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NVMe, otherwise known as Non-Volatile Memory Express is a newer storage inteface that allows PCIe to interface with Non-Volatile Memory.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Monday, April 22, 2019 - 11:00am
Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage

Intel’s 3D XPoint (pronounced cross point) has been one of the very few of the dozens of annual groundbreaking storage technologies to make it to retail, and the only one in recent memory to actually deliver on the hype. This technology arrived in the form of a 16GB or 32GB M.2 module called ‘Optane’ that could be used as a very high-speed cache for your existing SATA drive. While many enthusiasts argued that ‘high speed’ was a bit of a stretch when mistakenly compared to top end NAND drives that were easily clearing the 3GB/s mark on high-queue depth sequential transfers in synthetic tests, those that could see the difference between apples and oranges saw the more than order of magnitude increase Optane provides in low queue depth random I/O that more closely resembles daily real-world usage.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 8:00am
Intel SSD DC P4510 Series 2.0TB PCIe 2.5” Datacenter SSD

Intel has been making SSD’s for more than ten years now, but the average consumer is probably only familiar with them from the more recent Optane based drives. On the Enterprise side of the world, Intel is regarded as the defacto standard for reliability and performance. Some of this has spilled over into the prosumer world a few years back with the Intel 750 series drives. Today we’ll be looking at Intel’s SSD DC P4510 series drive. Designed for the rapidly growing and evolving cloud architecture, the P4510 series provides higher capacity, low latency and scalable performance for continued innovation.

Posted by James Keir
on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 8:00am
Crucial P1 1000GB

Over the past few years, the popularity of M.2 drives has dramatically increased due to their small form factor, blazing speeds, and affordability. With the recent decline of prices of PCIe based SSDs, they are now making their way into many entry-level systems and not just enthusiast builds. Crucial’s new P1 line of NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD’s promises to brings both high speeds and ample storage suitable for any build. The P1 drive comes in 3 different configurations which range from 500GB to 2TB of storage with speeds up to 2000MB/s read and 1700MB/s write. With a starting MSRP of $109.99 choosing a PCIe based drive over a SATA SSD is now a much easier decision.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 8:00am
GIGABYTE M.2 2280 PCIe SSD 256GB

Gigabyte is one of the most well-known brands in the PC world and with that comes a certain level of brand loyalty. While Gigabyte does complete PC’s in the small form factor world, their laptops are the bread and butter of the read to run PC line up. For those that like to build, for the longest time you were limited to motherboards, and eventually video cards.  More recently we’re seen Gigabyte expand internal component offerings to power supplies, and memory, and even SATA SSD’s. Today we’ll be looking at their first jump into the NVMe market in the M.2 form factor.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 9:00am

Having your data on the go is nothing really new at this point, portable flash memory has been readily available since around the turn of the century. What has changed though is the size, and how long it takes to move data on and off of the drive. Carrying hundreds of gigabytes is pretty common these days, but it’s not that practical if it takes several hours to fill and nearly as long to copy back off. Patriot has something a little different in mind. Packing up to 1TB of space, the EVLVR capitalizes on the blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 Interface. 

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Friday, October 12, 2018 - 8:00am
Toshiba OCZ RC100 480GB M.2 2242 NVMe SSD

We got to see Toshiba’s minuscule OCZ RC100 drive at CES 2018 and here a few months later, we finally get to check out this tiny, one-chip drive. Using Toshiba’s own single package, state-of-the-art 64-layer, 3-bit-per-cell TLC BiCS FLASH and controller, the RC100 is designed to span the gap between the aging SATA 6Gbps interface and expensive enthusiast level consumer NVMe SSD’s. Available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB, each compact M.2 2242 drive is ready for any platform from mini-PC’s to full-size desktops and everything in between.

Posted by Damon Bailey
on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 8:00am
Kingston A1000 M.2 480GB SSD

For the Last couple of years that PCIe based SSD’s have been around, they have been firmly in the realm of the more deep-pocketed enthusiast niche. In the last few months, we’ve seen some more budget-friendly drives coming out based around newer low-cost controllers. These entry-level drives are aiming squarely at displacing SATA SSD’s with performance several times higher in the same cost per capacity segment. Today we’ll be checking out Kingston’s Entry-Level offering, the A1000. Offering more than double the performance than SATA is even capable of for a price nearly identical to a premium SATA offering, this just might be one foot in the grave for SATA SSD’s. 

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