NVMe, otherwise known as Non-Volatile Memory Express is a newer storage inteface that allows PCIe to interface with Non-Volatile Memory.
The storage world is a continuous march towards bigger, better, and eventually, cheaper. You always have those on the bleeding edge willing to pay the early adopter tax on the latest and greatest, but much of the market is a generation or two behind just to avoid a second mortgage. SSD’s have been around awhile now, most directly replacing mechanical disks on the SATA III 6 Gbps bus that turns ten years old later this summer. More recently, Solid-State Drives have moved to PCIe through the universally confusing M.2 port but the cost per gigabyte has left most still using the 2nd drive for more space with the operating system and a few things on the SSD only. PCIe NVMe drive prices have been trickling down, but we are just now starting to see a level of cost parity from PCIe to SATA SSD’s and today we’ll be looking at a new offering from Corsair that aims to take on that market segment.
The PC world is no stranger to ground-breaking, revolutionary memory announcements. They come along every so often promising order of magnitude increases in speed, capacity, and so on. The few that actually materialize into a physical product are often lackluster and fade from existence in days to months or are quickly eclipsed by incremental updates to existing technology. When 3D XPoint was announced a few years ago as this crazy new storage and memory hybrid, most of the industry shrugged it off as another cry of ‘wolf!’ since NAND based NVMe drives were just starting to take off.
A couple years back Intel and Micron introduced us to 3D XPoint memory at a press conference. The claims made about this new type of memory used in the Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB were eye popping and frankly, at the time, almost unbelievable. By now Optane memory is old news and we all know that a small Optane memory chip can give platter drives new lives and increase system storage speed drastically. Optane is so new it literally exists in its own new category and was expected to run at approximately 3x the price of regular NVMe NAND flash drives. We are pleased to find that instead of the 3x price expected the Intel Optane SSD 900P 480GB comes in at a more consumer friendly $0.86 per GB of storage closer to 2x the price of NVMe drives.
If you’ve been following along with all of the new Intel platforms this year like Z370 and X299, you’ve probably heard buzzwords about support for Intel Optane Memory Technology, but what does that mean exactly? It means a lot of big words layered over some existing technologies and married with a little bit of new Intel magic. In English? Well, it means you can skip the big, expensive new NVMe drive, and use a slower but much larger hard drive or solid state drive you already have, and let Intel Optane make it much faster and more responsive.
Kingston has had a wide variety of storage devices but until now they haven’t ventured into the NVME market. With the Kingston KC1000 M.2 2280 480GB NVMe MLC Internal Solid State Drive that has changed and Kingston has dipped their proverbial storage foot into the NVME arena. We’ve seen PCIe SATA, and M.2 devices from Kingston and many of them were impressive like the Kingston Savage PCIe they released a couple of years ago.
Data storage solutions are improving each year, getting faster and larger in capacities. PCIe SSDs used to be very expensive for an average gamer but not these days. OCZ has an SSD for enthusiasts and hardcore gamers, the OCZ RD400 NVM Express® M.2 solid state drive series. This SSD promises to outperform SATA SSDs by over 4.5 times! Let's find that out today.