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  1. TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan 500GB 2.5 SATA SSD Review

    I should add that I've seen reviews of it like TPU's showing MLC and in fact I had someone with one show me one with MLC - 48L from Samsung, to be specific. And TPU also had 64L TLC from Samsung I believe. That type of older/inferior flash is often found in the L5 Lite 3D and other budget drives...
  2. TeamGroup T-Force Vulcan 500GB 2.5 SATA SSD Review

    Oops, missed this review. Adding some extra detail. Very good drive - basically a Crucial MX500 clone. The MX500 often comes with 96L flash now (which is also denser, but has twice the planes). Team's coding here is clearly from Intel/Micron with the "01T" meaning 1Tb packages (x4 = 512GiB)...
  3. Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

    For those wondering at the difference between this and the 970 EVO Plus: 64L vs. 96L (92L) TLC. You can't go by set layers as there will be dummy layers to reduce wordline program disturb etc. In any case, the program time of these two is about the same (500µs for 2-bit MLC, 200µs+ for TLC in...
  4. XPG SX8100NP 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

    Extra note on this: Looks like the upcoming ADATA Falcon will be a DRAM-less version of this drive with a heatspreader, that is RTS5762DL (HMB).
  5. XPG SX8100NP 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

    Well, these drives are designed around a very large, dynamic SLC cache which makes them oriented at consumer workloads. They won't be as consistent, especially when fuller or after sustained writes, and the endurance will potentially be lower (although that's generally not a significant factor...
  6. XPG SX8100NP 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

    Only 128MB of DRAM on this drive (64M x 16b) which is par for the course on the higher-end Realtek drives, which includes the SX8100, S40G (RGB w/heatsink), and SX8800 (single-sided). Their lower-end offerings are DRAM-less with HMB. DRAM on consumer drives is typically used for caching...
  7. SSD Basics

    I recently created a guide addressing SSD basics that I feel is worth posting here. It likely covers almost any question someone would have about how a SSD works, although it's open to expansion over time.
  8. SSD Review Format Discussion

    I think responsiveness is key. I work with a ton of machines and SSDs - I can tell the difference between a DRAM and DRAM-less SATA drive when first setting up a machine, for example. With longer use I can tell between SATA and NVMe, but it's usually not drastic. SLC, even in its simulated mode...
  9. SSD Review Format Discussion

    There are a couple of things that absolutely need to be tested on SSDs: SLC/MLC caching. Static vs. dynamic, size of the cache, etc . While the manufacturer may offer this information to the reviewer it's nice to see it actually tested, specifically with regard to my next point. AnandTech and...
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