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SSD Ranking: The Fastest Solid State Drives

by: Glenn Santos Tuesday, January 1st, 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. This list is not aspiring to be the final word on SSD performance–only a rough guide to NAND Flash-based storage. It is primarily based on sequential read and write speeds (ideal circumstances); keep in mind that there are several other factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a solid state drive, not least reliability. For example, the old hard drive MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) value is still commonly (and erroneously) used by manufacturers but is defunct in the SSD era. An SSD’s life span is determined by the number of times each block can be written to before it wears out, where SLC (Single-Level Cell) NAND is superior to MLC (Multi-Level Cell), which in turn is superior to TLC (you guessed it: Triple-Level Cell) NAND. On top of which the older (e.g. 34nm) production process is more durable than the newer (e.g. 25nm) process and so on. For the average home or office user this is not a major issue, since a 25nm MLC-based drive will still last for many years and likely outlive the rest of the computer, but it is a critical factor if you plan to use it in a heavy-duty server, for example. Hence the separate lists for ‘consumer’ and ‘enterprise’ 2.5-inch drives (please note that the enterprise list is not updated as frequently).

Table of Contents
Top 10 Consumer SSDs
Top 10 Enterprise SSDs
Top 10 PCI-Express SSDs

Consumer/Client Drives (2.5-inch MLC)

Samsung 840 Pro1. Samsung 850 Pro

Available Capacities: 128GB – 1TB
Interface: SATA III 6Gbps
550MB/s read (256GB)
520MB/s write (256GB)

Samsung’s biggest strength in the SSD segment so far has been reliability–many have opted for Samsung drives mainly on account of their hassle-free operation. Unlike many other known brands that rely on third-party components, including NAND modules as well as the even more important controller, Samsung uses its own hardware throughout. The 850 Pro series uses its own MEX controller in combination with state-of-the-art 3D NAND (V-NAND), which increases density without compromising on performance. Indeed, the 850 Pro series is consistently ahead of the competition in most areas, so you will have to move away from the SATA interface to see better performance.


sandisk-extreme-ii2. SanDisk Extreme II

Available Capacities: 120GB – 480GB
Interface: SATA 3 6Gbps
550MB/s read
510MB/s write

The Extreme II from Flash storage-giant SanDisk delivers excellent performance at a reasonable price point. Its sequential read speeds of 550 MB/s and write speeds of 510 MB/s are complemented by very good random read/write figures as well (95K/78K IOPS). SanDisk uses a controller from Marvell in this particlar line of SSDs – a chip with the fanciful designation 88SS9187 (also known as Monet) – with SanDisk’s own firmware and 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND (also from SanDisk), which makes for a particularly long-lasting combination according to several reports.


Adata sp9203. ADATA Premier Pro SP 920

Available Capacities: 128GB – 1TB
Interface: SATA 3 6Gbps
560 MB/s read (512 GB/1 TB)
500 MB/s write (512 GB/1 TB)

Adata also uses a Marvell controller in its SP 920 lineup, with the designation 88SS9189. This is combined with synchronous 20m MLC NAND from Micron, which results in excellent performance in the higher-capacity variants of the SP 920. The drive is available in capacities ranging from 128 GB all the way up to 1 TB, with the 512 GB and 1 TB models offering the best performance (and most likely durability).

It is important to note that there’s a large reduction in sequential write performance in the lower-capacity variants: Sequential writes drop to 360 MB/s in the 256 GB model and a mere 180 MB/s in the 128 GB model. 4K read/write IOPS also take a hit, particularly in the 128 GB version of the SP 920. Consequently, we award the current spot in the ranking to the 512GB/1TB models only.


4. OCZ Vertex 4

Available Capacities: 128GB – 512GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
535MB/s read
200-480MB/s write

With the Vertex 4, OCZ moves away from the ubiquitous SandForce SF-2281 controller and uses its own Indilinx Everest 2 controller–a gamble that appears to have paid off. While the drive lags the sequential read performance (with compressible data) offered by the high-end SF-2281 drives, it excels in just about every other area. Random 4K IOPS performance is particularly impressive and the manufacturer claims a maximum 120,000 IOPS. The entire Vertex 4 lineup uses synchronous MLC NAND.

It is worth noting that the higher-capacity drives perform better in the sequential write area, with the 128GB model maxing out at 200 MB/s, 256GB at 380 MB/s and the larges 512GB drive delivers up to 475MB/s.

