|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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SSD Final Thoughts
EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.
Just like I stated at the very beginning of this article, the system disk is the primary factor in computer performance and program response. Processor and system memory all make an impact, but they both have to wait on the slowest man in the race to retrieve data; and that's presently the Hard Disk Drive on almost all computers. Not even an increased bus speeds can make a difference, because when you open a file or application you're not waiting on the CPU or RAM to process that response, you're waiting on the disk to collect data and respond. I have pleased hundreds of customers with the up sell to Raptor desktop drives in their high-performance computer systems, but now that there's a more powerful alternative to offer this will have to change.
Of course, not everyone will be happy. Solid State Drives are still expensive and on the same niche level as DDR3. There are clear advantages to be sure, but if you can't afford the performance then what good is it going to do you? After all, manufactures know it always about the money. Making matters a little worse is the recently discovered defect in all Intel ICH9 and ICH9R chipsets which exhibit a bandwidth limit of approximately 80 MBps for SSD's. So if cost doesn't keep you away, perhaps Intel will.
Very recently OCZ was able to offer the Samsung-based 64GB OCZSSD64GB Solid State Drive to consumers for around $17/Gigabyte, making it the most affordable SSD play yet. But since the performance results on that OCZ SSD are so far from the products we tested in this review, there's no reason not to speed another couple of hundred for something that performs multiples better. This is also true for the Mtron MOBI 3000 SSD which targets "budget-conscious" users. Now that MemoRight offers their GT series with similar pricing but incredibly different performance, consumers must make the decision for themselves: buy the from expensive low end, or buy the slightly more expensive high-end? Until the climate of Solid State technology changes to accommodate either affordable mainstream pricing, or hybrid hard drives to offer the best of both worlds, SSD's will remain the answer for those affluent few who can afford the luxury. But for those blessed few, the performance has finally become worth considering the trouble.