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Solid State Drives and controllers.

SSD Drive Info Booth. Aug 29, 2014 ).


This Is a large thread that is kept reasonably up to date, here is a Index of it’s contents, it’s been put together to help members with there choice of ssd drive :- Please Note! spoilers are used and hold a considerable amount of information including links to manufacturers and benchmarking websites.

SSD News. A regular news update of what’s going on with ssd drives and ssd technology, with links.
SSD Info booth. General info on ssd drives which includes sub headings :---
Trim on SSD drives, Trim and the IDE issue, Overprovisioning and Wearlevelling. Some are linked. I have also added notes on TLC memory and Migrating the OS to SSD drive.
Types of Controllers used in SSD drives. A list of controllers used in ssd drives.
SSD drives in Alpherbetical order. A list of the more well known ssd drives on the market. ( These lists will eventually include mSata, M.2 both sata and PCIe ssd drives, PCIe ssd’s in card form eg Intel 750 also Enterprise and Business ssd drives. )Drives are continually going EOL ( End of line/life ).
SSD Drive Links of various kinds.
SSD Endurance Testing. Added Oct 2013, a list of links to sites that are testing ssd’s Enduration with updates.
SSD’s in RAID mostly raid 0. Links to various ssd drives in raid configurations, there are also links to Raid setups in the Alphabetical section for various drives.
SSD Performance Tweaks. Info on setting up ssd drives and getting the best performance. These are links to various sites.

SSD News

August 16 2015 Samsung unveils a massive 16tb ssd drive, short news snippet at Tweaktown.
August 14 2015 Toshiba shows off new PCIe NVMe drives, news from Tweaktown.
August 13 2015 Samsung Shows of next generation products at FM2015, news at Tweaktown.
August 12 2015 Samsung unveils a new 6.4tb PCIe ssd drive with read speeds of 5.5GB/s. News at Tweaktown.
August 12 2015 Seagate introduces the new Nytro series of PCIe ssd drives, news at Anandtech.
August 11 2015 Samsungs new 256Gbit chips will allow development of larger ssd drives. News at Tweaktown.
August 7 2015 A Data releases the Premier SP 550 series of TLC ssd drives,. News at the VR Zone.
August 6 2015 Toshiba Develops worlds first 16 die-stacked nand flash memory with TSV technology, News at Toshiba.
August 6 2015 Lite On deput’s new NVMe M.2 PCIe ssd drive called the EP series, application workloads such as online transaction processing (OLTP), financial transactions, E-commerce, SQL logging, collaboration and email servers. News at CDInfo.
August 5 2015 Toshiba announces the PX04S series of enterprise 12 Gb/s sas ssd drives, up to 3.84 tb capacity. News at The SSDReview.
August 4 2015 Seagate and Micron announce the release of the Seagate 1200.2 dual channel 12 Gb/s sas ssd drive and the Micron S600DC 12Gb/s sas ssd drive series in a joint adventure that will include 36 models of enterprise drives, News at Anandtech.
August 4 2015 Toshiba and Sandisk announce 48 layer 256Gb TLC 3D nand. News at Anandtech.

July 31 2015 Micron and Intel’s 3D XPoint nand flash memory, the next generation of nand technology, probably not, news at Anandtech.
July 30 2015 Mushkin announces the release of the Atlas Vital series of M.2 2280 ssd drives, geared towards ultrabooks, laptops and small form factor PC’s, the drives use Sandforces SF2200 series controller and the sata3 interface, news at The SSD Review.
July 27 2015 Intel M.2 DC S3500 enterprise ssd reviewed at Toms Hardware.
July 9 2015 Anandtech reviews the OCZ Trion in all three capacities, the Trion is OCZ's first TLC drive and I’m not impressed, the Pseudo SLC caching is far too small.

