom’s Hardware

The time is finally here. You’ve seen 3D Xpoint for the enterprise in our Intel DC P4800X review, and you’ve seen it as a fast cache for the desktop in our Optane Memory Review. But this is the form you’ve really been waiting for: A bootable 3D Xpoint SSD for the desktop. The Intel Optane 900p. Purportedly the fastest consumer SSD known to mankind. It has arrived, and it’s time for us to review what promises to be a massive generational shift in consumer storage.

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plextor-m8se-512gb-pcie-nvme-ssdBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D

We review the Plextor M8Se 512GB SSD. Armed with stylish looks, proper cooling and using a fast M2 SSD as basis this new storage unit uses the NVMe express (NVME) protocol and that means storage technology at terrific speeds while remaining competitive in pricing.

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team-group-t-force-cardea-m2-480gb-ssdBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D

We review Team Group’s T-FORCE CARDEA M.2 480GB NVMe SSD. This M.2 NAND NVMe unit is nice ‘n fast and even has been fitted with a large heatsink. Will Team Group be able to deliver a unit that manages to impress?

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corsair-force-mp500-480gb-m2-nvme-ssdBy Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

Corsair hasn’t been that aggressive in the SSD market recently, but all that changed earlier this month when their announced the Force MP500. This drive marks a number of firsts for Corsair as it is their first drive to ever use the M.2 2280 form factor, PCIe interface, and the NVMe protocol. Since this is Corsair’s first PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD it has blisteringly fast sequential speeds of up to 3,000 MB/s read and 2,400 MB/s write, which makes it roughly 5 times faster than the Corsair Nuetron Series XTi drives that used to be their flagship storage drive series. Things are also impressive on the 4K Random Read/Write performance as the Phison 5007-E7 controller and 15nm Toshiba MLC NAND Flash are capable of reaching up to 250,000 IOPS for 4K Random Reads and 210,000 IOPS of 4K Random Write performance.

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samsung-960-pro-2tb-ssdBy Chris Ramseyer @ Tom’s Hardware

Samsung developed several new technologies for its 960 Pro NVMe SSD, and the end result is a massive 2TB M.2 product that tips the price scale at $1,300. Over the past two years, the Pro series has shifted from a product for enthusiasts and power users to more of a workstation-focused product. The shift stems from declining SSD prices fueled by entry-level pricing from Samsung’s competitors. The company’s own general-use EVO series, which has the highest market share of any SSD on the market, also plays a role in the declining costs.

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