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Neutron GTX5. Corsair Neutron GTX

Available Capacities: 120GB – 480GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $150 to $550
555MB/s read
333-510MB/s write

The Corsair Neutron GTX in many ways came as a surprise; not because Corsair produced another high-end SSD, but because of the unfamiliar controller from Link_A_Media Devices (LAMD)–a U.S.-based SoC manufacturer that was recently acquired by Hynix. The Neutron GTX’s sequential read speeds approach the limits of the SATA III interface at 555 MB/s. Sequential write speeds are 511 MB/s in the 240 GB and 480 GB capacities and 330 MB/s in the 120 GB unit. What is also impressive is that random read/write performance is equally high. In all, the Neutron GTX is a surprising but welcome addition to the high-end SSD market and shows that LAMD is a forced to be reckoned with going forward.

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Plextor M3 Pro6. Plextor M3 Pro

Available Capacities: 128GB – 512GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $150 to $800
535-540MB/s read
350-450MB/s write

The Plextor M3 and M3 Pro both consist of the same hardware, but the firmware is different in the Pro version and allows somewhat better performance. This drive uses a Marvell controller (88SS9174) and 24nm Toggle-Mode NAND, which is higher-quality modules compared to some of the competitors. Plextor has sufficient trust in its choice of hardware to sell the Pro-series drives with a very respectable 5 year warranty. It is also very fast, of course, and competes with the top drives in almost every area and outperforms them in some.
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Intel 5207. Intel 520 Series

Available Capacities: 60GB – 480GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $150.00 to $1,138
550MB/s read (240GB)
520MB/s write (240GB)

Intel is back on top of the enthusiast consumer segment again–interestingly with the help of SandForce instead of an Intel controller. The 510 series uses the same SF-2281 controller that currently resides in countless other high-end SSDs. The difference is that Intel uses a unique, proprietary firmware that has been thoroughly tested and validated. With maximum sequential transfer rates of 550 MB/s (read) and 520 MB/s (write), the 520 series is clearly in a comfortable position in terms of performance, but the strongest argument in favor of Intel is reliability.
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Mushkin Chronos8. Mushkin Chronos Deluxe

Available Capacities: 120GB – 240GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $204.99 to $999.00
560MB/s read (240GB)
520MB/s write (240GB)

As our reader Itchy kindly pointed out, the numbers on the new Mushkin Chronos are indeed good. Just like so many other drives in the top tier of the SSD game it uses the SandForce SF-2281 processor, which consistently break new speed barriers as the manufacturers quietly improve their drives with new and more efficient firmware iterations.

The Chronos (also available in a “Deluxe” version) is available in the 120GB and 240GB capacities and do not only deliver excellent throughput in the sequential read/write area (560MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively), it also excels in 4K random writes with 90,000 IOPS with synchronous NAND.

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9. Corsair Force GT

Available Capacities: 60GB – 240GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $204.99 to $999.00
555MB/s read (240GB)
525MB/s write (240GB)

Built upon the latest iteration of the SandForce controller (benchmarks here), SF-2281. It has broken the speed barrier by using 25nm synchronous NAND, a much more expensive solution compared to the asynchronous NAND found in drives such as the Agility 3 and many others. Overall, from speed to read/write to build quality, the Force GT is indeed the best SSD in our book.

The 120GB and 60GB drives have the same 555MB/s maximum read throughput. The difference lies in the write throughput: 525MB/s for the 240GB, 515MB/s for the 120GB and 495MB/s for the 60GB. The IOPS measures are equally high at 85,000 IOPS (random write 4KB aligned) for the 240GB and 120GB drives and 80,000 IOPS for the 60GB drive.

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10. Kingston HyperX

Available Capacities: 120GB – 240GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $269.99 to $519.99
555MB/s read
510MB/s write

Using the same SandForce controller as the Corsair Force GT as well as synchronous NAND, this SSD from Kingston is also a cut above a majority of the SF-2281-based drives . With compressible data and a SATA 3.0 interface, it leapfrogs to 555MB/s for both drive capacities. The HyperX also has some other very good numbers: 60,000 IOPS on sustained random 4K writes and 95,000 IOPS random read.

