I mentioned in our Mid-Range SSD Roundup that most SSD vendors like sampling the best balance of capacity/performance when it comes to SSD review samples. For the SandForce SF-2281 with 25nm NAND that just happens to be 240GB. Unfortunately there's a pretty big fall off in performance when going from 240GB to 120GB due to the decrease in total number of NAND die (8GB per die x 32 die vs. 16 die). I've explained this all before here.

Enter OCZ's MAX IOPS drive. Using 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND instead of 25nm IMFT ONFI 2.x NAND the die capacity drops to 4GB, which means you get twice as many die per NAND device. The end result? 240GB Vertex 3 performance for slightly more than 120GB Vertex 3 pricing.


I ordered the 120GB MAX IOPS drive at the beginning of the week and just got it in yesterday so I've only had a small amount of time to test with it thus far. Check out the 120GB MAX IOPS drive vs. the Intel SSD 510 in Bench using our 2011 storage test suite. Expect the full review in the coming days.

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  • Beenthere - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    I think you've missed the point... I'm not arguing the value of SSDs per se. I'm saying I would like to see real world benching of SSDs in laptops to see if the SSDs performance varies significantly compared to a typical HD and also in comparison to a desktop PC with more CPU power, etc.
  • geddarkstorm - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    Those benchmarks are everywhere, all over the net. I just linked you to some that you can watch first hand, instead of just reading as numbers. Not many sites have collated it all into one easy package, but Google is your friend. You can find a plethora of real world benchmarkings (boot times, app loading, productivity, battery life, etc), of different SSDs on the same hardware and the same SSD on a huge spread of hardware, and then just compare.

    Every review site out there uses a different combination of hardware, so just start browsing more than one site. Try techreport.com , pcper.com, extremetech.com , techgage.com , thessdreview.com , and so so so many more. Everything you're looking for is already out there, just look.
  • Beenthere - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    There in lies the problem... There are lots of different tests and little data of actual value. I've looked. This ain't my first day on the job. <LOL>

    That's why I pointed out the inconsistent test results and why I would like to see what I stated above done by Anandtech or some other reputable site. So far I have not seen this comparison.
  • Warlock15th - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    I'm really sorry to hear people are experiencing this problem with these drives, as I mentioned in my post, at first I had some problems, specifically with Win7 randomly freezing from time to time, but after I updated my IRST drivers and the firmware, this behavior went away.

    I did post in the OCZ forums asking for help, and the community there was very assistive, I hope you guys can also solve your problems soon, as these drives rock, even more so when used in RAID 0 :)
  • jonup - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    Bud, Anand has said it before, and I second on that, once you go SSD you never go back. It like with many things in life - you do not realize it until it's gone. I have a 3-4 year old lappy with Intel G1 SSD, it is the most responsive laptop in my office, it feels faster than SNB laptops with 7200 rpm HDD. I only have one desktop with 4xRAID0 HDD left and that is the least responsive PC that I own.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    You do realize that Corsair only specifically recalled the 120 GB model? This is different from the BSOD issue.

  • e-drood - Thursday, June 16, 2011 - link

    Presently OCZ, Corsair, OWC, Kingston are all waiting for Sandforce to analyze error reports/user complaints to base revised firmware update -- there may also be marchitectural design issues with Sandforce Series 2000 controller chips.

    While I can understand the Intel X58 chipset platform potentially having interface issues re:ssd/sata3; I absolutely do not accept P67/Z68 as having interface timing errors/voltage transients re: ssd/sata3. The Sandforce Series 2000 Controller is experiencing too many user complaints with too many different motherboards...

    Firmware alone will not resolve these incompatibility issues, neither will elaborate and arcane installation procedures.

    And I genuinely want to purchase additional ssd's as soon as possible...
  • semo - Friday, June 17, 2011 - link

    OCZ are a very anti consumer company. They still haven't issued a recall for their bad 25nm drives. People that haven't heard of the 25nm transition fiasco might not even know they have a dud.
  • spunlex - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - link

    Is there a link missing at the end of the first paragraph?
  • Beenthere - Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - link

    Yes, the one below. Also read the article on "interleaving" which breaks it down in more detail.


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