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Roundup: The Best SSDs For Enthusiasts

Comparison Table And Test Setup

ManufacturerA-DataCorsairKingston
FamilyNobilityForce SeriesSSDNow V+
Model NumberN002CSSD-F160GBP2-BRKTSNVP325-S2/128GB
Capacity128 GB160 GB128 GB
Flash TypeMLCMLCMLC
ControllerIndilinx BarefootSandForce SF-1200Toshiba T6UG1XBG
Form Factor2.5"2.5"2.5"
InterfaceSATA 3Gb/sSATA 3Gb/sSATA 3Gb/s
Cache (MB)64 MBN/A128 MB
NCQYesYesYes
Height9.5 mm9.5 mm9.5 mm
MTBFN/A1,000,000 h1,000,000 h
Operating Temperature0-70° C0-70° C0-70° C
Specified Idle Power (low-power)N/A0.50 W0.15 W
Measured Idle Power (low-power)0.51 W0.52 W0.06 W
Price$267$396$275

ManufacturerKingstonPatriotSamsung
FamilySSDNow VInferno470-Series
Model NumberSNV425-S2/128GBPI120GS25SSDRPM810
Capacity128 GB120 GB256 GB
Flash TypeMLCMLCMLC
ControllerToshiba TC58NCF618GBTSandForce SF-1200Samsung MAX
Form Factor2.5"2.5"2.5"
InterfaceSATA 3Gb/sSATA 3Gb/sSATA 3Gb/s
Cache (MB)64 MBN/A128 MB
NCQYesYesYes
Height9.5 mm9.5 mm9.5 mm
MTBF1,000,000 h1,500,000 h1,500,000 h
Operating Temperature0-70° C0-70° C0-70° C
Specified Idle Power (low-power)N/AN/AN/A
Measured Idle Power (low-power)1.36 W0.69 W0.16 W
Price$230$271$600

Test Setup

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
CPUIntel Core i7-920 (45 nm, 2.66 GHz, 4 x 512 KB L2 Cache, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache)
Motherboard (LGA 1366)Supermicro X8SAX, Revision: 1.0, Chipset Intel X58 + ICH10R, BIOS: 1.0B
SATA controllerHighpoint Rocket 620, SATA 6 Gb/s
Memory3 x 1 GB DDR3-1333 Corsair CM3X1024-1333C9DHX
HDDSeagate NL35 400 GB, ST3400832NS, 7200 RPM, SATA 1.5Gb/s, 8 MB Cache
Power SupplyOCZ EliteXstream 800 W, OCZ800EXS-EU
Benchmarks
Performance Measurementsh2benchw 3.13PCMark Vantage 1.0.2.0
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2008.08.18Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-BenchmarkStreaming ReadsStreaming Writes4k Random Reads4k Random Writes
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate x64