The best SSDs

By Ben Keough and Nathan Edwards

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Western Digital unveils its first portable SSD

Western Digital only just started accepting that SSDs are ready for the mainstream, but it's making up for that lost time by launching its first portable SSD just months after unveiling a desktop drive. The simply-named My Passport SSD gives you 256G…

Sony’s SSDs can withstand the torture of capturing 4K

Aspiring 4K filmmakers who want the best quality can buy pro-level RAW video cameras on the cheap, or use a DSLR with an external 4K recorder like the Atomos Ninja 2. However, the SSDs on such devices often record and dump out high bit-rate 4K video…

Intel’s first hyper-fast 3D drive is meant for servers

At last, Intel is making a stand-alone drive based on its extremely fast 3D storage technology… although you're probably not about to pick one up yourself. The chip maker has unveiled the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a drive destined for the PCI Express o…

Western Digital finally offers a consumer SSD

Western Digital has enjoyed a long run supplying data drives for all markets, but had stubbornly resisted releasing solid-state ones for consumers. This was an odd position back in 2008 when the technology began entering the mainstream and it's only…

New Drobo Mini Networked Hard Drive Now Comes With SSDs, Ruggedized Flash Array

unnamed Connected Data announced the latest addition to its extensive family of external storage devices: the portable, rugged and expandable Drobo Mini with Solid-State Drives (SSD). Read More

Samsung unveils first SSDs with 3D V-NAND memory, but only for enterprise

Samsung launches first SSD with 3D VNAND memory, but only for enterprise

Well, that was quick. Samsung said it was producing the world’s first 3D vertical NAND memory just a week ago, and it has already started building the first SSDs based on that memory. Unfortunately, they’re not meant for the enthusiast crowd: the new 480GB and 960GB drives are instead designed for enterprise-class servers, where V-NAND’s blend of high capacity and reliability makes the most sense. Don’t be too forlorn, however. Samsung promises that the new memory will eventually reach PC-oriented SSDs, which could bring spacious flash storage to a much wider audience.

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SATA 3.2 standard finalized, promises faster and smaller storage

SATA 3.2 standard finalized, promises faster and smaller storage

There’s no doubt that Serial ATA storage is hitting a wall when even mainstream PCs like the MacBook Air and VAIO Pro use the PCI Express interface to get around performance bottlenecks. It’s a good thing that SATA-IO just ratified the improved SATA 3.2 specification, then. The new standard centers on SATA Express, which lets SATA storage ride on the PCIe bus and more than doubles the available bandwidth to 16Gbps (2GB/s). Version 3.2 also brings support for the M.2 format, giving Ultrabooks and tablets access to SATA Express in a tiny form factor. We’re already getting a peek at what the new spec can do when M.2-based PCIe drives offer comparable performance, but SATA 3.2’s ratification should bring that kind of speed to many more PCs in the future.

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