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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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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...

SD Card Speed Classes, Grades, Bus Modes, and File Systems Explained

10/08/2015 - 16:36

While researching a few upcoming SD / microSD product reviews here at PC Perspective, I quickly found myself swimming in a sea of ratings and specifications. This write up was initially meant to explain and clarify these items, but it quickly grew into a...

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA Gets Long Awaited EXT43B6Q Firmware, Fixes Read Speed Issue

10/01/2015 - 16:42

It took them a while to get it right, but Samsung did manage to fix their read degradation issue in many of their TLC equipped 840 Series SSDs. I say many because there were some models left out when firmware EXT0DB6Q was rolled out via Magician 4.6. The...

Intel DC P3608 Series 1.6TB NVMe PCIe SSD Review - High Density Enterprise Storage

09/23/2015 - 12:00

Introduction: What's better than an 18-channel NVMe PCIe Datacenter SSD controller in a Half Height Half Length (HHHL) package? *TWO* 18-channel NVMe PCIe Datacenter controllers in a HHHL package! I'm sure words to this effect were uttered in an...