Solid-state drives have improved at breakneck speed since they first gained traction in the consumer space about five years ago. Advancements in controller technology and memory production have made the drives faster, more durable and more affordable by a huge margin. Today’s best SATA drives are several times quicker than their predecessors and enjoy better, more stable drivers.
The pace of progress has been so rapid that the SATA interface traditionally used to connect hard drives has become a bottleneck for many SSDs, despite the introduction of SATA 3.0, also known as SATA 6Gbps, in 2009. Fortunately the major players in the hard drive industry were aware of this problem, and they sat down to create an entirely new standard that can handle the potential for future SSDs. That standard is called Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe).
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