Researching Solid State Drives

I’ve been researching the value range of SSD’s.  The most important thing to find out with an SSD is what controller it’s using.  SSD’s with the same controller tend to have nearly identical performance characteristics.  Since hdparm supports TRIM I started looking for an SSD which supported TRIM in the $100 – $200 range.  Here’s what I’ve uncovered:

  • Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2 / S2BN / S2BD
    • JMicron JMF618
    • review
    • $2.18 / GB @ 64GB (for non-bundle package)
  • Corsair Reactor Series
    • JMicro JMF612
    • $2.92 / GB @ 60GB
  • Corsair Nova Series
    • Indilinx Barefoot
    • $3.03 / GB @ 64GB
  • OCZ Solid 2
  • OCZ Agility
    • Indilinx Barefoot
    • $2.98 / GB @ 60GB
  • Intel X25-V
    • Intel
    • $2.93 / GB @ 40GB
  • Kingston SSDNow V+ Series SNVP325-S2B
    • Toshiba T6UG1XBX
    • $3.14 / GB @ 64 GB
    • review

I’m not sure what I would/will purchase.  The Indilinx SSD’s have been problematic for me with a high rate of failure and known issues with SMART.  The JMicron SSD’s make me nervous due to their performance history which do not yet seem to be a thing of the past.  The Intel drives have been criticized for their poor sequential write performance compared to other SSD’s.  The Kingston V+ has poor random performance for both reads and writes and is a tad pricey.

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