Considering that solid state discs
-- although still noticeably more expensive that traditional HDDs -- are quickly plummeting
in price, it's about time a brief roundup was executed in order to pinpoint which SSD was best for you. Granted, CustomPC
only included a handful of options, but the in-depth testing process found a few glaring losers and even fewer runaway winners. As expected, reviewers used a number of read / write testing applications to judge the speed differences and real-world performance increases on seven SSDs ranging from 8GB to 32GB in size. Coming out on top was Samsung
's 32GB drive, which proved both "quick and silent" in their testing; however, the 18GB STEC Zeus-IOPS
proved the hands-down winner in terms of sheer speed. 'Course, we highly doubt many of you will be snagging the latter after witnessing its £7,050 ($14,461) pricetag, but a number of slightly slower performers including PQI
's Turbo Plus 2.5 could very well provide the boost you desire without (totally) breaking the bank.