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Today, we will be taking a hard long look at one of OCZ newest solid state drives based on the Sandforce 1200 controller. The Sandforce controller has been getting its fair share of review and good press lately due to its impressive numbers when it comes to read and write. Both which can be as high as 260MB/s according to Sandforce. The new OCZ Agility 2 60GB model advertises even better read and write of 285 and 275 respectively. And the asking price of about $170 performance and cost is fast becoming affordable.
Guaranteed you are not getting less in quality but performance. But is the number so different to not consider either. Well we have to the Solid 2 in house today to ready it s run on the test bench. The Solid 2 comes in three different sizes: 30GB, 60GB and 120GB. Each of which consist of the Indilinx Barefoot. Each has its own specifications when it comes to read and write performance. And in the case of the 60GB model we are looking at today has 200/120MBs respectively. And yes it supports TRIM.
A special gift for us is the Patriot Torqx. From the looks of it, the Torqx is a drool-worthy SSD component. Equipped with a MLC Indilinx controller sporting 64mb of cache, we just can't wait to get to the testing phase. The advertised numbers alone should be enough for us to say it is a winner, but what is a review without the testing phase.
The new Silver series SolidGo drive we will take a look at today is based on the J-Micron JMF602 controller. Wintec wanted the drive to be affordable so this is the reasoning for using the controller. The numbers that we see from this unit is moderate at best but well enough for a entry level drive. According to Wintec the drive has a read/write of 160MB's and 90MB/s respectfully. This numbers are slightly better than the new Kingston V boot drive we are seeing a lot of reviews on. But in the case of the Wintec model you get 20 more gigs.
To remedy the price shock of SSD drives you have several routes in which you can take. The first one is to opt for a small size drive say a 32GB or even a 16GB units. This would be fine for a large majority of the population as many only want the drive for their OS and important applications. A second option is to look at units geared toward the mainstream audience. This would be the class our second SSD review will fall in. The Apacer A7 Turbo advertise some really impressive write/read times that would appeal to the likes of more knowledgeable PC users like gamers, enthusiasts and semi-professional.
Today's review product turned the tables on her, though. With an excess of mirth, I watched her reaction to the Verbatim TUFF-'N'-TINY™ 8gig portable flash drive. Giggly as a school girl, she immediately laid claim to the drive. As you can see from the pictures, the TUFF-'N'-TINY is a diminutive flash drive, even pixie-like. This set her to fawning over it and laying out plans to keep it on one of her cherished stuff animals. Having already hatched my own nefarious schemes for the drive, I suddenly felt a bit like a selfish schoolboy, hesitant to share. Rarely will a piece of computer hardware invoke this sort of reaction in our house. However, looks are not everything. To get a good review from me, this Lilliputian flash drive will have to put forth decent numbers and live up to its claim of being tough.
Our lives come down to a succession of choices which inevitably lead us through our triumphs and failures. Not to discount random circumstance, clarity of purpose often ensures a more favorable outcome than cloudy half-formed goals listlessly pursued. I am willing to bet successful men and women are capable of narrowing down the sum of their lives to a few well-timed, ingenious decisions. However, the majority on the other side of the coin could list a litany of misfires, sins of omission and outright failures that led them down the wrong path. A successful company can also be boiled down to correct choices made at the right time. When dealing with computer hardware manufacturers, the results are tangible, quality products. Like our individual lives, every product to hit the market is the culmination of decisions. Some are misfires and there are sins of omission and others are catastrophic failures. Today we're looking at the Verbatim 8 GB TUFF-CLIP, a great flash drive, showcasing what happens when a company makes all the right decisions.