Look for the SSD sweet spot

Subject: Storage | September 26, 2011 - 06:44 PM |
Tagged: ssd, round up, corsair, crucial, Intel 320, Intel 510, kingston, ocz, SF-2281 controller, Marvell 88SS9174, Intel PC29AS21BA0

Making the assumption you are not as rich as Croesus, there is a sweet spot that many look for when it comes to SSDs.  If you go too small the channel limitations will impact your performance, but a 256GB+ drive is simply out of the budgets of many enthusiasts ... at least for the storage subsystem.  The Tech Report set out in search of the perfect size for an SSD, big enough for full speed performance but small enough it doesn't break the bank.  To that end they assembled nine SSDs, ranging in size from 120GB to 128GB, which gives away the ending in a way.  What you don't know is which drive came out on top, especially in the price to performance tests.  Find out in their full article.

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"The latest generation of SSDs is out in full force. We've rounded up nine of 'em to see which offers the best performance and overall value proposition"

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September 27, 2011 | 11:51 AM - Posted by mark (not verified)

Just snatched a 128 m4 right before this article, as I was reading it and starring at the graphs for a while, I felt really good about my purchase :-P

September 30, 2011 | 08:50 AM - Posted by Hvakrg (not verified)

The sweetspot seems to be moving up to the 240ish GB drives now. Atleast here in Norway.

The cheapest drive $/BG is the 120GB Force 3 from Crosair at 9,99NOK/GB (1 NOK is about $6 these days).

The second cheapest drive is the 120GB Agility 3 at 10,16 NOK.

Third and fourth place though goes to Force 3 240GB and Agility 3 240GB at 10,38 and 10,58 NOK/GB.

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