When SSDs first hit the market they were around $8/GB, then it was a big deal when they hit the $1/GB mark. Today many of the SSDs that we reviewed recently can be found anywhere between $0.35 – $0.45/GB. According to a new report SSD pricing could become 1:1 with mechanical hard drives in late 2016. This would mean you could pick up a 4TB SSD for around $150.
Today we are taking a look at another solid state drive from Mushkin. This one comes from their Reactor line and is the 512GB version. In the past Mushkin primarily used SandForce controllers with their solid state drives, but this time they have gone with Silicon Motion’s SM2246EN controller. This controller from what we’ve seen is very solid and performs without issue. They have teamed this controller with Micron’s 16nm MLC NAND. This combination gives the 512GB version of the drive a sequential read speed of 560 MB/s and sequential write speed of 460 MB/s with 71K IOPS read and 75K IOPS write. Let’s see what this drive can do.
Solid state drives keep on going doing in price and it seems more and more companies are jumping in on the inexpensive SSD market. It seems we have come to that point where many consumers are choosing a solid state drive over a typical mechanical hard drive, at least for their OS drive. Today we will be taking a look at a solid state drive from an new company to the SSD market called EMTEC. Their SSD Power Plus drive is on the test bench today and while they offer capacities up to 480GB we are taking a look at the 120GB version (model: ECSSD120GX150). This drive features sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 160 MB/s respectively. Let’s see what this drive can do!
Plextor was showing off their latest PCI-Express solid state drive off at Computex 2015. The Plextor M7e surpasses its predecessor the M6e on transfer speeds as it utilizes full PCI-Express x4 bandwidth. The drive is capable 1400 MB/s reads and 1000 MB/s writes with random 4K performance at 140K for writing and 125K for reading.
SanDisk has just announced their Extreme 500 and Extreme 900 series portable solid state drives. The Extreme 900 series will be available 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB capacities. These will be priced at $399.99, $599.99, and $999.99. The Extreme 900 series is the larger drive shown in the photo below.
OCZ has sent us their latest 2.5-inch solid state drive, the Vector 180. This new drive still uses the aging Barefoot 3 controller, but OCZ has teamed it with the latest Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND. This drive is all about reliability and features OCZ’s implementation of power loss protection, which they are calling Power Failure Management Plus (PFM+). PFM+ is not full power loss protection, but will protect data-at-rest. So PFM+ will protect data that has been already been written to the NAND. This helps protect the mapping table and reduces the risk of ‘bricking’ the drive. The 480GB version of the drive that we are reviewing today has sequential read and write speeds of 550 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. OCZ also backs this drive with their new ShieldPlus 5-year warranty. Let’s take a look!
Mushkin originally launched the Reactor solid state drive in a single capacity, 1TB. While 1TB is a lot of storage space, not everyone needs that much storage space, especially for an SSD so they are expanding the Reactor line to include two more capacities: 256GB and 512GB.
Kingston now has a full line of solid state drives to offer to consumers. We have already taken a look at their HyperX Predator PCI-Express solid state drive on the high end and they have their HyperX Fury, which is more entry level. Filling in the mid-range is the HyperX Savage, which effectively replaces the HyperX 3K solid state drive. The drive is powered by the Phison PS3110-S10 quad core, eight-channel controller that is the same controller that we saw on Corsair’s Neutron XT drive. The drive is also Kingston’s fastest SATA-based solid state drive with sequential read and write speeds of 560 MB/s and 530 MB/s respectively. Will this be the solid state drive to get in 2015? Read on as we find out!
PCI-Express storage is nothing new, we have seen many different PCI-Express storage options over the past few years. The biggest advantage of using PCI-Express storage is that you overcome the typical 6.0Gb/s theoretical bandwidth limit of SATA-based solid state drives. If you have been following the storage industry you know that solid state drives have been bottlenecked by the SATA interface for years now. Well Kingston is presenting their first ever PCI-Express solid state drive. Part of their high-end HyperX brand the HyperX Predator boasts sequential read and write speeds of 1400 MB/s and 1000 MB/s respectively. That is some serious speed! While many PCI-Express storage devices we have reviewed in the past have featured a custom PCB with the drive on it Kingston has gone the M.2 route. So you can either buy the single M.2 device to use on an M.2 slot or you can buy it pre-installed in a PCI-Express adapter. We received the version with the adapter, let’s jump in!
Corsair, a worldwide designer of high-performance components to the PC hardware market, today announced the release of the addition of 960GB and 480GB capacity models to the existing line of Force Series LS SSD drives. The new Force Series LS SSD models, like the previously announced 240GB, 120GB, and 60GB models, provide consumers a cost-effective way to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs to faster, more reliable solid-state storage.
Oct 05, 2015 0