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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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CES 2016: Samsung Announces 850 EVO-based Portable SSD T3 - Updated

01/06/2016 - 00:15

We got our first look at the Samsung T1 SSD at CES 2015. The concept was simple - Make a very compact external portable encrypted drive, and make it fast. Based on a 3D VNAND equipped mSATA 850 EVO and using an ASMedia USB to SATA bridge, the T1 had no...

CES 2016: Fasetto Teases Link SSD Storage Platform

01/05/2016 - 01:39

Fasetto is a company previously known as one of those cross-platform file-sharing web apps, but I was shocked to see them with a space at CES Unveiled. Companies without physical products tend to fall flat at this type of venue, but as I walked past, boy...

Transcend to run MLC Flash in SLC Mode for 'SuperMLC' Speed Boost

12/30/2015 - 14:21

Last year we saw Micron toy with the idea of dynamically flipping flash memory dies between SLC and MLC modes. Ok paper, it sounded like a great idea - get the speed of SLC flash while the SSD is up to 50% full, then start shifting dies over to MLC...

Samsung 950 PRO 256GB and 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

10/22/2015 - 09:00

Introduction: [inline:files/review/2015-10-22/950pro_sec01.jpg] This is it. This is the day we have been waiting for.  Ever since we feasted our eyes on the NVMe version of the Samsung SM951, we’ve been begging Samsung to release this as a...

Thermal Throttling, Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

10/22/2015 - 08:55

Thermal Throttling When Samsung announced the 950 PRO, several of you commented on potential thermal throttling due to heat generated in such a small package during heavy use. The following image represents a worst case scenario, with the 950 PRO being...

Latency Distribution and Latency Percentile

10/22/2015 - 08:32

For a very long time now, I have hated the idea of plotting average latencies for SSDs. The reason is that you could have an SSD with a great average but a group of IO’s falling under a horrible maximum latency. You’d think the answer is to...

Random Performance - Iometer (IOPS/latency), YAPT (random)

10/22/2015 - 08:27

We are trying something different here. Folks tend to not like to click through pages and pages of benchmarks, so I'm going to weed out those that show little to no delta across different units (PCMark). I'm also going to group results...

Sequential Performance - HDTach, HDTune, File Copy, YAPT (sequential)

10/22/2015 - 08:23

We have shifted over to combining our results into two groupings for consumer reviews. First up is sequential performance: HDTach:

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

10/22/2015 - 08:20

Internals [inline:files/review/2015-10-22/DSC09118_0.jpg] Being M.2 SSDs (and single-sided ones at that), there is really not much to disassemble here. Both models are able to attain their stated capacity with only two 3D VNAND flash packages, one DRAM...

Lexar Updates 633x, 2000x SD Card Lines with Higher Capacities

10/13/2015 - 08:24

Lexar (Micron's portable media brand) is known for their versatile flash media readers and lines of portable flash memory products. Today they have updated two of their big SD Card lines. First up is their 2000x (300MB/s) product, which now comes in...