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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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Intel Expands Optane SSD 905P HHHL AIC and U.2 to 1.5TB Capacity + Quick Look Review

09/20/2018 - 16:14

Intel just sent over a note that they have officially launched the 1.5TB capacity for the Optane SSD 905P (for both HHHL and U.2 form factors). We'd been expecting this for a while now, considering we had tested a full system incorporating the U.2...

Quick Look: Toshiba XG6 1TB NVMe SSD - Upgraded to 96-Layer BiCS Flash

09/06/2018 - 17:23

Today we take a quick look at an update to Toshiba's line of OEM SSDs. The first product to employ 96-layer 3D TLC NAND, the XG6: [inline:files/review/2018-09-06/180906-122143.jpg] I'm going to keep this one brief since this is to be an OEM-only...

Samsung Unveils Plans for Data Center SSDs You Can Actually Buy!

09/05/2018 - 22:54

Samsung was strangely absent from FMS this year, but they had us out to NYC yesterday for a briefing we've been waiting a looong time for: [inline:files/news/2018-09-05/180904-153234.jpg] Above is a spec layout for Data Center SSDs that are to...

Samsung Portable SSD X5 1TB Review - Quickest External

08/28/2018 - 16:14

Samsung has been in the portable SSD business for a good while now. They released their T1 back in 2015, with the T3 and T5 coming in at a yearly cadence. Keeping with tradition, today we see the release of a new model on a new interface -...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

08/28/2018 - 15:52

Conclusion PROS Best performing portable SSD tested to date (by a large margin). Solid construction. Attractive design. CONS Physical size seems a bit larger than needed. Thermal design limits cooling for longer transfers (>5 minutes at >...

Performance Results and Potential Issues

08/28/2018 - 15:26

Given the higher performance of these newer Thunderbolt 3 capable parts, it seemed fitting to apply a more demanding workload, so I pointed our PCPer Test Suite at the round of test samples. This suite is actually well suited for external use, as...

Internals and Roundup Contenders

08/28/2018 - 12:48

Internals [inline:files/review/2018-08-28/180828-085111.jpg] [inline:files/review/2018-08-28/180828-092536.jpg] Outside things are nice and sturdy, though a bit on the larger side for what is only holding an M.2 form factor part plus an adapter PCB and...

Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSD Review - QLC Goes Mainstream

08/07/2018 - 11:41

Introduction: Flash Memory Summit 2018 is on, and it's rapidly looking like the theme of the year is 'QLC'. QLC stands for Quad Level Cell, which is a bit of a misnomer since there are actually 16 voltage levels of a QLC cell - the 'quad...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

08/07/2018 - 11:39

Conclusion PROS Highly competitive cost/GB (see below). Outstanding random performance for a mainstream/budget SSD. Generous dynamic SLC cache. 5-year warranty (high for a budget product). CONS Heavy sustained workloads may saturate the cache and...

Performance Comparisons - TRIM Speed

08/07/2018 - 11:20

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...