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These are three different "types" of SSDs sold on newegg. Can somebody give me a tl;dr of the differences between them?
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The main difference is the memory type. SLC or MLC. SLC NAND doesn't degrade as quickly and offers some performance and endurance perks, but it is much more expensive. MLC is what's used in consumer SSDs and is cheaper but with a shorter lifespan.
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The main difference is the memory type. SLC or MLC. SLC NAND doesn't degrade as quickly and offers some performance and endurance perks, but it is much more expensive. MLC is what's used in consumer SSDs and is cheaper but with a shorter lifespan.

This.

And also, enterprice SSDs typically have built in ECC for correcting data errors (and they actually reserve part of the addressable space for parity data).

Some also have encryption (where you can actually set passwords).
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The main difference is the memory type. SLC or MLC. SLC NAND doesn't degrade as quickly and offers some performance and endurance perks, but it is much more expensive. MLC is what's used in consumer SSDs and is cheaper but with a shorter lifespan.

Note that there is eMLC now as well. These are high-endurance but lower performing MLC. SLC NAND cost about 3 times as much as a MLC NAND.

Here's a good whitepaper: http://stec-inc.com/downloads/MLC_flash_based_SSDs_Reduce_TCO.pdf


Industrial SSDs tend to actually be Compact Flash or mSATA designed for embedded systems.
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Industrial and Enterprise SSD need reliability over speed for most applications. Therefore the Industrial or Enterprise SSD needs to have the following characteristics:

  • Good Power Loss Protection
  • Consistent performance throughout the drive's lifetime
  • Error Correction

Also Industrial drives can have a greater operating temperature tolerance for extreme conditions - Solidata's Caelum-S range extends to -55 deg C to +125 deg C whereas a Standard "Consumer" SSD operates between 0 and 70 deg C

Hope that helps.

Check out my blog at http://www.blog.solidstatediskshop.com/2013/industrial-ssd-what-is-the-difference/ for a bit more on it
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