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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Samsung 840 EVO Performance Restoration Tool preview - Getting EVOs back up to speed

10/14/2014 - 18:30

** Edit ** The tool is now available for download from Samsung here. Another note is that they intend to release an ISO / DOS version of the tool at the end of the month (for Lunix and Mac users). We assume this would be a file system agnostic version of...

Update procedure in detail

10/14/2014 - 18:19

As for how the update process takes place, it is a two phase procedure. We gathered up our 840 EVO samples... [inline:files/review/2014-10-14/DSC05837.JPG] ...and then we fired up the tool: [inline:files/review/2014-10-14/66.png] The tool does a few...

WD Red 6TB Retested - Performance Restored

10/03/2014 - 14:51

A while ago, in our review of the WD Red 6TB HDD, we noted an issue with the performance of queued commands. This could potentially impact the performance of those drives in multithreaded usage scenarios. While Western Digital acted quickly to get...


10/03/2014 - 13:34

I won't go into every single test as this is only an update piece. Instead I'll step you though tests which showed the greatest differences in performance. While sequential performance is virtually identical between unpatched and patched Reds,...

Micron M600 SSD Review - Digging into Dynamic Write Acceleration

09/29/2014 - 12:54

Today Micron lifted the review embargo on their new M600 SSD lineup. We covered their press launch a couple of weeks ago, but as a recap, the headline new feature is the new Dynamic Write Acceleration feature. As this is a new (and untested) feature that...

Conclusion, Pricing and Final Thoughts

09/29/2014 - 11:02

Conclusion: Pros: Write speeds greatly improved(*) over prior generation Micron SSDs. Reduced write power consumption when in SLC mode (*). 16nm Micron flash should result in lower cost/GB. Very high endurance rating for a consumer / OEM SSD. Cons...

Results - M600

09/29/2014 - 10:13

The sequence, one last time:

Results - 840 EVO

09/29/2014 - 09:43

Here's the full sequence again, to save you from the need to flip back to page 2:

Results - M550 and MX100

09/29/2014 - 09:21

To get more of an apples to apples comparison, we subjected a few prior generation Micron samples to a similar test sequence:

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

09/29/2014 - 09:11

Internals: [inline:files/review/2014-09-29/DSC05772.JPG] Simple, snap together housing, with a single screw to hold the PCB in place. Cost cutting design at its finest. I've included the 256GB MSATA SSD in this pic. No disassembly required...