Adata XPG SX8200 Pro (M.2)

Adata's XPG SX8200 Pro is a successor to the SX8200 (without the 'Pro' designation). Improvements over the non-Pro are mainly due to a newer-version controller from Silicon Motion. Memory Type, Controller and Cache Like its predecessor, the XPG SX8200 Pro uses 3D (stacked) TLC (triple-level cell) … Continue reading

Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD

As the name implies, Gigabyte's Aorus RGB NVMe M.2 SSD is a drive with added bling in the form of RGB LEDs. It's not the first RGB-equipped SSD, but it is quite possibly the fastest option so far (2019). It also comes with a heatsink. In addition to this M.2 variant, Gigabyte also offers the drive … Continue reading

Crucial P1 NVMe QLC SSD

As of early 2019, the Crucial P1 is one of few SSDs that uses QLC, or quad-level cell, NAND Flash memory. This makes it an entry-level alternative among other drives using the PCI Express/NVMe interface/protocol. Performance and endurance ratings are lower than average in the segment, but in … Continue reading


Update: HP released an updated version of this SSD by the name EX950 in early 2019. For a long time, HP has been a big name in the server segment, but standalone storage products aimed at consumers have not been a priority. This changes with mainstream SSDs such as the HP EX920, which is a … Continue reading


HP made a somewhat unexpected appearance in this segment in 2018, with the launch of its mainstream/high-end M.2 SSD HP EX920. With this successor for 2019, known as the EX950, HP takes up the competition with other recently updated SSDs such as the Samsung 970 EVO Plus and the WD Black … Continue reading

Intel Optane SSD 800P (M.2)

Intel's Optane SSDs, including the 800P, are difficult to categorize and compare to competing drives. The main reason is that the Optane lineup uses another type of memory chips. Instead of the usual varieties of NAND flash, Intel uses its proprietary 3D XPoint memory modules, which comes with a … Continue reading

Intel SSD 760p (M.2 NVMe PCIe)

The Intel SSD 760p is a successor to the SSD 600p, which was one of Intel's first – and successful – attempts at entering the value area of the M.2 NVMe segment. While it uses the same type of memory as its predecessor, the 760p is considerably faster in practically every aspect. Memory Type, … Continue reading

MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro NVMe M.2 SSD

MyDigitalSSD might not be the most well-known brand in storage, but offers a more or less complete range of SSDs with attractive specs – and at attractive price points. Some highlights of the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro include high sequential performance and phenomenal endurance ratings. Memory … Continue reading

Patriot Viper VPN100 (PCIe NVMe)

Viper is a gaming-focused brand from Patriot – a well-known name in memory products including RAM and SSDs. Released in 2019, the Viper VPN100 is Patriot's first entry in the high-end M.2 SSD form factor, using a Phison controller and 3D TLC NAND. Other distinguishing features include an external … Continue reading

Samsung 960 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD

Samsung's 960 PRO is an M.2 SSD the enthusiast/prosumer segment that uses MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory. Since this is a more expensive (and better performing) memory type – and most competitors now use inexpensive TLC NAND instead – this drive has a performance advantage compared to … Continue reading

Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD

Update: Since early 2019, a newer model of this drive is available. See our page about the successor 970 EVO Plus.Samsung's 970 EVO has dominated the consumer SSD market throughout 2018 and will likely continue to do so in 2019. Some of the reasons are high performance, a reputation for … Continue reading

Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe

The 970 EVO was the best-selling SSD in the M.2 segment throughout 2018 and in 2019, Samsung updated it with the 970 EVO Plus. Compared to the predecessor, only the NAND modules have changed, but this has affected performance. Overview: Memory Type, Controller and Cache The primary difference … Continue reading

Samsung 970 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD

Unlike most competitors, Samsung still insists on building consumer-oriented SSDs with MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash. This is a more expensive type of memory that – all other things equal – offers much better endurance as well as performance compared to the more common TLC NAND.  … Continue reading

Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD

RD is supposedly short for RevoDrive – a well-known brand name in add-in card SSDs. It was originally owned by OCZ, which was subsequently acquired by Toshiba. Now the RevoDrive legacy lives on in the M.2 form factor, but the RD400 is actually available with an add-in card adapter, leaving you … Continue reading

Transcend MTE 220S (PCIe)

The Transcend MTE220S is a 4-lane PCI Express NVMe SSD in the M.2 (2280) form factor. The manufacturer has yet to publish complete information about this drive, but we will update this page once it becomes available. Here's what we know so far. Memory type, Controller and Cache Transcend has … Continue reading

WD Black 2018 M.2 NVMe SSD

Update: A newer model of this drive is now available, see our page on the WD Black SN750 for more information.WD Black is a trademark used by Western Digital to signify its high-end lineup of storage devices. One of the unfortunate results of this strategy is that this M.2 PCIe x4 NVMe SSD … Continue reading