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VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240GB

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Posted October 18, 2013 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs

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WHAT WE LIKED:

Unique low profile; solid performance; good price; varying capacities
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

SandForce performance limitations (ie-incompressible data); price premium
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Solid performance upgrade for those who need a low profile SSD for notebooks or HTPC setups.
by Jake
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Summary

As we’ve seen several times before, the SandForce 2281 controller is a very respectable choice for any consumer contemplating an SSD purchase. If you need a low profile SSD for a notebook or HTPC that carries considerable storage capacity, then this GoDrive is a safe bet, and we certainly wouldn’t bemoan the decision at all. Moving to an SSD from a traditional plattered hard drive will make such a massive difference you’ll wonder how you lived without an SSD for so long.

Performance for the GoDrive is quick, as the SandForce controller chews up the data on those tests for the most part. The Write speeds aren’t quite as impressive, however, and when we get to incompressible data, the GoDrive struggles like all SandForce drives. This is its Achilles Heel, but it’s not unique to the GoDrive, and it will still work very well as a notebook or HTPC drive for just about anyone but the most diehard enthusiasts.

The SSD market is getting very competitive these days, as pricing becomes more accessible to the masses and there’s greater demand for these superfast drives. So in terms of pricing, most SandForce SF-2281 drives are seeing price drops of late, and VisionTek is adjusting their pricing to follow suit. You can find the GoDrive 7mm 240GB for $215, which is respectable, but you do pay a bit of a premium for the low profile design. There aren’t many like this on the market, and if you absolutely need a low profile housing, then you can’t go wrong with the VisionTek GoDrive 7mm. You don’t get any frills here, no fancy accessory package or cloning software though, but you get a respectable drive at a good price, which is probably what concerns most consumers anyway.

The VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240B isn’t the fastest SSD on the market, but it’s still a massive improvement for anyone who wants to boost their small form rig or notebook.

VisionTek GoDrive 240GB

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