4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast - HotHardware

4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

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Performance Summary: The OCZ Vertex Turbo Series and Photofast G-Monster V5 proved to be the highest performing drives in the group represented in this article. The G-Monster in particular offered strong performance in the ATTO, HD Tach, and SANDRA tests, where its read and especially write speeds were consistently highest and top notch of the bunch. We should also point out that the Vertex Turbo Series drive's faster cache gave it a marked edge over the standard Vertex drive, and while the Corsair P64 generally trailed the others, it surged ahead in the PCMark Vantage tests and offered strong performance overall.

In the conclusion to one of our previous 4-way SSD round-ups, we said: "While Solid State Drives are becoming more and more mainstream with each passing day, they are still much more expensive than traditional hard drives and offer much smaller capacities. As such, price is an important consideration and a significant differentiating factor with the current crop of SSDs. While fast, high capacity hard drives like Western Digital's 1TB Caviar Black hard drive can be had for under $100, or about $.10 per gigabyte, solid state drives currently command a few dollars per gigabyte." That statement of course remains true today.

We have the current prices for the four solid state drives we've featured here outlined in the chart above. As you can see, the Photofast G-Monster V5 is the most expensive overall, its cost per gigabyte is the highest, and it has the largest capacity, but it was also the highest performing SSD in general. The Corsair P64 is the least expensive overall and comes in second in the price per gigabyte category. OCZ's Vertex Series SSD is the second least expensive drive overall, but has the lowest cost per gigabyte, and the OCZ Vertex Turbo Series SSD falls right in between the standard Vertex drive and the G-Monster.

So, according to current pricing, the Corsair and Vertex Series drives are the most economical per gigabyte followed by the Vertex Turbo and then the G-Monster V5. If we factor performance into the equation, the trend remains largely unchanged--the fastest drive in this article overall was also the most expensive and the lowest performing drive was the least expensive, at least in terms of overall pricing.

In the end, all of the SSDs featured in this article will be a significant step-up in performance over a traditional, spinning platter-based hard drive and potential consumers should weigh their capacity needs against their budget carefully. Choosing between four solid products like these can be difficult.  Ultimately though, overall performance weighs heavily in our opinion, but we can't ignore the value proposition. Hence, we're giving the OCZ Vertex Turbo Series drive a strong recommendation---our Editor's Choice Award has gone to Intel's X25-M. But we also recommend and approve of the other drives as well, and think that most users would ultimately be pleased by the performance of any of the candidates represented here.


OCZ Vertex Turbo Series


  • Excellent Performance
  • Faster Than The First Gen Vertex
  • Stong Read Performance



  • Second Most Expensive Per GB

  • OCZ Vertex Series


    • Best Price Per GB
    • Fast Reads and Writes
    • Solid, Sturdy Enclosure


    • Outpaced By Two Other Drives



    Corsair P64


  • Good Performance
  • Best Scores in PCMark Vantage

  • Pricey
  • Low Capacity
  • Photofast G-Monster V5


  • Great Performance
  • Very Strong Sustained Write Speeds

  • Highest Cost Per/GB
  • Less Elegant Solution
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    In the conclusion under the Pros for the Vertex Turbo you put "Excellent Performance" and then under cons for that same SSD you put "Lowest performer overall" lol That seems very contradicting... must be a type ;-)

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    Thanks for the head's up...just a typo...fixed now!

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    Also on the last page in the little chart price and capacity are backwards.

    Sorry to nit pic. Great read though.

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    Man, I have such baby-brain lately--fixed. Thanks, Bob.

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    Good job, Marco! Tremendously useful to those of us threading the SSD maze.


    I wonder, though: The currenht trend seems to be drives hooked up through the SATA port, just like a motor HD. But I've also seen SSDs that plug into those miniPCIe slots, those tiny little ones on the motherboard which are usually relegated to a sound card.


    The current crop isn't the speediest, possibly because miniPCIe is a 1x slot. The OCZ 16 GB claims a read speed of 110 MB/sec. The price per GB is worse than the larger drive-chain-based SSDs, too. (Fusion-io's IoDrive exceeds SATA-II performance; it uses a PCI Express x4 slot and its read speeds are up to 750 MB/sec, according to company literature. Of course, it's way more epensive than anything on the market.)


    But (and this is a big but) people may go for a small drive with a low price, even if it's not a speed demon... especially if they just have one application that they want speeded up (cough cough World of Warcraft cough). I note that my (coughing fit deleted) WoW folder takes up 14.5 GB, which should be consistent up to the next major expansion. (Possibly beyond, if I get rid of all those unused AddOns and old updaters.)


    So whaddaya think? User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC. But if someone has tried this, it'd be worth hearing about.

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    User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC.

    Laptop Sata drives work There are plenty of cheap brackets that sit in a 3.5 nch hard drive bay and hold the smaller drives though so its not a huge issue. Kingston even bundles one with some of there SSDs.

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    @Bob-- The drives which hook into your SATA chain should indeed be recognized as a normal hard drive with no issues; but the ones I'm talking about are the ones which plug into a miniPCIe slot-- that tiny little thing on the motherboard which usually sits between the two x16 slots meant for graphics cards.


    They should be identical, but I've found that there's a great gap in computer hardware between should be and are.

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    Oh yeah I know what you are talking about now. These http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609435

    They look the same, but idk if it works or not. Hmm now I wonder.

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    OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD Re-Emerges

    Speak of the devil and up he pops!

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