There are some drives that we generally would not want to get: we consider 60 MB/s read throughput the minimum that a modern hard drive or equivalent should deliver today, regardless of its other qualities. Efficiency or cost may be reasons to get even slower products, but we consider these individual decisions; you should aim for 80 MB/s and up for a notebook or desktop.
Crucial’s SSD isn’t the best overall drive, but it delivers high throughput. So do the products by Mtron, MemoRight, OCZ, Samsung, Super Talent and the high-speed versions by Hama. While other performance characteristics may vary, read throughput is most important for either a desktop or notebook. Write performance, however, can vary quite a bit.
While Super Talent provides excellent read performance, it cannot maintain its throughput for write operations. The same applies to Crucial’s 2.5” SSD and the Silicon Power 128 GB SSD, which is already slow enough. This is where you can tell SLC and MLC flash apart; the latter cannot store data fast enough. That is not an issue for desktop-type applications, but it’s unacceptable for power users and business environments.
- Flash SSDs Compared
- Crucial 32 GB Solid State Drive 2.5”: Reads Fast
- Hama Solid State Flash Drives: 3.5” & 1.8”: Big or Small
- Hama Solid State Flash Drives: 2.5” SLC & MLC 32 GB
- MemoRight MR25.2-032S/064S: Enterprise Class
- Mtron Pro 7500 3.5” SATA 32 GB: Workstation Drives
- OCZ 64 GB SATAII SSD 2.5”: Samsung White Label
- Samsung 2.5” 64 GB SSD SATA-2: The Reference
- Silicon Power SSD 128 GB: Big And Slow
- Super Talent Masterdrive MX 60 GB 2.5”: Unbalanced
- Test Setup
- Access Time, Interface
- Read/Write Throughput
- PCMark Application Benchmarks
- I/O Performance Results
- Workstation Performance And Efficiency
- Streaming Read Performance And Efficiency
- Avg. Power at DVD Playback
- Conclusion: Recommending Samsung