This week has been a relatively quiet week for SSD reviews with just five that we came across since last Friday. Four of the drives reviewed use the SandForce SF-1200 series controller, showing just how much of an interest there is in SSDs powered by this controller.
The four SandForce powered drives include the Vertex 2 Desktop 120GB, Zalman N-Series 128GB, OWC Mercury Auro Pro 120GB and RunCore Pro V 120GB. Based on their capacities, these SSDs make use of the newer SandForce revision which uses less overprovisioning. The IOPS ratings vary from drive to drive, with just the OWC and Vertex 2 claiming the jaw-dropping 50,000 IOPS capability.
The last review is of the Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache Flash, which resembles a USB pen drive. However, unlike most pen drives, this actually has 32MB of cache to improve write operations, something which may be useful as a “ReadyBoost” drive or where the user needs a high speed drive on the move.
The following are reviews published since our last review Friday:
- Zalman N-Series 128GB – 10th February 2011
- OWC Mercury Aura Pro 120GB – 8th February 2011 (Real world)
- Super Talent USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache Flash Drive – 8th February 2011 (USB Pen) (Preview)
- RunCore Pro V 120GB – 7th February 2011 (Real World)
- OCZ Vertex 2 120GB 3.5″ – 7th February 2011
- Real World – Test includes real world tests, such as boot-up, file copy, etc. timings
- USB – Drive is an USB external SSD
- Pen – Pen drive
If you came across an SSD review over the past week not listed, please let us know!
Please check back next Friday for the next round of reviews.