June 25 2015 Samsung releases the SM951-NVMe M.2 ssd drive, here’s a review at Anandtech on the 256gb version of the series.
June 16 2015 Silicon Motion releases the SM2256 controller, this is a eight channel controller capable of reading 32 nand die simultaneously and is fully compatible with TLC memory, the controller is going to be released on the Adata SP550.
June 15 2015 Mangstor MX6300 PCIe NVMe enterprise ssd review at Toms Hardware. The drive is 2.7tb in size. First use I’ve seen of ST-MRam, sadly only being used for caching against power failures, the rams touted to eventually replace nand memory in ssd drives, the drive also as 4k random read and write speeds, well not quite after reading the review at Toms IT Pro.
June 11 2015 Plextor about to release the M7e PCIe drive in Q3 and the M&V TLC drive in 2016, news at Anandtech.
June 9 2016 Silicon Motion displays new SM2260 NVMe PCIe gen3 x 4 lane controller. News at Anandtech.
June 6 2015 The SFF8639 enterprise connector renamed U2, this connector is used on a number of 2.5 inch enterprise ssd drives like the Intel 750 2.5 inch series of ssd drives and a number of other similar drives. News at Anandtech.

May 2015
Truth about data retention on ssd’s, Anandtech have released an article on the subject, data retention on ssd drives depends on a number of things, the storage temperature, the quality of the flash memory, the wear on the nand cells. New drives will hold data for over 10 years, drives with cells practically exhausted the data should last at least 12 months in temps around 30-35c, this reduces considerably as the temps get into the 50c range.
May 5 2015 Intel releases the SSD DC S3510 enterprise ssd drive, news at Anandtech.

April 2015
Samsung releases second EVO performance fix, the fix is done by updating the firmware which adds regular refreshing of nand cells, this should stop degradation of performance of populated cells, news at Anandtech.
April 15 2015 Samsung’s SM951 PCIe ssd drive goes NVMe, the SM951 drive as previously been tied to the AHCI protocols, but as now entered production with the NVMe protocol, the NVMe drive will not be constrained by queuing limitations and higher protocol overheads associated with AHCI drives. Info at Techreport.
April 13 2015 Hitachi ships the Ultrastar SN100 NVM express PCIe ssd with 3000 MB/s top speed. This is a enterprise drive with capacities up to 3.2tb. Also released is the Hitachi HGST Ultrastar SN100 PCIe ssd drive in the 2.5 inch format, the employs a SFF-8639 connector, this connector as been around awhile in the enterprise sector, here’s a link to the connector at Anandtech. News at Techreport.
April 7 2015 Samsung SM951 PCIe 3.0 m.2 ssd drive is now available from Ram City, news at Anandtech.
April 6 2015 Gigabyte series 9 motherboards are ready for Intel’s 750 series PCIe drive, news at Techreport.
April 2 2015 Intel releases the SSD 750 PCIe NVMe client ssd drive in capacities of 400gb and 1.2tb. News at Anandtech.

March 2015
Samsung’s 850 evo m.2 ssd drives reviewed at Techreport.
March 26 2015 Toshiba’s 3D flash spreads 16gb/s over 48 layers, 3D flash wars are about to hot up, news at Techreport.
March 12 2015 Techreport’s endurance testing finally comes to an end at 2.4 PB’s. Info at Techreport.

February 2015
Samsung pulls firmware update EXM02B6Q for the Samsung 850 pro because it was bricking some drives, I updated to this firmware on my own 512gb Samsung Pro using the Magician software. I backed-up by cloning the drive prior to updating, so far I’ve had no problems with the firmware update, didn’t get any errors, so I guess I was one of the lucky ones. News at The Register and the Anandtech forums.
February 20 2015 Samsung releases statement on 840 EVO performance, another fix is on the way, News at Anandtech.
February 9 2015 OCZ releases important firmware updates for Arc100 and Radeon R7 ssd drives, news at Anandtech.
February 3 2015 Intel launches the SSD DC S3610 and the S3710 enterprise ssd drives based on Intel’s second generation 6Gb/s controller and Intel’s 128Gbit 20nm High Endurance Technology (HET) MLC nand flash memory. News at Anandtech,

January 2015
January 9 2015 OCZ to release the Vector 180 series sometime in 2015 with capacities of 240gb, 480gb and 960gbs and a 5 year warranty. News at Anandtech.
January 7 2015 Mushkin releases the Striker series of ssd drives with the Phison S10 controller and available in capacities of 240 to 960gbs.
January 5 2015 Sandisk announces entry level ssd the SSD Plus using Sandisks 19mn MLC nand memory. News at Anandtech
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December 2014
December 8 2014 Samsung 850 EVO with 3D TLR memory reviewed at Techspot and Anandtech.
November 2014
November 25 2014 Intel to ship 3D nand with 32 layers in 2nd half of 2015, news from Anandtech.
November 19 2014 OCZ to release the Vertex 460A series of ssd drives featuring Toshiba’s A19 nand memory, news at TheSSDReview.

