SSD reviews from around the web

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Don’t forget to read my post on why a SSD should be your next upgrade.

You may also be interested in my SSD checklist for Windows 7 and my experience with my first SSD.

Also be sure to check out AnandTech’s benchmark, with every SSD they’ve tested!

Get help with your buying decision:

Storage Review’s Leaderboard

Which SSD should I buy? (AnandTech Forums)

Tom’s Hardware Monthly Buying Guide

Other articles worth reading:

A SSD Primer by The SSD Review

Examining the SSD Industry by The SSD Review

A guide to SSD reviews and Real World vs. Synthetic tests by SSD Freaks

Solid-state revolution: in-depth on how SSDs really work by Ars Technica

GuideSSD Freaks has an excellent guide on how to migrate your Windows 7 install from a HDD to a SSD with built-in tools.

NAND: Reviewers rank NAND in the following order (good, better, best): Async, Sync, Toggle.

Hybrid

Update November 2011: In November 2011 Seagate released an upgraded version (2nd generation) of its Momentus XT hybrid drive. The upgraded version doubles the SSD portion of the drive to 8GB and the spinning platters can now store 750GB in total. The product number of this drive is ST750LX003.

Check out the review on AnandTech (thorough as always).

PC Perspective has done a hybrid storage roundup, and gave the Momentus XT a gold award.

The information below is for 1st generation drives.

Do you think SSDs are too expensive? Try Seagate’s Momentus XT, a hybrid drive combining the size of a HDD with the speed of a SSD. Comes in three flavours: 256GB, 320GB and 500GB in a 2.5-inch form factor spinning 7.200 RPM. The SSD part of the drive is 4GB. The drive will optimize over time, meaning it will place the most used files on the SSD part of the disk. This is done independent of file system and operating system.

Seagate Momentus XT

Don’t feel like reading through all those reviews? Check out Seagate’s own summary of reviews.

Defrag this disk manually once in a while and not as automatic background task, as it will reset everything that ‘Adaptive Memory’ has learned.

Multireviews

120-128GB Solid State Drive Roundup

- Circuit Remix
Tested: Crucial, Kingston, OCZ, OWC (July 19 2012)

Marvell-based SSDs tested

- Tom’s Hardware
Tested: Corsair, Crucial, OCZ, Plextor (May 1 2012)

Marvell Super Heroes

- X-bit Labs
Tested: Corsair, Crucial, Plextor (March 14 2012)

Ten 60 GB SandForce-Based Boot Drives, Rounded-Up

- Tom’s Hardware
Tested: Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, Intel, OCZ, Patriot, Samsung (March 1 2012)

SATA 3 SSD Roundup

- Overclock 3D
Tested: Intel, Corsair, Kingston, Mushkin (February 27 2012)

60/64 GB SSD Shootout

- Tom’s Hardware
Tested: Crucial, Samsung (January 25 2012)

240GB Solid State Roundup

- Circuit Remix
Tested: Crucial, Kingston, OCZ, OWC (January 15 2012)

Corsair

Neutron GTX

Controller: LAMD LM87800 “Amber”
NAND: 24nm  Toggle NAND

Neutron

Controller: LAMD LM87800 “Amber”
NAND: 25nm synchronous

Force GS

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 24nm SanDisk Toggle Mode

Force GT

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Force Series 3

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Asynchronous

Performance Pro Series

Controller: Marvell 9174-BKK2 (2ndgen)
NAND: 32nm Toggle Mode

Crucial

M4

Controller: Marvell 9174-BLD2 (3rdgen)

Intel

335 Series

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: Intel 20nm Synchronous

520 Series

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: Intel 25nm Synchronous

Kingston

HyperX 3K

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Synchronous (3K P/E)

HyperX

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Synchronous (5K P/E)

V+200 Series

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: Intel 25nm Asynchronous

OCZ

Vector

Controller: Indilinx Barefoot 3
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Vertex 4

Controller: Indilinx Everest 2
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Agility 4

Controller: Indilinx Everest 2
NAND: 25nm Asynchronous

Octane

Controller: Indilinx Everest
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Vertex 3 Max IOPS

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 32nm Toggle Mode

Vertex 3

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Agility 3

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Asynchronous

Patriot

Wildfire

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 32nm Toggle Mode

Pyro SE

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

Pyro

Controller: SandForce SF-2281
NAND: 25nm Asynchronous

Plextor

M5 Pro

Controller: Marvell 9187-BLD2 (New!)
NAND: 19nm Toggle Mode

M5S

Controller: Marvell 9174-BLD2 (3rdgen)
NAND: 25nm Synchronous

M3 Pro

Controller: Marvell 9174-BLD2 (3rdgen)
NAND: 24nm Toggle Mode

M3

Controller: Marvell 9174-BLD2 (3rdgen)
NAND: 24nm Toggle Mode

Samsung

840 Pro Series

Controller: Samsung S4LN021X01-8030 aka MDX
NAND: 21nm Toggle Mode 2.0 MLC

840 Series

Controller: Samsung S4LN021X01-8030 aka MDX
NAND: 21nm Toggle Mode 2.0 TLC

830 Series

Controller: Samsung S4LJ204X01-Y040 aka MCX
NAND: 27nm Toggle Mode 1.0 MLC
Sources: DailyTech (Daily Hardware Reviews)Google

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