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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

08/12/2014 - 16:36

Internals: The outside: [inline:files/review/2014-08-12/DSC04574.JPG] [inline:files/review/2014-08-12/DSC04575.JPG] After disassembly: [inline:files/review/2014-08-12/DSC04576.JPG] [inline:files/review/2014-08-12/DSC04577.JPG] [inline:files/review/2014-...

FMS 2014: Silicon Motion announces new SM2256 controller driving 1xnm TLC NAND

08/07/2014 - 16:37

Silicon Motion has announced their SM2256 controller. We caught a glimpse of this new controller on the Flash Memory Summit show floor: [inline:files/news/2014-08-07/DSC04256.JPG] The big deal here is the fact that this controller is a complete drop-in...

FMS 2014: Phison announces new quad-core PS3110 SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller

08/07/2014 - 16:25

At the Flash Memory Summit, Phison has updated their SSD controller lineup with a new quad-core SSD controller. [inline:files/news/2014-08-07/DSC04264.JPG] The PS3110 is capable of handling TLC as well as MLC flash, and the added horsepower lets it...

FMS 2014: Marvell announces new 88SS1093 PCIe SSD controller

08/06/2014 - 14:03

Marvell is notorious for being the first to bring a 6Gb/sec SATA controller to market, and they continue to do very well in that area. Their very capable 88SS9189 controller powers the Crucial MX100 and M550, as well as the ADATA SP920. [inline:...

FMS 2014: Samsung announces 3D TLC VNAND, Storage Intelligence initiative

08/05/2014 - 15:19

Just minutes ago at the Flash Memory Summit, Samsung announced the production of 32-layer TLC VNAND: [inline:files/news/2014-08-05/DSC03974.JPG] This is the key to production of a soon-to-be-released 850 EVO, which should bring the excellent performance...

Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup

07/25/2014 - 08:55

Introduction: A few months back, we took a look at the ADATA Premier Pro SP920 series of SSDs. Those came equipped with the Marvell 88SS9189 controller. Marvell SSD controllers have always done a good job, and they were among the first to support SATA...

Western Digital Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB Full Review - Bigger and Faster

07/23/2014 - 20:58

Introduction: *** NOTE *** In the preparation for this review, we noted abnormal behavior with the 6TB Red. After coordination with Western Digital, they replicated our results and will be issuing a firmware to correct the issue. We are publishing this...

Western Digital launches 6TB Red and 4TB Red Pro - with a configuration issue

07/23/2014 - 17:21

Western Digital has extended its Red line with 5 and 6TB models, sporting 1.2TB per platter. Performance is expected to be slightly improved over the older / smaller capacities of the Red. The upgraded line will use an improved 'NASware 3.0'...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Thoughts

07/18/2014 - 16:16

Conclusion: PROS: Outstanding performance from the Red Pro line, on-par with enterprise units. Quiet, vibration free operation. Great sequential read and write speeds. Supported in 8-bay (Red) and 16-bay (Red Pro) configurations. 3-Year (Red) / 5-year (...


07/18/2014 - 16:15

YAPT (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...