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  1. When I friend was looking for an SSD upgrade, I took advantage of it and sold my 'pedestrian' SATA SSD and replaced it with Samsung 950Pro connected via an adapter in a PCIEx16 slot. It took some wrangling but the drive is bootable on a Z87 board and is generally working fine. I ran some benchmark with Crystal DIsk Mark etc and they are more or less in line with reviews. However, when doing simple tasks, I'm not entirely impressed - for example I recently downloaded a zipped file - a compressed linux image. (650MB uncompressed) I wanted to unzip to the same folder and saw speed around 2-3MB/s, not exactly what I expected. The same goes for very small files - something that I'd expect to be instant. I check the activity monitor and CPU was hardly used, so clearly it is the SSD that's bottlenecking somehow? Finally I have 24GB RAM so I would expect Windows 10 to take advantage of that to cache recent files in RAM (such as the one I just downloaded)? Is there a way to investigate what's going on? I should probably add that while there is no radiator, the SSD is pretty well ventillated and running benchmark for longer indicates that there is no throttling even under have load for at least 10 minutes. The rest of the system: CPU i5 3.4GHz quad core 24GB DDR3 #1600Mhz c: - 256gb Samsung 950 Pro PCIE 3.0 x4 d: 4 way raid-0 - 4 x 500gb Sandisk Ultra II SATA SSD s: - 3TB backup HDD (nightly backups of d: and some folders on c: using CrashPlan - I temporarily turned it off, but no change) As you can see I have spare disks attached so I could create an image and perhaps reformat with a different stripe size perhaps?
  2. Hi All, I am looking to purchase a NAS system that I can plug in a few SSD into. I mainly want it for pictures, videos and work documents. I am thinking of purchasing the Synology ds1515+ with 5 Samsung 850 Pro 2TB. Will this work? Thanks
  3. There was a study presented on Google's datacenter SSDs as of late: Conclusions are interesting: SLC not more reliable than MLC 20-63% of SSDs develop a uncorrectable error in the first 4 years and 30-80% develop at least 1 bad block Drives tend to have few or many bad blocks Replacement rates for SSDs is lower, but their rate of errors is higher Anyways, the full study is worth reading. I suppose though that there is no real benefit in keeping SLC.
  4. Are we going to see a flood of NVMe SSDs this year? I think we've reached the point now where there are going to be more mainstream SSDs. I am hoping that the price premium goes away (ex: price per GB is comparable to say, an SSD 850 Pro). I would like to see 4k Rnadom @QD1 performance go up. The new drives look plenty fast too - RevoDrive 400:
  5. CrazyElf


    I'm curious, we seem to have a considerable market now for MLC and TLC 3D NAND that is typically in the 40 nm range.. for flash size. Is there any 3D NAND plans for SLC? Or is SLC dying to such an extent that there seems to be a loss of interested for SLC in general, even for the most write intensive applications?
  6. Hey folks! I'd like to kill two birds with one stone and upgrade my OS from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (with a clean install) and "freshen" my SSDs at the same time. I have 4 x 256G Samsung 840 Pro SSDs in hardware RAID 5 (LSI 9750-8i) and it was quite fast and responsive when I first installed my OS but now it's kinda... meh... As we all know TRIM isn't supported in hardware RAID and GC isn't as efficient. Supposedly, Samsung's GC runs when system is idle and people have said for it work you need to have the system running but logged out (as oppose to just locked) but I have my system on 24/7 and only locked when away... that's a lot of degradation in performance. Anyway, I'd need to know if anyone with experience with SSDs and hardware RAID recommends any certain action to be performed prior to re-installing an OS, other than a straight-up formatting. Something to return each individual SSD to the original "new" state or as close to it as possible. Thank yoo! E71
  7. The Samsung SSD 850 PRO gives enthusiasts about everything they could want in a single SATA SSD. Like drives before it, Samsung has infused the SSD 850 PRO with new technology to make it a class leader in terms of performance, endurance and warranty. Samsung SSD 850 PRO Review
  8. I've got a Samsung 850 EVO SSD (500G) on a windows 10 system. SSD is connected as non-boot drive for now Firmware is EMT01B6Q and Samsung Magician (4.9) fails when I try to update to EMT02B6Q. I've tried the Samsung Magician Secure Erase and it still fails. Is there another way to update the firmware, perhaps DOS based, like the Secure Erase? If I don't update will this cause problems with Windows 10?
  9. Hi, I have a spare Samsung EVO 840 500 GB SATA III SSD. I'd like to buy another - Samsung EVO 850 then - and stripe them to a performant RAID 0 array. I expect around ~600 MB/s from a Thunderbolt 2 enclosure. Hower I only can find one that you can buy empty: The AKiTiO Thunder2 Duo Pro Are there alternatives? As I don't know the brand and the design of it. Thanks!
