SSD Mini-Roundup

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Two new SandForce-powered drives face off against a newcomer

It seems like just yesterday that we said farewell to our June 2010 issue and with it our second-ever solid state drive roundup . But no sooner had we shipped that issue to the printers than a new pile of tasty solid state drives landed on our doorstep. This month, the OCZ Vertex 2 (the sequel to that “limited edition” drive from June ) bumps heads with another SandForce drive—Corsair’s Force F100—as well as the Patriot Zephyr, which uses JMicron’s new JMF612 controller. The SandForce SF-1200 controller seems to be replacing Barefoot’s Indilinx as the go-to performance chipset, but what about JMicron? Its JM602 controller was largely responsible for the poor write performance of first-gen SSDs, so can the JMF612 wash that bitter taste out of our mouths? You can bet your second-favorite platypus that we’ll find out. Don’t bet your favorite platypus; that’s just irresponsible.

The Reviews

The Benchmarks

BENCHMARKS
OCZ Vertex 2
Patriot Zephyr
Corsair Force F100
Patriot Torqx
Capacity 100GB
128GB
100GB
128GB
Controller SandForce SF-1200
JMicron JMF612
SandForce SF-1200
Indilinx
HDTune 4.01
- Avg Read (MB/s) 228.1
203.6
196.5
220
- Random Access Read (ms)
0.1
0.1
0.2
0.1
- Burst Read (MB/s)
227.7
135.0
200.6
220
- Avg Write (MB/s)
223.5
62.9
221.9
162.3
- Random Access Write (ms)
0.1
0.2
0.2
0.2
- Burst Write (Mb/s)
206.3
142.0
206.3
221.7
- 4KB Read (IOPS)
11,145
5,245
11,102
7,084
- 4KB Write (IOPS) 10,025
1,337 9,778
3,435
Premiere Pro (sec) 363
431 373
364
PCMark Vantage HDD
34,050
23,922
33,393
23,674

Best scores bolded. All drives tested on our hard drive test bench: a stock-clocked Intel i7-920 CPU on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R with 6GB DDR3, running  64-bitWindows 7 Professional. All tests performed using Intel south-bridge SATA chipset with Windows 7 default AHCI drivers unless specified.

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