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11. Samsung SSD 830

Available Capacities: 64GB – 512GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: From $100 to $800 (approx.)
520MB/s read (256GB)
400MB/s write (256GB)

Samsung’s SATA III (6GBps) drive has gone from strength to strength in reviews across the web, and here is our comparison to the Vertex 3. Unlike all of the above drives, this SSD is built entirely by Samsung and comes with Samsung’s exceptional reliability track record as an added bonus. It doesn’t quite measure up to some of the SF-2281 based drives in some areas such as compressed sequential read speeds, but exceed them in others. While the maximum sequential read speeds are the same in all capacities, the 400MB/s write speed is only reached with the 256GB and 512GB versions.

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Crucial M412. Crucial m4

Available Capacities: 64GB – 512GB
Interface: SATA 3 6GBps
Price: approx. $99 to $699
500MB/s read (250GB model)
270MB/s write (250GB model)

The Crucial m4 is another alternative to the myriad SF-2281 SSDs and outperforms them in many areas where incompressible data is involved. It became even better with the update to firmware revision 0009 (review here) and is definitely an option to consider when looking for a good all-round SSD. A detail worth noting is that the higher-capacity drives offer better performance.

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Enterprise Drives (2.5-inch SLC) Note: Update Pending

zeus iops



Interface: SAS
Available Capacities: up to 600GB
Price: Contact STEC
500MB/s read
275MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 70K IOPS

STEC recently launched the successor to its ZeusIOPS–the ZeusIOPS XE–which is allegedly three times as durable as previous generations thanks to its so-called enterprise MLC NAND (eMLC). It connects over SAS and reaches up to 115,000 IOPS when reading and 70,000 IOPS when writing.

Deneva 22. OCZ Deneva 2 SLC

Interface: SATA III 6Gbps
Available Capacities: 50GB – 200GB
Price: N/A
550MB/s read
530MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 80K IOPS

OCZ’s Deneva 2 is equipped with MLC, eMLC (enterprise MLC), as well as high-quality SLC NAND. Although it’s an enterprise drive it is not a SAS drive but uses the 6 Gbps SATA III interface (if you need SAS, you may want to have a look at OCZ’s Talos series). Performance is excellent regardless of capacity: 500 MB/s read bandwidth, 530 MB/s write and 80 000 IOPS for 4K random write operations.
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3. Pliant LB 150S

Interface: SAS
Available Capacities: 150GB
Price: $3,800.00
420MB/s read
220MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 35K IOPS

Pliant might not be as well known as other drive makers or even as established (they were founded in 2006), but it certainly is out to change that with the LB 150S. Part of their Lightning Series, this drive features two full duplex SAS ports, unlimited read and write endurance and end-to-end data protection with T10 DIF support. We’ve found that of the 2.5-inch SAS drives available, the LB150S is the fastest around.


Seagate Pulsar4. Seagate Pulsar XT.2

Interface: SAS
Available Capacities: 100GB – 400GB
Price: Contact Seagate
360MB/s read
300MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 22K IOPS

The Pulsar XT.2 is the fastest drive from Seagate. It’s currently shipping to OEMs and is expected to be more widely available during Q2 2011. Among its top features are a 25 petabyte written lifetime, self-encrypting drive option and having the fastest write speed for a 2.5-inch SAS drive.

realssd p3005. Micron RealSSD P300

Interface: SATA 3
Available Capacities: 50GB – 200GB
Price: Contact Micron
360MB/s read
275MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 45.2K IOPS

The P300 is Micron’s entry to the enterprise SLC market. In terms of durability, it was tested and found able to handle 3.5 petabytes of data writes in its lifetime, or about 2TB every day for five years. It’s also low-power at only 2.1W consumption, making it a good choice for server locations that want to be more green.

runcore glory6. Runcore Glory IV

Interface: SATA 2 Available Capacities: 32GB – 128GB
Price: Contact Runcore
262MB/s read
201MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 2560 IOPS

With a cache of 64MB, this drive minimizes wait times and reduces wear. It also claims 80 year write endurance and 1M hours MTBF.

RunCore Kylin-II7. RunCore Kylin II

Interface: SAS Available Capacities: 50GB, 100GB
Price: Contact Runcore
260MB/s read
260MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 30K IOPS

What stands out immediately about this drive is it’s gold casing. Aside from that, another noticeable quality about the Kylin II is it supports 128-bit AES encryption with an optional disk password, as well as ECC.

