Solid State Drives (SSD) Perplexity
To own the latest and fastest technology is what everyone desires. Since the world is changing and so is the technology we can see a various options to choose from in the market. There have been numerous companies which have surfaced with various products to attract the consumer. However if there are companies to give you service you want, there are many more to advantage of this opportunity as well. Hence one has to be really careful while choosing any kind of hardware for their desktop or laptops or that case for any electronic device. Because where there are lot of option there are lot of chances of lapses.
Desktops and laptops are an integral part of almost every one’s life. Be it a kid, working person, housewives, old people; anybody, everyone has some use of computers. Hence higher usage calls for a higher performance and this means everybody needs a computer which is fast, can store maximum data and should give easy to access to it. This means the memory section should be able to perform its best. That is how SSD (solid state drives) came into existence. They are quite similar to a HDD (hard disk drive) in looks but have a much lesser storage capacity. However work is in progress to have an SSD with a higher storage capacity and a price that can fit everybody’s pocket. SSDs are faster than regular HDDs because they store the data on integrated circuit and gives faster access to the same as it does not have to run the platter to retrieve it as happens in HDDs. hence SSDs has become a sensation in the world of computer technology.
Though its cutting edge technology has not left any stone unturned to call it a success but a few parameters should be kept in mind before deciding to pick on anyone. We will now discuss what steps to follow to make sure you have the right SSD for your device. SSDs have chances of deteriorated performance over the time due to writing and re-writing and modification of data to blocks of memory. this was rectified using TRIM command which basically allows operating system to tell SSD which block of data is no longer in use and can be erased. Initially there were limitations to usage of this command however that has been taken care of. Secondly what one needs to look for is the controller chip. Initially Single Level Cells (SLC) s were used which were costly but has now been replaced by Multi Level Cell (MLC) memory for higher performance. There are companies in the market to watch for like Indilinx, Intel, SandForce and Toshiba whose controllers are considered to be the best. Next thing to watch for is the duration for which these drives will last for. However there are no substantial tests done for the same but online reviews have shown that few of the drives failed within 6 months so it’s important to back up data and be watchful on the warranty of the drive. We would now have a look at the few players in the market who are racing to be the best in delivering superior quality SSDs.
The first one is A-RAM PRO Series 256G. This is been manufactured by a Hong Kong based company keeping cost factor in mind. This SSD uses an Indilinx Barefoot controller, MLC chips which are cheaper and involves use of jumpers for flashing. It comes with the lowest warranty period of all i.e. 2years. So though this SSD is cheaper and shows strong sequential performance but has depreciated show for small read and writes.
The next one is Corsair Nova Series 256GB. Though the smaller warranty period of 2 years it is another choice for people who want to go easy on their pockets. Performance wise it has similar inbuilt controller as the previous one and even the overall performance is tamed.
Next comes Intel X25-M (80GB). This one carries the brand name of Intel hence is greatly accepted, however that seems to be the only positivity to this device as it is way too expensive for its performance.
Another one from Intel is Intel X25-V (40GB) which is second most in expensive however the performance can only be rated as average and below
There are many more such devices available in the market but as mentioned before one has to do a thorough market research before finalising any product.