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Allyn Malventano
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Storage Editor
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Florence, KY
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You can find Allyn on PC Perspective and a few other places:

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Samsung 840 EVO Standalone ISO Updater Now Available

04/28/2015 - 12:44

For those of you following the Samsung 840 EVO saga, last week we saw the release of Magician 4.6. Samsung was initially throttling downloads and firmware update rates, but those limits appear to have been lifted as of this morning. Another thing we...

Samsung Magician 4.6 and 840 EVO Firmware Released - Downloads Throttled

04/23/2015 - 14:21

For those who watched last night's podcast live, I predicted that Samsung would be posting their 840 EVO Firmware and new Magician 4.6 software 'soon'. Turns out that 'soon' was actually this morning, but there's a catch - Samsung...

PCIe SSD Roundup - Samsung SM951 NVMe vs. AHCI, XP941, SSD 750 and More!

04/17/2015 - 06:49

Introduction: There's been a lot of recent talk about the Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD. It was supposed to launch as an NVMe product, but ended up coming out in AHCI form. We can only assume that Samsung chose to hold back on their NVMe-capable...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

04/15/2015 - 21:44

Conclusion: PROS (SM951 NVMe): Extremely good performance in a very small package. NVMe technology greatly reduces CPU overhead during high IOPS usage. M.2 form factor enables use in desktop systems with no other PCIe slots available. CONS: Power...

Power Consumption and Thermals

04/15/2015 - 21:36

Let's take a look at a couple of ATTO runs. First the SSD 750: [inline:files/review/2015-04-15/SSD 750 ATTO-10.png] Now for the SM951 NVMe: [inline:files/review/2015-04-15/SM951 NVMe ATTO-10.png]

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

04/15/2015 - 21:35

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)

04/15/2015 - 21:34

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

04/15/2015 - 21:34

Internals: Not much to take apart here, but I'll do what I can: [inline:files/review/2015-04-15/150407-171414.jpg] With the stickers removed, we can see the controllers and flash. The XP841 (top) and AHCI SM951 (bottom) have similar component counts...

ICY DOCK ICYRaid MB662U3-2S and ICYCube MB561U3S-4S Review

04/15/2015 - 17:10

Introduction The other day we took a look at the ICY DOCK ToughArmor MB996SP-6SB and ICYBento MB559U3S-1S. Today we'll move onto a couple of larger products in their lineup: [inline:files/review/2015-04-06/150406-140956.jpg] To the left is the...

Conclusion

04/14/2015 - 12:20

It looks like Samsung has finally figured this one out, and they have done so in a way that actually puts an 840 EVO above other SSDs. Allow me to explain. Typical SSDs will see random writes to some existing files (pagefile, etc). Those files will in...