Storage

Hand-held gaming consoles based on notebook platforms (such as the Valve SteamDeck, ASUS ROG Ally, and the MSI Claw) are one of the fastest growing segments in the PC gaming market. The form-factor of such systems has created a demand for M.2 2230 NVMe SSDs. Almost all vendors have a play in this market, and even Micron has OEM SSDs (such as the Micron 2400, 2550, and 2500 series) in this form-factor. Crucial has strangely not had an offering with its own brand name to target this segment, but that changes today with the launch of the Crucial P310 NVMe SSD. The Crucial P310 is a family of M.2 2230 PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSDs boasting class-leading read/write speeds of 7.1 GBps and 6 GBps. The...

Solidigm D5-P5430 Addresses QLC Endurance in Data Center SSDs

Solidigm has been extremely bullish on QLC SSDs in the data center. Compared to other flash vendors, their continued use of a floating gate cell architecture (while others moved...

7 by Ganesh T S on 5/16/2023

Micron Updates Data Center NVMe SSD Lineup: 6500 ION TLC and XTR SLC

Micron is expanding its data center SSD lineup today with the introduction of two new products - the 6500 ION and the XTR NVMe SSDs. These two products do...

7 by Ganesh T S on 5/16/2023

Corsair Introduces MP700 PCIe 5.0 SSDs: 1 TB Starting At $169.99

After a few teasers and months of waiting, Corsair has finally launched the MP700, the company's first PCIe 5.0 SSD. The MP700 aims to win enthusiasts over with its...

18 by Zhiye Liu on 5/4/2023

Solidigm Synergy 2.0 Amplifies P41 Plus and P44 Pro Performance with Custom Driver

Solidigm has been active in the PC client SSD market with the QLC-based P41 Plus and the traditional TLC-based P44 Pro for the high-end market. While introducing the P41...

14 by Ganesh T S on 5/3/2023

Corsair Launches MP600 Mini: M.2 2230 SSD Brings Big Performance

Corsair has introduced its first ever SSD in an M.2-2230 form-factor that is aimed at ultra-compact systems like Valve's Steam Deck as well as Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 and...

7 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2023

Asustor Launches Flashstor NAS: Up To 12 M.2 Slots & 10GbE Connectivity

Asustor, one of the more popular NAS manufacturers, has announced the company's new Flashtor series. The Flashtor lineup, which currently consists of the Flashtor 6 (FS6706T) and Flashtor 12...

28 by Zhiye Liu on 4/24/2023

Seagate to Pay $300 Million Fine For Supplying Hard Drives to Huawei

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security this week imposed a $300 million fine on Seagate for violating U.S. export control restrictions. The storage company has...

21 by Anton Shilov on 4/20/2023

Seagate Unveils IronWolf Pro 22TB HDD at 2023 NAB Show

Coinciding with the 2023 NAB Show starting this weekend, Seagate has come out with a couple of announcements today. The new hardware introduction is the updated flagship capacity option...

6 by Ganesh T S on 4/13/2023

Samsung Updates PRO Plus UHS-I Memory Cards with Improved Speeds

Samsung has been marketing SD and microSD cards for a few years now under the PRO Plus lineup in the UHS-I category. We looked at the 2020 lineup in...

26 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2023

Kioxia and Western Digital Debut 218-Layer 3D NAND: 1Tb TLC with 3.2 GT/s IO Speed

Kioxia and Western Digital formally introduced their 8th Generation BiCS 3D NAND memory with 218 active layers. The new storage device offers a 1Tb capacity in 3D TLC mode...

34 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2023

Crucial Preps T700 PCIe 5.0 SSD With Write Speeds Up To 12.4 GB/s

Crucial has started to tease the T700, the company's first mainstream PCIe 5.0 SSD. Not to be confused with the Terminator T-700, the T700's product page has already gone...

28 by Zhiye Liu on 3/23/2023

NAND Flash Prices Have Dropped Rapidly In Recent Quarters - And So Have SSD Prices

Softened demand for PCs and smartphones coupled with NAND memory bits oversupply has sent prices of 3D NAND memory into a dive in recent quarters. In Q4, global NAND...

20 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2023

Apex Storage X21 Carries 21 M.2 SSDs: 168 TB of NAND at up to 31 GB/second

Riser cards carrying multiple M.2-2280 SSDs are nothing new, but Apex Storage went above and beyond with its new X21 board, which can carry up to 21 M.2 drives...

9 by Anton Shilov on 3/15/2023

Dropbox Shares Preparations for HAMR Hard Drives, Focusing On Reducing Drive Vibrations

Dropbox was among the first large cloud service providers (CSPs) providers to deploy hard drives that use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) to increase storage density of its datacenters. As...

4 by Anton Shilov on 3/13/2023

First PCIe Gen5 SSDs Finally Hit Shelves - But The Best Is Yet To Come

This week, consumer-grade PCIe 5.0 M.2 drives have finally hit the U.S. market, well over a year since the first client PC platforms supporting PCIe Gen5 became available. The...

29 by Anton Shilov on 3/3/2023

OWC Envoy Pro Mini Review: SSD in a Thumb Drive Exceeds Expectations

OWC has been a key player in the storage industry over the last few decades, particularly for Apple users. Their lineup of portable flash-based direct-attached storage devices has a...

19 by Ganesh T S on 3/2/2023

Silicon Motion SM2268XT DRAM-less NVMe SSD Controller: PCIe 4.0 Speeds on a Budget

The excitement in the client SSD space recently has understandably been on the Gen 5 front. However, cooling requirements have made it difficult for vendors to bring effective M.2...

17 by Ganesh T S on 2/16/2023

Western Digital Launches 22 TB HDD for Consumers in Updated My Book Portfolio

Western Digital's 22 TB hard disk drives hit retail in July 2022, with a trio of products catering to the prosumer and business / enterprise markets. Today, the company...

13 by Ganesh T S on 2/15/2023

Western Digital Unveils Dual Actuator Ultrastar DC HS760 20TB HDD

Without much fanfare, Western Digital this week introduced its first dual actuator hard drive, a 20TB drive that is designed to offer SATA SSD-like sequential read/write performance. The Ultrastar...

35 by Anton Shilov on 2/1/2023

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield 4TB Review: IP65 PSSD Gets a Capacity Upgrade

Samsung has been enjoying market success with their lineup of portable SSDs, starting with the T1 back in 2015. The company has been regularly updating their PSSD lineup with...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2023

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