|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 GT Closer Look
For the better part of a month I had patiently awaited delivery of MemoRight's GT series SSD. Their own marketing representatives played down the performance, which is surprising for a product that is already at the top of the hill according to the specifications. So when I received the MemoRight GT MR25.2-064S my first impression was one of suspicion. At first glance, I thought the well-hyped GT looked painfully plain for a high-performance SSD. This is primarily attributed to components used to construct the drive, which was rough black metal on the top half and bare metal on the lower half.
Modern day computers have been heading in two different directions for several years now. Desktop computer systems have been pushing the performance envelope, and everything from designer cases to extremely powerful graphics cards have kept components large scale. On the other hand, notebook computers are in a constant struggle to get more out of less. Very recently Apple announced the new MacBook Air notebook, which offers the solid state drive as an optional upgrade. Not coincidentally, the MemoRight MR25.2-064S GT series SSD offers the best to both worlds, and manufacturers are beginning to take notice.
Unlike the USB flash drive which is visiible to users during normal use, the drive is a component which is often installed and forgotten. To this extent, MemoRight has not spent much effort on dressing up the exterior appearance that will only be seen during product installation. The GT series is boxed in a metal chassis, which will make sharp impacts a bit more powerful. Additionally, the metal chassis is also exposed to electrical shock which may come into play if the device is ever submerged.
While most SSD applications thus far have historically been for military application, the retail consumer market is beginning to open up many doors for performance-orientated resellers. Because of the military specifications inherent to the design, many manufacturers have utilized a metal case for protection. I can confirm from my many years as a Marine that the Federal Government likes its squared corners and right-angles. They seem forget a few key variables such as impact on weight and shock value (both electrical and gravitational) which would make the use of a plastic shell not only more economical but also more rugged. Dropping an ultra-lightweight plastic shell on a hard surface creates far less of an impact than a heavier metal-encased SSD.
MemoRight's GT series consists of only semiconductors and NAND flash memory, which helps to give the MR25.2-064S a level of rugged durability against shock and vibration not available to hard disk drives. Furthermore, the GT series is equipped with a very elaborate flash memory management algorithm to guarantee high data integrity and even wear patterns.
In our next section, Benchmark Reviews tests the MemoRight GT MR25.2-064S 2.5-Inch 64GB SATA Solid State Drive in a series of bandwidth performance benchmarks. Has the age of the SSD finally come? We will soon find out.