Softened demand for PCs and smartphones coupled with NAND memory bits oversupply has sent prices of 3D NAND memory into a dive in recent quarters. In Q4, global NAND flash revenue dropped staggering 45% year-over-year and 25% quarter-over quarter, according to recent data by TrendForce. And while that dive appears to be leveling off some – TrendForces' analysts forecast that NAND prices declined more modestly in Q1 – it's still bringing NAND to its lowest per-bit costs ever. All of which has meant that SSD prices for end users have been taking a much-welcomed dive, as the core costs of building SSDs continue to decline.
A Lesson in User Failure: Investigating the Serial ATA Connector
We learn about failure prevention when we break a SATA wafer connector64 by Ryan Smith on 1/18/2008
Thermaltake Muse R-Duo: External RAID
Thermaltake sent us their Muse R-Duo for testing, and external enclosure supporting RAID 0/1, USB, and eSATA. We put the device through the performance wringer to see what it...12 by Dave Robinet on 12/14/2007
MTRON MSP 7000 SSD - Raptors Beware
We take a quick first look at the new MTRON 7000 series and come away impressed, again.48 by Gary Key on 12/3/2007
Seagate and Western Digital 1TB Drives: Improved and Green
Hitachi beat everyone to the 1TB drive level, but can these more recent offerings offer a compelling alternative? We'll find out, as Western Digital and Seagate target your green.32 by Dave Robinet on 11/26/2007
Ultra ULT40010: Keeping it Cool
We put Ultra's new HD cooler through the ringer and it barely breaks a sweat.32 by Dave Robinet on 11/2/2007
Transcend TS16GSSD34E: SSD ExpressCard for those on the Go...
We take a look at one of the first ExpressCards featuring SSD technology and will not be giving up our USB thumb drives, just yet.11 by Dave Robinet on 10/25/2007
Transcend 16GB SSD
We put one of Transcend's latest SSD drives through the wringer and look at the benefits and drawbacks of this technology.18 by Dave Robinet on 10/23/2007
ICY DOCK MB664US-1S: eSATA with a twist
ICY DOCK's 12 year quest to build market share continues. Do they have a hit with the MB664?20 by Dave Robinet on 10/9/2007
RAID Primer: What's in a number?
In preparation for some upcoming RAID product reviews, we wanted to provide a brief introduction to the concept of RAID storage setups, what the various levels mean, and the...41 by Dave Robinet on 9/7/2007
MTRON 32GB SSD: Better in a Notebook?
Our early look with a notebook platform and the MTRON 32GB SSD reveals this drive is faster than a speeding bullet. Well almost.25 by Gary Key on 8/17/2007
MTRON SSD 32GB: Wile E. Coyote or Road Runner?
Our preview reveals one very fast SSD drive from MTRON, but how fast depends on whether you are using an Intel or NVIDIA chipset.37 by Gary Key on 8/15/2007
Western Digital SE16 750GB: "Quiet" a Performer
With the prices of 750GB drives falling like a rock, they are finally becoming a realistic option for many buyers. How does Western Digital's offering stack up to the competition?38 by Dave Robinet on 8/9/2007
Galaxy Metal Gear Box 3500SASP - SATA/USB 2.0 Enclosure on a Budget
We take a look at one of the more inexpensive SATA/USB 2.0 enclosures on the market that provides SATA functionality and USB portability.8 by Gary Key on 7/15/2007
ICY DOCK MB559US-1SMB: eSATA Enclosure with Pizzazz
We take a look at ICY DOCK's newest external eSATA/USB 2.0 enclosure and wonder how to keep it clean in a lab full of dirty hands.14 by Gary Key and Dave Robinet on 7/11/2007
Samsung SpinPoint T166 500GB: Cool, Quiet, and Quick
Our first look at Samsung's latest SpinPoint T166 drive reveals a quick and affordable drive... oh yeah, did we mention it was quiet?44 by Gary Key on 7/9/2007
Seagate 7200.10 500GB: Hitting the Sweet Spot
Our updated look at Seagate's mid-range Barracuda 7200.10 desktop series that proves you get performance close to what you pay for today.20 by Gary Key and Dave Robinet on 7/6/2007
Super Talent SSD: 16GB of Solid State Goodness
We provide a first look at the Super Talent SSD16GB25/25M Flash Drive that is designed for the commercial and industrial markets.45 by Gary Key on 5/7/2007
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000: Two Terabyte RAID Redux
We are back with a new test bed to provide an updated but brief review of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0.28 by Gary Key on 4/23/2007
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0: Is Two Terabytes really better than One?
Armed with a retail unit we provide a quick second look at the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 in RAID 0 and wonder what all the fuss is about.49 by Gary Key on 4/19/2007
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000: Terabyte Storage arrives on the Desktop
Our first look at Hitachi's new Deskstar 7K1000 desktop series featuring second generation perpendicular recording technology in a massive 1TB drive.75 by Gary Key on 3/19/2007