Verbatim SATA III 120GB
We’ve seen SandForce-based solid state drives become very popular over the last couple of years, prices have continued to drop and consumers are taking notice of the impressive overall system boost that SSDs can offer. Today we will be taking a close look at a cost effective drive offering from Verbatim, the Verbatim SATA III 120GB drive. The Primary reason for the lower cost is Verbatim’s choice of asynchronous (Async) NAND flash memory. This drive is similar in configuration to the OCZ Agility, Corsair Series 3, ADATA S510, Kingston V+200, and OWC Electra in that it uses async NAND.
Async SSDs can provide as much as $100 in savings verses a SSD that uses synchronous (Sync) NAND of the same capacity. The trade-off for value is performance; Sync SSDs do provide faster transfer rates as well as reads with incompressible data. Does this matter? Yes and No as we will see in the following review.