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Allyn Malventano
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Florence, KY

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Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

01/31/2017 - 09:02

Internals: [inline:files/review/2017-01-31/170130-192850.jpg] Digging into these was quite easy. No screws to get the lid open. Thermal pads help conduct heat to the lid. [inline:files/review/2017-01-31/170130-193109.jpg] Further disassembly revealed...

CES 2017: Western Digital Launches WD Black NVMe PCIe SSD

01/05/2017 - 06:32

Following up on their Blue and Green SSDs launched back in October, Western Digital has now launched a Black series SSD: [inline:files/news/2017-01-05/170105-014630.jpg] Unlike the Green and Blue which are SATA products available in 2.5" and M.2 (...

CES 2017: Kingston Launches 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT USB 3.1 Portable SSD

01/03/2017 - 15:46

Kicking off the storage announcements at CES 2017, Kingston announced a 2TB thumb drive: [inline:files/news/2017-01-03/dtgt.image_resize.jpg] Ok, well it's a bit big for a thumb drive, but it is definitely a high capacity portable SSD with a narrower...

Phison Announces UFS 2.1 NAND Controller - Death to eMMC!

12/22/2016 - 17:03

Following up on Micron's UFS 2.1 announcement, Phison has announced the launch of their own PS8311 UFS 2.1 controller: [inline:files/news/2016-12-22/blockdiagram-PS8311.png] For those unaware, UFS 2.1 is a much-anticipated replacement for eMMC,...

Samsung 750 EVO Full Capacity Roundup - Planar Performance

12/22/2016 - 12:28

Introduction Earlier this year we covered the lower two capacities of the Samsung 750 EVO. We had some requests for a review of the 500GB model as soon as it was added to their lineup, and Samsung promptly sent a sample, but I delayed that review in the...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

12/21/2016 - 17:30

Conclusion PROS Great performance at this form factor and price point CONS TLC write speed of the 500GB capacity could / should be faster Prices are still running higher than competing budget products [inline:files/review/2016-12-21/160610-...

Performance Comparisons - Caching and SLC / TLC Write Speed

12/21/2016 - 17:16

I've chosen to split the caching results off of the respective product pages in this review so that we can better compare them side-by-side on this page. First lets look at 750 EVO vs. 850 EVO at each capacity point: 120GB: [inline:files/review/2016-...

Performance Comparisons - TRIM Speed

12/21/2016 - 14:18

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

12/21/2016 - 14:03

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

12/20/2016 - 16:55

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...