SSDs

Western Digital had announced new products in the WD_BLACK lineup back in May 2022 to augment their offerings in the gaming market. The WD_BLACK P40 Game Drive SSD was part of the set, and became widely available last quarter. Western Digital has positioned the portable drive (PSSD) as a mid-range alternative to the premium WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD. Sporting a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20 Gbps) interface, the drive launched at a much lower price point compared to the P50 despite the addition of RGB lighting to the case. What corners has Western Digital cut in this mid-range offering, and what do gamers have to lose in going with the P40 over competing PSSDs? This review provides some answers.

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44 by Ryan Smith on 10/14/2022

SanDisk Professional PRO-G40 Thunderbolt / USB Dual-Mode Portable SSD Review

Western Digital is introducing a new flagship portable SSD today under the SanDisk Professional brand. The PRO-G40 dual-mode PSSD ticks all the right boxes for prosumers, content creators, and...

13 by Ganesh T S on 10/6/2022

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9 by Ryan Smith on 8/4/2022

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44 by Ryan Smith on 8/2/2022

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Phison and Seagate have been collaborating on SSDs since 2017 in the client as well as SMB/SME space. In April 2022, they had announced a partnership to develop and...

15 by Ganesh T S on 8/2/2022

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15 by Ganesh T S on 8/1/2022

Silicon Motion Announces SM8366 PCIe 5.0 x4 NVMe Controller and MonTitan SSD Solutions Platform for Enterprise Storage

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3 by Ganesh T S on 7/28/2022

Micron’s 232 Layer NAND Now Shipping: 1Tbit, 6-Plane Dies With 50% More I/O Bandwidth

Ahead of next week’s Flash Memory Summit, Micron this morning is announcing that their next-generation 232 layer NAND has begun shipping. The sixth generation of Micron’s 3D NAND technology...

18 by Ryan Smith on 7/26/2022

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11 by Ganesh T S on 7/20/2022

Kingston DataTraveler Max UFD Series Review: New Type-A Thumb Drive Retains NVMe Performance

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17 by Ganesh T S on 7/11/2022

SK hynix Releases Platinum P41 SSD: Going Even Faster With PCIe 4 and 176L NAND

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8 by Ryan Smith on 5/19/2022

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6 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2022

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Western Digital is announcing a host of consumer-focused SSD solutions today at its What's Next Western Digital Event. The gaming-focused WD_BLACK is getting the SN850X NVMe SSD and the...

10 by Ganesh T S on 5/9/2022

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10 by Ryan Smith on 4/26/2022

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3 by Ryan Smith on 4/26/2022

Mushkin Redline VORTEX PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Launched: Affordable Flagship

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29 by Ganesh T S on 3/18/2022

Western Digital Introduces WD_BLACK SN770: A DRAM-less PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSD

The initial wave of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs put emphasis on raw benchmark numbers, with power consumption remaining an afterthought. The targeting of high-end desktop platforms ensured that it...

31 by Ganesh T S on 2/2/2022

Intel Sells SSD Business to SK hynix as new Subsidiary Solidigm

In a brief news release from Intel this afternoon, the chip firm has announced that it has closed on the first stage of its deal to sell its SSD...

21 by Ryan Smith on 12/29/2021

Samsung Announces First PCIe 5.0 Enterprise SSD: PM1743, Coming In 2022

Even though CES 2022 is technically still a couple of weeks away, CES-related announcements are already starting to roll in. Among these are Samsung, who is announcing their first...

12 by Ryan Smith on 12/23/2021

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