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OCZ Vector 150 240GB

The latest in the OCZ "enthusiast" classed series is the Vector 150, which stays true to their winning formula of performance, features, and value. So it's no surprise the Barefoot 3 controller still lies at the heart of the SSD, though there have been a few improvements made in terms of longevity and durability. A move to different NAND flash highlights more of the changes. Set to retail for $240 at the price of $1/GB, it crosses into a slightly more mainstream pricing segment, while still looking to offer enthusiast-classed performance. Let's take a closer look at the OCZ Vector 150 240GB and see how the revolution continues.



 
 
 
 
 

Samsung 840 EVO 750GB

Samsung is bringing a few new features to the table here with the 840 EVO, but what's utterly special that we hope pushes those boundaries further ahead, is something new called RAPID Mode. Sounds simple enough, but the performance increases from RAPID are anything but ordinary. In short, RAPID will move you out of the data transfer slow lane and onto the digital Autobahn like you've never before experienced. Buckle up and let's take a closer look at the Samsung EVO 750GB and see just what this SSD can do.



 
 
 
 
 

VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240GB

When looking for an SSD, one option is to choose SandForce-based drive, as these drives offer a strong blend of speed and affordability. There are many on the market, but today we're looking at one from VisionTek that is unique in its low profile for those who need something primarily for a notebook or HTPC: the GoDrive 7mm 240GB. It looks promising, so l et's take a closer look at the VisionTek GoDrive 7mm 240GB SSD and see if it packs a punch for its small size.



 
 
 
 
 

Crucial M500 960GB

The improvements of a solid state drive over a traditional hard drive, in our opinion, are nothing short of astounding. So scintillating is the difference that you'll wonder how you ever survived without one. Controller tech, speeds, and storage sizes are the golden trifecta of SSD success, and today we're looking at the Crucial M500 960GB drive that is poised to address all three.



 
 
 
 
 

Transcend ESD200 128GB External USB 3.0 SSD

You are probably familiar with the company Transcend. Transcend makes a WIDE variety of storage solutions including USB flash drives, solid state drives, external hard drives, external CD/DVD drives, SD cards, digital photo frames and more. You are also likey familiar with the concept of an external hard drive. It's simply a standard hard drive of the 2.5" or 3.5" flavor tossed into an external case that connects to your computer typically via USB. Most people have one and use them for transferring large amounts of data or doing PC backups. Transcend took the typical external hard drive idea and replaced the old mechanical drive with a 2.5" SSD. The result is the ESD200 USB 3.0 external SSD, available in 128GB and 256GB flavors. Transcend sent us a 128GB model to review, so let's check it out!



 
 
 
 
 

VisionTek GoDrive 480GB SSD

We've said for quite some time that the biggest performance increase you'll see in a system upgrade these days it moving to a Solid State Drive. With a larger capacity to suit those with such needs, and coming with a very attractive price tag of $400, the VisionTek GoDrive 480GB looks rather enticing. But what about performance? Can this SSD put up numbers worthy of the price? Let's find out.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vertex 450 256GB

The OCZ Vector 450 is today's topic of discussion, and the M10 derivative of the Barefoot 3 controller promises top performance at a more affordable price point than the flagship OCZ Vector model as well. Replacing the Vertex 4, the new Vertex 450 looks to chew through incompressible data, unlike the competition's SandForce-controller drives. So how does the performance of the Vertex 450 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

KingSpec Challenger E3000 120GB

The KingSpec Challenger E3000 is an Enterprise-targeted drive, with great random write performance. While KingSpec may not be well known to many of our readers, they are a company based in Shenzhen, China and only produce SSDs, nothing else. Strictly speaking, based on such a specific product lineup, KingSpec has an enormous capacity to produce a huge volume of drives for the market. Let's see how this Sandforce-based SSD performs.



VisionTek Data Fusion PCI-Express 240GB

While the VisionTek GRX drive is certainly suitable for home or office use, there's also opportunity to employ it in a mail server or other IT applications. The GRX drive is bootable, and with claims of 800MB/s and 100,000 IOPS, such speed is typically expensive, but this PCI-E SSD currently retails for only $380 for the 240GB version. Sounds very tempting to us.



 
 
 
 
 

Interview with Crucial

Introduction: As part of our ongoing efforts to connect with industry players in the tech world, we reached out to interview some of the premier manufacturers who might be able to educate us on various aspects of the tech industry. Recently we had the pleasure to speak with Crucial. They gave us the opportunity to hold a question and answer session on their newest technology, (like the Crucial M500 SSD). We also discussed the direction of the company, and other technologies we might see in the near future. Before we jump into the Q & A, below is a bit of history about the company itself, including a video. At Crucial.com, we know memory. We research it. Test it. Stock it. And we’ll even replace it. We’re among the first ones to get a new platform, OS, motherboard, or killer game and we waste no time putting it to the test. We sit in dark rooms reading benchmark scores. We spend hours installing and uninstalling memory modules into motherboard after motherboard… We don’t get tired. We never cut corners. We break our backs to get your upgrade out the door in a flash. And we support our products—and customers—every step of the way. Crucial.com has been serving its customers for nearly 15 years. And we use our expertise to make it easy for our customers to find the right upgrade. Our award-winning online applications—the Crucial Memory Advisor™ tool and the Crucial® System Scanner—take the guesswork out of giving new life to your computer...



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vertex 3.20 120GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from OCZ, the Vertex 3.20. It's an interesting move because we've seen the Vertex 4 already from OCZ, so is this "new" drive a step backwards? Not really, according to OCZ. This drive shares the same features as its predecessor, showcasing the popular SandForce 2281 controller, but this latest version now comes with 20nm NAND flash memory.



 
 
 
 
 

Kingston V300 240GB

Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.



 
 
 
 
 

Transcend SSD320 256GB

Over the last couple of years or so we've looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been successful, some have not. We've looked at many SandForce drives in particular, and today's SSD also contains the SF-2281 we've come to know and love. It's a popular setup, as consumers get top notch speed without having to fork out tons of cash. Today now we have the Transcend SSD320 in a 256GB capacity for a closer look.That's not a terribly flashy name for a speed demon of a drive, but we care less about the marketing and more about the results. In a sea of similar products, can this Transcend somehow stand out? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

OCZ Vector 256GB

OCZ has an impressive history of innovation in the SSD market, leading the way in many respects, and whether it's fair or not, they're the target and we hold OCZ to the highest standard. And so OCZ is responding the consumer/enthusiast’s growing demand for a fast and reliable drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data. OCZ is also responding to the demand for a drive that retains its performance in a peak condition over time as well as greatly extending the life span of the NAND with their new Proprietary Indilinx Ndurance 2.0 Technology. The OCZ Vector is the result, promising enthusiast-classed performance to battle the SandForce drives. But how does the performance of the Vector measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.



 
 
 
 
 

ADATA SP600 128GB

It's not always the enthusiasts (and well-heeled) that want blistering speeds, and certainly not just in the SSD arena. Anyone with an SSD can benefit from massive performance gains over a hard drive, from the most diehard to the budget-oriented consumer. So the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 targets the latter, offering an SSD that's very accessible to users on a modest budget of less than $100. But how does the performance of the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 measure up? Is it worth the investment? Let's dive in and find out.






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