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Best SSDs For The Money: July 2011
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Best SSDs for ~£230: Middle of the Road

Intel SSD 320
160 GB
Sequential Read
270 MB/s
Sequential Write165 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
.15 W
Power Consumption (Idle).10 W

At around this price, you have three choices: the 120 GB Vertex 3, 180 GB Agility 2, and the 160 GB SSD 320. If you are willing to give up some capacity for better performance (and you own a motherboard with 6 Gb/s connectivity), the 120 GB Vertex 3 is a good choice. On the other hand, why not give up performance for more capacity with the 180 GB Agility 2? If this is decision is too difficult, we recommend buying Intel's 160 GB SSD 320.

The middle ground delivers a great balance of performance and capacity, so you won't have to feel like you had to make a big compromise.

Best SSDs for ~£260: More than 180 GB

OCZ Agility 2
240 GB
Sequential Read
285 MB/s
Sequential Write275 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
2.0 W
Power Consumption (Idle).5 W

If you are willing to spend more to get a better deal, OCZ recently dropped the price on its 240 GB Agility 2. At £260 (eBuyer), you're only paying £1.08 per gigabyte. While this isn't a performance-oriented SSD, you're still getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Many people prefer the Vertex 2 to the Agility 2, but the only real difference is that the higher-end Vertex employs OCZ's optimized firmware to achieve better performance, while the Agility utilizes SandForce's more generic firmware implementation. With that said, buying a 240 GB Vertex 2 is a less attractive proposition. You have to pay about £20 more, and what you gain in performance isn't worth the extra cost in our opinion.

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