X25-E Extreme8. Intel X25-E Extreme

Interface: SATA
Available Capacities: 32GB, 64GB
Price: $371.90, $543.90 respectively
250MB/s read
170MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 3300 IOPS

Built upon the success of the X25-M, the X-25-E now utilizes SLC NAND for better performance. While not exceptional in terms of specs, it does provide an affordable entry for IT pros on a budget.

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wd silicondrive n1x9. WD SiliconDrive N1x

Interface: SATA
Available Capacities: 32GB – 128GB
Price: $351.29 to $3,404.20
240MB/s read
140MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 3500 IOPS

WD markets this drive as for “write-intensive embedded systems requiring superior performance and reliability.” To attest to this, the SiliconDrive N1X can have a maximum of 701.4GB of data written to it everyday and all drives are backed with a 5-year warranty. Other features include advanced error correction, wear-leveling and data integrity protection.

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mach 1610. STEC MACH16

Interface: SATA
Available Capacities: up to 400GB
Price: Contact STEC
225MB/s read (IOPS version)
200MB/s write (IOPS version)
Random 4K Write: 15K IOPS (IOPS version)

The MACH16 promises speed and protection in one package. It includes power down protection, best-in-class error correction and wear leveling. These class of devices are often used in military settings which should attest to the quality of these drives.

Top 10 PCI Express SSDs

ioDrive Octal1. FusionIO ioDrive Octal

Interface: PCI-Express x16 Gen2.0
Available Capacities: 5.120TB
Price: Contact FusionIO
6000MB/s read
4400MB/s write
Random 512B Write: 1.18M IOPS

The ioDrive Octal is by far the fastest drive we’ve gone through. It has eight ioDrives on a single PCIe card (hence the name). It’s been used by the US government and the deployment of 220 Octals was able to reach a staggering 1TB/s bandwidth. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, even speaks highly of this product which is probably why he joined them as chief scientist.

EC188 D-series2. Foremay EC188 D-Series

Interface: PCI Express Single, Dual and Hexa-Bus
Available Capacities: 125GB – 12TB
Price: Contact Foremay
4500MB/s read (Model-W Hexa Bus)
3500MB/s write (Model-W Hexa Bus)
Random 4K Write: 180K IOPS (Model-W Hexa Bus)

The EC188 D-Series is one of most versatile lines from Foremay. It is available from single bus to hexa bus, bringing more storage space and more bandwidth with it. It’s been used in a wide array of fields from medical imaging and scientific research to mobile content servers and security applications.

FusionIO ioDrive Duo

3. FusionIO ioDrive2 Duo

Interface: PCI-Express x4/x8 or PCI Express 2.0 x4
Available Capacities: 1.2TB – 2.4TB
Price: Contact FusionIO
3000MB/s read (1.2TB)
2600MB/s write 1.2TB)
512B Write: 937K IOPS (1.2TB)

The ioDrive2 Duo replaces the older ioDrive Duo and offers incredible performance for enterprise users. It is available in two different capacities–1.2TB (SLC) and 2.4GB (MLC)–and the SLC version is the fastest with 2,600MB/s write bandwidth and 3,000MB/s read bandwidth. Write IOPS (512B) is above 900K for both capacities.

4. OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2

Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x 4
Available Capacities: 240GB – 960GB
Price: From $599.99 to $3,099.99
1500MB/s read
1300MB/s write (960GB model)

This PCI drive boasts OCZ’s proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture 2.0 (VCA) technology and OCZ’s SuperScale storage accelerator. It exceeds its predecessor’s performance record and has an amazing 230,000 IOPS maximum random write (4KB aligned).

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5. Foremay PC166 W-Series

Interface: PCI Express Single and Dual Bus
Available Capacities: 100GB – 4000GB
Price: Contact Foremay
1500MB/s read (Dual Bus)
1100MB/s write (Dual Bus)

The PC166 was specifically designed with TRIM in mind and complies with the Windows 7 SSD TRIM command, imporving write speed significantly and reducing writing degredation.

Z-Drive P886. OCZ Z-Drive R2 P88

Interface: PCI-Express interface (x8), 8 x SATA Controllers
Available Capacities: 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Price: $2,249.00, $3,750.00 and $8,199.00 respectively
1400MB/s read
1400MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 30K IOPS

One of the main upsides of the Z-Drive is its ability to be used as a bootable device, making it a compelling choice for SANs, servers and workstations. Some of its other features are a 512MB cache, SAS compatibility and 3-year warranty.

