The word on the street is that Intel SSD is the fastest around. Well, there is some truth to it: Intel X25-M is the king for sequential reads, at least in two out of three programs we used (on the third program Patriot Torqx was the best, follow by Intel X-25M in second). But under other scenarios other units are emerging victorious. On sequential writes and random writes using 512 KB blocks of data, Kingston V+ Series proved to be the fastest SSD in town. And for random reads using small 4 KB blocks of data, OCZ Vertex was the winner. For random writes using small 4 KB blocks Intel X25-M regained its leadership, followed by Kingston V+ Series.
So several companies are being able to come close or even surpass Intel X25-M’s performance. This is great news and that is all what competition is about.
But what do these numbers mean? What 64 GB should you bring home?
Intel X25-M is obviously on the radar, but it is the most expensive SSD on the 64 GB range. Even though it stores 25% more data than 64 GB units, it is still far from the reach from Budget Joe.
All the other SSDs we reviewed are very good options – none of them can be labeled as a “bad” or “flawed” product – but the one we think has the best cost/benefit ratio is Kingston V+ Series. It not only surpassed Intel X25-M in some scenarios as it is also the cheapest SSD unit we included in our round-up, believed it or not.