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Samsung Unleashes New Era of 3-bit V-NAND SSDs

SEOUL, South Korea – December 8, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 EVO, the latest addition to its branded solid state drive (SSD) line-up. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, the 850 EVO SSD provides a significant boost in performance and endurance as compared to its predecessor, making it ideal for use in mainstream PCs. With the slogan of “a new caliber of performance & endurance,” the new drive will be globally launched in a total of 53 countries in the United States, Europe and Asian markets later this month. “We are thrilled to be providing users with an improved computing experience through the new 850 EVO SSDs,” said Unsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of the Branded Product Marketing team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to introduce V-NAND-based SSDs in a variety of form factors, while accelerating the growth of the global SSD market.” While the Samsung 850 PRO SSD that launched in July uses 2-bit 3D V-NAND for professional use in high-end client PCs and small- and medium-sized enterprise servers, the 850 EVO is built with 3-bit 3D V-NAND technology. This makes it more suitable for general consumer use in devices such as notebook and gaming PCs. With the introduction of the 850 EVO, Samsung launches the next iteration of its consumer SSD product line-up with new V-NAND-based SSDs. The Samsung 850 EVO series comes in 1TB, 500GB, 25...



Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

We've seen some very impressive SSDs from Samsung in the recent past, as they've gone to considerable lengths to indeed push those boundaries, offering consumers something very special that can't be found elsewhere with other SSDs: RAPID Mode. Sounds like marketing jingo, we agree, but you'd be wrong to dismiss this one. RAPID Mode is unlike anything you've seen before, promising astonishing performance increases. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 500GB and see just what this SSD can do.



Samsung Jumps into Memory Card Market

Today, tech giant Samsung announced it’s jumping into the retail memory market, looking to make a big splash with new Samsung-branded memory cards. Expecting to capitalize on its market position as an industry leader, Samsung is launching an entirely new lineup of SD and micro-SD cards geared to mainstream, enthusiasts, and professionals with the Standard, EVO, and PRO models, a naming convention which appears to follow the company’s popular SSD lineup. With capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB, and speeds up to a blistering 90mB/s, the products have been branded for easy recognition to consumers, easily identifying the difference between recommended phone, tablet, and camera uses, depending on your needs for various media uses.   Standard The Standard model offers solid mobile performance and is a must-have for mobile phones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras and mid-range camcorders. It’s the smart choice for storing more music, photos, videos and apps. EVO The EVO model boasts ultra-high-speed performance and is the preferred memory card for your smartphones, tablets, full HD (FHD) camcorders and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Its ultra-fast performance brings you improved data transfer of more photos and videos on your mobile devices and high-resolution photo and video capturing on your cameras and camcorders. PRO The PRO model delivers extremely high performance speeds and reliability for premium smartphones, tablets, FHD camcorders a...



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB

The OCZ Vector 450 is today's topic of discussion, and the M10 derivative of the Barefoot 3 controller promises top performance at a more affordable price point than the flagship OCZ Vector model as well. Replacing the Vertex 4, the new Vertex 450 looks to chew through incompressible data, unlike the competition's SandForce-controller drives. So how does the performance of the Vertex 450 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



VisionTek Data Fusion PCI-Express 240GB

While the VisionTek GRX drive is certainly suitable for home or office use, there's also opportunity to employ it in a mail server or other IT applications. The GRX drive is bootable, and with claims of 800MB/s and 100,000 IOPS, such speed is typically expensive, but this PCI-E SSD currently retails for only $380 for the 240GB version. Sounds very tempting to us.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from OCZ, the Vertex 3.20. It's an interesting move because we've seen the Vertex 4 already from OCZ, so is this "new" drive a step backwards? Not really, according to OCZ. This drive shares the same features as its predecessor, showcasing the popular SandForce 2281 controller, but this latest version now comes with 20nm NAND flash memory.



 
 
 
 
 

Kingston V300 240GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Agility 4 256GB

The interesting thing about the Agility 4 is the Everest controller looks to offer nearly enthusiast-classed performance, particularly in incompressible data, at a much lower price point than we typically see. Currently retailing for only $189 in the 256GB capacity ($100 for 128GB), that's only $0.73 per GB and a very attractive deal. But how does the performance of the OCZ Agility 4 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Click through to find out.



 
 
 
 
 

VisionTek Racer 480GB SSD

Introduction With SSD prices getting lower in recent months, more and more people are making the switch to the SSD platform. So it’s not entirely surprising to see VisionTek moving into the SSD market. While VisionTek has been around for years and are very well known for making ATI/AMD graphic cards, the company appears to be jumping on the SSD bandwagon with their Racer Series of SSDs. We recently had the opportunity to look at another Racer Series SSD from VisionTek. This time we have the 480GB version on the bench, and it’s the largest capacity drive in the Racer series. The last time we tested a Racer Series SSD it did not disappoint, and we expect this big 480GB model to rip through data as well. The VisionTek Racer series SSDs have featured the latest SandForce SF-2281 Controller and impressive Toshiba Toggle MCL NAND. This should translate into big numbers, but we will have to get it on the bench and see. Let’s dive in.





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