May 16th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
OCZ was first to market with an SSD based on the SandForce SF-2281 processor. The Vertex 3 ripped through our benchmarks and easily topped all other SSDs in the market. Just two weeks ago, they let us know about the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, which uses a change in NAND to drive IOPS performance from 60,000 in the Vertex 3 to a quoted 75,000 in the Max IOPS edition. While not exactly billed as "faster" than the original, the Max IOPS version does handle 4KB IOPS better, along with general improvements to incompressible data performance.
May 12th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
Crucial announced their next generation SSDs at Storage Visions in January of this year. The enthusiast class Crucial m4 SSD offers capacities up to 512GB, a speedy SATA 6Gb/s interface, home-grown 25nm Micron NAND and an exclusive Marvell 9174-BLD2 processor. The combination nets 415MB/s read speeds and 260MB/s writes with support for up to 72TBW.
April 27th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
OWC's Mercury Extreme Pro was one of our favorite SF-1200 SSDs at the time, and remains a solid performer today. But the new wave of SATA 6Gb/s has enthusiasts excited about taking SSD performance to the next level. The OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G does just that and more, leveraging the new SandForce SF-2281 processor to deliver sustained sequential reads of up to 559MB/s and writes up to 527MB/s.
April 26th, 2011 by Kevin OBrien
At CES in January of this year, Corsair surprised us by announcing a line of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs based on the Marvell 9174 processor. What appeared to be a departure from Corsair's use of the SandForce line of processors turns out to be a supplemental deal. The Marvell partnership let Corsair get a SATA 6Gb/s SSD to market more quickly and with a battle-tested processor. The resulting Corsair Performance 3, or P3 as commonly known, offers top end speeds of 480 MB/s sequential read speeds and 320 MB/s writes, in the 256GB capacity.
March 28th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
The Intel SSD 320 is the much anticipated follow-up to the Intel X25-M, easily the most popular consumer SSD to date. The SSD 320 (commonly referred to as the X25-M 3rd Generation) is a mainstream SSD, letting the big brother SSD 510 go after the enthusiast space. Mainstream doesn't mean boring though, the SSD 320 posts quoted sequential read speeds of 270MB/s and writes of 220MB/s, which is still quite respectable. And while the SSD 320 is more of an evolution of the X25-M, there's still a lot that's new, like Intel 25nm NAND and capacities up to 600GB, a first for consumer SSDs.Read more
March 23rd, 2011 by Thomas Sullivan
The Plextor PX-M2 series of SSDs marks Plextor's second effort in the SSD space. And what an effort it is, Plextor has pretty much upgraded every component from the SATA 6Gb/s interface to the Marvel 88SS9174 processor to the 25nm NAND and 128MB DDR3 cache. The PX-M2 is available in 64GB (PX-64M2S), 128GB (PX-128M2S) and 256GB (PX-256M2S) capacities, with increasing performance as they grow, topping out at sequential reads of 480MB/s and writes of 310MB/s.Read more
March 7th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
Apple is great - they make products people want to buy, like their very cool and very portable 2010 MacBook Air that comes with an 11" or 13.3" display. Apple also puts in the latest tech features, like an elongated stick of gum shaped SSD. Apple is also not so great - because an SSD shaped like a stick of gum with its own specialized interface connector, isn't readily available as a replacement should you need to replace it. While Apple likes to control their computing environments the best they can, MacBook Air owners at least now have an option when it comes to replacing or upgrading their SSDs, the OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express.Read more
February 28th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
Intel's success with the X25-M has been quite remarkable. Not only has the drive sold more than any other SSD on the market, it's had a solid track record for reliability and compatibility as well. It's with great anticipation that we've been waiting for Intel's next generation SSD - now it's here, the Intel SSD 510. Intel continues to build on their new naming scheme, the SSD 310 is their little mSATA SSD and now the SSD 510, a mainstream SSD leveraging a SATA 6Gb/s interface and 34nm NAND to yield speeds of up to 500MB/s sequential reads and 315MB/s writes for the 250GB capacity. Intel also offers a 120GB capacity that posts speeds of 450MB/s and 210MB/s.Read more
February 26th, 2011 by David Rasnake
In every sense of the word, the 96GB Kingston SSDNow V+100 is a “midrange” SSD. Positioned as an entry-tier enterprise class drive in Kingston’s SSD catalog, the drive’s oddball 96GB capacity puts it squarely between the more common 64GB and 128GB solutions. A cynical take on all of this would be to point out that the V+100 won’t be competing for honors as the smallest, fastest, lightest, or most capacious SSD in any class. But with a few substantive updates to previous devices holding down this position in Kingston’s broad lineup--most notably, a new controller and a cleanup function that works with older, pre-TRIM operating systems--the V+100 may prove itself to be just what the doctor ordered for certain applications.Read more
February 24th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
Well, it's on now - SandForce has announced their new client SSD processor and OCZ is the first to jump - with their new Vertex 3 SSD. While the SF-2281 is the centerpiece, delivering quoted sequential speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 525MB/s writes, the updated SATA 6Gb/s interface deserves credit too. By comparison to the Vertex 2, those top line read and write speeds are about 90% faster with the Vertex 3. The spec sheet makes it sound fast, but is it the fastest SSD to be seen by our test bench?Read more