Given the recent product releases in the SSD industry, it is now a good time to do another purchase recommendation post. We did our first "Best SSDs" post in November last year and it received quite a bit of interest by providing simple recommendations instead of a several thousand word analysis like we usually do in our reviews. Quite surprisingly, our previous recommendations were still accurate until about a month ago when Crucial rolled out the MX100, so despite the fact that the article is now eight months old there was no immediate need for an updated post until now. Similar to the previous post, I will be splitting the recommendations in different categories by form factor and performance. Note that pricing fluctuates constantly...

The SandForce Roundup: Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ, OWC & MemoRight SSDs Compared

It's a depressing time to be covering the consumer SSD market. Although performance is higher than it has ever been, we're still seeing far too many compatibility and reliability...

88 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/11/2011

Samsung Announces PM830, Its First 6Gbps SSD with up to 512GB Capacities

With each subsequent generation, Samsung's SSDs have been getting noticeably better. Two years ago its drives were unrecommendable, but just this year we met the Samsung SSD 470. While...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2011

OCZ Releases Z-Drive R4 PCIe SSD

OCZ has updated their enterprise Z-Drive lineup with new fourth-generation R4 PCIe SSD. OCZ had a prototype of this SSD on display at Computex (our article). R4 adapts SandForce's...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 8/3/2011

SanDisk SSDs Coming To Your PC

The SSD market gets bigger and bigger and now one of the big guns in Flash memory is stepping into the game. Having previously primarily released OEM SSD products...

3 by Jason Inofuentes on 7/27/2011

2011 MacBook Air SSD Features the Same Controller as Samsung 470

Like we suspected in April, the Samsung SSD found in some 2010 and 2011 MacBook Airs is indeed using the same controller as Samsung 470 series. The controller carries...

2 by Kristian Vättö on 7/27/2011

It's Also the Summer of Storage: Patriot Wildfire SSD Giveaway

What's this - another contest during our Summer of Honeycomb giveaway? Indeed it is. We write about SSDs quite frequently here at AnandTech so it's about time that we...

3147 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/11/2011

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (480GB) Preview: 200K IOPS & 1.5GB/s for $1699?

Although consumer SSDs are far from a mature technology, PCIe SSDs are even further behind on the growth curve. The upside is huge. As SandForce has already demonstrated with...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/28/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS & Patriot Wildfire SSDs Reviewed

Not wanting to be completely married to Intel NAND production, OCZ wanted to introduce a version of the Vertex 3 that used 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND - similar to...

114 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2011

This Just In: OCZ's Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB, The New Mid-Range King?

I mentioned in our Mid-Range SSD Roundup that most SSD vendors like sampling the best balance of capacity/performance when it comes to SSD review samples. For the SandForce SF-2281...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/15/2011

Intel SSD 710 and 720 Series Specifications Revealed

In our Intel roadmap article published in May, we shortly previewed Intel's upcoming 700 Series SSDs. Back then there wasn't much to talk about as very few specs were...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 6/15/2011

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 and More Compared

A year ago whenever I'd request an SSD for review I'd usually get a 128GB drive built using 3x nm 4GB 2-bit MLC NAND die. These days the standard...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2011

Micron's P320h: A Custom Controller Native PCIe SSD in 350/700GB Capacities

SSDs are beginning to challenge conventional drive form factors in a major way. On the consumer side we're seeing more systems use new form factors for SSDs, enabled by...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2011

Kingston's HyperX SandForce SSD

Kingston is a pretty big player in the SSD space but mostly on the mainstream/value end of the spectrum. With a fairly conservative strategy we haven't seen Kingston be...

6 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Computex 2011: Diskeeper ExpressCache Provides an Alternative to SSD Caching for OEMs

As we found out in our Z68 review, Intel's SRT (SSD Caching) is basically a software tool baked into Intel's RST driver - there's no real hardware requirement in...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

The New Indilinx Everest SSD

OCZ acquired Indilinx not too long ago and today we're seeing the first new controller from the company since 2009. OCZ calls it the Everest Platform, and it's an...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ's RevoDrive Hybrid, HDD & SSD on PCIe Card

OCZ is feeling quite experimental these days as it has announced a hybrid RevoDrive. Take the new RevoDrive 3 and use it as a cache in front of a...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ Z-Drive R4 88, Eight SF-2281 Controllers in RAID-0

OCZ's consumer accessible PCIe SSD line is the RevoDrive, but if you're an enterprise customer and want a custom configuration OCZ will build you a Z-Drive. To show you...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: OCZ's RevoDrive 3 & RevoDrive 3 X2, Now With TRIM

There's a new PCIe SSD in town: the RevoDrive 3. Armed with two SF-2281 controllers and anywhere from 128 - 256GB of NAND (120/240GB capacities), the RevoDrive 3 is...

23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/31/2011

Computex 2011: SandForce mSATA Drives & No More Supercap

I haven't been to Computex since 2005. I felt that for a while there the show had lost some of its appeal. Motherboards alone weren't all that interesting and...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/30/2011

OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) Review

OCZ has been at the forefront of each generation of SandForce SSD release since the debut of the SF-1500 based Vertex Limited Edition. More recently the Vertex 3 was...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2011

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