With SSDs it seems that the brand on the shell tells you very little about the performance of the drive its self and picking up an off brand SSD can net you a great deal, as long as you know what is inside. Since ADATA chose the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller, the same as we’ve seen in Al’s review of the OCZ Agility 3 drive which fared very well in our testing. The reported prices run from $155 for a 60GB to $520 for the 240GB which is in line with OCZ’s Vertex 3 series and is too bad in a way. In almost every test Benchmark Reviews tried, the ADATA offering fell slightly behind both flavours of the OCZ Vertex 3, which you would hope would bring the price down. However in the market right now SSD makers can pretty much charge whatever they want as enthusiasts will pay the price; that makes it very nice to see the market opening up with a wide variety of vendors putting out top notch SSDs.
"ADATA knows that SandForce-driven SSDs are a win-win combination of performance and speed. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the ADATA S511 solid state drive. Based on the popular new SandForce SF-2281 SATA 6GB/s controller and fast IMFT-branded NAND flash components, ADATA claims the AS511S3 is capable of 550 MB/s read and 510 MB/s write speed with 4K random write speeds as high as 60,000 IOPS in real world testing. We test these claims, and compare performance to competing storage solid-state solutions in this review to find out which SSD is best."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Intel SSD 510 Series 250 GB @ techPowerUp
- OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Update: Retail vs Review Sample @ Hardware Canucks
- OCZ Agility 3 240GB Solid State Drive Review @ ThinkComputers
- OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (480GB) Preview: 200K IOPS & 1.5GB/s for $1699? @ AnandTech
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB Solid State Drive RAID Report @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Wildfire 120GB SATA 3 SSD @ The SSD Review
- Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SATA 3 SSD @ The SSD Review
- OCZ Agility 3 240 GB @ techPowerUp
- PS3 SSD Performance – SSD vs HDD on Playstation 3 @ hardCOREware
- Kingston 32GB microSDHC Mobility Kit Review @ OCC
- TEAM Group TR1151 USB 3.0 42-in-1 USB 3.0 Card Reader @ Tweaktown
- Synology DS411+ II NAS @ TechwareLabs