Consumer SSD Reviews
SSD reviews span both consumer and enterprise SSD reviews forming an umbrella over SATA, SAS, mSATA and M.2 SSDs. Consumer SSD reviews focus on SSDs engineered for use in client computers. We also offer a section for client PCIe storage reviews which covers high throughput flash and caching solutions. For help deciding on an SSD for your system or to get support, please post to our SSD Forums.
by Brian Beeler

OCZ Vertex 2 Review (120GB)

SandForce rocked the SSD world with the debut of their SF-1200 processor a few months ago. While the Intel X25-M SSD held its own for a long time against the SSDs from most mainstream competitors, SandForce-enabled drives were able to catch up overnight. In this review we take a look at the 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 powered by the SandForce SF-1200 controller. 

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by David Rasnake

Kingston SSDNow V Review (SNV425-S2)

The Kingston SSDNow V Series drive (SNV425-S2) represents the manufacturer's entry-level consumer solid state drive. Built in three capacities (30, 64, and 128GB), the V Series drives are designed as an upgrade option for those seeking the performance of an SSD, but at a lower price point than the current crop of enthusiast- and enterprise-centric solid state drives.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel X25-V SSD Review (40GB)

The 40GB X25-V is part of Intel’s new Value SSD line which aims to merge both performance and value for consumers who are starting to think about upgrading to a SSD, or want to use an SSD as a boot drive. Right now this new SSD has a retail price of $125, making it the cheapest Intel SSD, and half as much as the 80GB X25-M model. While advertised performance stats of 170MB/s read and 35MB/s write don’t exactly turn a lot of heads, should you consider picking one of these up? Read our review to find out.

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by Brian Beeler

Plextor SSD Review (PX-128M1S 128GB)

This year we have seen a number of companies enter the widely expanding world of solid state drives. For this review Plextor is at the center of attention, who has recently released their first generation SSDs. The models include the 64GB PX-64M1S and the 128GB PX-128M1S, with our review focused on the 128GB model. How well will this model stack up against the completion? Read our full review to find out.

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by Brian Beeler

Intel X25-M SSD Review (160GB)

 Intel’s X25-M SSD is the current industry standard holding the title as one of the best flash storage drives money can buy. Last year Intel made their best drive even better by decreasing the flash manufacturing process from 50nm to 34nm, substantially reducing the cost of the SSD and making the X25-M even more affordable for consumers. Read our full review to see how well the 160GB Intel X25-M performed in our tests.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Kingston SSDNow V+ Review (SNVP325-S2)

The SSDNow V+ Series SSD (SNVP325-S2) from Kingston is their second generation prosumer, performance oriented SSD offered as a standalone drive and with an upgrade kit in capacities up to 512GB. This model supports read speeds up to 230MB/s and write speeds up to 180MB/s. With TRIM support and prices starting under $200 for a 64GB model, this SSD could be the perfect blend of price and performance.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue SSD Review

Western Digital is the first of the hard drive manufacturers to embrace SSD technology. Their new SiliconEdge Blue SSD is a mainstream SSD available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities, and claim 250MB/s sequential read and 170MB/s write speeds.

The drives feature MLC flash, custom TRIM support, SATA II interface, 3-year warranty, and an impressive 130,000 hours testing in the Western Digital R&D labs. But with Intel sitting in the driver's seat of the mainstream SSD category, is Western Digital's first SSD effort enough to warrant serious consideration? 

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