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

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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by Kevin OBrien

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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by Lyle Smith

Patriot Pyro SE Review (240GB)

The Pyro SE is the latest SSD from Patriot and is a new and improved version of the Pyro, both of which are powered by SandForce's SF-2281 processor. The main difference between the two is that instead of asynchronous NAND, the Pyro SE is equipped with 25nm synchronous MLC NAND, which can deliver up to 550MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds and a maximum of 85,000 IOPS.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Octane SSD Review (128GB)

We recently reviewed the OCZ Octane SSD in a 512GB capacity, one of the four capacity points offered by OCZ in the Octane family. For many SSD buyers though the 128GB capacity is the sweet spot, with the average consumer SSD capacity hovering near 150GB, 128GB SSDs offer a nice blend of capacity, performance and price. The 128GB Octane offers a SATA 6Gb/s interface and an Indilinx processor to drive read speeds up to 535MB/s, writes of 170 MB/s and random read 4KB IOPS of 37,000.

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by Lyle Smith

Corsair Performance Pro SSD (256GB) Review

The Corsair Performance Pro SSD is powered by the Marvell 9174 processor, Toshiba 34nm Toggle MLC NAND and a SATA 6Gb/s interface. The Performance Pro adds to Corsair's already excellent line of SDD products that leverage perhaps the most robust set of combinations of NAND and SSD processors available with a SATA interface. In this case the Performance Pro replaces the Performance 3, Corsair's first Marvell 9174-based SSD which was announced about a year ago. A year goes a long way in the SSD world, the Performance Pro picks up a tremendous speed boost over the Performance 3, delivering read speeds of up to 515MB/s and an impressive 440MB/sec in sequential write performance, compared to 480MB/s reads and 320 MB/s writes in the first generation model.

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by Kevin OBrien

Plextor PX-M3S SSD Review

Like their recent M2P SSD, the Plextor PX-M3S uses a Marvell 9174 processor, however where the M2P used Toshiba's 32nm Toggle NAND, the M3S is using 24nm Toshiba Toggle NAND. This translates into a modest boost in the spec sheet speeds over the M2P - the M3S can drive read speeds of up to 525MB/s and writes of 445MB/s, along with 70,000 IOPS. Plextor is shipping the M3S with their True Speed technology, which provides for better drive performance over time, along with custom firmware. To polish off the offering, Plextor is including a five year warranty, the longest available in the SSD space.

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by Charles Jefferies

Kingston HyperX SSD Review (240GB)

The HyperX SSD is Kingston's latest and greatest flagship SSD. Offering speeds up to 550MB/s read and 510MB/s write speeds, this enthusiast-level drive features a SandForce SF-2281 processor and is available in 120GB and 240GB capacities. Packed with 25nm synchronous NAND this drive is claimed to top out at 90,000 4K read IOPS and 60,000 write IOPS. making it optimal for high-performance gaming systems and workstations alike.

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by Kevin OBrien

DIY SSD/HDD Notebook Caching With NVELO's Dataplex

After the previous success we had with NVELO's Dataplex software with the pre-packaged OCZ Synapse Cache and RevoDrive Hybrid solutions, we decided to look at new avenues for this exciting caching technology. With a large assortment of Lenovo ThinkPads on hand, all supporting mSATA SSDs, we decided to throw together a quick caching solution with a ThinkPad X220, an 80GB Intel mSATA SSD and a 2.5-inch 7mm Hitachi Z7K320 hard drive. The results were impressive to say the least!

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