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SSD Ranking: The Fastest Solid State Drives

SSD Ranking: The Fastest Solid State Drives

by Glenn Santos January 1, 2013

Want to remove the speed limit on your PC? How about revving up the transfers and reads on your servers? Here’s the list of the fastest SSDs around at the time of writing.

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AMD Planning To Make Its Own SSD

by David April 10, 2014

1AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has made this week very interesting. The processor manufacturing giant has been rumored to make its own SSD line in collaboration with Toshiba.  After they surprised us with the release of Radeon branded memory modules, AMD might pull out another rabbit out of the hat with their upcoming Radeon solid state drives.

The SSD market is already competitive as it is but with the addition of another major player, consumers will surely see more competitive pricing and more drives to choose from.

AMD has not made any formal announcement about the intended market for these drives and their specifications but we’re expecting them to do so any time soon. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

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Intel 330 SSD Raid 0 Review (2x180GB)

by admin January 9, 2013

While the next SATA standard, SATA Express, is on the horizon, it is not ready for prime time just yet. Meanwhile, the SATA 6 GBps interface is largely saturated by most high-end SSDs today, so your options if you want greater speeds are either a PCIe drive or hooking up two or more drives with RAID striping. Two drives in RAID 0 using an integrated RAID controller is an affordable, although not fault-tolerant, way of boosting those transfer rates.

In this review we will take a look at how the Intel 330 performs in RAID 0. The 330 series barely needs an introduction; it is another range of SandForce SF-2281 based drives from Intel and basically a consumer-oriented version of the 520 series. It’s not quite as fast but still offers more than enough performance for most home users and workstations. One drawback, particularly for professional users, is the shorter warranty period of 3 years instead of 5.

Compared to the newer 335 series, the 330 consists of older (but better) 25nm NAND instead of the less durable 20nm modules found in the 335, making the 330 the best option hands down at the drives’ current price points.

330

What sets the 330 apart from the host of other SSDs with the same controller is that Intel’s drives use a proprietary firmware that is supposedly more reliable. This may not be entirely true at all times, but the 330 has been thoroughly tested and there haven’t been any major hiccups thus far.

Also, the 330 uses synchronous NAND instead of asynchronous like some other affordable drives. For these reasons, Intel drives sell at a small price premium to other, similar drives with the SandForce 2281 controller.

Test setup:
Gigabyte GA-Z77N
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz
Kingston HyperX XMP Red 1600MHz (2x8GB)
2x 180 GB Intel 330 SSDs, firmware version 330i
Intel SATA RAID Controller version 11.1.0.1006
Windows 8 Pro

But let’s move on to the results…

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