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Best SSDs: High-end and Beyond

Best SSDs For The Money: October 2011
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Best SSDs for ~£280: Performance & Capacity Option

Crucial m4
256 GB
Sequential Read
415 MB/s
Sequential Write260 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
.15 W
Power Consumption (Idle).10 W

If you're looking for a higher-capacity SSD with more of a performance-oriented flavour, we're torn between Crucial's 256 GB m4 and OCZ's 240 GB Agility 3. Both hover around the same price and offer similar performance. However, our recommendation this month goes to the 256 GB m4 because it's slightly cheaper per gigabyte.

For most enthusiasts, this really tops out the budget, especially since we imagine that you'll want even more storage for user data, necessitating a couple of 1.5 or 2 TB hard drives. There are larger options, but the performance picture really doesn't get much better.

Best SSDs for ~£285: High-Capacity Option

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 £285, you're only paying £1.18 per gigabyte. While this isn't as much of a performance-oriented SSD in light of today's more aggressive options, 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.

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    qpop , 14 October 2011 14:11
    The M4 was updated recently to 0009 firmware; read speed boosted to 500mbps read 200mbps write. That's surely gotta pip Adata to the post (due to controller not relying on compression algorithm)
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    Full-Metal , 14 October 2011 16:36
    Wot no Corsair & gt version?
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    bingonairobi , 14 October 2011 19:46
    Intels reputation for reliability gets another boost, which must seem like a pretty sick joke to the people posting here: http://communities.intel.com/thread/24121?start=45&tstart=0 and elswhere on the Intel Communities site.
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    aje21 , 14 October 2011 20:26
    Glad to see the OCZ Vertex Plus 60 GB get recommended, I bought one for a work laptop...
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    doive1231 , 16 October 2011 02:43
    Is the Crucial M4's active power consumption figure correct? Your own review

    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/m4-ssd-capacity-comparison,review-32243-10.html

    says its around 2W not 0.15W. Only asking because I might buy it for a laptop.