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Sean Webster

Sean Webster is an SSD reviewer and long time PC tech and enthusiast who strives to deliver the best SSD knowledge and advice to his readership.

The SSD Review SSD of the Week

Last week we looked throughout the flash memory market to find what we thought were the Top SSD Picks for Fall 2014. In response to the unexpected response to that article, we have decided to post a new weekly article that identifies the best SSDs, and SSD prices, found each week. This week, we have chosen to highlight the Samsung …

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Top SSD Picks for Fall 2014

Summer has come and gone, and over the past few months, there have been quite a few SSDs released into the market, and the question of, “Which SSD should I buy?” seems to still come up a lot around forums. Usually, there are some predetermined recommended favorite in each. Today we feel we should provide our own answer to the …

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OCZ ARC 100 SSD Review (240GB) – Consistency in a Value SSD

It has been quite a while since we have seen a value oriented SSD from OCZ. Their last two releases where the Vector 150 and the Vertex 460, the latest updates to their enthusiast and mainstream drive lines. The market need for value drives is very apparent when we consider the popularity that the Samsung 840 EVO and Crucial MX100 …

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LSI SandForce SF3700 Displays 1.3GB/s in Mixed Workloads – FMS 2014 Update

As much as the LSI SF3700 speaks to 1.8GB/s performance as a spec high data transfer, this year at FMS they are focusing more on real-world performance and endurance. Currently, we are seeing the SF3700 controller reaching 1300MB/s in mixed 80%/20% read/write workloads in this demonstration. The SATA interface is designed as uni-directional, meaning it only allows for reads or …

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Hynix Presents 1TB M.2 SSDs and 3D NAND – FMS 2014 Update

Walking around the booth floor of FMS, we found Hynix displaying some new products. What happened to catch our eye was a 1 TB M.2 SSD on display. Advertised performance for the PCIe Gen 2 M.2 drives comes in at 1.4GB/s reads and up to 930MB/s writes and 120k/100k read/write IOPS for the 1TB model. Furthermore, they have standard 2.5″ …

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Phison Intros Strong SATA 3 SSD controller – FMS 2014 Update

After a quick briefing with Phison’s Michael Wu, we learned of their new SATA 3 based controller. Designed from the ground up by Phison, the PS3110 is a 32-bit quad-core 8 channel controller that supports SLC, MLC, and TLC NAND flash. It offers capacity support for up to 2TB. It also offers external DDR3L memory support from 256MB-2GB. For speed, …

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Samsung EVO SDHC UHS-1 U1 Card Review (32GB)

Segmented into three series are Samsung’s newest line of SD cards; their naming scheme following their SSD offerings with the Pro and EVO designations. We recently reviewed the 64GB microSDXC version of their highest end Pro and were very impressed with its market leading performance. Following their Pro series, Samsung released the EVO series and Standard series cards. Today we …

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