Consumer SSD Reviews
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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Vector SSD Review

The OCZ Vector is a new client SSD designed to appeal to mainstream and high-performance enthusiasts. The Vector is designed around OCZ's Barefoot 3 controller and firmware, finally giving OCZ a near end-to-end in-house solution, which means improved reliability and support for consumers. This is OCZ though, and if we know anything about the company it's that they like to ensure their high-end SSDs have top-tier performance. The case is no different with the Vector, which brings burst sequential reads and writes of 550MB/s and 530MB/s to the table, along with random read and write IOPS of 100,000 and 95,000 respectively. OCZ calls this scale of performance the "fastest sustained computing experience there is;" a point that may be hard to argue in many cases as we dive into this review.

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 335 Series Review

The Intel SSD 335 Series is a progressive update of the SSD 330, which was released in April of this year. Aside from minor software changes, the only major iterative difference with the SSD 335 is the NAND. Where the SSD 330 used 25nm MLC NAND, the SSD 335 takes advantage of a die shrink, thus using Intel's 20nm MLC NAND. All other hardware components remain the same, including the SandForce SF-2281 controller and SATA 6Gb/s interface. From a performance perspective, the SSD 335 still offers burst throughput of 500MB/s read and 450MB/s write, but does get a boost in IOPS. The SSD 335 posts 4K random read IOPS of 52,000 and random write IOPS of 52,000, which is up from 22,500 and 33,000 respectively in the prior generation SSD 330. One other small change, the SSD 335 will only come in a 240GB capacity, where the SSD 330 came in 60GB, 120GB, 180GB and 240GB capacities.

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by Josh Linden

Samsung SSD 840 Pro Review

Samsung has announced its latest 2.5-inch, 7mm SSD solutions, the SSD 840 and SSD 840 Pro. StorageReview has been working with an SSD 840 Pro review unit in our lab to see whether Samsung has continued to build on the accomplishments of the SSD 830 and SSD 470. Like the SSD 830 and SSD 470, the SSD 840 Pro is designed entirely with Samsung components, with purported benefits of durability, compatibility and product support. The SSD 840 Pro is intended to be competitive in the enthusiast, prosumer, and entry enterprise space.

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by Kevin OBrien

Corsair Neutron GTX SSD Review

Corsair is nothing if not flexible when it comes to selecting the best available components for their consumer SSD lines seen with the new Neutron SSD family. Already using SSD controllers from SandForce and Marvell, Corsair has launched the Neutron and Neutron GTX today based on the Link A Media (LAMD) controller. Corsair's ability to move with the market to create industry-leading SSDs highlights the benefit of investing in an engineering team with the capabilities of understanding and integrating with a variety of components. In this review we take a look at the GTX version of the Neutron, which features a LM87800 6Gb/s controller and 24nm Toshiba Toggle NAND to deliver read and write throughput of 559MB/s and 511MB/s respectively.

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by Kevin OBrien

Plextor PX-M5S SSD Review

While Plextor doesn't have an extensive range of SSD offerings in the consumer space, the drives they do bring to market have historically been very good. In fact, Plextor has eeked more performance out of the Marvell 9174 (which at this point, if not old is certainly near end of life with the successor announced a few months ago) than anyone else using that particular SSD controller. Plextor also boasts industry leading internal validation and other testing to make sure their SSD reliability is top of market. The new PX-M5S continues the Plextor mantra of delivering incremental improvements over time. While not a revolutionary change, the M5S SSD is a perfect example of progressive SSD engineering, delivering an end product that's expected to be a step better than prior generations.

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by Brian Beeler

Corsair Force Series GT Family Review

As with most SSD reviewers, StorageReview is typically sent a 240GB capacity drive from a new family of SSDs for review. There are several reasons for this, but in the SandForce world, it's generally because the 240GB capacity is the fastest due to NAND die configuration. Once the 240GB review is complete, we try to come back and get the more mainstream 120GB capacity as well, due to its favorable price point. These reviews, while detailed and informative, don't analyze an entire families' scope of performance though. That's the purpose of this review, as we examine the entire line of Corsair's Force Series GT SSD family. We're breaking down the entire performance profile of all capacities the GT comes in to finally get a clear picture of not just the GT's performance profile, but the SandForce SF-2281 controller coupled with 25nm synchronous NAND as well.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Petrol SSD Review

When OCZ announced the Petrol family of SSDs at the end of last year, it was clear they wanted to be able to offer an entry-level SSD to appeal to the consumer who wants many of the benefits of an SSD, but doesn't have the budget or computing need to justify a mainstream or enthusiast class drive. The OCZ Petrol uses OCZ's own Indilinx Everest platform just like the Octane, but with a different NAND configuration. While the Octane uses synchronous NAND, Petrol uses asynchronous, which helps keep the build cost and price lower.

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by Brian Beeler

OCZ Vertex 4 SSD Review (Firmware v1.4RC)

OCZ managed to release their flagship Vertex 4 SSD two months ahead of schedule when they released it in April. In our first review of the Vertex 4, we credited OCZ for their aggressive release schedule and bold move away from SandForce controllers, but had several reservations about performance. The Vertex 4 executed well in some areas, like random 4K speeds, but it struggled with mixed workloads and our real world benchmarks. That said, we knew at the time that OCZ would be tirelessly working to release an updated firmware stack that would address some of these problems, which highlights the obvious benefits of using a proprietary controller and firmware build. StorageReview has spent the past two weeks testing beta Vertex 4 firmwares as OCZ settled in on today's release, firmware v1.4RC. The results are nothing short of astounding - the Vertex 4 performance didn't just improve a little bit - the Vertex 4 is now one of the fastest consumer SSDs on the market. 

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 330 Review

Intel was one of the last manufacturers to adopt SandForce controllers for their enthusiast grade SSD 520, but apparently they seem to be doing well enough with it to commit to a second line of SandForce-based SSDs with the Intel SSD 330 family. The SSD 330 uses the same controller as the 520 does, the core differentiation being the a change in NAND layout from the SSD 520 to SSD 330 and different firmware. The Intel SSD 330 makes use of fewer memory channels, resulting in slower write speeds in certain scenarios. Such diversification is common in the client SSD space as manufacturers look for ways to provide different levels of performance and pricing for broader market appeal.

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by Kevin OBrien

Micron RealSSD C400 mSATA SSD Review

Micron has released a new version of their RealSSD C400 SSD in an mSATA form factor. While most consumers aren't familiar with the C400 line, it closely mirrors the performance and design of the client-facing Crucial m4. The C400 mSATA SSD will be offered through Micron's OEM partners and will generally be found in the ultrathin compute space where mSATA SSDs are finding great strength in caching and in some cases even as primary storage. The C400 mSATA SSD leverages a SATA 6Gb/s interface, 25nm Micron NAND and a Marvell 9174 controller.

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