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Best SSDs For The Money: April 2011

If you have more than $450 to spend on an SSD, you are clearly not worried about price. Enthusiasts who have that luxury should probably take a look at OCZ's Vertex 3 at 240 GB, which sells for $550. It continues to be the fastest SSD we've seen in the lab, and if you want to take advantage of 6 Gb/s performance, it is the drive you need.

We understand that SSD prices don't make it easy to adopt the latest technology. Maybe that's why you aren't too keen on blowing a couple hundred dollars on solid-state storage, especially when you can spend the same amount and buy four 2 TB hard drives or a high-performance processor. That's why it's important to put things into perspective. Over the past five years, CPU performance has hit new and unforeseen heights, and they're spending increasing time waiting on data from storage. Hard drives simply can't keep up. This is what makes storage today's most glaring bottleneck. Overcoming it requires an SSD.

As a point of comparison, a file operation completes 85% faster on a low-end SSD than it does on a high-end hard drive, but there is only an 88% speed difference between a high-end hard drive and a high-end SSD. That why you shouldn't let benchmarks deter you from making the switch. You don't have to have the best SSD to get great performance relative to a HDD.

There you have it folks: the best SSDs for the money this month. Now all that’s left to do is to find and purchase them. This is the first in our Best SSDs for the Money series. If you have a request for next month, be sure to drop us a comment.

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