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SSD Roundup: Indilinx vs. Samsung vs. Intel (or why size matters)

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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Packaging, Internals, and Specifications

Packaging

Most SSD makers have shifted to smaller packaging, which is a welcome change as it reduces boxing and shipping costs.

Retail packaging was not available for the PhotoFast V4S.

Internals


The P64 and V4S have a flash chip count of 8, half that of the remaining drives.

Specifications

Our SSD Decoder was getting a bit long to scroll through, so I have cropped the relevant sections below, highlighting our tested units in bold:

Controller Make Model L/C War Cap Part Number Read Write
Intel Intel X25-M (G2) MLC 3 80 SSDSA2MH080G2 250 70
160 SSDSA2MH160G2 250 70
Indilinx Crucial M225 MLC 5 64 CT64M225 200 150
128 CT128M225 250 190
256 CT256M225 250 190
OCZ Vertex MLC 3 30 OCZSSD2-1VTX30G 230 135/80
60 OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 230 135/70
120 OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 250 180/100
250 OCZSSD2-1VTX250G 250 160/100
Vertex

Turbo Series

MLC 3 30 OCZSSD2-1VTXT30G 240 145/100
60 OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G 240 145/100
120 OCZSSD2-1VTXT120G 270 210/120
250 OCZSSD2-1VTXT250G 270 210/120
PhotoFast G Monster

V4S SLC

SLC 32 V4S
32GB
190 270
64 V4S 64GB 190 270
Samsung

PB22-J
Corsair P
(series)
MLC 2 64 CMFSSD-64GBG2D
(P64)
128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D
(P128)
220 200
256 CMFSSD-256GBG2D
(P256)
220 200
OCZ Summit MLC 3 60 OCZSSD2-1SUM60G 220 125/120
120 OCZSSD2-1SUM120G 220 200
250 OCZSSD2-1SUM250G 220 200

You may notice specs are missing from the Corsair P64.  When they originally listed their drives, they went with the Samsung ratings of 220/200 MB/sec.  Now their page has a more conservative 180 MB/sec rating for writes, but they apply it across the board, leaving no indication that the 64GB model might be slower, as the Samsung ratings suggest.

An additional point to consider: While the lower capacity (MLC) Samsung and Indilinx units speak to their flash using fewer (4 vs. 8) channels, the Intel units *all* use 10 channels, regardless of capacity.  For a comparison of 80GB (G1) vs. 160GB (G2) Intel units, check out our previous review.

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