This month brings a long overdue update to our best SSD list. We say goodbye to older 128GB-class models, and pave the way for new m.2 PCIe SSDs that we start listing next month.
As CPU performance hits new and unforeseen heights, processors increasingly spend time waiting on data from hard drives. This is what makes storage today's most glaring bottleneck, and overcoming it requires an SSD. At the end of the day, the real-world differences between SSDs in a desktop environment aren't altogether large. The most noticeable performance increase occurs when you go from a hard disk to just about any solid-state drive.
With that said, there are measurable attributes separating one SSD from another. But you'll need to approach a purchasing decision as the sum of many parts. Within individual apps, you'll hardly notice the difference between most SATA 3Gb/s and faster SATA 6Gb/s drives. It's the more taxing workloads that make a faster device worth owning.
So, if you don’t have the time to read the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to pick the right drive, fear not. Every month, we publish a simple list of the best SSDs for the money across the full spectrum of capacities.
May 2015 Updates
April was a fun month in our client storage test lab. We have several reviews going through the editorial process now including the Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 2.0 x4 SSD with a Marvell Altaplus controller and HyperX Savage with the new Phison S10 controller. RamCity sent over a pair of SM951 AHCI products, one 256GB and one 128GB. If that isn't exciting enough, I also borrowed the Samsung SM951-NVMe Julio found in the latest NUC iteration from Intel.
In addition to the SM951-NVMe we'll also have a full review of a Fixstars SSD-3000M, a 3TB 2.5" 15mm SSD designed for A/V use. One of the most exciting products to hit the market in recent times is Intel's new SSD 750. We've already examined the 1.2TB model for performance but the Extreme Edition price tag is a turn off. Around the same time you read this report we'll take delivery of the 400GB model with a tamer price tag.
Computex is right around the corner and prototype products will start showing up next week. We will have a few impressive releases online just before the show.
We have some activity on our leader board this month. The Samsung 850 EVO products dropped in price since our last update. The move was significant enough to displace the OCZ Storage Solutions ARC-100 240GB and Crucial MX100 512GB from our value leader positions. The 850 EVO has always been an excellent product in all capacity sizes but the 1TB model didn't come down enough to move the Mushkin Reactor 1TB off the list.
In addition to the new mainsteam product changes, we've also added a PCIe Performance category. Eventually this category will split into two separate groups, m.2 and PCIe. The m.2 portion is easy enough to follow. PCIe will include products like the Intel SSD 750 and All-in-One RAID products like the OCZ RevoDrive series and G.Skill Phoenix Blade.