October 2014
October 15 2014 Samsung releases firmware patch for 840 and 840 Evo’s, news from Tom’s Hardware.
September 2014
September 26 2014 Samsung due to release firmware to fix problems with the 840 and EVO 840 ssd drives, firmware to be released sometime in October, news from AnandTech.
September 19 2014 Samsung acknowledges bug in 840 and 840 evo ssd drives, the bug surfaced about a month ago on the Overclock.net forums. News from Anandtech and Overclock.net.
September 16 2014 Micron/Crucial release M600 series of ssd drives, the also uses pseudo slc for acceleration, sadly only available for oems, news at Anandtech.
September 9 2014 Samsungs 850 EVO spotted at IFA, news from TomsHardware.
September 5 2014 PCIe ssd drives face-off between Samsung’s XP941 125gb, 256gb ssd drives and OCZ’s 480gb RevoDrive 350, review at AnandTech.
September 4 2014 Tweaktown tests two Crucial 512gb MX-100’s in raid 0.
September 3 2014 Samsungs 256gb XP941 Ultra M.2 PCIe ssd drive tested on new X99 motherboard, review at Tweaktown.

August 2014
August 29 2014 Samsung have released a white paper on the benefits of V nand in ssd drives, here’s the link to the white paper.
August 26 2014 Plextor releases the M6 Pro ssd series with Plex Turbo caching layer technology, available in four capacities of 128gb to 1tb, Marvell 9187 controller and Toshibas new A19 nand flash, the drives have a warranty of 5 years, preview from Tweaktown. Should also note that the plex turbo caching which is similar to that supplied on Samsung ssd drives requires extra computer resources which is in this case computer ram, the Samsung 840 requires 1gb, the Samsung 850 requires 4gb of ram, the Plextor Pro 6 at a guess would be similar to the 850 in system ram.
August 24 2014 Sandisk X300 reviewed at AnandTech, the X300 series has 5 capacities between 64gb and 1tb, the smaller three capacities have the 4 channel Marvell 9188 and the two largest the 8 channel Marvell 9187 controller, the drive uses Sandisk’s second generation 64gbit 19nm MLC nand flash, This is a self encrypting drive or SED drive, the encrypting is done by the controller, this is an alternative to Microsofts eDrive, Review at AnandTech.
August 22 2014 Toshiba’s 15nm 128gb mlc ram developed by both Toshiba and Sandisk is only about 12 months away from release, also estimated to have 3000p/e cycles, here’s the news link from Anandtech.
August 19 2014 Sandisk releases the Ultra II ssd drive series with the Marvell 9187 controller and Toshiba’s new second generation A19 TLC nand flash, the ssd utilizes sandisks ncach 2.0 technology which operates a portion of the nand flash in a Pseudo SLC mode, the drives have a warranty of 3 years. News from Anandtech.
August 16 2014 For all you AMD enthusiasts, AMD as launched there first ssd drive series called the Radeon R7 series of ssd drives, these are made by OCZ and rebranded accordingly, they have the barefoot 3 M00 controller ( higher clocked version ) that’s in the OCZ Vector and Vector 150 series, Toshibas new A19 nand flash and a 4 year warranty, a performance ssd drive aimed at gamers, news from Anandtech.
August 15 2014 OCZ to add the ARC 100 value ssd drive to their line-up. Review from Tweaktown. Excellent performance for a value drive.
August 6 2014 Samsung’s 850 EVO due to be released shortly with 3D TLC nand. News from TechReport.
August 1 2014 Phison releases the high performance PS3110-S10-X quad core ssd controller which is compatible with both MLC and TLC memory, Toshiba is close releasing TLC nand memory onto the ssd market, by 2016 TLC memory is expected to dominate the ssd market with prices as low 25c a gb. News from Tweaktown.

July 2014
July 30 2014 Intel releases the SSD Pro 2500 with the Sandforce SF 2281 controller and Hynix nand memory. News from Anandtech.
July 29 2014 Kingston releases the SSDNow V310 ssd 960gb ssd drive with Phison PS3108-S8 controller, at $910 it’s dearer than the equivalent Samsung 850 Pro by $200, a strange release. News from TheSSDReview.
July 1 2014 Samsung releases the 850 pro series of ssd drives with Samsung’s 32 layer 3D V-nand memory estimated in the 30-34nm range, the ssd uses the same controller as the EVO and Pro series, the drives have great performance and a 10 year warranty, reviews from Tweaktown and Anandtech. The drive is due for release on July 21.

