If you were buying a solid state drive, which of these would be the fastest, most durable type of NAND flash memory?
SLC, MLC, eMLC, TLC?
TSer Cycloid Torus is wondering how much he would benefit from buying an SSD. He doesn't need a speedy boot-up, but his current drive does load Fallout 4 levels painfully slow, raising the suspicion that it might be time to upgrade. Can he expect a performance boost anywhere else? Maybe it's best to go hybrid?
With dozens of hours testing storage devices under our belt in the last year alone, we have a pretty clear idea of what are the top devices you should buy right now, divided into six categories: Best performance SSD, best value SSD, best hard drives, best portable storage, best external storage device and best home/SMB NAS.
A tough act to follow for the competition, even for the likes of Intel, Corsair announced the Force MP500 SSD shortly after the release of the dominating Samsung 960 Series. The Force MP500 is a high-speed NVMe SSD targeting power users available in a variety of capacities: 480GB, 240GB and even a piddly 120GBer.
To test and visualize how storage performance impacts the user experience in real world scenarios we recorded how quickly our Core i7-6700K test system completes various tasks using Samsung’s new 960 Evo 500GB SSD, then compared against the value-minded Crucial MX300 and the WD Red Pro 4TB mechanical hard drive.
"An external SSD that can beat Samsung T3," read the title of an email that I recently received. Curious, of course, I investigated further to find that ADATA was behind the bold claim. Its purported 'T3 destroyer' was also the smallest external SSD you can buy with an IP68 rated shockproof, waterproof and dustproof enclosure.
We liked what we saw when we tested Samsung's SSD 960 Pro a month ago, however we've been waiting for the mainstream bound 960 Evo which should bring similarly impressive throughput for less. Powered by Samsung's Polaris controller coupled with Samsung's 48-layer V-NAND (TLC), sequential read speeds are claimed to be in the order of 3.2GB/s plus 1.9GB/s writes which is impressive.
With dozens of hours testing storage devices under our belt in the last year alone, we have a pretty clear idea of what are the top devices you should buy right now, divided into five categories: Best performance SSD, best value SSD, best hard drives, best external storage device and best home/SMB NAS.