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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

07/06/2016 - 11:04

Conclusion: Pros: Outstanding IOPS performance. Outstanding Latency / QoS performance. Very high density with 2.4TB (or even 3.2TB for PRO) in a 2.5" U.2 package. Cons: Care must be taken to properly cool the 2.5" U.2 form factor under heavy...

PACED Latency Performance - Latency+IO Percentile and QoS

07/06/2016 - 10:47

Required reading (some additional context for those unfamiliar with our Percentile testing):

Saturated IOPS Performance - 4KB, 8KB Random, 128K Sequential

07/06/2016 - 10:39

I'm carrying over the IOPS vs. % Read charts from my P3608 review. The former IOPS vs. Latency plots also used in that review has been superseded by the far superior Percentile method (on the next page). With sweeps of R/W in 10%...

Enterprise SSD Testing and Jargon

07/06/2016 - 10:35

While enterprise SSDs typically share controller and flash memory architecture with consumer products shipping from the same company, there are some important differences to take note of. Enterprise units are typically equipped with high grade / more...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

07/06/2016 - 10:32

Internals: First lets get the outside taken care of: [inline:files/review/2016-07-06/DSC01443_0.jpg] [inline:files/review/2016-07-06/DSC01445.jpg] Note the 'bulges' in the housing for the controller and power loss capacitor. More on those shortly...

Samsung Magician 4.9.7 and Samsung 840 DXT0AB0Q Firmware Tested, Read Speed Issues Finally Addressed

06/30/2016 - 16:33

Samsung launched their 840 Series SSDs back in May of 2013, which is over three years ago as of this writing. They were well-received as a budget unit but rapidly eclipsed by the follow-on release of the 840 EVO. [inline:files/review/2016-06-30/samsung...

Update Process and Conclusion

06/30/2016 - 15:58

The update process If you’ve got an 840 and suspect it feels slower than it used to, here’s how you update. First, you need Samsung Magician 4.9.7 installed (link here). Once up and running, simply checking the firmware update page should get...

Brace Yourselves, Samsung SM961, PM961, 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs Are Coming!

06/21/2016 - 16:02

We've known Samsung was working on OEM-series SSDs using their new 48-layer V-NAND, and it appears they are getting closer to shipping in volume, so here's a peek at what is to come: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/s-l1600.jpg] First up are the...

Drobo Updates 5D to Turbo Edition 5Dt

06/21/2016 - 14:43

Today Drobo updated their 5D, shifting to Thunderbolt 2, an included mSATA caching SSD, and faster internals: [inline:files/news/2016-06-21/5bay-front-header.png] The new 5Dt (t for Turbo Edition) builds on the strengths of the 5D, which launched three...

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Pro 2TB Review - More Power

06/21/2016 - 08:22

Introduction Western Digital launched their My Passport Wireless nearly two years ago. It was a nifty device that could back up or offload SD cards without the need for a laptop, making it ideal for photographers in the field. I came away from that...