June 2014
June 6 2014 After Crucial’s failure with the V4 in the value line of ssd drives ( the drive had big controller problems ) Crucial releases the MX100 series of ssd drives with the Marvell 9189 controller, both Anandtech and Techspot review the 256gb and 512gb models.
June 5 2014 Kingston announces the HyperX Fury and the SSDNow 310 series of ssd drives at Computex 2014, news from TheSSDReview.
June 4 2014 Plextor introduces the M6pro ssd series with PlexTurbo caching at a incredible 5.9GB/s, news from TheSSDReview.
June 3 2014 Sandisk announces the release of the Extreme Pro ssd series at Computex 2014, the drive will probably have Marvell’s 9189 controller and a 10 year warranty, news from Anandtech.
June 3 2014 OCZ introduces the Vector 180 series of ssd drives, news from TheSSDReview.
June 3 2014 Intel releases the DC3700 PCIe ssd drive with the 18 channel NVMe controller, news at Anandtech.

May 2014
May 13 2014 Toshiba tools up for production of 3D nand memory chips. News from the Wall Street Journal.
May 13 2014 Sandisk releases the 1tb ssd drive in it’s new X300 series of ssd drives which are based on second generation Toshiba/Sandisk nand memory, the drive also uses pseudo slc nand memory for write caching. The drive is thought to use the new Marvell 9187 or 9 controller. News from TechReport and Anandtech.
May 8 2014 PNY releases Optima series of ssd drives using the four channel Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, released as a budget drive. News and review at TheSSDReview.

April 2014
April 30 2014 Sandisk announces new Optimus Max 4tb sas enterprise ssd drive. News at TheSSDReview.
April 24 2014 Asus as teamed up with Kingston and are going to a release the HyperExpress series of ssd drives using the new sata express connection being developed on Asus Motherboards, news from Tweaktown.
April 9 2014 AMD and Toshiba rumoured to be teaming up to release AMD branded ssd drives with the OCZ barefoot controller and Toshiba nand memory. News from Tom’sHardware.
April 2 2014 Adata’s new Premier Pro SP920 series of ssd’s just released with a Marvell 9189 controller, reviews at Anandtech and Tweaktown. This is so close to the Crucial 550 some say it’s a rebranded drive.

March 2014
March 31 2014 Sandisk to release four series of ssd’s for cloud servers, news at Techreport.
March 27 2014 Plextor announces M6S series of ssd drives, the ssd uses Marvels 9188 controller, news at TheSSDReview.
March 18 2014 Crucial releases the M550 series of ssd drives with updated controller and better write performance, according to Crucial this drive will be sold alongside the M500, the M550 will be classed as a performance drive, while the M500 will be cheaper and sold as a value drive, AnandTech as benchmarked the all four capacities.
March 7 2014 Toshiba and OCZ planning on releasing TLC based ssd’s, a Toshiba ssd series will be released with TLC nand memory sometime in mid 2014, news from AnandTech
March 3 2014 Kingston as switched to slower nand memory on there SSD Now V300 series of ssd drives resulting in poor performance, my advice, avoid buying this particular Kingston drive if this is the case. News at AnandTech

February 2014
February 27 2014 Intel close to releasing a Client ssd drive with the Intel 3 generation controller, the Intel SSD 730 will ship in March, the drive is a performance drive and requires a lot of power but does have excellent power loss protection and nand endurance, the use of 128gb nand chips means write performance on the 240gb drive is quite a bit lower than the 480gb drive, probably not suitable for laptops, here’s the info and benchmarks of the drive from Anandtech.
February 26 2014 The Intel 3rd Generation SSD controller which made it’s first appearance in a joint Hitachi / Intel enterprise drive and eventually used on Intel D series enterprise drives, although designed by Intel with Intel firmware is actually fabricated by LSI Sandforce, news at TheSSDReview.
February 23 2014 TechReports’s endurance testing reaches 600TB. The EVO continues to lose sectors at a steady rate, some of the other drives have lost the odd sector, otherwise are performing OK.
February 21 2014 Memoright announces XT3 series of ssd drives, the drives will use TLC memory and have seq. read speeds of 500MB/s and write speeds of 450MB/s. News from TheSSDReview.
February 20 2014 Toshiba Announces HG6 Series of High-Performance Solid State Drives For Read-Intensive And Power-Sensitive Applications, the HG6 series is to be available in 7 and 9mm 2 ½ versions as well as mSata and M.2 types as well. Series due to be released in March, news from Toshiba.

