Solid State Drive Comparison - Round 2

As a follow-up to our previous SSD coverage, today we will be looking at four popular mainstream SSD offerings which include the A-Data S592 128GB, Corsair P Series 128GB, OCZ Agility 120GB and the OCZ Vertex Turbo 120GB.

Although all these products are MLC flash-based and target the consumer enthusiast market, they do vary in price, on-board controllers, memory chips, and cache sizes, which should make for some very interesting results.

With dozens of manufacturers now offering some kind of solid state drive, you should know there are only a handful of them you should concern yourself with. MLC drives based on either the Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40, Indilinx Barefoot or Intel's own controller are all you should be looking at today. While the Intel controller remains the superior performer when it comes to small data writes, the Samsung and Indilinx controllers are worthy alternatives.

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Haha, ditto again! 120gb is bit small for my liking these days, to be honest 500gb is ideal but obviously that's quite a high order with where we're currently at with these drives. Irritating as standard 500gb hard-drives are so cheap compared to several years ago, just need solid states to follow that pattern, quickly preferably too!

I'm in no hurry. I would love a fast OS drive but for the time being, regular hard drives are so cheap that it will take a lot to get me to buy a SSD. Maybe once I can get a 256GB for $120 or something like that...until then I will keep rocking my big-ass cheap hard drives.

Thom said,
Haha, ditto again! 120gb is bit small for my liking these days, to be honest 500gb is ideal but obviously that's quite a high order with where we're currently at with these drives. Irritating as standard 500gb hard-drives are so cheap compared to several years ago, just need solid states to follow that pattern, quickly preferably too!


I certainly don't see SSD as a replacement for mass storage. Are traditional hard drives not fast enough for your pictures, videos, and crap like that?

Leave those for the big, fat hard drives. Put your OS and apps on SSD, that's where you're gonna see the most benefit.

Well..the problem right now is...you have these SSD's that will slow down to a crawl the more you use them. To me...the technology is not there yet for the SSD to maintain stability in speed. Cause if I am going to buy a hard drive...they need to have the same speed when I first bought it...to the day it dies....or at least close to the same speed. And the benchmark tests show that these SSDs show a significant speed reduction compared to spindle drives.

So for me...it's a no brainer...I will stay with my 10,000 rpm Velociraptor until they can prove to me these SSDs can maintain speed and performance.

texasghost said,
Well..the problem right now is...you have these SSD's that will slow down to a crawl the more you use them. To me...the technology is not there yet for the SSD to maintain stability in speed. Cause if I am going to buy a hard drive...they need to have the same speed when I first bought it...to the day it dies....or at least close to the same speed. And the benchmark tests show that these SSDs show a significant speed reduction compared to spindle drives.

So for me...it's a no brainer...I will stay with my 10,000 rpm Velociraptor until they can prove to me these SSDs can maintain speed and performance.

There are a new SSD that self-defrag when idle and can restore your initial read/write speed in less than a half a hour.

heres a thought. Traditionally, it was a good idea to keep your page file (swap) on a seperate drive, so that it's reading and writing wouldn't affect your main drive performance. With these High speed SSD drives, is it alright to keep the swap file on your main drive now? Or should it still be kept off drive?

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