I decided to educate myself a little more on ssd
's - thought I'd share an interesting point:
"Quality and performance SSD
is a rapidly developing technology. A January 2009 review of the market by technology reviewer Tom's Hardware concluded that comparatively few of the tested devices showed acceptable I/O performance, with several disappointments, and that Intel (who make their own SSD
chipset) still produces the best performing SSD
drive as of this time; a view also echoed by Anandtech. In particular, operations that require many small writes, such as log files, are particularly badly affected on some devices, potentially causing the entire host system to freeze for periods of up to one second at a time.
According to Anandtech, this is due to controller chip design issues with a widely used set of components, and at least partly arises because most manufacturers are memory manufacturers only, rather than full microchip design and fabrication businesses — they often rebrand others' products, inadvertently replicating their problems. Of the other manufacturers in the market, Memoright, Mtron, OCZ, Samsung and Soliware were also named positively for at least some areas of testing.
The overall conclusion by Tom's Hardware however, was that "none of the [non-Intel] drives were really impressive. They all have significant weaknesses: usually either low I/O performance, poor write throughput or unacceptable power consumption".
OCZ has recently unveiled OCZ Vertex 2 Pro which is currently the fastest MLC SSD
drive with a Sandforce Controller onboard performing more or less as the Intel X25-E series SSD