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Understanding SSDs: Why SSDs hate write amplification

I often tell people that SSDs work better with more free space, so anything that increases free space will keep WA lower. The two key ways to expand free space (thereby decreasing WA) are to 1) increase over provisioning and 2) keep more storage space free (if you have TRIM support).

Samsung begins mass-production of enterprise DDR4 memory

Samsung has begun mass production of the "industry's most advanced" DDR4 memory, destined for the next-generation of enterprise servers and data centers. The company is touting their DRAM as being the highest performing yet, while also reducing power consumption significantly…

Samsung begins producing faster, more reliable 3D Vertical NAND

Samsung have announced today they have begun mass-producing an improved version of NAND flash memory, known as 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND), that's said to overcome the scaling limits with traditional NAND. The company revamped their Charge Trap Flash architecture to…

Micron closes $2 billion acquisition of memory maker Elpida

Micron Technology is now the second largest suppliers of mobile memory chips in the world after closing on a deal to purchase Japan-based Elpida. Terms of the deal, which has been in the works since mid-2012, weren’t publically disclosed although…

Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review: Topping Performance and Reliability

While the Samsung 830 Series and many of its year-old peers may still be attractive, Samsung is ready to move on to bigger and better things. Their new flagship offering, the SSD 840 Pro, is said to refine the 830 Series' firmware with faster random and sustained performance as well as improved reliability.

Since most SSD competitors use the same rehashed components, Samsung has been in a unique position to shake things up over the last few years, and it's done a fine job. We had nearly no expectations for 2010's 470 Series, but we were pleasantly surprised when it dominated our performance charts. Last year's 830 Series gave a repeat performance, so we can only hope the same of the 840 Pro.

Germany increases tax on flash storage by roughly 2,000%

Germans can expect to pay a hefty premium on USB drives and memory cares as the nation raises taxes on flash storage by roughly 2,000%, according to Heise Online (translated). ZPÜ, the office tasked with setting levies against blank media, has reportedly increased the taxes...

Vertex 4 firmware update inbound, doubles writes on 128GB model

OCZ has announced a new firmware update that boosts performance of fourth-generation Vertex drives by up to 110% in certain situations. The update (v1.4RC) increases 128KB sequential reads from 535MB/s to 550MB/s on 128GB, 256GB and 512GB Vertex 4s, while…

Crucial Adrenaline Review: SSD Cache for your Traditional Disk Drive

Last January, Crucial announced the Adrenaline SSD series. Not meant to replace their existing and well regarded m4 drives, the Adrenaline is a cache solution meant to work along your existing disk drive, using a 50GB SSD to act as solid state flash-based cache for your larger primary hard drive.

The Adrenaline doesn't require any special drivers as it uses the SATA interface, it can be installed at any point and can therefore be fitted to any computer without the need to reinstall Windows.