Best Solid State Drives

Best Solid State Drives

Let us discuss about some of the best solid state drives in the market. Recent trends show that Solid State Drives have become quite a popular choice as a data storage element. Few of the best ones available in the market are discussed here.

Corsair Neutron GTX SSD

  • Link A Media Device LM87800 Controller
  • Toshiba 24nm toggle NAND flash memory
  • SATA III 6.0 Gbps
  • 0°C to +70°C operating temperature
  • 2,000,000 hours MTBF
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7; MacOS X (Lion), Windows 8 Beta

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SanDisk Extreme SSD

  • SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • SanDisk 24nm MLC Toggle NAND
  • Operating temperature is 0?C to 70?C
  • 120GB (SDSSDX-120G-G25) has a capacity of 550 MB/s read, 510 MB/s write, 23K random read IOPS, 83K random write IOPS
  • 240GB (SDSSDX-240G-G25) has a capacity of 550 MB/s read, 520 MB/s write, 33K random read IOPS, 83K random write IOPS
  • 480GB (SDSSDX-480G-G25) has a capacity of 540 MB/s read, 460 MB/s write, 44K random read IOPS, 46K random write IOPS
  • 2.5″ 9.5mm form factor

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Kingston HyperX 3K SSD

  • SandForce SF-2281 processor
  • SATA III 6Gbps interface
  • 25nm Intel synchronous NAND memory
  • MTBF 1,000,000 Hrs
  • Power consumption when Idle is 0.455W, when read operation is 1.58W, while write operation is 2.11W
  • Operating temperature is 0?C to 70?C
  • Storage temperatures is between -40°C to 85°C

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OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

  • 224 GB formatted capacity
  • SandForce SF-2281 Processor
  • SATA 6Gbps
  • Sustained Sequential Read – up to 559MB/s, Write – up to 527MB/s
  • Synchronous Tier 1/Grade A 25nm NAND Flash Storage
  • 2.5 inch SSD

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Intel 520 Series SSDSC2CW120A3K5

  • 120GB capacity
  • SATA 6Gbps interface
  • MLC NAND Flash
  • Random 8GB Read: up to 25,000 IOPS
  • Random 8GB Write: up to 40,000 IOPS
  • 1.2 million hours MTBF

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Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW

  • Controller: 3-core MDX controller (300MHz)
  • 2x-nm class DDR2 toggle-mode NAND (400 Mbps) memory
  • Serial ATA 3.0, up to 6GB/sec interface
  • Sequential Write: 450MB/sec, Random Read: 100,000 IOPS, Random Write: 78,000 IOPS

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Plextor PX-256M3S SSD

  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • Marvell 9174 processor
  • Toshiba 24nm Toggle NAND
  • MTBF    1.5 million hour
  • It is also backward compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s

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Crucial m4 SSD

  • SATA 6Gbps interface
  • Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 processor
  • Backward compatible with SATA II, 3 Gb/sec
  • 500 MB/sec sequential reads (at 6 Gb/sec),260 MB/sec sequential writes (at 6 Gb/sec)

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OCZ Agility 3 SSD

  • Max. Read Up to 400MB/s; Max. Write Up to 300MB/s
  • Formatted Capacity – 223.57GB
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • SandForce SF-2281 Controller
  • 25nm Intel/Micron asynchronous MLC NAND

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OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD

  • SF-2281 Processor
  • IMFT 25nm Asynchronous NAND
  • Sustained Sequential Read: up to 556MB/s, Sustained Sequential Write: up to 523MB/s
  • 2.5-inch SSD

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OCZ Solid 3

  • NAND Components: Multi-Level Cell (MLC)
  • Interface: 2.5 inch
  • Form Factor: SATA III/6Gbps
  • Seek Time: 0.1 m/s
  • Random Write 4KB (Aligned): 20,000 IOPS

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Corsair Force Series 3

  • SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) connectivity- Works seamlessly with SATA 3 systems
  • Backward compatible-Works with SATA 3Gb/s (SATA 2) systems
  • High performance SandForce SF-2200 SSD controller
  • Sequential read speeds of up to 550 MB/s
  • Sequential write speeds of up to 520 MB/s

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Intel SSD 310 Series 80GB

  • Capacity 40GB and 80GB
  • 34nm Intel NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell Components
  • Sustained Sequential Reads – up to 200 MB/s (80GB)
  • Sustained Sequential Writes – up to 70 MB/s (80GB)
  • Interface Compatible with SATA 1.5 Gb/s and 3 Gb/s

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  • SandForce SF-2181 processor
  • 2xnm MLC NAND
  • Native TRIM support
  • Seek Time: .1ms
  • 4KB Random Read: I/O Per Second (IOPS): 11,500 IOPS

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480GB

  • 25nm Intel/Micron asynchronous MLC NAND
  • PCIe 4x interface
  • Four SandForce SF-2281 Controllers
  • Custom OCZ VCA 2.0 RAID Controller
  • Max Sequential Speeds: up to 1500MB/s Read and up to 1250MB/s Write

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Micron RealSSD C400 mSATA SSD

  • 32GB – MTFDDAT032MAM-1J1, Sequential Read – up to 440 MB/s and Sequential Write – up to 50 MB/s
  • Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Micron 25nm MLC NAND
  • Marvell 9174 Controller

