Solid state drives. They’re all the rage, and for good reason. They’re small enough that they can be used in netbooks and notebooks but they have performance which those running massive workstations will love. But they’re also a rapidly evolving product, with new versions and variants constantly arriving. Sorting through it all can be a bit confusing.
Thankfully, hardware websites have been tackling the problem in droves. The latest is Hardware Secrets, which has rounded up some popular 128GB drives (and one 160GB drive) to see how they compare. The drives from Corsair, Crucial, Intel, Kingston, Mushkin, Patriot and Western Digital are included. So how did they fair?
For sequential read, the three programs we used confirmed Intel X-25M 160 GB as the fastest solid state drive under this kind of task. The other two drives that had great performance on sequential read were Corsair Nova 128 GB and Digital SiliconEdge Blue (both confirmed by two out of three programs to be the next choice after Intel’s unit).
The Intel drive’s performance lead in that area was expected, but Hardware Secrets also found some surprises – for example, the Intel drive was the worst in sequential write speeds. If you’re looking for a 128 GB solid state drive this article is a must read.
Source: Hardware Secrets