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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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

10/08/2015 - 17:36

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 - 17:42

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 - 13:00

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...

Conclusion, Pricing, RSTe, and Final Thoughts

09/23/2015 - 12:27

Conclusion: Pros: Very high data capacity and capability in a very small HHHL PCIe package. Near 100% performance scaling over the single controller model of the same. Cons: Higher capacities of the SSD DC P3608 have lower OP and reduced rated IOPS...

PC Perspective Enterprise Test Suite - 128K Sequential

09/23/2015 - 12:14

[inline:files/review/2015-09-23/128KB-1.png] It is far easier for these SSDs to ramp up their throughputs when dealing with larger sequential block transfers, which is visualized here by the minimal number of plot lines (queue depth) needed to scale to...

PC Perspective Enterprise Test Suite - 8K Random

09/23/2015 - 12:13

[inline:files/review/2015-09-23/8KB-1.png] R/W performance scales as expected, with no unexpected dips. This is the sign of a well tuned controller and firmware that shows no performance drop at mixed workloads. [inline:files/review/2015-09-23/8KB-2.png...

PC Perspective Enterprise Test Suite - 4K Random

09/23/2015 - 12:12

Taking a good hard look at the items we pointed out on the previous page, along with the current enterprise review landscape, I noted that the large amounts of data that can be obtained from a typical run through an enterprise testing suite is extremely...

Enterprise SSD Testing and Jargon

09/23/2015 - 11:51

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...

Samsung Announces New Branding and Future SSD Capacity Expansion with their New 48-Layer V-NAND

09/22/2015 - 18:10

During yesterday's SSD Summit, obscured by their 950 PRO launch was new branding for their 32 (and now 48) layer Vertical NAND technology: [inline:files/news/2015-09-22/V-NAND branding.JPG] This new branding is more in line with what folks were...

Samsung Launches 950 PRO - 300,000 IOPS and 2.5 GB/sec from a M.2 V-NAND SSD!

09/22/2015 - 02:39

I’ve been waiting a long time for Samsung to put their V-NAND flash memory into a PCIe connected SSD, and such a product has just been officially announced at the Samsung SSD Global Summit. [inline:files/news/2015-09-22/DSC06308.jpg] Samsung’...