The Good, the bad and the ugly of SSDs
Subject: Storage | August 15, 2011 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ssd, SF-2281 controller, sata 6Gps
The good and the bad are obvious, unparalleled transfer speeds and a very high price per gigabyte are familiar to anyone keeping up with the new storage medium. The ugly is the reliability, as we have seen a variety of manufacturers and controllers spawn significant problems for users. That is before you consider how long an SSD will last, something that we have yet to fully see the scope of as niether the technology nor the drives have been on the market long enough for MTBF to be tested in the real world.
If you are willing to risk the possible failures that some users have been seeing with the SF-2281 controller, AnandTech have rounded up several drives which use that specific controller. Head over to see if you can pick a winner in this incredibly close race.
"It's a depressing time to be covering the consumer SSD market. Although performance is higher than it has ever been, we're still seeing far too many compatibility and reliability issues from all of the major players. Intel used to be our safe haven, but even the extra reliable Intel SSD 320 is plagued by a firmware bug that may crop up unexpectedly, limiting your drive's capacity to only 8MB. Then there are the infamous BSOD issues that affect SandForce SF-2281 drives like the OCZ Vertex 3 or the Corsair Force 3. Despite OCZ and SandForce believing they were on to the root cause of the problem several weeks ago, there are still reports of issues. I've even been able to duplicate the issue internally."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Force GT SATA III 120GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Strontium Matrix Series 120GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Kingston HyperX 240GB 6Gbps SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- Kingston HyperX 240GB SATA 3 SSD Review @ The SSD Review
- OWC Upgrades SATA 3 6G SSD Line To Toshiba Flash and SandForce SF-2282 Processor @ The SSD Review
- Crucial M4 SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive @ Pro-Clockers
- Strontium Gamma Series 115GB Solid State Drive @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Pyro SATA III 120GB SSD @ Modders-Inc
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- Hitachi UltraStar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD Review @ Real World Labs
- Icy Box IB-NAS5220 NAS @ Rbmods
- Archgon MH-2624 Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ BayReviews
- ineo I-NAU320U Plus USB 3.0 HDD Docking Station and I-NC05 HDD Protection Box Review @Hi Tech Legion
- WD My Book Essential USB3.0 3TB Review @ t-break
- Synology DiskStation DS2411+ NAS @ Techspot
- Patriot Javelin S4 Network Attached Storage Review @ TechwareLabs
- QNAP Turbo NAS Firmware 3.5 @ CoD
- Thecus N2200XXX @ PC Review
- Thecus N2200XXX Dual-Bay NAS @ Bjorn3D
- ADATA Classic Series CH11 1 TB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- ICY DOCK MB982SPR-2S Dual 2.5" -3.5" Raid SATA HDD/SSD Converter Review @Hi Tech Legion
- LSI MegaRAID CacheCade Pro 2.0 Review - Total Storage Acceleration Realized @ The SSD Review
- SilverStone Ultra Slim EC02 USB 3.0 ExpressCard Adapter @ Pro-Clockers
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