Adata SU900 Ultimate (2.5″ SATA)

Low-cost triple-level cell (TLC) NAND has become the standard memory type for SSDs in recent years. But with the SU900 Ultimate (released in -16), Adata deliberately opted for higher-end 3D MLC (multi-level cell) NAND. All other things equal, this should result in improved performance and … Continue reading

Crucial MX500 (2.5″ SATA)

The Crucial MX500 has been a top seller in the 2.5" SATA segment since its launch in late 2017. It uses 3D TLC, or triple-level cell NAND, making it a direct competitor to the also popular Samsung 860 EVO from the same time frame. Memory Type, Controller and Cache Just like many other … Continue reading

Mushkin Source (2.5″ SATA)

The Source is Mushkin's entry in the very competitive entry-level 2.5" SATA segment. It was released in 2018 and uses affordable triple-level cell (TLC)  3D (vertically stacked) NAND memory chips. Memory Type, Controller and Cache As of 2018/2019, all entry-level SSDs use either TLC … Continue reading

Samsung 860 EVO SATA SSD

All drives in Samsung's EVO series use TLC (triple-level cell) NAND – a more affordable type of memory chips compared to the MLC NAND used in the Pro series and other high-end drives. Since they use an additional bit per cell, manufacturing is more efficient, resulting (or should result) in a … Continue reading

Samsung 860 PRO SATA SSD

What mainly separates the drives in Samsung's PRO and EVO lineups is the memory type used. While the EVO drives uses more affordable and less durable TLC (triple-level cell) NAND, the PRO series is equipped with MLC (multi-level cell) NAND, which also performs better in general.As of 2019, the … Continue reading

SanDisk Ultra 3D (2.5″ SATA)

The SanDisk Ultra 3D is an entry-level 2.5" SATA SSD that was released in parallel with Western Digital's WD Blue (SanDisk is owned by Western Digital). In other words, these two drives are identical in all but name. As this drive's name implies, it is based on 3D NAND of the TLC (triple-level … Continue reading

Seagate IronWolf 110

Seagate's Ironwolf series consists mainly of conventional hard drives, but the manufacturer is now also adding SSDs to the mix. The series is aimed at NAS (network-attached storage) usage, mainly by only including high-capacity drives in the product lineup, as well as Seagate's proprietary … Continue reading