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Best SSDs For The Money: April 2012

For Reference, SSD Versus HDD: Power And Performance

Do you transcode video, copy large amounts of data, or run your own Web server? If you consistently perform I/O-intensive tasks, SSDs are a great way to improve speed. But even if you only browse the Internet, SSDs still offer tangible benefits in performance and power. Take a look at the CPU utilization and power consumption results from one of our recent reviews:

A disk-based drive will always consume more power absolutely. At the system level, an SSD increases power consumption because CPU and memory utilization rises in response to increased I/O activity (they're not sitting there, waiting on a hard drive to send data). But remember that an SSD-based configuration will always finish those operations faster. You see that reflected in the charts above. At the end of the day, an SSD lowers power consumption. This is why performance and power go hand-in-hand.

PCMark Vantage (x64) HDD SuiteAverage Power Rating (W)ActualPower Used (mW)AverageCPU utilization (%)Completion Time (mm:ss)
Kingston SSDNow 100 V+0.68514.78:06
OCZ Agility 21.418610.97:54
Intel X25-M1.424210.810:17
OCZ Vertex 3 Pro1.620715.17:41
OCZ Vertex 21.926913.98:28
Seagate Momentus 5400.62.242610.411:40
OCZ Vertex 32.330515.17:50
G.Skill SATA II FM-25S2S-64GB2.636913.58:40
  • for me reliability & gigabyte/$ are the only criteria that should matter for most consumers looking for SSDs .
    especially 1st time buyers.
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  • eddieroolz
    I think I'd be going with a Crucial m4 for its superb reliability.
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  • hellfire24
    i agree that crucial drives are not the fastest but they are a great value with high quality and reliability.
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  • kyuuketsuki
    Those Mushkin drives that consistently sit at or under the $1/GB mark are simply killer. If I had some money to burn, I'd have already popped a 240GB one in my system.
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  • hmp_goose
    I'm still lost, after all these months: Why are there drives with higher prices listed after the Chronos Deluxe?

    Honorable Mentions for laptop use? The price premium surely doesn't cover 16GB of extra capacity …
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  • sirencall
    I got an OCZ Agility III for my aging laptop and made that thing into a screamer and boots faster than my cell phone. I paid 150 for it and it is 120gb so I think it was a pretty sweet deal and a great investment.....it also managed to double my battery life somehow lol. What I want to see is a review of msata SSD's for those who have a mobo with a built in msata port since its hard to find a which ones would fit the board since there are various types that are not true msata and thus result in wasted money
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  • slomo4sho
    How is the reliability on the Samsung drives?
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  • ikyung
    Currently using an M4 on my laptop and the Samsung 830 which I got couple months ago in my desktop. Both are superb devices.
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  • noobnerd
    call me when they're 50 cents per gig. i r broke
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  • SkyWalker1726
    Agility 3 User , boots fast , Read/Write Fast :)
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