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Z-Drive P887. OCZ Z-Drive R2 E88

Interface: PCI-Express x8, 8 x SATA Controllers
Available Capacities: 512GB
Price: $9,149.00
1400MB/s read
1400MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 7200 IOPS

The main difference between this an the P88 is the usage of SLC NAND instead of MLC, dramatically increasing reliability and reducing wear. One of the main upsides of the Z-Drive is its ability to be used as a bootable device, making it a compelling choice for SANs, servers and workstations. It also consumes less power compared to hard drive arrays.

8. Photofast GM-PowerDrive

Interface: PCI-Express 2.0 x8
Available Capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Price: Contact Photofast
1400MB/s read
1500MB/s write

This drive from Photofast is one of the few that has its maximum sequential write speed (1500MB/s) actually exceed its maximum read (1400MB/s). It is also one of the few housed in a sleek red housing. This is an Asian only device though but if you are in Japan or nearby, you might be able to get a hold of this.

9. OCZ VeloDrive 3

Interface: PCI-Express x8, 4 x SATA controllers
Available Capacities: 160GB – 320GB
Price: Contact OCZ
1100MB/s read
1010MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 75000 IOPS

This drive has an onboard RAID controller so you can execute both hardware RAID and software RAID, though for the software you will need to find your own as OCZ doesn’t provide this. For hardware raid, it can reach up to 1100MB/s read and 1010MB/s write with a random 4K aligned write of 75,000 IOPS. Maximum performance for software RAID is 1,100MB/s read, 1030MB/s write and 125,000 IOPS random 4k aligned write.

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Z-Drive P8410. OCZ Z-Drive R3 P84

Interface: PCI-Express 2.0, X8 slot, half height, half length, 4 x SATA Controllers
Available Capacities: 300GB, 600GB, 1.2TB
Price: Contact OCZ
1000MB/s read
970MB/s write
Random 4K Write: 135K IOPS

The smaller footprint of the R3 should entice those who want faster storage for their compact servers. It also has a redesigned heatsink and a Super-Cap that will let it complete write operations in the even of a power failure.

We’ve tried our best to compile the most comprehensive list of SSD drive available and used this to create the lists you see above. Since there seems to be a new set of drive launched each month, we shall update our list and ratings regularly. Also, if you think we’ve omitted something or need correction, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us.

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91 Responses to “SSD Ranking: The Fastest Solid State Drives”

vt Said:

Quite an informative review.
The quality of reviews have considerably increased since the first ones. Now they are realistic, and it is good, because in many sources all you can find is an annoying advertisement packing consumers with apparently deceiving information.
The manufacturers are not in a hurry to produce something revolutionary new and ready as a final, standards-compliant, reliable product, most of the time they are going for profit, which delays the introduction of new technologies for many years. Server market may be considered an exception though, because deceiving the customers doesn’t work well there.
This tendency is true for many other “modern” retail customer products now. For example, LED LCDs, which in fact have lower full spectrum reproduction range (yes, much lower than those with CCFL backlight) and some issues with flickering, but higher visual color reproduction range (just for eyes though).

Comment made on April 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm
vt Said:

On the side note, you made it a bit tricky to pick up a desired avatar ;)

Comment made on April 10th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
admin Said:

Thanks vt! Actually a ton of research has gone into this from my colleague Glenn who wrote the piece and we plan to update it regularly. Hopefully it stays fresh for a couple of weeks… It’s a bit opportunistically based on “top speed” only, but that seemed logical considering this site’s name.

And yes, something has to be done about those avatars :-)

Comment made on April 11th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
CMW Said:

Why aren’t the OCZ RevoDrive X2 or the original one listed on this site?

Comment made on May 24th, 2011 at 11:35 pm
admin Said:

@CMW: Yes, the RevoDrive X2 could probably be listed as drive #11 with 740/720MB/s reads/writes

Comment made on May 25th, 2011 at 2:25 am
Simon Said:

So many SSDs missing from this list it makes it obsolete from the get go..

Comment made on May 26th, 2011 at 12:37 pm
admin Said:

@Simon: That’s because the “get go” was a couple of months ago. It’s been updated.

