Friday, February 5, 2010

SATA 6Gb/s Glorified

Just found this very positive review of a Crucial SATA 6Gb/s SSD during my morning news cruise:

Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Disk


It’s an interesting read because of its positivity in a sea of skepticism about the real benefits of next generation high speed data transfer standards – namely SATA 6Gb/s (also referred to as SATA 3.0) and USB 3.0. Granted, any standard will usually only show real performance benefits as more developers adopt it and so it matures. However the reviewer, Chris Ramseyer from Tweaktown, has some very positive comments. Here are some of them:

The ATTO test shows us what a drive is capable of doing under the best circumstances. Here we see the RealSSD C300 blowing past the limits of SATA 3Gbps in read speed. The write speeds are still very good, but the read speed numbers really steal the show.”

The real world Windows tests show the Crucial RealSSD C300 slaughtering the competition.”

Of all the benchmarks we do not show in the standard review, this is one of the most significant. This is a final run of the HD Tune Write Test. It comes after we beat the hell out of a drive with everything we have at least once.
Here we see that the Crucial RealSSD C300 takes the abuse without slowing down by any significant margin. It is important to also remember that this run is right after the other benchmarks and everything is ran one right after the other. The drive does not get a chance to idle. Most drives that have an internal clean up system work when a drive is idle.”

And finally…

We are realists around here and know that 500 Dollars for 128GB is a lot of dough no matter how fast it is. If you can wait a couple of months then you may just find yourself getting a deal. For me, well I would just say to hell with it and get my drive as soon as possible. If for you, like me, time is money and you stand to make more the faster you work, the Crucial RealSSD C300 may just pay for itself over time.”

‘nuf said, time to start planning my next upgrade…

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