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ioSwitch Raijin M.2 NGFF PCIe SSD Review – Plextor M6e PCIe M.2 SSD Revealed With Boot Features

The advent of M.2 SSDs holds the promise of eliminating the SATA bottleneck and, while it may not seem that big of a deal for the typical consumer, improved performance to a media professional is pure gold.  Faster transfer speeds translate into quicker job completion which realizes increased business and higher revenue.  Although we have had M.2 SSDs in hand …

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Understanding M.2 NGFF SSD Standardization (Or The Lack Of)

So I am a few thousand miles above beautiful California and the 2013 LSI Accelerating Innovations Summit. I can’t help but reflect on the confusion that still exists concerning the standardization of M.2 SSDs, regardless of how many times we try to explain this in our reports (1, 2, 3).  If you are confused and not an industry professional, don’t …

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ADATA DashDrive Elite SE720 128GB External SSD Review – Excellent Build and Performance With an Amazing Price

ADATA recently announced availability of their new DashDrive Elite SE720 External SSD and sent one along to us for analysis.  Without stealing the thunder of this entire report, the SE720 is ultrathin, extremely well-built, has LSI SandForce speeds and we were floored at the Amazon pricing we found that brought this external SSD below that of many similar bare 128GB …

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Serial Cables 8-Port 12Gbps SAS Direct Attached JBOD Review – Pushing 8 HGST SSD800MM 12Gbps SAS SSDs to the Limit

When we started receiving 12Gbps SAS products in the summer of 2013, we were met with typical products such as the Adaptec ASR-8885 RAID Adapter, the LSI SAS 9300-8e HBA and the HGST SSD800MM SSD.  Each of these products delivered excellent performance that far outpaced the 6Gbps versions that they were built on.  But, in order to have a full …

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Kingston SSDNow E50 Enterprise SSD Review (240GB) – Little Brother to the Popular SSDNow E100

Nearly a year ago, we reviewed the Kingston SSDNow E100 200GB and found it to be “exquisite”.  “It could even be one of the finest MLC-based second-gen LSI LSI SandForce drives” we raved.  That’s pretty high praise for an enterprise SSD.  Since that time, a lot has changed in the enterprise market.  As we have discussed in previous reviews, a …

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Silicon Motion SM2246EN SSD Controller Review

The importance of SSD controllers often gets overlooked in the world of SSDs.  Memory itself is front and center in the minds of most, simply because it is the most prominent component in any SSD.  Most recently, we are even seeing Apple using the term ‘flash’ in its product literature , rather than ‘SSD’.  Not only is the controller capable …

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