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The OCZ Vertex 3 240GB blew us away when we reviewed it earlier this month. Its lighting fast transfer speeds and application performance left no room for the competition to breathe -- including the once-praised Samsung 470 Series and Crucial RealSSD C300 drives. The Vertex 3 proved to be dramatically faster than its predecessor, and perhaps just as important, that speed comes at nearly the same cost. Having surpassed some of the best SSDs we've tested, we were left to wonder if the Vertex 3 would remain unattested in the short-term. With Crucial's M4 shaping up to be a mainstream drive, who else could rise to the challenge? We may have an answer to that question today as we test the closest thing the Vertex 3 has to competition: Intel's new flagship SSD 510 Series. Considering all the achievements Intel earned with its X25-M drives, hardware enthusiasts were to expect Intel to oppose OCZ's juggernaut. The company has recently launched three new SSD lines: the 310, 320 and 510 Series. The SSD 310 Series is intended for notebooks or other small form-factor devices and comes in 40/80GB flavors that use 34nm MLC NAND flash memory. They feature the same controller used by Intel's X25-M G2 (the Intel PC29AS21BA0) and offer read/write speeds of 200/70 MB/s over SATA 3Gb/s.
By TechReport, published 12-06-2011
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By TechRadar, published 19-08-2011
One hundred and seventy English pounds for a 120GB SSD powered by the latest SandForce SF-2200 controller and 25nm NAND flash memory? Looks like a bit of a bargain, particularly compared to 120GB-ish drives with the Marvell 9174 controller, such as the Intel 510 and Plextor M2S. For the most part, Corsair's new Force 3 continues to look like a great deal when the stick-poking forensics kick off. Y...
By TechRadar, published 19-05-2011
Memory controllers are the super-model components of the SSD world, and OCZ is dropping the fastest consumer SandForce SATA 6Gbps controller on the planet with this the OCZ Vertex 3 240GB.SSD's are now so numerous, it's hard to believe that the desktop digital drive in its current NAND-based state hasn't been around that long. That said the enterprise sector has had the pleasure of using SSD's in ...
By TechRadar, published 19-05-2011
Plextor is not normally a name you'd associate with super-fast solid state drives, but here it is with its first SATA 6Gbps drive, the Plextor PX-128M2S.Plextor's branched out from fast performing technology and internal and external optical drives into the non-optical storage market, with external hard drives and NAS devices. In early 2010 it launched its first generation of SSD drives, the PX-M1...
By MaximumPC, published 16-05-2011
From the caliber of their parts to the breadth of their abilities to their unconventional shapes and sizes, today's small form factor PCs are a tasty treat for power users It has long been considered common wisdom that the smaller the size of a PC, the greater its compromises. Notebooks, no matter how fat, for example, will never touch the power of a desktop machine. The same held true for small ...