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Toshiba THNSNF256GCSS 'Thin Sniff' 256GB SSD Preview

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 30, 2013 7:10 am
Manufacturer: Toshiba

Toshiba THNSNF256GCSS 256GB SSD

 

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Here we get our first look at the Toshiba THNSNF256GCSS drive. It's a system builder drive so there isn't a box for us to mull over and the drive itself is fairly plain and lacks the big in your face color scheme of a typical retail selling drive.

 

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It's basically an SSD designed for endurance and low cost. This one just happens to be pretty quick and packs some cool features.

 

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The GCSS model is a 7mm design.

 

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Inside we found a thermal pad on each chip.

 

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Here we see the empty space for a DRAM chip. This is significant because the only modern SSD design without a DRAM buffer comes from LSI SandForce.

 

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All of the chips are on the top side of the drive. There are eight NAND flash chips in total.

 

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The controllers are labeled with both Toshiba and Marvell. We know Toshiba built the firmware. We think Marvell just spun the hardware to Toshiba's specs.

 

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Toshiba's 19nm Toggle 2 flash. We're starting to see this die size in more products as the existing supply of 24nm starts to fade away.

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