January 2014
January 8 2014 Plextor due to release M6 Pro ssd. News at TheSSDReview.
January 8 2014 SSD’s due to be released with Marvell’s new 88SS9293 –BSA2 controller. Early news from TheSSDReview.
January 8 2014 OCZ to release it’s first consumer ssd drive since it’s partnership with Toshiba, the new Vertex 460 with Toshiba’s latest advanced 19nm toggle memory and the Barefoot M10 controller, news at TheSSDReview.
January 7 2014 Kingston getting ready to release ssd drives with new LSI Sandforce 3700 controller which is due in April, news at TheSSDReview.
January 7 2014 Adata set to release two ssd drives with the new LSI Sandforce 3700 Griffin controller, the SP610 and the SX930, the SX930 highest capacity looks like it will be 2TB. News at TheSSDReview.


SSD DRIVE INFO BOOTH

SSD Drives have matured considerably since Intel released there 2 1/2” drive in early 2008, many other makes were released, none that were really as good as the 1st generation Intel drives, these early drives with Jmicro controllers and Samsung controllers suffered stuttering and Micro freezing problems and there overall performance was average compared to the Intel offering, which didn't suffer from the same problems. They were also extremely expensive for what they offered.

For those people needing more information about buying a ssd drive LesT a Extreme Overclocking member has his own website, The SSD Review with a lot of information on these drives.

Technology as we all know, doesn't stand still and the release of the Indilinx Barefoot Controller leveled up the playing field considerably.
Since then, many different makes, by many different manufacturer's ( 300 and counting ) of SSD drives have been marketed with different makes of controllers, all with differing performance levels.
Firmware for these drives and controllers as also improved, making stuttering and freezing a thing of the past.

Trim on SSD Drives
When I first wrote this article/thread, which was for my own benefit and was eventually turned into this thread, as it is today, trim was not available on ssd drives, when it did arrive, there were mixed idea’s on how it worked, a lot that was incorrect at the time, a lot of new users do not understand the use of Trim even today, explanations tend to be very technical as trim is a complicated issue at the best of times. I found a simple explanation for the implementation of trim in late 2009, I came across it again the other day, it still holds true today so here’s the link, ( I know you are going to point me to AnandTech explanations, there are links in this thread, if your a technically minded person, then AnandTech’s articles may be a better option ) this simpler explanation is still active in late 2011. As you can see if you carry on reading and don’t turn off, how complicated it can be for a non-technical user of ssd drives. So here’s my explanation of trim. Remember this a generalization of most ssd drives, it’s a lot easier when your dealing with your own ssd drive.
Trim and it’s association with GC ( garbage collection )
Trim varies depending on how the controller’s "GC" handles the use of Trim ( Win7 ). Trim is activated, by deleting files in the OS ( Win7 ), it doesn’t actually trim the ssd drive, but marks the block/file header’s with a 1 making that block/file available for being re-written or deleted. Trimming is actually done by the GC and will only work if the block doesn’t contain other files that haven’t been marked deleted, but this again depends on how GC is implemented, the GC can wait till the block is full, then move un-deleted files to another block allowing for the block to be trimmed ( GC ), in doing this, the GC uses a lot more write amplification than it does if Trim in win7 has previously marked these blocks/files for deletion, flash memory can only be ‘deleted’ if all the information in that block as been marked with 1, this allows the whole block to be re-written. GC can only erase/Trim a full block, not individual files or pages.
What trim does
What trim does is mark these blocks/files etc and make it simpler for the inbuilt GC ( garbage collection ) to recognize the blocks that are available for further use, on some controller’s this will not necessarily happen immediately, it depends on whether the controller as been designed for “idle” use, “on the fly” use or “stand by use”, GC/Trim can be brought into use in many different ways, having the computer sitting with the bios open, having the computer idling at log in, placing the computer in stand by mode, deleting files or just simple idling the computer for a hour or so or overnight

Re-formatting a modern ssd drive also triggers trim on most modern ssd drives. It’s a matter of finding out how the controller in your particular ssd handles the garbage collection. You will find the most efficient way is by experimentation or by other members passing on there particular way of doing it.

