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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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CES 2018: Crucial Expands MX500 Lineup - 2.5" SATA up to 2TB, M.2 2280 SATA up to 1TB

01/10/2018 - 20:38

Crucial showed off the upcoming M.2 variant of its MX500 product, available in capacities up to 1TB. They also announced (press release after the break) that the MX500 will be available from 250GB up to 2TB capacities. [inline:files/news/2018-01-10/...

CES 2018: Intel Launches Optane 800P M.2 2280 SSDs, 60/120GB Capacities

01/09/2018 - 20:32

Intel broke news just now that they will be launching a larger version of their 16/32GB Optane Memory modules. The new 800P looks very much the same as its little brother but is designed to operate as a sole boot SSD. Mobile applications are also...

CES 2018: Toshiba Announces RC100 NVMe and XS700 Portable SSDs

01/08/2018 - 16:04

Toshiba announced a couple of new additions to their SSD lineup. First up is the RC100: [inline:files/news/2018-01-08/Toshiba_RC100-pr (002).jpg] This is a DRAMless design intended to target budget builds - something much needed in the current (pricey)...

Meltdown's Impact on Storage Performance - Really an Issue?

01/05/2018 - 21:45

While the Meltdown announcements and patches were in full swing, I was busily testing a round of storage devices to evaluate the potential negative impact of the Meltdown patch. Much of the testing we've seen has come in the form of Linux benchmarks...

Crucial MX500 2.5" SATA SSD Review - Make SSDs Affordable Again

12/19/2017 - 21:28

Introduction: Crucial and their parent company Micron have certainly launched their share of SSDs over the years. Product launches have effectively toggled back and forth between both names, with Crucial handling the upgrade market while Micron proper...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

12/19/2017 - 19:24

Conclusion PROS Solid overall performance and performance consistency. Competitive endurance. Good cost/GB. CONS TRIM-related performance issues. [inline:files/review/2017-12-19/171218-185835_0.jpg] Pricing and Warranty (street price at the time...

Performance Comparisons - TRIM Speed

12/19/2017 - 18:31

Thanks to the plethora of data we have at our disposal from the new suite, I can derive some additional interesting data that nobody seems to have been paying any attention to yet. Have you ever deleted a large file and then noticed your system seem to...

Performance Comparisons - Mixed Burst

12/19/2017 - 18:07

These are the Mixed Burst results introduced in the Samsung 850 EVO 4TB Review. Some tweaks have been made, namely, QD reduced to a more realistic value of 2. Read bursts have been increased to 400MB each. 'Download' speed remains unchanged.

Performance Comparisons - Client QD Weighted

12/19/2017 - 17:14

These results attempt to simplify things by focusing on what really matters - the Queue Depths that folks actually see when using these products. A dimension is eliminated from the previous charts by applying a weighted average to those results. The...

Performance Comparisons - Sequential and Random

12/19/2017 - 17:06

Just as we did on the last page, I'll start us off with Sequentials: [inline:files/review/2017-12-19/sr.png] [inline:files/review/2017-12-19/sw.png] Recall that all data points here are the result of cumulative sampling across multiple percentages of...