NVMe roundup

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The very best in su­per-fast stor­age for your PC.

Wel­come to our roundup of the lat­est and great­est con­sumer SSDs on the mar­ket. NVMe drives are the fu­ture of PC stor­age, well and truly in an­other per­for­mance league. While SATA drives still com­mand the lion’s share of the SSD mar­ket, the times, they are a chang­ing. As time goes on, NVMe drives will con­tinue to fil­ter into the main­stream, leav­ing the SATA in­ter­face solely to me­chan­i­cal hard drives.

NVMe - or to use its tongue-twist­ing full name, Non-Volatile Mem­ory Host Con­troller In­ter­face Spec­i­fi­ca­tion (NVMHCIS) - was de­signed from the out­set with sup­port for flash-based drives. These days, most drives come in the M.2 form fac­tor, though NVMe is also sup­ported by PCIe add in cards and the in­creas­ingly rare, but not yet dead U.2 con­nec­tor. The in­dus­try is grav­i­tat­ing towards M.2 as the de facto con­nec­tor though, and we are likely to see this trend con­tinue, mak­ing an M.2 drive a safe in­vest­ment.

We have the big­gest names in the game right here. Sam­sung, In­tel, West­ern Dig­i­tal, and Kingston are all in­dus­try giants, but there are up­com­ing play­ers too, such as Adata, who aim to shake up the sta­tus quo.

Read on as we dive in and an­a­lyse the lat­est in NVMe good­ness.

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