OWC Mercury Aura Pro SSD

  • Controller: SandForce SF-1200 Series 7% Over Provisioning firmware set
  • NAND: Tier 1/Grade A Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash Memory
  • Reliability: 2,000,000 hour MTBF
  • Interface: SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
  • Native Command Queuing up to 32 commands
  • TRIM Support

Micron RealSSD P300

  • Formatted Capacity – 93.16GB
  • SATA 6Gb/s Interface
  • Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 Processor
  • Micron 34nm ONFI 2.1 SLC NAND
  • 360MB/s reads, 287MB/s writes
  • 3.5 petabytes TBW (200GB Capacity)

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Toshiba MKx001GRZB Enterprise SSD

  • Marvell-powered 6Gb/s SAS interface
  • 32nm SLC Toshiba NAND
  • Sector size – 512, 520, 528-byte
  • Active power consumption – 6.5 watts
  • Total Storage Capacity of Data Written – Unlimited 200GB and 400GB (8.2PB on 100GB MK1001GRZB)

Samsung SSD SM825 Enterprise SSD

  • Form Factor – 2.5 inches
  • AES-256 Encryption
  • MTBF – 2 million hours
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s (Native Command Queuing 32 Depth Supported)
  • Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y330 3-core ARM controller
  • Samsung K9HDGD8U5M-HCE0 E-MLC 30nm-class Toggle DDR NAND Flash memory
  • Samsung K4T2G314QF-MCF7 256MB DDR2-800 SDRAM cache memory

Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400M Enterprise SSD

  • MLC NAND Flash for ultra-high performance and endurance
  • Best IOPS/Watt for reduced TCO
  • Advanced Power-loss Data Management technology
  • 6Gb/s SAS interface for maximum throughput

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SMART Storage Systems XceedIOPS2 Enterprise SSD

  • SandForce SF-2582 Controller
  • Toshiba 32nm Enterprise MLC NAND
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
  • Data Reliability <1 in 1018 bits read
  • Error Correction/Error Detection (BCH) – 55 bits for every 512-byte sector
  • Data Fail Recovery Recover – up to 1 NAND flash erase block of data

OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G SSD

  • SandForce SF-2582 Controller with up to 28% Over-Provisioning
  • Enterprise Toggle Synchronous (eMLC) 10K PE NAND Flash
  • Form Factor – Standard 9.5mm 2.5″
  • SATA 6Gb/s
  • Data Reliability: ECC Recovery up to 55 bytes correctable per 512-byte sector
  • Nonrecoverable Read Errors: Less than 1 sector per 1017 bits read

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Micron RealSSD P400e Enterprise SSD

  • Micron 25nm Consumer MLC NAND Flash
  • Marvell 9174 SATA 6Gb/s Controller
  • RoHS-compliant package
  • SATA 6 Gb/s interface
  • ATA-8 ACS2 command set compliant
  • ATA security feature command set and password login support
  • Secure erase (data page) command set: fast and secure erase

Smart Storage Systems XceedStor 500S Enterprise SSD

  • Standard 24nm Toshiba MLC NAND
  • SandForce SF-2581 Processor
  • Interface SATA 6Gb/s
  • Data Fail Recovery: Recover up to 1 NAND flash erase block of data
  • Power Fail Recovery: High-reliability backup-power circuitry

Kingston SSDNow KC100 SSD

  • Form factor 2.5-inch
  • Interface SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s), SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Intel 25nm Synchonous MLC NAND
  • LSI SandForce SF-2281 Controller

Plextor PX-M3P SSD

  • Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 SSD controller
  • 24nm Toshiba Toggle NAND
  • For a 128GB (PX-128M3P) the Sequential Read is 535 MB/s, Sequential Write is 350 MB/s, Random Read 4K IOPS is 75,000, Random Write 4K IOPS is 69,000 and Cache is 256MB

Intel SSD 520 Enterprise

  • Very strong performance with read-heavy enterprise workloads
  • 20% over provisioning adds substantial performance in all profiles with write activity
  • Intel quality and reliability testing brings the SSD 520 into the realm of light-duty enterprise SSDs with obvious TCO benefits
  • But it still can’t compete at the endurance levels of eMLC or SLC-based SSDs

LSI WarpDrive SLP-300

  • LSI SAS2008 Controller
  • Simpler integration using SAS infrastructure
  • Enterprise reliability
  • Average latency of less than 50 microseconds
  • Powered entirely by the PCIe slot, consumes <25 Watts
  • PCI Express 2.0 host interface

OCZ Z-Drive R4 SSD RM88

  • Available in 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB configurations
  • PCI Express Gen. 2 x8
  • OCZ SuperScale Storage Controller
  • NAND Controller: 8 x SandForce SF-2200 SSD Processors

Fusion-io ioDrive Duo

  • 640GB MLC NAND (two individual 320GB SSDs on one PCIe card)
  • 1.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (64kB)
  • 1.0GB/s Write Bandwidth (64kB)
  • PCI-Express x4/x8 or PCI Express 2.0 x4
  • OS Compatibility: 64-Bit Microsoft XP/Vista/Win7/Server 2003/Server 2008, RHEL 4/5/6, SLES 10/11, OEL v5, VMware ESX 4.0/4.1/ESXi 4.1, Solaris 10 U8/U9 (x64)

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