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 Kevin OBrien

Plextor PX-M3P SSD Review

When we reviewed the Plextor M3S last year, it earned an Editor's Choice award for excellent read performance, aggressive pricing and class leading support with the included five year warranty. At CES in January, Plextor showed us the upcoming M3P (P stands for Pro), which from a hardware perspective is nearly identical to the M3S, they both use the same Marvell controller and Toshiba Togggle NAND, but the M3P uses a 7mm form factor to be friendly with space contrained devices. The big difference though is firmware; the Plextor M3P is designed to post the fastest Marvell-based SSD speeds yet, with 540MB/s read and 450MB/s write sequential and upwards of 75,000 IOPS read and 69,000 IOPS write.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review (480GB)

We've reviewed OWC's perpetually growing line of Apple MacBook Air SSDs a few times, most recently the 240GB capacity of their Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G, which bested the SSDs Apple includes with the MacBook Air in every single benchmark we ran and in one case the OWC drubbed the Apple offerings by 10 times. Until recently 240GB was the top end capacity for the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G, but in January OWC started producing a 480GB capacity, which we look at today.

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by Kevin OBrien

Kingston SSDNow KC100 SSD Review

The Kingston SSDNow KC100 may sit in Kingston's business-class family of SSDs, but don't let the standard grey casing fool you - it's a performance drive through and through. Sharing the same high-throughput components as their enthusiast-grade HyperX SSD, the Kingston KC100 gives client users within the enterprise up to 555 MB/s read speeds and 510 MB/s writes thanks to the SATA 6Gb/s interface, SandForce controller and Intel NAND.

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by Kevin OBrien

SSD Performance Review - 270TB Written

We all know SSDs are fast, but we also know they're fast for a finite period of time. SSDs wear out as they're written to, some faster than others depending on NAND, how much or what type of data is written to the SSD and so on. The fear of SSD death, or poor performance in an old SSD, keeps many people from migrating to solid state. Coming to grips with endurance is difficult for consumers, because as with cell phone minutes, most of us don't know how much data we write in a given day. So the notion of counting program/erase cycles in an SSD as it ages, is more than a bit foreign. To help SSD buyers and current owners get a better perspective on SSD life and endurance, we've been torturing a Patriot Wildfire SSD with constant drive writes for the better part of a month and have rebenchmarked it for this review, 270TB later. In this review, we look at just how much performance changes over time when you bring a 120GB LSI SandForce SF-2200-powered SSD to 20% of remaining life.

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by Kevin OBrien

SanDisk Extreme SSD Review

The Extreme SSD from SanDisk started when they began dipping their toe into the outward facing client SSD space at the end of last year with the Ultra SSD. The Ultra was more of a proof of concept though, while it benefited from SanDisk's home grown NAND and engineering knowhow, it was held back by a older generation SandForce controller and SATA 3Gb/s interface. This time around, there is no such hesitation as the SanDisk Extreme SSD features the latest generation SandForce controller, SATA 6Gb/s interface and premium SanDisk MLC Toggle NAND to drive top end performance of up to 550 MB/s reads, 520MB/s writes and random write 83,000 IOPS.

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by Kevin OBrien

Memoright FTM Plus Slim Review

In response to the demand for ultra-thin notebook computing, the SSD industry at large has started transitioning to, or at least is offering additional SKUs, focused around the 7mm form factor. Memoright announced the FTM Slim in January, a 7mm client SSD featuring synchronous NAND, SandForce SF-2200 controller and SATA 6 Gb/s interface to deliver a reported 550 MB/s reads and 500 MB/s writes. For small form factor computing, such speeds are welcome, given with miniaturization, we're used to giving up on performance.

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by Kevin OBrien

Kingston SSDNow V+200 Review

The Kingston SSDNow V+200 is Kingston's latest entry in their business SSD category, designed to offer performance at a reasonable price to users within the enterprise environment. The V+200 features a SandForce processor and SATA 6Gb/s interface for the speed, and asynchronous NAND for the cost savings. The net result are drives that are reported to pump out up to 535 MB/s sequential reads and up to 480 MB/s writes.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Nocti mSATA SSD Review

OCZ's mSATA SSDs have long been used in OEM and other specialized applications. mSATA SSDs are finding a much wider audience now though, as notebook, tablet and even desktop PC vendors are finding creative ways to use the diminutive in size, but not speed, SSDs. Whether used as a boot drive, primary storage or caching mechanism, the OCZ Nocti has quite a bit of flexibility. Available in capacities from 30GB to 120GB, the Nocti offers top-end performance of up to 280 MB/s read speeds, 260 MB/s writes and random write 4K IOPS of 32,500, essentially saturating the mSATA 3Gb/s interface speed.

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 520 Review

The Intel SSD 520, code name Cherryville, is the latest consumer SSD offering from Intel which breaks a tremendous amount of new ground for the company and the SSD industry at large. The big highlight is that Intel has transitioned to a SandForce processor in the SSD 520, away from the Marvell processor used in the SSD 510. Intel claims the SSD 520 to be their fastest SSD to date and there's little reason to doubt them. With the highest quality 25nm IMFT NAND available and the speedy SandForce processor combined, the SATA 6Gb/s SSD 520 cranks out quoted sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and writes of 520 MB/s.

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by Kevin OBrien

Intel SSD 520 RAID Review

We've already looked at the Intel SSD 520 a few different ways in our client SSD 520 review and enterprise SSD 520 review. Additionally though, with the superb performance and Intel's reputation for SSD reliability, there's potential for the SSD 520 to be offered by notebook and desktop OEMs as a performance upgrade for buyers configuring those systems. Users may also evaluate the Intel SSD 520 for RAID deployments, with the goal of leveraging speed and/or redundancy. To that end, in this review we're working with the 240GB SSD 520 in several client-focused scenarios including single drive, RAID0 with two Intel 520s, RAID0 with three 520s and RAID5 with three 520s.

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