Guys, just wondering why a lot of you are recommending vertex 4? vertex 4 slows down when you are beyond 50% capacity, and it toggles from “performance mode” to ‘”storage mode”. Basically your drive will have a significant reduce of performance, you can Google storage mode vertex 4 if you want, all reviewers mention it, Toms Hardware, Anandtech etc.
Tekkie Tekkie Muna (Slow down at bumaba muna sa kabayong mabilis), did you now that SSDs are now slowly replacing HDDs, probably because there’s a significant loading time speed performance improvement.
If you’re still on HDDs then its either your current PC speed is still tolerable for you, or you didn’t know there was an SSD, …..or you just don’t care mainly because you’re just using your PC as a word processor.
But if ever you would like to replace your Jurassic hard drives, here are some reviews and recommendations.
Despite having only four NAND flash memory chips on a tiny 1.8″ PCB, the mSATA m4 managed to keep pace with larger 2.5″ drives, including Crucial’s original m4 and most of the 2.5″ SandForce SF-2281 SSDs. In fact, in both of our real-world application tests, the mSATA unit delivered the highest or second-highest score, succumbing only to the OCZ Vertex 4. Likewise, the drive fared decently enough in our file copy tests.
If you recall, just a few months ago Toshiba announced a 30% reduction in manufacturing. Toshiba expected other NAND flash manufactures to follow suit to increase the cost of flash. Micron took the opportunity to gain market share and either held flash production or increased output. We’ve seen Micron gain some market share because of it, companies are even making special Micron flash versions of existing products, like the new OCZ Vertex 4 512GB M (M for Micron) SSD.
So if I made a RAID 0 array using SSDs, would I have a super fast hard drive? Below are some statements that we find interesting to read and ponder on if it is worth the effort to do Raid using SSDs.
Nowadays you need not be scared of Sandforce powered SSD especially tier1 Sandforce controlled SSD’s like Sandisk Extreme, Corsair Force GT, Force GS, Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Patriot Wildfire, Intel 520. You just have to have the latest firmware installed. Now if you are on a really tight budget go for Intel 330 or take your chance with an OCZ Agility 3. Just make sure you buy from a reputable store.
Best SSD due to it’s sheer reliability is the Crucial M4 SSD – Dont get the Vertex 4, its performance suffers considerably if its more than 50% capacity already.
Next recommendation is either the Samsung 830 or Plextor SSD. Finally, the Intel SSD (330 Series or 520) – reliable and excellent warranty. Although the 330 series uses a sandforce controller, Intel has an exclusive firmware which is more stable than OCZ/Corsair.
I won’t recommend Corsair (except performance pro – its expensive) or OCZ SSD as I have issues and reservations about SSD’s with Sandforce Controllers – they are notorious for reliability issues.
Kingmax SSD is doing a launching feature with good offer price.