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It's time for another Solid State Disk review you guys; this time from the folks at G.Skill. Man the performance of SSD drives seems to get faster with each month that passes. A month or two ago when we reviewed the OCZ Core MLC SSD we where overwhelmed really. Such an SSD ended up in my primary work PC as a boot drive and is now running Vista. And yeah, I like it a lot. It's speedy and fast for sure. Within the same MLC segment (we'll explain MLC shortly) a lot of manufacturers jumped on-board with SSD development. One of them is G.Skill and they just launched a rather nicely priced series of SSDs.
Today we'll peek at one of their finest drives available in a 64 GB flavor. It comes with an advertised performance of 155 MB/sec read speed and a 90 MB/sec write speed, which makes it faster than the OCZ Core product I am so fond off.
This new SSD is MLC-based and measures in at just 2.5-inchehbgvsghbv, easily placed in a desktop PC, and obviously a perfect fit for your laptop. With a SATA II interface type and a built-in EDC/ECC protection, this G.SKILL drive is ready to handle your data for sure. The G.SKILL FM-25S2S will be in two sizes, the 64GB model and the 128GB model.
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X25-E still slaughters it(By a large margin) but this will be A LOT less expensive.
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G.Skill 128g SSD = $249

Intel X25 80g SSD = $499

Yeah the Intel is about twice as fast, but the cost per gig is insane compared to the G.Skill. I guess it all depends on whether you want the absolute fastest at any cost, or fast but still reasonably priced.
 
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X25-E still slaughters it(By a large margin) but this will be A LOT less expensive.
Intel's SSDs are really meant more for server purposes, if I remember correctly. Which would explain why they have the higher price tag.

But I'm really diggin these desktop oriented SSDs and I can't wait until the next versions of these drives come around, because they are always getting faster and cheaper. Hell for the $150 price tag, its not a bad idea to pick one of these up for a laptop or netbook of your choice.

EDIT: I just looked at the above links and the Intel drive is rated at 70 MB/s for write speed, while the G.Skill is rated at 90MB/s. Obviously most people do more reads than writes, but still. I think you would notice a 20MB/s faster write than a 90MB/s faster read, depending on the application.
Edited by thenutty1 - 12/23/08 at 5:08pm
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G.Skill 128g SSD = $249

Intel X25 80g SSD = $499

Yeah the Intel is about twice as fast, but the cost per gig is insane compared to the G.Skill. I guess it all depends on whether you want the absolute fastest at any cost, or fast but still reasonably priced.
Indeed.

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Intel's SSDs are really meant more for server purposes, if I remember correctly. Which would explain why they have the higher price tag.

But I'm really diggin these desktop oriented SSDs and I can't wait until the next versions of these drives come around, because they are always getting faster and cheaper. Hell for the $150 price tag, its not a bad idea to pick one of these up for a laptop or netbook of your choice.
I wouldn't get one of these for a laptop, I think these are bottlenecked by anything less than SATA II, so it might be best to go with a slower but cheaper SSD.
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MLC needs to die. It is way more unreliable compared to SLC and does not last nearly as long. Efforts need to be concentrated on bringing down costs of SLC or looking for alternatives to flash memory all together.
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MLC needs to die. It is way more unreliable compared to SLC and does not last nearly as long. Efforts need to be concentrated on bringing down costs of SLC or looking for alternatives to flash memory all together.
MLC will not die off anytime soon. It offers double the capacities of SLC and there are even technologies that will triple and even quadruple the capacities of flash. It offers much lower price/GB SSDs and money is what pushes the products.
    
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Micron makes a server grade SSD.... (slc of course)

http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/hardwar...9291097,00.htm

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According to Micron, the drives also offer a mean time between failure (MTBF) rate of around two million hours, compared with the 300,000 to 500,000 MTBF rate of traditional HDDs.

and the "extreme" intels... (slc, i think)

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* Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive
Extreme performance and reliability for servers, storage and workstations.
( 2 Million Hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) )

* Intel® X25-M and X18-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives
High-performance storage for notebook and desktop PCs.
( 1.2 million hours Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF)

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I'm definitely getting one of these once I can get the money together.

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I wouldn't get one of these for a laptop, I think these are bottlenecked by anything less than SATA II, so it might be best to go with a slower but cheaper SSD.
The drive, as well as most modern laptops, support SATA II speeds now. I believe there's even a picture of the drive in the review that shows SATA II on the sticker.
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i like the mini USB part
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