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Still, the Samsung 256-GB SSD drive is priced to move. Based on prices of SATA II SSD drives at NewEgg.com as of May 18, the $499 Samsung 256 GB is selling for $1.49/GB; the Kingston SSDNow V+100E ($569) costs $2.22/GB; and Corsair's P256 ($699) costs $2.73/GB. By the way, the Corsair drive incorporates a Samsung storage controller.
Samsung's drives also are economical in terms of power consumption when compared with the competition. When active, the Kingston drive consumes between 2.8 and 3.3 watts, and the Corsair uses 1.5 watts. Samsung's drive reportedly uses just 0.24 watts, according to materials provided by the company for this review. And when idle, the unit sips just 0.14 watts, roughly on par with Corsair's rated consumption of 0.14. Remarkably, Kingston's drive uses just 0.052 watts when idle. The Corsair, Kingston and Samsung models all use MLC NAND flash memory, offer a rated MTBF of 1,000,000 hours, are rated to withstand a shock of 1500G, and include a three-year warranty on parts and labor.
Add one to the list of things Samsung does well; its monitors, laptops and mobile devices all have found favor in the CRN Test Center. Its SSD drives are economical and perform well, and Samsung's partner program forms a product trifecta for the reseller. When rugged, low-cost, high performance solid state storage is required, the CRN Test Center recommends the 470 Series from Samsung.
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