Low level formatting
Low level formatting used on conventional HDD drives writes mainly 0’s to every cell on a SSD drive, it’s the opposite to how flash memory actually works, if you low level format with Win7 or any software that writes 0’s or 0’s and 1’s to the individual cells, you are not necessarily cleaning the ssd drive completely, ( hence the need for secure erase software on older ssd drives ), you can actually make the performance worse. As technology changes ( 2012/13 ) and the way GC/Trim have improved there will be less need to secure erase ssd drives, simply formatting or re-formatting the ssd drive will in most cases trigger the internal GC or Trim in win7.

If you use software designed for writing 1’s to each cell, like you would if it was designed for ssd drives, this will “clean” the drive and is a good thing to do if you are selling the drive, or as a last resort or if you are having problems with your ssd drive. The downside of using this type of erasure, is that it not only takes a long time it uses high write amplification and if used regularly can reduce the flash cells life expectancy considerably, these type’s of deletions bypass most controllers durawrite capabilities ( the way controllers extend the life expectancy of the ssd’s individual MLC cells ), Durawrite ( Sandforce ), other controllers have this technology in some form or other, it increases MLC life expectancy by between 5 and up to 30 times depending on the design of the controller. Durawrite is LSI Sandforce’s name for this type of technology, other controllers use similar technology for extending cell life.

Basically a command line program like dispart and dispar will secure erase a ssd drive either by writing to the individual ( “Cleanall“ command ) cells or simply marking the blocks to be deleted with a 1 ( “Clean” command ), you need to use the latter which takes only seconds and will return the majority of ssd's to a new state without impacting too much on write amplification. XP may not have the “Clean” command it was added when Vista was released. New commands are added each time a new OS is released.

That’s how I see the use of GC and Trim in win7 today ( Nov 2011 ). Note! Most ssd software, tool boxes etc use the inbuilt win7 diskpart commands, to make it easier than using the command line. There is a explanation for the use of diskpart and can be found HERE, but NOTE! It’s written with conventional hard drives in mind, not ssd drives.

In the case of most Toolboxes provided by manufacturer’s, the OCZ Toolbox is a typical example, they are incompatible with Intel’s RST driver, you would need to use Diskpart from the command line. Also Toolboxes will in most cases, not secure erase a ssd with a OS on it or if the ssd drive is in use as the OS drive eg. ( “C:/” partition ).
If you want to secure erase an OS drive you need to delete all the partitions on the drive including any hidden partitions, there’s an excellent tutorial on the Intel toolbox on LesT’s website, TheSSDReview here’s the Link.

You will have to use Diskpart or Diskpar from the Dos prompt, you can’t be in windows with the ssd drive you intend to erase. This is mainly if the toolboxes fail to work and deleting the partitions refuses to solve the problem.

I’m sure there are exceptions to what I have written and easier ways of explaining trim or secure erasing some types of ssd drives. All I ask is you don’t isolate passages out of context, please read the whole article, before you tell me I’m incorrect. There are a lot of more informative people out there than me on this subject, so I’m open to criticism on the subject. I want to impart only the correct facts on this thread.

Trim and the IDE issue
The Intel IDE drivers after Vista sp2 are fully compatible with the trim command , but for trim to pass through this command, the ssd controller itself has also got to be compatible with IDE mode, eg. Intel drives with the Intel controllers are ( according to Intel ) fully compatible. The Crucial M4 appears not to be, other controllers optimized for AHCI may also not be compatible. I can’t comment on the Intel 510 as I’ve only ever used them in AHCI mode.
Wearlevelling
Here’s an explanation that’s not too complicated, its from StorageSearch.com, here’s the LINK.
Overprovisioning
Also from StorageSearch.com, a simple explanation for the need for overprovisioning, same link as above. This actual link covers a number of technologies used by the ssd controller in ssd drives. Overprovisioning improves write performance, if the ssd is used in a high write situation, increasing the overprovisioning will improve performance and write endurance, in a high read situation too much can hinder performance, in a os situation the 7% supplied on most client drives, in most cases is probably adequate depending on it’s use, if there’s a lot of writing done to the drive daily, reducing the partition size, which will increase overprovisioning by a small amount may improve performance.

