|MemoRight GT MR25.2-064S 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA SSD|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 14 March 2008|
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MemoRight MR25.2-064S SSD
EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.
Since first making a commercial public debut at the 2007 Consumer Electronic Show, Solid State Drives (SSD's) have been a topic of hot discussion among performance enthusiasts. With virtually no access time delay these nonvolatile flash memory-based drives were quick to promise a more reliable storage device with greater performance while operating at a fraction of the power level. It didn't take manufacturers very long before marketing claims attempted to convince the public that these devices would replace the Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Unfortunately, in the world of technology there is a difference between what marketing firms claim to offer and what they actually deliver; that difference is time.
For a little over a year now Benchmark Reviews has anxiously awaited the fabled Solid State Drive that could replace our current list of preferred Hard Disk Drives. Making this wait seem even longer was the fact that HDD manufacturers were constantly improving there product and adding new enhancements to the technology. First there was perpendicular storage, and then came fluid bearings, and finally there was the increase in cache buffer DRAM. Performance has always been the hurdle that SSD's have had a tough time clearing, with read and write bandwidth creating the largest obstacles. Response time and reduced power consumption has been the key argument for owning an SSD, but without the bandwidth throughput to measure up against HDD's they became an expensive niche item. That time has passed.
As of now, the Solid State Drive has surpassed the Hard Disk Drive in all areas. Power consumption is still astonishing low, even when compared to the newest series of HDD's available. Access time has only got better with new revisions, as nearly all SSD's register less than .1 ms delay. Bandwidth has dramatically improved as controller components have been refined and redesigned. Even the previous setback of SATA-I controller limitation has been recently overcome with commercially available SATA-II solutions. All that remains on the list of items holding back the widespread use is cost.
As a professional system builder of higher-end computer systems, I have learned some very important lessons in regards to system performance over the past eight years. While gamers constantly leap for higher frame rates out of their video card, there is something more important than a faster processor, memory, or even front side bus. The real backbone to overall system speed and performance is the primary boot drive. In today's world, that usually means the hard disk drive for nearly all computers. After hundreds of performance computers built and sold, I have seen a 10,000 RPM drive make a 2GHz CPU seemingly perform twice as fast, whereas a 5,400 RPM drive makes that same CPU run like it was only half as fast.
Solid State Drives are not for everyone. Similar to the evolution towards DDR3 system memory, a gradual replacement of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) by the Solid State Drive (SDD) is going to move very slow. The cost of purchase for SSD's is the primary cause, since most drives cost more than an purchase price of an entire computer system. But what if the price was within reach? What if the data throughput was comparable? This is where Benchmark Reviews comes in to answer the tough questions, as we test the MemoRight GT MR25.2-064S 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA SSD Solid State Drive.
According to the research by expert market analyst, Web-Feet, the current SSD market has grown 74% every year, and it is expected to total $10 billion by 2012. The consumer SSD market is also expected grow significantly from 42 million in 2006 to $7.5 billion in 2012, replacing current hard disk with SSD
What is a SSD (Solid State Drive)?
Solid State Drives are data storage devices usually consisting of nonvolatile flash memory. This eliminates delicate servo motors and mechanical drives common in conventional Hard Disk Drives to remove the heat and noise generated and provide resistance against external impact. Compared to a HDD with an identical capacity, the SSD offers half the weight and fractions of the response time. Moreover, SSD's allows the user to easily install the drive to replace an existing HDD without any system modification. Solid State Disks are expected to expand applications from high-performance mobile PCs to replace conventional HDDs.
Ever since human beings invented words, they have made a huge leap to meet the demand for recording and storage. With progress in various recording media and methodology, information can be stored and reliably retrieved and shared. History hence continues and culture develops. The birth of electronic media has forced us to make huge leaps again in this field. Decades ago IBM designed the first Winchester Hard Drive for computers. A Zero and a One are lifeless and dull symbols on their own, but our lives are enhanced and more colorful because of them.
In March 2006, a group of talented, ambitious and creative young people, engineers who are passionate about future storage break-through, were brought together for a mutual goal. They wanted to play a leading role in the data storage revolution which led to SSD (Solid State Disk). MMC (Memoright Memoritech Corporation Limited) in Shenzhen has started a journey to create a new era of data storage.
Human Resources are our assets. More than 80% of our engineers have obtained a Master's degree or above. Our team has a complete and balanced ability to work independently in research and development. We have experts who have experience in hard drive design, flash devices design, micro engineering and it's related precision manufacturing. Our motivation is invention. We are dedicated to achieve perfection. It is our ultimate goal to design various SSD technologies to world standard. Memoright Memoritech, records our team's ever fulfilled dreams, and also human's wonderful past and future!