  10. Newegg is selling the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD 250GB for $78 and free shipping, with the coupon code: ESCKKAX23. Our review of the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD
  11. The prices of older SATA SSD have really gone down now. I have a RAID-1 of 2x 3TB HDDs as scratch storage for Steam games, mp3s, ripped movies etc I am not even getting close to 1TB - lot's of games installed that I haven't played for a couple of years so I could go even lower, but 1TB is a convenient size where I won't have to worry about what to keep. I am really tempted to get 2 x 'cheap' 500GB drives and RAID-0 them. Currently 2 480/500/512GB drives are actually cheaper than a single 1TB one and you get better performance (and way better than HDDs) I'm not too worried about losing data as I can re download most of the data and for the rest it is backed up in 3 other places. Altogether it seem like a no-brainer to go ahead and do it. Any downsides to this? Obviously with m2 SSD already available this is not very future proof, but to get advantage of m2, I would need to change the motherboard and the CPU etc so not really feasible.
  12. hi i really like this forum and i read many review about ssd i would like if storage review is willing to make some reliability test about ssds there are so many tests around , some put the samsung ssd at the top , another the intel someone makes a huge different between MLC SSD and TLC NAND thanks cheers sorry for my poor english
  13. Newegg has the OCZ Trion 100 960GB SSD for $300 and free shipping. Our review of the new OCZ Trion 100 Series
  14. The benchmarks of SSDs like the Intel 750 suggest speeds approaching those of RAM-Disks. The problem of course is, does this have that much value for consumers, who mostly do read-heavy applications (probably the most important benchmark then would be the Read @ 4k, probably at queue depths of 1 and 2. The big advantage I see is mostly in the field of sequential benchmarks, where we have seen huge leaps in terms of performance. Boot speed and "application smoothness" don't seem to be improving that much. It's mostly storage intensive stuff that sees the benefit, although I suppose if it's super write intensive, then an SLC SSD or perhaps a RAM Disk is still needed.
  15. DealsADay is selling the Samsung 850 EVO SSD for $100 Our review of the Samsung 850 EVO SSD.
  16. Newegg is selling a 250GB Crucial BX100 SATA SSD for $80 with this mail-in rebate. Our review of the Crucial BX100 SSD
  17. via eBay is selling a 256GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD for $120 Our review of the Samsung 850 Pro SSD
  18. Fry's is selling the 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD for $89 price in cart Our review of the Samsung 850 EVO SSD
  19. Newegg is selling a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD for $170 using the coupon code "MBL150408" Our review of the Samsung 850 EVO SSD
  20. Newegg is selling the 480GB Intel 730 MLC SSD for $210 limit 2 per customer. Our review of the 480GB Intel 730 MLC SSD
  21. Today, Intel launched the SSD 730, a new enthusiast-grade SSD designed with the most intensive client workloads possible in mind. The 730 is highlighted by its specially qualified 3rd generation Intel controller, 20nm NAND, and optimized firmware. Intel has also stepped up its game with their new SSD by factory overclocking these components, pushing the limits of performance by increasing its controller speed by 50% as well as offering a 20% boost in NAND bus speed. Intel SSD 730 Series Review
  22. The WD Black2 deserves plaudits for its innovative design. Unfortunately outside of fringe use cases, there aren't many applications where this configuration is a perfect fit. The high launch MSRP and the lack of Mac support further limits its potential. WD Black2 SSD/HDD Review
  23. Hi guys how are you? I`m going to the USA next month and i`ll buy a new high capacity SSD for me I live in Brazil and here one of 1TB or 960GB SSD is something about 3x the price that we pay at the USA So i saw this both SSD`s and wanna know what`s the best choice, and of course, if you have some more advice fell free to post here I saw the 850 Pro but it`s a little expensive , but you are the expert guys, i wanna the best option with a good price, i saw this both but i do not know so much about the SSD`s, and i saw the crucial M550 too with 1 TB Well it`s up to you guys, wich you decide i`ll get for me, you are the experts Thanks guys
  24. Crucial M500 CT240M500SSD1 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Drive features Marvell controller, 7mm drive height and Micron's 20nm MLC NAND. Crucial M500 SSD Review
  25. [Apologies if this seems misplaced. I don't see a forum on RAID configuration.] I'm configuring a RAID on SSDs. It happens to be 3 drives in a RAID 5, but this is a fairly generic question. I had the idea that I could reduce stripe read-modify-write operations and write amplification by using a segment size of 4k (which equates to a stripe size of 8k, in my case). Then, I build the filesystem with a block size that matches the stripe size. The only downside I can see is the overhead of using such a small stripe size, if the controller is too dumb to combine a sequence of 4k reads into fewer, larger reads. The reason I care about performance of small writes is that this filesystem will be used for software builds, among other things. This involves frequently creating large numbers of small/medium-sized files. From what I can tell, this isn't a very common practice, but I suspect the tendency towards large stripe sizes is a legacy of mechanical disk drives and simple controlers. My RAID "controller" is Linux software RAID (mdadm). Any thoughts?