Samsung to flood the market

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by fightingfi, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. fightingfi

    fightingfi Look at Me! I need the attention.

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    If the only thing stopping you from replacing your primary storage drive with a large capacity SSD is price, keep your eyes peeled for new products from Samsung. The company said it has started mass producing the industry's first 4-bit quad-level cell (QLC) 4TB SSD for consumers, and hinted that 1TB capacities will be more affordable as a result.

    "Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers," said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president of memory sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics. "As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and to the enterprise, 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will rapidly spread throughout the entire market."

    That "massive move" Samsung envisions won't happen without lower price points, as there are several 1TB and bigger SSDs already on the market. The benefit of transitioning to 4-bit QLC NAND flash memory is efficiency in production.

    Samsung is not the only company making the move the 4-bit QLC chips. Just a few weeks ago, Toshiba announced the development of a prototype sample of 96-layer BiCS flash, the company's proprietary version of 3D NAND, with 4-bit-per-cell technology.

    By expanding the bit count from three to four, QLC memory achieves a much higher capacity. Our only concern is performance. TLC was initially quite a bit slower than MLC NAND, and the move to QLC increases complexity that could lead to reduced write speeds.

    Interestingly, Samsung claims its upcoming 4-bit 4TB QLC SATA SSD maintains the same performance level as a 3-bit SSD, by using a 3-bit SSD controller and TurboWrite technology. More specifically, Samsung says the 4TB SSD delivers read and write speeds of up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively.

    The new 4-bit SSDs will be available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities in the 2.5-inch SATA form factor, though Samsung did not say exactly when or at what price points. Each drive will carry a three-year warranty.
     
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  2. Spartacus09

    Spartacus09 Limp Gawd

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    Question I have is whats the TBW expected to be, especially if the warranty is only 3y.
     
  3. Brahmzy

    Brahmzy [H]ardness Supreme

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    We’re getting there. Very slowly, and expensively. Need 8TB SSDs @ $200...
     
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  4. MickeyBailey

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    Samsung and a Toshiba are several months behind; Intel and Micron have been shipping QLC drives for a few months now.

    Look around at some other hardware sites today, Intel released their consumer QLC drive today and you can buy it.
     
  5. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Heck I'll take a $200 4TB QLC SSD. Maybe a 1/2 dozen.
     
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  6. PGHammer

    PGHammer 2[H]4U

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    The bigger problem is that the flood will be NVMe-based - if you don't have support for it (and that is THE issue going forward - especially in terms of notebooks), you're screwed - you must purchase either new hardware that supports NVMe or an older (and smaller) SATA drive. (I am in exactly that pickle with my notebooks.)
     
  7. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Gimme 4TB at $79.95 and I'll give a shit. Maybe two shits, I don't know, we'll have to see. :D
     
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  8. Spartacus09

    Spartacus09 Limp Gawd

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    You sure? these QLC are SATA III rather than NVMe
    Or do you just mean the higher TBW drives will be nvme?
     
  9. Dermen

    Dermen Limp Gawd

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    It says in the article this years 1, 2 & 4TB Samsung QLC drives will be SATA 2.5" drives. Later they will have QLC NVME drives.

    Intel released QLC NVME drives today. Price is $99 for 512GB and $199 for 1TB. They are entry level NVME drives though so they don't compete with more expensive drives.
     
  10. MickeyBailey

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    NVMe speeds are supported by SLC cache as well, once saturated the performance is ~100MB/s
     
  11. dvsman

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    I'm glad I held off on updating my M.2 setups - if these new ones are cheaper plus more space, it'll be the perfect upgrade for all of my boxes.
     
  12. dawsonkm

    dawsonkm n00bie

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    I do hope they bring out some large and cheap ssds.