The portable SSD market has seen rapid growth over the last decade. Almost all of the tier-one NAND flash manufacturers have jumped in with multiple offerings, presenting consumers with a wide variety of choices for different budgets and performance requirements. Crucial (Micron's consumer-facing brand) alone has introduced three new products in this category this year - the X9 Pro (1 GBps-class TLC), X10 Pro (2 GBps-class TLC), and the X9 (1 GBps-class QLC) PSSDs. Micron provided us with an opportunity to evaluate the X10 Pro across all available capacity points. Read on for a detailed analysis of the performance profile and value proposition of each X10 Pro SKU.

Crucial T500 Gen4 NVMe SSD: New Flagship Melds Micron 232L 3D TLC and Phison E25

Crucial is unveiling its latest addition to its Gen4 consumer NVMe SSD lineup today - the T500 PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 NVMe SSD. It takes over flagship duties from...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2023

Samsung 990 Pro SSD Gets 4TB Model

When Samsung launched its 990 Pro family of SSDs for retail market last year, it only introduced 1 TB and 2 TB models, surprisingly omitting premium high-capacity 4 TB...

15 by Anton Shilov on 8/24/2023

SK Hynix Shows Off 321-Layer 3D TLC NAND Device

SK Hynix showcased its 321-layer TLC NAND memory at the Flash Memory Summit 2023. The South Korean company is the first NAND maker to publicly demonstrate 3D NAND with...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/9/2023

Kioxia's CD8P SSD Unveiled: Up to 30.72 TB, PCI 5.0 x4 Interface

Hyperscale data centers have very specific requirements for different tiers of storage devices: some tiers need maximum performance, and others demand maximum storage density. Kioxia's new CD8P drives for...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2023

PNY Pro Elite V2 and Elite-X PRO Portable SSDs Review: Performance on a Budget

PNY Technologies is well known in the computing industry for its NVIDIA-based graphics cards, but the company also participates in the DRAM and flash-based storage products markets. In the...

5 by Ganesh T S on 6/30/2023

Western Digital Updates WD Blue Series with SN580 DRAM-less Gen4 NVMe SSD

Western Digital is unveiling its latest addition to the mainstream WD Blue family today - the SN580 NVMe SSD. A DRAM-less PCIe 4.0 x4 drive, it brings in performance...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/28/2023

SK Hynix Starts Production of 238-Layer 3D NAND: 34% Denser with 2.4 GT/s Interface

SK Hynix announced this week that it had started volume production of its 238-layer TLC NAND memory. The new device promises higher bit density and lower NAND bits cost...

5 by Anton Shilov on 6/8/2023

Corsair Launches MP600 Mini: M.2 2230 SSD Brings Big Performance

Corsair has introduced its first ever SSD in an M.2-2230 form-factor that is aimed at ultra-compact systems like Valve's Steam Deck as well as Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 and...

7 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2023

Kioxia and Western Digital Debut 218-Layer 3D NAND: 1Tb TLC with 3.2 GT/s IO Speed

Kioxia and Western Digital formally introduced their 8th Generation BiCS 3D NAND memory with 218 active layers. The new storage device offers a 1Tb capacity in 3D TLC mode...

34 by Anton Shilov on 3/31/2023

NAND Flash Prices Have Dropped Rapidly In Recent Quarters - And So Have SSD Prices

Softened demand for PCs and smartphones coupled with NAND memory bits oversupply has sent prices of 3D NAND memory into a dive in recent quarters. In Q4, global NAND...

20 by Anton Shilov on 3/20/2023

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield 4TB Review: IP65 PSSD Gets a Capacity Upgrade

Samsung has been enjoying market success with their lineup of portable SSDs, starting with the T1 back in 2015. The company has been regularly updating their PSSD lineup with...

13 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2023

SK hynix Announces 238 Layer NAND - Mass Production To Start In H1'2023

As the 2022 Flash Memory Summit continues, SK hynix is the latest vendor to announce their next generation of NAND flash memory at the show. Showcasing for the first...

9 by Ryan Smith on 8/4/2022

Micron’s 232 Layer NAND Now Shipping: 1Tbit, 6-Plane Dies With 50% More I/O Bandwidth

Ahead of next week’s Flash Memory Summit, Micron this morning is announcing that their next-generation 232 layer NAND has begun shipping. The sixth generation of Micron’s 3D NAND technology...

18 by Ryan Smith on 7/26/2022

Samsung Portable SSD T7 Shield Review: Flagship PSSD Gets IP65 Avatar

Samsung's lineup of portable SSDs has enjoyed tremendous success, starting with the T1 back in 2015. The company has been regularly updating their PSSD lineup with the evolution of...

11 by Ganesh T S on 7/20/2022

SK hynix Releases Platinum P41 SSD: Going Even Faster With PCIe 4 and 176L NAND

First introduced back at CES 2022, this morning SK hynix is finally kicking off sales of their new retail consumer SSD, the Platinum P41. The successor to the popular...

8 by Ryan Smith on 5/19/2022

Western Digital Updates WD Blue Series with SN570 DRAM-less NVMe SSD

Western Digital is unveiling its latest addition to the WD Blue family today - the SN570 NVMe SSD. A DRAM-less PCIe 3.0 x4 drive, it brings in performance improvements...

21 by Ganesh T S on 10/4/2021

Next Gen NVMe SD Card Review: The SM2708 Controller Serves it Hot and Fast

Flash-based removable media has a host of use cases in products ranging from content capture devices to portable game consoles. Behind the standards of these is the SD Association...

43 by Ganesh T S on 9/9/2021

SK Hynix Releases 2TB Version of Gold P31 NVMe SSD

Coming off of the popular reception of their first family of retail NVMe SSDs, SK hynix this morning is adding another model to the Gold P31 family: the long-awaited...

32 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2021

The Western Digital WD Black SN850 Review: A Very Fast PCIe 4.0 SSD

Western Digital has rapidly risen to being a top-tier player in the market, and this is no more evident than with their newest high-end SSD, the WD Black SN850.

83 by Billy Tallis on 3/18/2021

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