Solid State Drives are finally becomeing affordable for the typical computer user. As of this review, DigitalDingus is observing a rather wide range of around .80-$2.00/GB, which isn't fantastic, but it's more economically palatable for someone who wants to purchase a sub-100GB SSD and run an OS on it. Average is around $1/GB if you manage to get an SSD on sale. If they are out of stock, you'll be paying almost twice the asking price when placing an order. Probably the first question you're asking if you came across this reivew is:
Features: A 64 GB Solid State Drive, rated at 6Gb/s (SATA III), SATA II backwards compatible, and includes a Desktop/PC Installation Kit for installing in 3.5" areas.
Form Factor: 2.5"
Connection Type: SATA III/II
Controller: 3-Core MCX
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase
CAN I REALLY SEE A PERFORMANCE UPGRADE?
The answer is most certainly...
It's pretty much that simple. But there is a looming issue, which is unavoidable. Product lifespan. SSDs are just now getting into more household machines than ever before, and of course...more reviews by customers on various online websites follow. Some brands might appear to be experiencing more problems than others, and DigitalDingus is not going to get on the bandwagon for any particular brand at this point. What DigitalDingus is going to do, is provide you with information on this particular brand, and track its performance over time.
Samsung 830 Series 64GB SSD (MZ-7PC064D/AM)
The Samsung 830 series has been recently replaced with the 840 series, but this allows for some good deals on the 830 line of SSDs. The 64GB version is the 830 Series introductory SSD model. A few particular important notes, is the 64GB version has 75,000 IOPS versus the 80,000 IOPS for the 128GB and higher capacity models. The 64GB model has a maximum write speed of 160MB/s while the 128GB model has 320MB/s. If you have a SATA II motherboard, you won't notice the write speeds. On a SATA III motherboard...you probably will.
SATA III or SATA II?
As you will see on the following page, I currently have a SATA II motherboard, so I will not be taking advantage of SATA III speeds (up to 6Gb/s). If you do not have a SATA III motherboard like myself, this should not discourage you from purchasing a SATA III SSD, because you'll more than likely notice a dramatic increase in read and write speeds even with a SATA II motherboard. Let's take a look at the performance I observed...