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
February 15th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
After going through standard retail channels, we've managed to get our hands on two brand new 60GB OCZ Vertex 2's. The first is a latest-generation 60GB 25nm NAND model, the second an older stock 34nm NAND version. Buyers can't tell the difference thanks to OCZ's dubious marketing, but we can, and in this mini-review we'll dive deeper into the available capacity differences of the two SSDs as well as the performance differences. Anyone buying OCZ's current line of SSDs needs to be aware of what they're buying - and what they're buying today is most certainly different than what has earned the Vertex 2 top marks in the past.Read more
February 8th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
Bigger isn't always better, and in the world of SSDs smaller and specialized form factors are becoming more popular and look to shake up the way we think about storage in portable devices. OWC's Mercury Aura Pro SSD is one of the few 1.8" performance-based SSDs on the market designed to meet this need. This means that portable devices like netbooks, tablets and ultra-portable notebooks have a new high-performance option when it comes to internal storage.
January 27th, 2011 by Brian Beeler
At the end of last year Intel announced a new SSD product, diminutive in size but not performance, the Intel SSD 310. Available in 40GB and 80GB capacities, the mSATA SSD promises to deliver mainstream SSD speeds in a form factor an eighth of the standard 2.5" SSD size. The SSD 310 is finding its way into a variety of products - serving as the main drive in ruggedized tablets to duty as a dedicated boot drive in standard notebook PCs. No matter how it's used though, the Intel SSD 310 may be a glimpse into the future as SSD form factors shrink and shift away from typical 2.5" drive bay constraints.Read more
January 3rd, 2011 by Brian Beeler
The new 90GB F90 is part of a capacity update announced in early December that also included the 180GB F180. The F90 fills an interesting capacity and price point void that existed between the 60GB and 120GB models. Squarely between these two, the F90 brings reasonable capacity to the market at a price of under $190.
November 3rd, 2010 by Dustin Sklavos
SandForce's SF-1200 controller has more or less taken the Solid State Drive world by storm, and with good reason. SandForce-based drives provide performance that's consistently near the top of the heap, and benefits from not requiring DRAM for caching. It's an appealing piece of hardware to build an SSD around so it's no small surprise that so many manufacturers have opted to do exactly that. In this case, we're looking at the G.Skill Phoenix Pro SSD family.