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Samsung 840EVO Performance Degradation Follow-Up — Latest Firmware Update and Magician 4.6 Software Now Available

In their continuing efforts to get a handle on the read performance degradation issue that some owners/users of 840EVO SSDs have experienced, Samsung has now released their newest firmware version (EXT0DB6Q), as well as the latest Magician 4.6 software (links are provided at the end of this article). The problem would manifest itself to users when they would notice that …

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Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD Review (512GB)

In 2013 we were able to get a hold of Samsung’s first go at an OEM M.2 PCIe 2.0 x4 SSD, the XP941. Once word got out about this SSD’s speeds many storage enthusiasts thirsted for it. Samsung was not prepared for the consumer market to get so hyped up over it and they stopped distribution to 3rd party resellers …

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Samsung To Release Magician 4.6 and 840 EVO Firmware Update — Performance Degradation Fixed At Last?

Some owners of Samsung 840 EVO SSDs were among an unfortunate group that began to experience performance degradation over time.  (We previously covered this here and here)  In a nutshell, their drives could not read “cold” data (that had sat unmodified for an extended period of time) at full speed.  This issue thus far has been mostly limited to 840 …

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Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry’s First M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD for PCs And Workstations

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, world-leading producer of advanced memory devices, is announcing that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first NVMe PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) in the M.2 form factor for PCs and workstations. Samsung is also announcing that they are the industry’s first to begin shipping NVMe SSDs to OEMs for use in their PCs. Samsung’s new …

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Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SATA SSD Review (120GB/500GB)

A few months ago we reviewed the the little brother to the Samsung 850 Pro, the Samsung 850 EVO in its SATA III 2.5’’ form factor.  Now it’s time for the spotlight to shift to a new form factor, M.2. Just as with the 2.5″ model, this M.2 variant utilizes their new 32-layer TLC 3D V-NAND technology as well as …

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SSD of the Week – Samsung 850 EVO

In our previous SSD of the Week we looked at the Samsung portable SSD T1, a small and secure SSD for when you are on the go. This week we look at another one of Samsung’s products, the Samsung 850 EVO. We reviewed this SSD back in December and now it has had a very competitive drop in price to …

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EDGE Boost Pro Micro SSD Review (1TB)

Typically, we see a lot of 2.5″ 7mm, M.2, and mSATA SSDs for review on our site, but rarely do we see 1.8″ SATA SSDs. As a matter of fact, our first and only 1.8″ SSD review was the Mushkin Chronos GO Deluxe, that we reviewed back in May 2013. Now, nearly two years later we finally have another with …

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SSD of the Week – Portable SSD T1

Last week we took a look at the Patriot Ignite, a new contender in the market that offers high capacity and performance for a great price. For this week’s SSD of the Week we are looking to a tiny portable SSD that packs some high capacity, the Samsung Portable SSD T1! If you are a business person or content creator, …

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Samsung Announces Industry’s First 128GB UFS 2.0 Smartphone Flash Storage

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in developing advanced memory technology, is announcing that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first 128GB ultra-fast embedded memory for next-generation high-end smartphones. The new embedded memory is based on the much-anticipated Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard, which is the most advanced JEDEC-compliant next-generation flash memory storage interface specification in …

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Silicon Motion SM2256 Controller with Samsung TLC NAND Review

Controllers are the heart and soul of every SSD. Without one, an SSD would be a useless PCB with some components slapped on it. It is responsible for everything from garbage collection and wear leveling to error correction and hardware encryption. In simple terms, all these operations can be quite complicated to implement as well as expensive to develop. This …

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