Computex: where are the new SSD?




It’s a bit quiet around SSDs pending various transitions. Some manufacturers are waiting for tlc-nand, others wait again crystallize new connector standards and we all wait for nvme. The two major manufacturers, Samsung and Micron / Crucial, incidentally, were not present at Computex.

OCZ: budget drive Trion

OCZ Trion 100 OCZ has announced its Trion 100 Series SSD’s. The series consists of 2.5 “drives with capacities from 120GB to 960GB. The drives are Toshiba’s own tcl-nand made on the A19 process used. This flash memory is controlled by a ‘Toshiba’ Alishan controller, which is actually largely a controller Phison:. the result of close cooperation between the two, even from the time of hard drives An interesting detail is that it is not selected OCZ’s own Indilinx Barefoot controller That series controllers will be no more. developed, because they are not suitable for smaller flash chips or tlc-nand.

OCZ 6300-raid setup: iops OCZ also showed a nvme drive: Z-drive 6300. It is equipped with a mini-SAS connector and must above all business applications will run. The drives would transfer rates up to 2900MB / s should be able to get. OCZ had a demo setup, but there were eight drives in a RAID setup. IOMeter showed an insane 595.333iops at a transfer rate of 2325MB / s. Now we are waiting for consumer versions.

Plextor: first Budget but highend coming

Plextor M6V Plextor also chose to expand budget series. The company has its M6V in three versions on offer: the M6V as 2.5 “drive, the mSATA M6MV in the series and M6GV, involving the Pattern 2 drives of the series they have. Silicon Motion Controller on board and are available in capacities up to 512GB.

For release later this year, Q3 even if all goes well, is planned M7E. These are PCI-E drives with a x4 connector, in theory for a bandwidth of 2000MB / s. That get the drives, but the Marvell 88SS9293 would allow speeds up to 1400MB / s. The writing ability is dependent and varies from 650MB / s to 1000MB / s, respectively for the 256GB version, the 512GB version and 1024GB model.

Plextor M7E

Both M6V drives as the M7E-SSDs using 15nm-nand Toshiba, but TLC is used in the first, and will be used in the more expensive MLC drives. To his budget line still give the necessary attraction, Plextor has included three tools: PlexTurbo 3 PlexVault and PlexCompressor. The first uses up to 16GB SLC-NAND to write faster. The second is useful to create a secret folder and the third little compresses files used to create more room.

Sandisk: portable

SanDisk Extreme and Extreme 500 900 Portable Portable Sandisk came during Computex with news of a new SSD, but in doing so it was only for external flash storage. We call rather not SSD, yet portable Extreme 900 interesting. Namely that drive has a USB 3.1 port which both classical type alpha and c-type cables are supplied with. The drive, with capacities up to almost two terabytes would speeds up to 850MB / s must provide.

The little brother of the 900 is the Extreme 500. That is a lot smaller and “ruggedized” so that he can take a beating. The USB 3.0-gate behind a rubber cover and would transfer rates up to 415MB / s possible. The maximum capacity of 480GB is also a lot less. The entry-level model, with 120GB on board, goes hundred dollars.

Transcend: metal and rumors

Even when we saw no new Transcend SSDs, but we picked an interesting rumor. In the second half of the year the company was a new version of their budget-SSD, the SSD370, want to bring with tlc instead of mlc nand. That should lower the price, but to what extent is not yet known. Until then we have to do with the 370, which now no longer a plastic, but comes with an aluminum housing.

SSD with NFC

Apacer SSD NFC Finally, an honorable mention for Apacer SSD which foresaw an NFC chip, so it can be secured with a phone. The idea is that the drive can not boot up in an app on a phone via NFC valid password has been passed. It works only with a password, not with full encryption. Well you get the app as a bonus the ability to read from the smart drive status.



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