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

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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by Kevin OBrien

Crucial m4 SSD RAID Review

The Crucial m4 SSDs have been on the market nine months, and have built a good track record around mainstream value and reliability in that time. Crucial has been great about continuing to enhance their line of m4 SSDs with firmware updates, a key advantage thanks to using their own NAND and extensive engineering team. While one update has been for an unforeseen stability problem, another has tuned the m4 for even better performance across all capacities as seen in our updated 256GB m4 review. The overall quality of the drives and support from Crucial then make the m4 platform a good candidate for RAID use, for those looking to stretch out impressive performance with a reliable backbone.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Octane SSD 128GB/512GB Review (Firmware v1.13)

OCZ updated the firmware on their Indilinx-powered Octane SSD to v1.13 last week, touting significant increases in random 4K write performance. On the lower capacity models the gains are quoted to jump over 100%, with advertised speeds increasing from 7,700 IOPS to 18,000 IOPs. Percentage gains taper off as capacity climbs, with the 512GB model getting bumped from 16,000 IOPS to 26,000 IOPS. The firmware release also likely addresses minor compatibility and stability issues.

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Samsung SSD 830 RAID Review

When we completed our review of the Samsung SSD 830 in September, we praised the SSD for being built entirely in-house, which includes key components like the NAND, processor, cache RAM and firmware. Being a home grown creation generally means to better host system compatibility and better/faster support when issues arise. But SSDs need to perform as well, and the SSD 830 definitely had some bright spots, like posting the best deep queue depth 4K reads of any 2.5" SATA client SSD we've tested. The SSD 830 also delivered excellent write latency scores and very low idle power consumption. Even better then to combine two 256GB Samsung SSD 830's to see what kind of scores the drives can post when configured for performance in RAID0.

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by Kevin OBrien

Corsair Force Series 3 Review

The Corsair Force Series 3 is one of three current generation SSDs offered by Corsair. It's nearly identical to their Force Series GT, both leverage a SATA 6Gb/s interface, SandForce SF-2281 processors and 25nm MLC NAND. The key difference is the Series 3 uses Asynchronous NAND where the GT uses Synchronous NAND. The difference gives the Series 3 a little better pricing flexibility, but that doesn't mean performance takes a big hit. The Series 3 is still listed as cranking out 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds.

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