Four-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Super Talent, Mtron

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Solid State Drive technology is set to turn the storage industry on its ear; there is little doubt of this.  When you consider the intrinsic benefits of anything built on solid state technology versus anything mechanical, it doesn't take a degree in physics to understand the obvious advantages.  Consider the vacuum tube in its day before the advent of the transistor and you'll get the idea.  Though audiophiles may argue the tube still sounds "warmer" and more natural, you certainly wouldn't even been reading this page, if it were not for solid state technology.  As such, it's a natural evolution that obviously, some day, better technology needed to be developed for mass storage. 

In comparison to standard rotational media, SSDs offer lower power, complete silence, exponentially faster random access times and extremely competitive read/write throughput, versus even the fastest hard drives on the market today.  Moving forward, SSD specifications and performance will improve significantly as well.  Though SSDs are still not really considered a "mainstream" consumer storage solution for computing, you can easily see on the horizon that the day is coming quickly when the SSD will completely take over personal computing and eventually even the enterprise markets.

On the following pages, we thought we'd level-set the features, performance and pricing landscape for you with respect to the current state of SSDs.  In the coming weeks you'll see a major release from Intel for their new SSD offering as well, so we'll be sure to return to this equation again in the near future.  For now, we have a look at four different SSD offerings, two from OCZ, one from Mtron and another from Super Talent.  Is a Solid State Disk in your future?  We'll try to help you answer that question in this full performance evaluation and showcase.

 

Solid State Drives Compared:  OCZ, Super Talent and Mtron
Specifications and Features

 

 

OCZ Core Series 64GB MLC

OCZ 64GB Standard SLC

Interface  SATA 3.0Gb
Capacity  32GB - 128GB
Form Factor  2.5"
      Average Access
 0.1 msec
      Sustained Read  143MB/sec
      Sustained Write  93MB/sec
      Input Voltage  5VCC±5%
      Write Endurance  Not specified
      Read Endurance  Unlimited
      Data Retention  Not specified
      MTBF  1,500,000 hrs
      Operating Temp  -10~70°C
      Warranty
        2 years
Interface  SATA 3.0Gb
Capacity  32GB, 64GB
Form Factor  2.5"
      Average Access
 0.1 msec
      Sustained Read  100MB/sec
      Sustained Write**  80MB/sec
      Input Voltage  5VCC±5%
      Write Endurance  Not specified
      Read Endurance  Unlimited
      Data Retention  Not specified
      MTBF  2,000,000 hrs
      Operating Temp  -10~70°C
      Warranty
        1 year

 

 

Super Talent
MasterDrive MX 64GB MLC

Mtron MSP 7500 32GB SLC

Interface  SATA 3.0Gb
Capacity 8GB - 128GB
Form Factor  2.5"
      Average Access
 0.1 msec
      Sustained Read  120MB/sec
      Sustained Write  80MB/sec
      Input Voltage  5VCC±5%
      Write Endurance  >32 years @ 50GB writes/day
      Read Endurance  Unlimited
      Data Retention  5 years
      MTBF  1,000,000 hrs
      Operating Temp  0~70°C
      Warranty
       1 year
Interface  SATA 3.0Gb
Capacity  16GB - 128GB
Form Factor  2.5"
      Average Access
 0.1 msec
      Sustained Read  130MB/sec
      Sustained Write  120MB/sec
      Input Voltage  5VCC±5%
      Write Endurance  >140 years @ 50GB writes/day
      Read Endurance  Unlimited
      Data Retention  10 years @ 25°C
      MTBF  1,000,000 hrs
      Operating Temp  0~70°C
      Warranty
       5 years


There are some subtle and not-so-subtle differences in each of the SSDs we're going to step you through today.  First, we should point out that we have two SLC-based disks and two MLC-based disks in this round-up, which also means two very distinct sets of price points and reliability.  We'll cover this in more detail next.  All of our SSDs here are showing sustained read bandwidth north of 100MB/sec, with the Core Series drive from OCZ topping out at 143MB/sec.  Write throughput ranges from 80MB/sec to 130MB/sec for the Mtron drive, which is the fastest in terms of claimed write performance.  All of the drives have average access times specified at a tenth of a millisecond, which, as you can imagine, is lighting-fast compared to even the fastest spinning hard drives out there, which top out at 3 - 4ms. 

Finally, as you'll notice, if you compare Super Talent's write endurance spec to Mtron's, SLC-based drives have significantly longer life expectancies.  We'll dive into the major differences between SLC and MLC-based flash media next.

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I have to say, I expected a far more pronounced difference between the SSDs power consumption and that of the VelociRaptor. Considering the minuscule difference in power consumption, I would assume that the operating temperatures are also fairly similar.

Nice Round-Up HH. I am really looking forward to seeing how the new 256GB Samsung MLC SSD and Intel's upcoming offerings perform.

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AjayD:

I have to say, I expected a far more pronounced difference between the SSDs power consumption and that of the VelociRaptor. Considering the minuscule difference in power consumption, I would assume that the operating temperatures are also fairly similar.

Nice Round-Up HH. I am really looking forward to seeing how the new 256GB Samsung MLC SSD and Intel's upcoming offerings perform.

 

 

 

Thanks dudes!  Big Smile  Stick around over the next few days!  More exciting stuff coming in this space from a BIG NAME player.  Wink

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Sounds like you have something up your sleeve.

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I can't wait to see whats in store Big Smile

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I am glad to see ssd starting to finally come to the forefront

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That's a great review, guys.Yes I have been looking forward to reading this article and you haven't let me down!Big Smile As SSD prices drop I would very much like to see the manufacturers drop something else: the mail-in rebate scam. But thanks again for the comparo! 

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Nice for a notebook 32gb or netbook perhaps ... but I guess I cannot see myself building my 4TB HD media server/PVR using them in a raid set could buy a house for less in some areas.

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Yeah but price will come down. They are selling it to the rich to fund development. We will get the rewards in the end.

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bob_on_the_cob:

Yeah but price will come down. They are selling it to the rich to fund development. We will get the rewards in the end.

Very true. I remember my first hd. It was a quantem fireball 1.2 gb ...I think i paid $175 for it. Prices sound familiar?

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MMC:

Nice for a notebook 32gb or netbook perhaps ... but I guess I cannot see myself building my 4TB HD media server/PVR using them in a raid set could buy a house for less in some areas.

 

 Not too sure I would want to live there, but HEY, welcome to HotHardware, MMC! We are happy to have you join us!Yes So where are you posting from?

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