Comment made on June 2nd, 2011 at 6:51 am
vt Said:

I’m still waiting for SLC NAND prices to go down, but they (the manufacturers) aren’t willing to cut them, while SLC chips have only 2x lower capacity.
Spot price for 32 GBit MLC NAND – 5.41 $
Spot price for 16 Gbit SLC NAND – 13.12 $

That means that SLC NAND chips are unreasonably almost 2.42x more expensive than they could be. The manufacturers are way too greedy …

Also, at this rate they are going to intentionally hinder more advanced SSD products with MRAM or FeRAM or other similar technology – just to get back the money and profit from their investments into NAND. That most likely means another 5 year without any good replacement to NAND. And no alternate to NAND SLC solutions, with the exception of DRAM SSDs, which are, of course, have greater potential for random I/O and bandwidth than any NAND product.

Comment made on June 5th, 2011 at 1:29 pm
JimQ Said:

Just wondering… Why are none of the SSD’s that OWC makes not included here?


Comment made on July 3rd, 2011 at 8:48 am
Mark Said:

> The manufacturers are way too greedy …

Welcome to capitalism! Enough people are willing to pay more so of course they’re going to charge as much as possible. This is always how the storage market goes.

For example, it is pointless to have two different interfaces – SAS and SATA. Yet this is what allows them to stick it harder to people who will pay a lot more for just a little more speed. Same thing going all the way back to the early SCSI/IDE days.

Comment made on July 26th, 2011 at 7:17 am
Itchy Said:

Does mushkin not even make the top 10? The numbers on their Chronos look good.

Comment made on August 14th, 2011 at 9:52 pm
admin Said:

Thanks for pointing that out, the numbers certainly look very good!

Comment made on September 7th, 2011 at 4:51 pm
maggou Said:

Nice listing but its credibility suffers. I will never place Mushkin Chronos that high. Mushkin Chronos will never beat the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS in benchmarks. There are lots of benchmarking sites that show that the numbers on Mushkin Chronos are the fake ones. OCZ is that low on the list only because they are telling the real numbers. The price of Mushkin is really low when comparing to the others and that makes is interesting product. But the failing performance numbers tell something about the manufacturers strategy…

Reliable listing by performance should always base on the independent benchmarking not the numbers the manufacturers are telling.

Comment made on September 12th, 2011 at 11:39 pm
Pete Said:

Great review of drives…
manufacturer’s too greedy? Being a person who works for one the worlds largest companies and hearing this all the time, its just a stupid comment. People don’t realize the dollars spent and R&D in order to increase drive speeds, etc.. prices will come down, just give the companys time to make back some of their money. If you want a cheap SSD , buy a first gen drive, that the companies have droped the price because they are out of the “red”.

Comment made on September 17th, 2011 at 9:41 am
vt Said:

“Being a person who works for one the worlds largest companies and hearing this all the time, its just a stupid comment.”
Stupid for those who make money on that ? Maybe. But not for customers. There is no excuse for overblown prices on SLC memory chips, there is no excuse for hindering the progressive technologies just to make the most profit of the old and inefficient ones.

Comment made on September 17th, 2011 at 6:46 pm
vt Said:

Also, if you read the other comments, I already revealed the lies and deception all over the retail non-server SSD market, and I have really a lot of other facts worth mentioning regarding your REALLY stupid comment.

Comment made on September 17th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
admin Said:

Thanks for the links. It certainly looks like a revision of the list is needed. I would personally not interpret the numbers as fake though, they are probably correct in synthetic benchmarks under optimal conditions. On the other hand, the Vertex 3 has had its share of firmware issues, but it is starting to look more and more solid and mature.

Comment made on September 20th, 2011 at 6:33 am
jon Said:

funny how you missed the m4 with 0009 firmware cause its the fastest drive

Comment made on November 8th, 2011 at 9:04 am
MacUser Said:

>>JimQ Said:
Just wondering… Why are none of the SSD’s that OWC makes not included here?
Perhaps because OWC doesn’t make anything at all, they just relabel the very stuff you are seeing above. Also because you most likely work there.

Comment made on November 16th, 2011 at 7:14 am
GOOD ADVICE 4 FastestSSD Said:


Don’t be a money hungry bunch of pigs — seriously. OWC will pay you to review their crap, and tie an advertising contract to it.

