Presently, the fastest performance solid state drives on the market are based on the Sandforce SF-2281 controller. So they are one of the best options for those looking to upgrade their computer with an ultra fast SSD. We believe that 120 GB SSDs hit the sweet spot between price and capacity as 240 GB drives are a little expensive and 64 GB units are likely to get filled up too quickly. While many users may choose to combine a 120 GB drive with a mechanical hard drive for storing media files, it is just about large enough to use on its own in a laptop. Today we are going to look at the Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD.

Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD ReviewFigure 1: Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our Anatomy of SSD Units tutorial which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs. All the SSDs featured in this review use MLC memory chips.

The Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SSD comes with a 3.5”-to-2.5” adapter, so you can install it even if your case doesn’t have a 2.5” bay.

Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 120 GB SSD ReviewFigure 2: Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo 3.5” Adapter

In the table below, we are comparing the Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo with the three comparison drives we will be using, the Patriot Wildfire, Corsair Force 3 and Corsair Force GT. All four units use a SATA-600 interface and occupy the standard 2.5” form factor. The MX DS Turbo is supplied with an adapter that lets you use it with 3.5” drive mountings.

Manufacturer Model Model # Capacity Price
Mach Xtreme Technology MX DS Turbo MXSSD3MDST-120G 120 GB USD 230
Patriot Wildfire PW120GS25SSDR 120 GB USD 270
Corsair Force 3 CSSD-F120GB3 120 GB USD 195
Corsair Force GT CSSD-F120GBGT 120 GB USD 225

We researched the prices at on the day that we published this review. In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives. Most chip manufacturers don’t detail the specifics of their chips on their websites, so we are only linking to those we found.

Model Controller Buffer Memory
MX DS Turbo Sandforce SF-2281 NA Intel 29F64G08ACME2 (16 x 8 GB)
Patriot Wildfire Sandforce SF-2281 NA Toshiba TH58TAG6D2FBA49 (16 x 8 GB)
Corsair Force 3 Sandforce SF-2281 NA Micron 29F64G08CBAAA (16 x 8 GB)
Corsair Force GT Sandforce SF-2281 NA Micron 29F64G08CBAAB (16 x 8 GB)

Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He’s written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.