Choosing The Right SSD
We conclude Storage Week 2014 with a look at five of the latest solid-state drives from manufacturers of the leading SSD products of 2013. For the SSD market, the rising need for speed in data access and transaction processing has driven demand up and prices down. Flash drives also have gotten more durable, and their super-low power consumption makes them ideal for use in laptops and the data center. All tested drives are SATA 3.0 (6 Gbps) and conform to the 2.5-inch, 7.5mm form factor. Performance was measured with XBench 1.3 for Mac OS X using a SATA-to-USB 3.0 adapter. Drive performance on a SATA bus will be faster by a factor between 3X and 10X.