That’s no reason to review what you know is a relabeled product. There isn’t anything that’s “made to order” – assuming you don’t count a package type and the length of a cable!!

Just review any of his other reviews — and then look at the amount of advertising he has on each of those, especially the dedicated Mac sites — where he lets those people keep product and takes out yearly contracts.

That removes ALL the integrity that you are trying to establish. Don’t fall for that kind of scam – you’ll become as unworthy as the rest who do the same thing, vs. businesses that are growing on their own innovation, rather than by slime-ball tactics that also include pressure to remove posts made by those who criticize their customer service or sometimes crap products.

They have some good stuff, and they also deceive where it is convenient. Don’t be part of that crowd that helps out a company that does that sort of thing. In the future it will become clear that you don’t want any association with this group. “Do No Evil” is not part of their mantra.

Comment made on November 16th, 2011 at 7:55 am
admin Said:

@Bubu: Thanks for the tips! However, the RAM drives you link to are volatile and belong in their own separate category IMO.

Comment made on November 17th, 2011 at 2:12 am
Alan Said:

How is the Vertex 3 faster than the Mushkin? According to your dates the Mushkin has 10MB/s faster readrates or am I missing something? Would be great to know how you rate them exactly as I am about to purchase one of them…

Comment made on December 26th, 2011 at 5:23 am
some_person Said:

fusionIO’s ioDrive Octal is now available in 10.24tb

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vt Said:

Probably a bit off-topic –
It is about AMD processors. They didn’t mention the fact that JFAMD DID know about the performance problems. I asked him several questions under different accounts, and the differences in his answers (lies) unambiguously pointed out the fact that he did know about the IPC problems, moreover he did know about the actual benchmarks and that it wouldn’t even meet the IPC of the older Intel processors. That was fun getting reaction out of him and getting the truth that way (he plainly reacted offensively at correct guesses, so by varying the questions and information given to him and watching his anger one could easily figure the exact benchmarks numbers with amazingly high precision).

Comment made on January 12th, 2012 at 11:59 am
vt Said:

But well, he did one good thing – he led hundreds of PR idiots alongside, who have got their “expert” and “trustworthy” accounts compromised.

Comment made on January 12th, 2012 at 12:36 pm
admin Said:

@Alan: The difference between the SF-2281 drives is marginal, and the quoted speeds are not to be taken as gospel. In real-world tests the Vertex 3 Max IOPS generally beat most of the competition (MLC in the same form factor). But you have a point, this listing is due for an update.

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admin Said:

vt: Interesting thread. It’s hard to defend the indefensible…

Comment made on January 23rd, 2012 at 2:50 am
SSD Bloke Said:

It’s a good list – but the speed is Sequential read and writes? Of course it’s the thing the manufacturers publish as they are impressive to see – in real use though Random read and writes are more important to the average user – IOPS more important in the Enterprise market…

Comment made on January 28th, 2012 at 3:31 pm
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How about including the NEW OWC Mercury extreme Pro 6g 240gb with SANDFORCE 2282. I think they are the only company using this controller and tests have shown this is a very fast drive.

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Comment made on April 27th, 2012 at 2:52 am
odiebugs Said:

Wow, apparently a walmart employee wrote the OCZ post.

The Vertex 4 is slower then the vertex 3 in transferring data.

Changing the controller has not paid off in real world applications.

The consumer has turned into a clown, putting up with lies from the garbage Asus, and their failed Sata 3 marvell 9128, the joke of Intel building CPU’s for the outdated lga 1155.

Seems not enough money has been made so the hardware has been shoved into reverse.

What’s next for the fools, building systems on the LGA 775.

The future is the entire point of upgrading not downgrading.

The hardware industry needs a wake up call and needs to work on real Sata 3 controllers, building off the LGA 2011, and getting PCI-E 3.0 to actually work at 3.0 speed.

Marvell the failures, the upgraded 9220, and 9230 are garbage.

The 9128 and 9172 are absolute garbage and they should be sued for calling their junk Sata 3.

Buy Asus and stay behind the times.

Then we have Intel with Ivy Bridge, no real gains in per thread.

Good thing the consumer just keeps buying garbage with no gains no real steps and using old hardware.

