Consumer SSD Reviews
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by Brian Beeler

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review

There's little argument that the Apple MacBook Air is a fantastic computer; my bias after using both since the 2010 refresh notwithstanding. If there's much to complain about with the July 2011 MacBook Air though, it's that Apple continues to offer two SSDs that vary widely in performance. If you're unlucky, you get stuck with a Toshiba SSD; the lucky ones get a Samsung drive. But even the lucky ones are getting an SSD that doesn't even come close to leveraging the speed potential of the SATA 6Gb/s interface. Thanks to OWC though, MacBook Air owners can finally unlock the full performance capabilities of their MacBook Air with the Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G SSD.

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by Charles Jefferies

SanDisk Ultra SSD Review (240GB)

The SanDisk Ultra SSD was announced just earlier this year. Our 240GB unit has a $420 street price and features a SandForce SF-1222 processor. It also uses the company’s own NAND flash memory. Check out our review where we compare it to other SSDs in its market segment and see how it compares.

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by Kevin OBrien

Samsung SSD 830 Review (256GB)

In mid-August Samsung announced their SSD 830, the updated follow-up to the 470 SSD. Samsung's 470 and now 830 SSDs are becoming a bit of a rarity; both SSDs are built entirely in house with Samsung components. The Samsung 830 features a 3-core MCX controller, 2x nm Toggle MLC NAND, 256MB SDRAM cache and firmware, all made by Samsung. Heck, at this point we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung owned a bauxite mine in Australia to harvest the raw materials needed for the aluminum case. Whatever the case, the new SATA 6Gb/s drive delivers sequential reads of 520 MB/s, writes of 400 MB/s and 4K random read IOPS of 80,000. 

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by Charles Jefferies

Crucial m4 SSD 64GB/128GB Review (Firmware 0009)

We’ve looked at the Crucial m4 SSD in the past – once with the original firmware and then again with the updated firmware 0009. In this review we add in the data sets for the 64GB and 128GB versions with the old and new firmware. The goal: find out if they improve the same as the 256GB version we’ve already seen.

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by Charles Jefferies

Intel SSD 320 RAID Review

The Intel SSD 320 is the company’s follow-up to its highly successful X-25M series of consumer solid state drives (SSDs). This mainstream SSD sits right behind the 510 in Intel’s product lineup; we reviewed the 510 here back in February. Our Intel SSD 320 review today is about the results from setting up two of them in a performance-maximizing RAID 0 setup, where data is striped across both drives.

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by Brian Beeler

Crucial m4 SSD Review (Firmware 0009)

Last week Crucial updated their firmware for the m4 family of SSDs. The new m4 firmware, version 0009, is a direct update for retail drives that shipped either with firmware version 0001 or 0002. While firmware 0009 patches bugs and improves on compatibility with host systems, the highlight is Crucial's claim that sequential read speeds have been improved by up to 20%. That's a huge step up so we put our original version firmware up against the new m4 firmware in this review to see just how much difference firmware can make in the performance of an SSD.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Review (Toggle NAND)

Just last week we broke the news that OWC had migrated to Toshiba toggle NAND in their high-end Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD family. Not just that, but the 240GB and 480GB capacities took home a processor upgrade too, moving from a SandForce SF-2281 to an SF-2282. We've spent the last week working over the ME Pro 6G Redux to see just how much the new NAND and processor help out.

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD Review (240GB)

OWC announced the Electra SSD in June as a mainstream companion to their enthusiast-class SSD Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. The Electra features the SandForce SF-2281 processor and Intel/Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND which combine with a SATA 6Gb/s interface to deliver sequential reads up to 556MB/s and writes up to 523MB/s.

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by Brian Beeler

Patriot Wildfire Review (120GB)

Patriot announced their Wildfire line of SSDs in March, in line with the SandForce SF-2281 release. At the time of the announcement Patriot planned on disabling RAISE on their drives, which essentially gives the user a more capacity, in exchange for a performance hit of around 10%. They've changed course here instead opting for enabling RAISE, releasing SSDs with 120GB and 240GB capacities, instead of 128GB and 256GB. They also made a radical change in NAND, instead of 25nm NAND as was announced, Patriot has gone with 32nm Toshiba toggle NAND for the Wildfire, similar to what's found in the enthusiast SSD class leading OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS.

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by Thomas Sullivan

Corsair Force Series GT Review (120GB)

The Corsair Force Series GT is an enthusiast-class SSD based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor and SATA 6Gb/s interface. While a little late to the party, the Force Series GT is based on a well-seasoned platform that delivers quoted read speeds of 555MB/s and writes of 525MB/s with 85,000 IOPS. For buyers wanting the latest high-performance SSD coupled with a brand name known for reliable performance, the Force GT is a welcome addition to the SSD landscape. 

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