Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:08 pm IST
High-end SSD Roundup - 10 SSDs tested!
| by Anand Tuliani
ADATA XPG SX900 – Best Performer
ADATA claims its XPG SX900 solid state drive is the most powerful SSD on earth. This seems true after having tested the fastest SSDs available in the market. The SX900 belongs to the Xtreme Performance Gear series of enthusiast-class hardware and uses optimized firmware to efficiently utilize the NAND chips. Coupled with a SandForce 2281 controller, the SX900 can reach read and write speeds greater than 500MB/s. This SSD is available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, which give you multiple options depending on your budget and application area. The package includes a 3.5-inch drive bay adapter. We received the review unit (256GB) as soon as the SX900 was launched. After formatting, you get 238GB of usable storage space.
The capacity is sufficient to comfortably store hundreds of movies and music albums or multiple games and applications that require gigabytes of storage space. The only drive that came close to this one was the 240GB SSD in Intel’s 520 Series. The sequential read and write scores reported by ATTO Disk Benchmark and SiSoft Sandra 2012 indicate how fast the SX900 is. It was the only drive in the round-up that could write data faster than 500 MB/s. Think of a hefty 4GB file getting transferred in under 5 seconds!(You'd need an equally fast source drive, too.) With the highest scores in most benchmarks, this drive scored a whopping 97 points out of 100. There's no other choice, if you want a super-fast PC.
Best Value for money
Both ATTO Disk Benchmark and SiSoft Sandra 2012 reported sequential read and write speeds of 512 MB/s and 481 MB/s, respectively. On the other hand, Crystal Disk Mark logged read and write speeds of 466 MB/s and 169MB/s, respectively. The Force GT is powered by the SandForceSF-2281controller, which is the key to the drive’s superior performance. The average price of the 120GB SSDs that participated in the round-up is Rs.14,000 and the 120GB Corsair Force GT is priced below Rs.10,000. This is the biggest reason why this SSD won our Best Value award. Considering its superior performance, the Force GT is our recommendation, if you want a high-performance SSD at an attractive price.
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