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

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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by Kevin OBrien

Plextor PX-M2P SSD Review (256GB)

Plextor recently announced the PX-M2P SSD, their third generation SSD. Plextor has steadily been developing their SSD chops since they began working in the space just 18 months ago and it shows with the PX-M2P. Plextor is using the Marvell 9174 processor, Toshiba 32nm Toggle NAND and a SATA 6Gb/s interface to deliver read speeds of 500 MB/s, writes of 440 MB/s and sequential 4K IOPS of 70,000. But it's Plextor's "True Speed" technology that might be the most interesting feature, a home-grown software that delivers consistent performance even after the drive has been written to extensively. Plextor is also pitching excellent steady state performance, something not generally promoted for client SSDs, as they usually crumble when placed under that level of stress.

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by Charles Jefferies

Corsair Force Series GT Review (240GB)

Back in July we reviewed the 120GB Force Series GT and now we finally get our hands on the larger 240GB model. With the 240GB SSD market getting extra attention these days, we put it to the test, stacking it up against other 240GB models, as well as its smaller 120GB brother.

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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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