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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
Florence, KY

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Performance Focus - NX500 400GB

08/10/2017 - 16:57

Before we dive in, a quick note: I’ve been analyzing the effects of how full an SSD is on its performance. I’ve found that most SSDs perform greater when empty (FOB) as they do when half or nearly filled to capacity. Most people actually put...

A New Test Suite - An Introduction

08/10/2017 - 16:43

A New Test Suite

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

08/10/2017 - 16:34

Internals First the outside: [inline:files/review/2017-08-10/170630-175935.jpg] [inline:files/review/2017-08-10/170630-180011.jpg] ...and now for the warranty breaking: [inline:files/review/2017-08-10/170630-180533.jpg]

FMS 2017: Intel's EDSFF 'Ruler' SSD Form Factor Details Emerge - 1 Petabyte in a 1U Chassis!

08/09/2017 - 21:19

Yesterday we saw Samsung introduce their 'NGSFF' form factor during yesterday's keynote. Intel has been at work on a similar standard, this one named EDSFF (Enterprise & Datacenter Storage Form Factor), with the simpler working name as...

FMS 2017: Samsung Announces QLC V-NAND, 16TB NGSFF SSD, Z-SSD V2, Key Value

08/08/2017 - 17:37

As is typically the case for Flash Memory Summit, the Samsung keynote was chock full of goodies: [inline:files/news/2017-08-08/170808-120053.jpg] Samsung kicked off by stating there are a good 5 years of revisions left in store for their V-NAND line,...

FMS 2017: Micron Launches 9200 Series Enterprise Lineup with 3D TLC NAND, x8 PCIe

08/08/2017 - 12:02

We were extremely impressed with the Micron 9100 Enterprise SSDs. They are still the fastest NAND flash SSDs we've tested to date, but they were built on planar NAND, and we know everyone is replacing their flat flash with more cost efficient 3D NAND...

Western Digital BiCS3 Flash Goes QLC - 96GB per die!

08/02/2017 - 18:21

A month ago, WD and Toshiba each put out releases related to their BiCS 3D Flash memory. WD announced 96 layers (BiCS4) as their next capacity node, while Toshiba announced them reliably storing four bits per cell (QLC). [inline:files/news/2017-08-...

Toshiba and Western Digital announce QLC and 96-Layer BiCS Flash

06/28/2017 - 21:49

A couple of announcements out of Toshiba and Western Digital today. First up is Toshiba announcing QLC (4 bit per cell) flash on their existing BiCS 3 (64-layer) technology. QLC may not be the best for endurance as the voltage tolerances become extremely...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/27/2017 - 03:58

Conclusion PROS Among the best performance, we've seen out of a SATA SSD. Very competitive introductory cost (for an Intel SSD). CONS All capacities not yet available. [inline:files/review/2017-06-27/on-wafer_0.jpg] Pricing and Warranty (...

Performance Comparisons - Mixed Burst

06/27/2017 - 03:45

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.