Consumer SSD Reviews
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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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by Charles Jefferies

Intel SSD 510 RAID Review

Intel SSDs are best known for providing good performance, compatibility, and reliability. We take the company’s latest, the 510 series, and put it in RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 6, plus a special four-drive RAID 0 configuration and achieve some astonishing performance numbers. To get an idea of just how fast these drives are, check out our in-depth RAID review where we reach speeds in excess of 1,100MB/s read and write.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Solid 3 Review (120GB)

OCZ has taken market stratification to its textbook definition with their ever growing SSD family. Within the SATA 6Gb/s space, they offer four drives (in order of performance) including the Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Vertex 3, Agility 3 and our subject today, the Solid 3. Being at the back of the line though isn't always a bad thing; consumers need performance across the scale and the Solid 3 solves one key issue - price. While not blazing fast like it's brothers, the Solid 3 delivers respectable 500MB/s read speeds, 450MB/s writes and 20,000 random write 4K IOPS.

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by Kevin OBrien

Renice X3 mSATA SSD Review

The recent refresh of notebooks by Lenovo and others has given users new storage options by way of an mSATA port. Previously the ThinkPads, for instance, had such a port but it was used for things like wireless cards, never being properly enabled for use with SSDs. Now, along with Lenovo, vendors like Asus and Dell are making their mSATA ports SSD friendly. Good timing then for the Renice X3 mSATA SSD which comes in 25GB, 60GB and 120GB capacities and features a SandForce SF-1222 processor that drives 260MB/s reads and 200MB/s writes.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Agility 3 Review (240GB)

The OCZ Agility 3 fills the mid-range gap of OCZ's SSD lineup; but don't let "mid-range" or "mainstream" fool you. The Agility 3 uses a SATA 6Gb/s interface and the SandForce SF-2281 processor to drive 525MB/s read speeds, 500MB/s writes and 45,000 4KB random write IOPS - those are just a hair under the Vertex 3 specs. OCZ offers the Agility 3 in three capacity points, 60GB, 120GB and 240GB - all leveraging Intel/Micron 25nm NAND.

 

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by Charles Jefferies

Patriot Torqx 2 Review

The Torqx 2 is a new line of SSDs from Patriot Memory, which was announced and started shipping at the biginning of the month. Available in 32GB to 256GB capacities, the SATA 3Gb/s drive uses a rarely seen Phison controller to deliver read speeds of 270MB/s and writes of 230MB/s. We put this 2.5-inch drive through its paces and stack it up against its competitors.

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by Kevin OBrien

OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD Review (240GB)

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. 

 

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by Kevin OBrien

Crucial m4 SSD Review (256GB)

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.

 

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by Kevin OBrien

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Review (240GB)

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.

 

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