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admin Said:

@odiebugs: About the difference between the Vertex 3 and 4, yes, but it’s not quite that simple:

Comment made on May 28th, 2012 at 3:14 pm
Bruce Ehrlich Said:

In the enterprise section you missed listing the latest generation for OCZ, which has been out since October of last year

Comment made on June 7th, 2012 at 12:11 pm
admin Said:

Thanks Bruce! An update to the enterprise section is long overdue. Thanks for the reminder.

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Lars Said:

This ADATA SSD drive should be number 2 after the Intel and number 1 if you compare to the price.

Comment made on July 6th, 2012 at 5:21 am
Bård Said:

How often can we expect this list to be updated?
There are often changes going on.

Nice list btw..but it’s almost half a year out of date now. :P


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very informative..but i suggest adding corsair force gs to the list..its an upgraded version of corsair forc gt and its the fastest ssd that has been launched by corsair yet..the sandisk ultra also should be added

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Comment made on August 19th, 2012 at 4:24 pm
odiebugs Said:

@ADMIN, true, I do see nice gains in small R/W, 4k IOPS 120,000. Personally this drive is dependable and quick. Just in very large writes does it pace back a bit. A lot of people are having problems with some of the SSD’s, but they are mostly BIOS and windows problems that the consumer is blaming on the SSD. Now if Intel would stop crawling with the Ivy bridge-E so we can see the LGA 2011 to show its true colors, life would be better. If you update this review, you might have to add in the Corsair Force GS as top dog. Asus still putting that garbage Marvell 9128 on boards.

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vt Said:
Another proof that they are just getting the most $$$ out of outdated technologies (especially NAND MLC).

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Comment made on October 30th, 2012 at 11:18 am
Mark Said:

Prices seem wrong. In most cases the high
price is misleading since many sites HAD and
have the highest capacity items for about 1/2
the price shown.

For example, you show:
“2. OCZ Vertex 4
Available Capacities: 128GB – 512GB
Price: From $399.00 to $1,899″

but the prices 512GB were generally in the
high US$400′s to low US$500′s. (The
highest price Froogle found on 12/22 was
$712.49, but I don’t know the high price
in the past.)

Comment made on December 22nd, 2012 at 5:10 am
admin Said:

Thanks for the catch Mark, this has to be changed ASAP.

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Alex Said:

hi, i have seen the Samsung 840 Pro but u dindt put the diferent transference rates that varies about the capacity… do the samsung are the same rate in all the capacities?


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Excellent article. Thanks. Perhaps you can answer another question. What is the difference in speed and quality between the SanDisk “Extreme” series SSD and their “Ultra Plus” product? Thanks

Comment made on February 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am
Shua Said:

I’ve actually found that since the 1.5.1 firmware update for the OCZ Vertex 4 it has made is MUCH! Faster. The usual speeds I get from it are about 550MB/s read and about 490MB/a write. This making it the 2nd fastest drive in the market.

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vt Said:

A bit of offtopic:

That is what I was talking about here quite long ago using MLC in “SLC” mode. As you can see, those “new” technologies are quite predictable.

Comment made on March 29th, 2013 at 9:35 am
David Ashford Said:

It’s all very well posting these’s speeds for SATA 3 users. But what about all us SATA 2 users. We need to know the speed/s we will get on SATA 2 using SATA 3 drives as well. Also raid speeds would help to.

So lets see some tests here.

I have 2 Crucial C300s 128GB in raid. On SATA 2

Read is around R 530 MB/s and W 260 MB/s.

As a single drive set up, R 267 MB/s and W 140 MB/s

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vt Said:

Another failure, this time at processor market – it looks like Haswell is going to be slower than its predecessor in memory-intensive applications. Not to mention that its caches may be actually slower as well in such applications. Probably defect Xeons (socket 2011) are the only good alternative for upgrading

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vt Said:

Another bit of offtopic – according to some estimates, currently it is technologically possible to manufacture the majority of LCD panels up to 30 inch size with resolutions of over 200 dpi (however the placement of the pixels may differ a bit from usual) – that could be the case if there were no marketing “R&D” crap going on. At the same time, it is technologically possible to manufacture them at over 400 dpi with the transition to large screens composed of many smaller blocks.

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Show us the *real* numbers, kids.

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Sequential Write : 169.426 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 341.851 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 166.551 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 24.467 MB/s [ 5973.3 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 35.268 MB/s [ 8610.5 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 204.754 MB/s [ 49988.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 124.776 MB/s [ 30463.0 IOPS]

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