Consumer SSD Reviews
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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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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Octane SSD Review

When OCZ bought Indilinx in March this year they not only gained control of some key intellectual property, but they also got one step closer to being able to provide their own in-house SSDs from end to end. OCZ was already using the Indilinx processors in many of their enterprise SSDs so for the bargain price of $32 million, the deal made sense. Now that the Indilinx Everest platform is finding its way to market via integration by OEMs like LG and into client SSDs like the Octane, Indilinx has the potential to give OCZ a huge point of differentiation from nearly everyone else in the market. With the OCZ Octane SSD, the Everest platform promises to deliver read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and writes up to 400 MB/s, depending on capacity.

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA S511 Review (240GB)

ADATA’s products have always focused on both price and performance and it appears that the new S511 SSD is no exception; they are claiming that it will reach up to a blistering 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speeds with 4K random write speeds as high as 60,000 IOPS, all with a reasonable price. Armed with synchronous NAND, SandForce SF-2281 processor and a SATA 6Gb/s interface, the ADATA S511 goes up against drives such as the OCZ Vertex 3, Corsair Force GT, and others in the performance category. ADATA is selling the S511 in capacities ranging from 60 to 480GB with street prices between $114 and $989.
 

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by Kevin OBrien

NVELO Drives Storage Caching to the Masses with Dataplex

We've spent a lot of time talking about caching this week, from our overview of caching techniques to reviews of the OCZ Synapse and RevoDrive Hybrid. In both cases with the OCZ products, their caching magic is handled by NVELO's Dataplex software. Dataplex offers behavior-based algorithms to bridge the gap between a high-capacity hard drive or drive array and a high-performance SSD. As we've seen in the recent reviews, NVELO has done a brilliant job making the caching not only work in a near seamless way, but they've actually delivered on the promise of SSD speeds and hard drive capacity...without a big price tag.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Synapse Cache SSD Review

The Synapse Cache SSD is OCZ’s attempt at a DIY consumer software-based storage caching setup. Essentially it lets you stick a SATA 6.0Gb/s over-provisioned SSD in front of almost any hard drive to act as a large file cache, theoretically giving you the speed of a SSD over the capacity of a HDD or disk array. This is very similar, in fact it uses the same software, as the PCIe OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid we just reviewed. While the RevoDrive Hybrid includes a 1TB hard drive, dual-processor SSD and caching software, the Synapse is simply a caching SSD and Dataplex software, offering users tremendous flexibility and a lower price point.

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