Originally Posted by fastpcman12
how much is the intel dc s3700? it say it's for enteprise markets but couldn't find a price.
it looks really good! looks like it's using more than 20% spare for provisioning! i think that's the diffrence .
Nah. All the extra spare area plays a part but from AnandTech's comparisons
, the controller is a big reason, too.
Keep in mind, the expected workload for consumer and enterprise varies greatly so their performance characteristics also differ. Consumer drives will likely give you better top performance and with OP (or properly working TRIM and enough free space), should give good enough consistency when dealing with consumer workloads. Another plus is consumer drives are much, much cheaper. You can buy a 240/256GB consumer SSD for $140-180. Even if you decide on doing 50% OP, that's still less expensive than the Intel DC S3700 100GB (granted, the latter uses longer lasting eMLC NAND).
So far, AnandTech has only tested effects of spare area on consistency with the Corsair Neutron, OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro. On the article's discussion, it's been mentioned that they plan on testing more SSDs (including the Intel 330 240GB). It'll certainly be interesting to see more results.