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Review: Three New SSDs From Top Vendors

The CRN Test Center reviews a trio of solid choices in solid-state drives from Intel, Samsung and SanDisk.

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Three New SSDs

As Storage Week 2015 continues, the CRN Test Center takes a close look at three of the newest solid-state drives from 2014's leading SSD vendors and examines their place in the enterprise. All fit the 2.5-inch form factor, and all comply with the SATA 3.0 specification and its 6-Gbps maximum theoretical throughput. But uniform spec compliance doesn't equate to uniform products. These drives -- and others in the marketplace -- differ tremendously in speed, durability and price, the primary factors that determine what type of customer and application is best suited for each.

Solid-state drives offer potential service revenues for MSPs and VARs from the initial installation, upgrades of laptops and desktops, and from sales into all-flash and hybrid arrays. We used IOmeter to test performance of each drive while connected to the SATA3 port of an Intel Core i7-based machine running Windows 7 Professional.

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