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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 01 September 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
EDGE Boost Pro SandForce Solid State Drive
Closer Look: EDGE Boost Pro
SandForce SF-2281 SSD Controller
Features and Specifications
SSD Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
EDGE Boost Pro Conclusion

EDGE Boost Pro Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.EDGE-Boost-Pro-SSD-Corner.jpg

SandForce SSDs have taken the market by storm, which has helped niche companies like EDGE Tech to expand their reach deep into the high-performance storage hardware segment. Not only are these SandForce-driven solid state drives extremely fast, but more importantly they're capable of SLC-level operational performance I/O and NAND durability. The EDGE Boost Pro SSD builds from the powerful SandForce SF-2281 solid state processor, which brings innovation to the SSD industry by prolonging MLC NAND flash module lifetime and delivering RAID-like data redundancy. When one SandForce product is physically identical to another, the overall value depends on price, warranty, and customer support. If you're price shopping, a quick stroll through our Storage Section reviews will reveal how other SSD options compare.

Our performance rating considers how effective the EDGE Boost Pro solid state drive performs in operations against direct competitor storage solutions. For reference, SandForce specifies the SF-2281 with 500 MB/s read and write, which EDGE Tech increases this to 550 MB/s read and 515 write maximum speeds for this SSD series. In our storage benchmark tests, the 120GB EDGE Boost Pro SSD performed at this rated speed, but I suspect that higher-capacity models could offer better performance potential. Our test results proved the EDGE Boost Pro was good for delivering 553/514 MBps peak read and writes speeds using ATTO Disk Benchmark SSD speed tests. Everest Disk Benchmark produced 483/459 MB/s, confirming the Boost Pro series as a fast SATA 6Gb/s contender among MLC SSD's.

The 120GB retail kit (EDGSD25120GBOOSTS6) that EDGE Tech sent us for testing is advertised to deliver 85,000 maximum write IOPS, or 50,000 sustained. EDGE Tech neglects to specify how this rating was achieved, and under what circumstances these results could be reached. Using a SandForce-provided configuration for our own Iometer operational performance tests, we used a queue depth of 32 outstanding I/O's per target to produce a modest 49,496 combined read/write IOPS performance. In this test, the formatted EDGE Boost Pro SSD trailed all other 2nd-generation SandForce SF-2281 based storage devices benchmarked using this configuration and manages to position itself just ahead of 1st-generation SandForce-driven SSDs. In the 4K 32QD tests with AS-SSD and CrystalDiskMark, the EDGE Boost Pro SSD again settled midway down our charts and placed among the fastest 1st-generation SandForce storage devices. With the results we've received in our tests, hardware enthusiasts can expect good operational performance and storage functionality for demanding applications and extreme I/O environments, but clearly there are better-performing models with tweaked firmware.

Solid State Drives are low-visibility products: you see them just long enough to install and then they're forgotten. Like their Hard Disk Drive counterparts, Solid State Drives are meant to place function before fashion. Anything above and beyond a simple metal shell is already more than what's expected in terms of the appearance. EDGE Tech has created a back-to-basics look with the gunmetal textured finish on their Boost Pro series SSDs. As solid state storage controllers become faster and more advanced, heat dissipation through the enclosure walls may demand that chassis designs become more beneficial than they previously needed to be. This isn't the case yet, and a metal chassis suits SandForce SSDs nicely.

SSDs are not prone to mechanical failure, but if any EDGE Boost Pro solid state storage product does happen to fail during the 3-year warranty period end-users may contact EDGE Tech Corporation via their support website. Fortunately, there's also a toll-free telephone number (800-259-6565) for free technical support and customer service questions.

The EDGE Boost Pro is competitively priced, and available direct from EDGE Tech. As of September 2011, the following EDGE Boost Pro SSD models and pricing are available:

  • $135 60GB: EDGSD2560GBOOSTS6
  • $210 120GB: EDGSD25120GBOOSTS6
  • $500 240GB: EDGSD25240GBOOSTS6
  • $930 480GB: EDGSD25480GBOOSTS6

Based on the SandForce SF-2281 SSD processor, the EDGE Boost Pro solid state drive delivers native TRIM garbage collection and basic SMART support with impressive 553 MB/s transfer speeds. More importantly, SandForce DuraClass technology adds their proprietary RAISE and DuraWrite features not available with other SSDs, and the end result is a product that could last up to five times longer with less wear on NAND flash modules.

On paper, the EDGE Boost Pro looks like it competes directly with top-end 2nd-generation SandForce SF-2281 SSDs. While the speed was quite fast, IOPS operational performance results weren't as impressive. We understand that this is a 120GB model, but the specifications are identical for all capacities across the entire Boost Pro series. Considering the comparative level of performance we've experienced with the EDGE Boost Pro SSD, this solid state drive would be a good fit for high-performance power-users. When used to upgrade a notebook computer's hard disk drive, the EDGE Boost Pro SSD enables response speeds that will amaze you.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award for Quality Recognition

+ Outstanding 553/514 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
+ TCG OPAL security with 256-bit AES encryption
+ SandForce SF-2281 processor supports TRIM, SMART, and RAISE
+ DuraWrite technology extends NAND lifetime
+ High-level enthusiast operational I/O performance
+ 3-Year EDGE Tech product warranty support
+ 60/120/240/480GB high-speed SSD storage capacities
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Resistant to extreme shock impact
+ Low power consumption may extend battery life

Cons:

- Some manufacturers offer five-year warranty
- Expensive enthusiast-level product
- IOPS Performance rating needs examination

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.00
  • Appearance: 8.75
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 7.25

Final Score: 8.75 out of 10.

Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.

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Comments 

 
# TCG OPALtcgopal 2011-09-08 12:53
I suspect the review wrong about this drive supporting the TCG OPAL specification.

Sandforce webpages claim it is an option, but I am not aware of any currently available Sandforce based SSD that actually supports it.

The drive webpage (##edgetechcorp.com/) makes no mention of TCG Opal.

ATA password != TCG Opal
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# Full disclosurealfresc0 2011-09-29 00:31
Unfortunately after being burnt by a GTX460 review, a GTX460 that was supplied by the manufacturer for the review, and was a different spec to the released version I will take this one line very seriously:

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by EDGE Tech.

But thanks for including it.
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# RE: Full disclosureOlin Coles 2011-09-29 07:38
That is very unfortunate, which is why we disclose the source of our samples in every article. Almost every sample we receive is identical to full retail, but occasionally there are changes made to the retail product without any notice given.
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