Help me get SOLID - Solid State Drives, that is
June 15, 2010 6:36 PM Subscribe
Help me pick an SSD! I'm looking for a solid state drive (SSD) with great performance at the lowest possible price, but I hardly understand what I'm looking for.
posted by speedgraphic to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I swear, I'm a decently techy guy but SSDs have got to be the most confusing thing to research and buy in the PC world. Some drives have great sequential reads, but terrible random reads. Some are great at both, but have low total throughput, latency, or compatibility issues.
What I want to know is: Does any of this make a difference? I've pored over the SSD bench at Anandtech and it seems like regardless of the benchmark results, "real world" performance is remarkably similar from the cheapest to the most expensive drives. In fact, from the midrange on up, performance differences don't seem to manifest themselves (except in synthetic benchmarks) at all.
Also, I'm looking at a decent deal from Fry's right now. It's a 64GB Kingston SSDNow V-Series 2nd Gen drive for $109AR. I know this hardly the fastest drive around but it seems to fare about as well as the Intel X25-V 80GB which is more than twice as expensive. Is this a decent drive? There are so many permutations of each of these drives it's hard to tell if a review is actually talking about the drive you're looking at.
Lastly, what about RAID 0'ing two of these? I know Anandtech tried RAIDing two Intel X-25Vs and came up with some great results overall. Shouldn't that work with the Kingston drive too?