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64 GB Solid State Drive Round-Up
Author: Gabriel Torres 65,700 views
Type: Reviews Last Updated: February 11, 2010
Page: 1 of 8
Introduction

Solid state drives (SSDs) are now somewhat affordable for the user that wants to boost the performance of his or her computer. Today we are going to review the latest release from five different manufacturers (Intel, Kingston, Mushkin, OCZ and Patriot), with prices ranging from USD 200 to USD 300.

Before going on, we'd highly suggest you to read our Anatomy of SSD Units tutorial, which provides all background information you should know about SSDs. All units included in this round-up are based on MLC memory chips.

Sixty four gigs don't seem a lot, but at least it allows you to come with a hybrid solution: installing the operating system and programs on the SSD and using a large hard disk drive for storing data such as movies, songs, pictures, etc.

In the table below we compare the units we are going to review. All units use the 2.5" form factor and SATA-300 interface.

Intel X25-M is an oddball with its 80 GB capacity instead of 64 GB. This "strange" number happens because the controller chip used on this particular SSD divides memory in 10 channels, each channel having 8 GB (thus 10 x 8 GB = 80 GB). We decided to include this unit in our review because we think this model fits better with a 64 GB round-up than with a 128 GB round-up. OCZ labels its product as a "60 GB" device but it is in fact a 64 GB unit.

Manufacturer

Model

Model #

Capacity

Price

Intel

X25-M

SSDSA2MH080G1

80 GB

USD 300

Kingston

SSDNow V+ Series

SNVP325-S2/64GB

64 GB

USD 200

Mushkin

Io

MKNSSDIO64GB

64 GB

USD 215

OCZ

Vertex

OCZSSD2-1VTX60G

64 GB

USD 240

Patriot

Torqx

PFZ64GS25SSD-6E24B0948

64 GB

USD 270

Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this review, except for Mushkin Io, which we used the price being displayed at the manufacturer's website.

In the table below we provide a more in-depth technical overview of the reviewed units. For some reason most chip manufacturers don't put on their websites specific information of these chips, so we are linking only what we found.

Model

Controller

Buffer

Memory

Intel X25-M

Intel PC29AS21AA0

16 MB (Samsung K4S281632I-UC60)

Intel 29F32G08ZAMCI

Kingston V+ Series

Toshiba T6UG1XBG

128 MB (Micron MT46H32M32LFCM-6 IT)

Toshiba TH58NVG6DZEBAK0

Mushkin Io

Indilinx IDX110M00

64 MB (Hynix H55S5122DFA)

Toshiba TH58NVG5D1DTG20

OCZ Vertex

Indilinx IDX110M00

64 MB (Hynix H55S5122DFA)

Samsung K9LBG08U0M

Patriot Torqx

Indilinx IDX110M00

64 MB (Elpida S51321DBH-60T)

Samsung K9HCG08U1D

 

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