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WD Introduces WD Black PCIe NVMe SSDs

PRESS RELEASE: A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! Las Vegas, NV – January 4, 2017 – Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”) (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the availability of new WD Black® PCIe solid state drives (SSDs), the first WD-branded client PCIe SSDs. The new SSDs complement the recently announced WD Blue® and WD Green® SATA SSDs, as well as …
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CORSAIR Unveils Its Fastest Ever SSD range, the Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

PRESS RELEASE: A press release, when marked as such, is posted direct from the manufacturer and is unedited. Thus, they may not reflect the view of SmallFormFactor.net or its authors. SmallFormFactor.net is in no way responsible for any part of this promotion, but we thought our readers might be interested! FREMONT, CA — December 13th, 2016 — Corsair®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components today announced the immediate availability of the CORSAIR Force MP500 range of M.2 solid state drives, the fastest SSDs yet produced by CORSAIR. Available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities, the …
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Zotac Launches 10th Anniversary Products

10 years is a big number – not many companies, let alone tech companies, make it that far. ZOTAC is celebrating this birthday, however, and has launched a small range of products. These range from an updated VR Go backpack, to a watercooled GTX1080, all the way to a PCIe SSD. The products are; ZOTAC GTX 1080 ArcticStorm Thermaltake 10 Year Anniversary Edition. A revised PCB delivers 16 power phases, dual BIOS, with BIOS 1 offering a base frequency of 1,657 MHz and BIOS 2 being set at a slightly more conservative 1,632 MHz base clock (with Boost clocks set …
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Samsung’s SSD predictions 2016

At the recent Samsung Global SSD Summit 2016 in Seoul Korea, Samsung showed off new products like the 960 PRO/EVO but they also made some predictions about the future of the solid state market over the next few years. Tom’s Hardware has a great overview of the presentation. Most of it is the typical talk about how SSDs are a rapidly growing market, cost per GB of capacity is dropping, larger capacity drives are getting more popular as they get cheaper, SSDs are pushing out hard drives in the mobile and enterprise markets, and so on. While it’s nice to see some …
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Samsung Announces the 960 PRO and 960 EVO

The Global SSD Summit is currently in progress and Samsung has kicked it off with a bang, announcing the 960 PRO and 960 EVO M.2 drives. AnandTech has a great overview of the new drives, but basically they’re both smoking fast PCIe NVME drives, with the 960 PRO clocking in at 3500MB/s sequential read and 2100MB/s write while the 960 EVO comes in at “only” 3200MB/s read and 1900MB/s write. The new drives feature the same Polaris controller (no relation to the recently released Radeons) as the OEM-oriented SM961 that preceded them. For NAND, they both feature Samsung’s new 48-layer V-NAND, with the PRO using MLC and …
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Samsung SM961 close to shipping: Up to 1TB and 3200MB/s

Historically, Samsung’s OEM solid state drives were not worth much attention from PC enthusiasts since they were tuned for reliability and price more than performance. That changed a few years ago with the XP941 and then later the SM951, OEM M.2 drives that delivered much higher performance than any other consumer drive on the market at the time. Later Samsung released a consumer drive with comparable performance with the 950 Pro but now they’re once again raising the performance bar with a new OEM drive, the Samsung SM961. Like the 950 Pro, the SM961 is a NVME PCIe 3.0 x4 drive …
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Intel to bundle 750-series U.2 drives with M.2 adapter

It has been about a year since Intel released the 750-series of solid state drives and it is still the only U.2 drive on the market. A few U.2 drives were shown at Computex but when those will be available is currently unknown and the other SSD manufacturers are currently hesitant to invest in the form factor. While a few high-end motherboards exist with the built-in SFF-8643 (Mini-SAS HD) connector needed to connect directly to a U.2 drive and some were announced at Computex, it’s a rare sight on Mini-ITX and microATX boards. On the other hand, M.2 slots are common on most any mid-range …
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Computex 2016 SSD Roundup

Computex 2016 saw quite the number of new SSD announcements. For brevity, I’ll skip the 2.5″ SATA drives and focus on M.2, U.2, etc. since they’re the future of SFF storage from a performance and space-savings perspective. M.2 ADATA – 2TB NVME M.2 and enterprise drives Crucial – NVME Ballistix TX3 and 2TB MX300 Galax – Hall of Fame Micron – 1100 and NVME 2100 Patriot – Hellfire Plextor – M8PeG (first M.2 drive to come with a heatsink, pictured above) and EP2-series PNY – PhantomX Phison-based NVME SSD OCZ – Revodrive RD400 (this one’s actually released now) PCIe card Galax – Hall …