Solid State Drive Comparison - Round 2

By on August 21, 2009, 2:41 PM
As a follow-up to our previous SSD coverage, today we will be looking at four popular mainstream SSD offerings which include the A-Data S592 128GB, Corsair P Series 128GB, OCZ Agility 120GB and the OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB.

Although all these products are MLC flash-based and target the consumer enthusiast market, they do vary in price, on-board controllers, memory chips, and cache sizes, which should make for some very interesting results.


With dozens of manufacturers now offering some kind of solid state drive, you should know there are only a handful of them you should concern yourself with. MLC drives based on either the Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40, Indilinx Barefoot or Intel's own controller are all you should be looking at today. While the Intel controller remains the superior performer when it comes to small data writes, the Samsung and Indilinx controllers are worthy alternatives.

Read the complete review.




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VonDisco said:

I seriously cannot wait until SSDs start coming out in larger capacities and at more affordable prices, the difference in PC performace seems phenomenal!

windmill007 said:

I love my OCZ Vertex. I got the 60GB under $200. Its like a whole new machine!

David40 said:

While comparing the speed of these is interesting isn't it true that this type of drive is so much faster than regular mechanical hard drives that there is no comparison? Relatively speaking isn't the difference in speed between the various SSD's insignificant?

Guest said:

woooooooooooooooooooow

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

@David40, we agree with you, but considering you may be in the lookout to buy a new SSD and the drives are all in the same price range, we are trying to guide you to get the best deal for your money.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Julio, what are the temperatures of these drives? Should I expect these solid state drive to run cooler than my WD Raptor's? For me, that there might be a reason to switch. If I can get my case's internal temps down without adding fans I'd have a more reliable computer that I could live with.

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Steve Steve said:

Julio, what are the temperatures of these drives? Should I expect these solid state drive to run cooler than my WD Raptor's? For me, that there might be a reason to switch. If I can get my case's internal temps down without adding fans I'd have a more reliable computer that I could live with.

Yes they are significantly cooler. There are no moving parts and they consume very little power so the thermal output is low.

Guest said:

@David40, SSD are apparently not always better than traditional. Our development team recently all upgraded to Lenevo T400 with Samsung SSD. The performance was amazing at first, but after a few months of usage they're abysmal. When compiling moderate size projects or checking things out from SVN, the computer is totally unusable for a few minutes. We see read Response Times in the 1.5-2.5 SECOND range (normal response times are 1-10 MS).

The CrystalDiskMark results I have for my Samsung SSD are much lower than those posted, particularly the 4K results which is where we see problems (compiling and checking stuff out works with thousands of small files).

We're going to have to replace all of our SSD HD's.

Zilpha Zilpha said:

My impression of the SSD's is that they are terrific - if you aren't writing and rewriting the data over and over again. It sounds like you may have just burned them out due to constant compiling and recompiling. I don't know if these would be ideal for a development environment with a heavy read\write use. Sounds like you guys are beyond "power users".

The article is fantastic and really great information. They are really beefing up the capacity of these drives - I think it might be time to go shopping!

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