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Best SSDs: Mid-range

Best SSDs For The Money: August 2011
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We've added more SSDs to our database and observed a number of significant price changes in the past month. As a result, this months recommendations undergo a notable revamp. And to those of you waiting for a hierarchy table at the end, it's here!

Best SSD for ~£80: Performance Boot Drive

Crucial m4
64 GB
Sequential Read
415 MB/s
Sequential Write95 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
.150 W
Power Consumption (Idle).065 W

Even if you aren't planning to upgrade to a SATA 6Gb/s-capable motherboard quite yet, the 64 GB m4 offers good SATA 3Gb/s performance. Of course, it's really designed to operate on third-gen SATA controller though, enabling read speeds in excess of 400 MB/s.

We've heard readers complain that SSDs based on SandForce's technology are affected by performance degradation when they're forced to operate on incompressible data. that's mostly an issue for folks moving lots of media-oriented information or employing a form of active encryption, such as TrueCrypt. The behavior of Crucial's drive doesn't change based on the data it handles, though.

Best SSDs for ~£85: Single-Drive Configuration

Kingston SSDNow V+100
96 GB
Sequential Read
230 MB/s
Sequential Write180 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
3.6 W
Power Consumption (Idle)0.05 W

If you want to use your SSD for more than simply installing an operating system and a few apps, the 90 GB capacity point is your next stop. Kingston specifically sells the 96 GB SSDNow V+100 to address this market.

Although this drive uses a Toshiba controller, it performs roughly on par with SandForce's first-gen logic, which you can also find at this price range. The V+100 isn't the fastest drive around, but it does give you more capacity. Thus, it's no surprise that our choice at this price point has more to do with price per gigabyte than performance.

Mobile Users: Honorable Mention for £135: System Drive (OS + Programs)

Intel SSD 310 (mSATA)
80 GB
Sequential Read
200 MB/s
Sequential Write70 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
0.15 W
Power Consumption (Idle)0.075 W


The 40 GB SSD 310 only uses half of its available NAND channels, and it costs too much to be a value contender in the desktop space. The performance of the 80 GB model feels much closer to the X25-V in a much smaller form factor. If our recommendation was based on price alone, this wouldn't make our list. But mSATA lets you keep your notebook's high-capacity SATA-based hard drive too, which means you get the best of both worlds.

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    ps3hacker12 , 26 August 2011 19:19
    yay they included my reccommendation of an Agility 3 drive :D 
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    CPU666d1 , 28 August 2011 19:00
    Good to see this chart,because I'm gonna chuck up an SSD using windows 7 pro soon.
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