Also not overfilling a ssd will help it’s performance, some drives will maintain performance in a full state better than others, it’s probably better not to go above 70% in most cases.

There’s a excellent article recently released ( January 2013 ) by LSI employee Kent Smith which explains the use of overprovisioning and its improvement to the Trim command. Here's the Link.

TLC memory and SSD Drives
Up until now (Sept 2012 ) TLC ( triple cell ) memory, ( mainly used on usb flash drives ), as not been an option for ssd drives, Samsung’s new 840 drive as changed all that, it uses Samsung's TLC Toggle memory, TLC memory as been experimented by ssd drive manufacturers for quite a few years, up until now it hasn’t been a viable option due to reliability, cell life, bit leakage, lower performance and various other reasons. This was once the case with MLC memory which is now used on all client drives and considerably lowered the price of ssd drives. Micron also now as viable TLC nand memory due for release, probably in 2013.

The major advantage of TLC memory, it will be cheaper by an estimated 30% once it matures and less chips are required for the same capacity as MLC memory. ( I should also note, Samsung website no longer quote’s endurance figures, They’ve been removed. ). Here’s a link from AnandTech that explains the technology.

Migrating the OS to a SSD drive.
There are a lot of people "for and against" when it comes to the subject of Migration or a clean install, I’ve always migrated all of my OS drives and before ssd drives, conventional hard drives, I’ve had absolutely no problem doing it and performance as never suffered. Since Vista was released, I’ve only reformatted twice, once for the Vista Ultimate 64b OS and once for the Win7 Ultimate 64b OS.

I can understand that from a benchmarking point of view or a new build with new hardware, a clean format is the only way to go, but I can’t see the point of not migrating otherwise, if the OS drive is properly maintained, especially on a laptop where clean formats are annoying, ( a hard drive or OS with errors generally will not clone, the clone usually fails, most cloning software will use Windows ChkDsk to test the drive prior to cloning if this fails so will the clone ), all I’m saying is I personally have not had bad issues cloning drives with software that’s compatible with the OS being used.

My own laptop OS drive usually has between 200 and 300gb/s of data on it, I’ve had no trouble migrating and cloning backups for any of the drives, I am presently using a 512gb M4 ssd drive. I’ve also used an Intel 160gb G2 and two Intel 510 256gb ssd drives in that period of time on both a Desktop computer and the Laptop ( 3 year old ). The only problem I’ve ever had was a faulty eSata cable.

Probably the biggest problem when migrating is moving an early IDE setup, this can be done with certain changes, the IDE set-up needs to be changed to AHCI in the motherboards BIOS, most modern ssd drives are optimized for AHCI mode, some will not even work in IDE mode, in this case it’s advisable to change to AHCI mode prior to the change to the ssd drive.

This can be done by disabling the IDE driver in the windows registry, rebooting and going into the bios and changing the bios setting to AHCI, saving the setting and windows should boot normally. The boot drive can then be migrated ( cloned or imaged ) to the ssd drive.

Good migration software such as Acronis will re-align an XP partition and win 7 will detect the ssd drive and make some changes accordingly (I mention Acronis, not because it's the best, it's what I am familiar with ).

Trim in win7 should be activated by default, this can be easily checked using the win7 command line or checking with a application such as the free version of ssd Life, also certain benchmarking software will tell you whether trim is active. There is also a free program called Trimcheck that can determine that your ssd drive as actually been trimmed.

Advantages: -- You simply swap drives after the migration, time 2 hrs including swapping drives. The major advantages is that your computer or laptop will work with either drive and the old drive can be kept as a OS back-up.
Disadvantages :-- I’ve yet to find any on a straight forward disk drive or ssd drive update.
Problems :-- Cloning can fail for any number of reasons, most are not related to the cloning procedure eg. bad cables, incompatible software or hardware, disk drive file errors, disk drive hardware errors, malware, with raid arrays you need cloning software that is capable of cloning raid arrays with your type of hardware.

You’ve also got to realize an ssd drive when cloned may be as much as 75% - 80% full, it’s not going to have the same benchmarks as a drive with only a OS on it. The GC ( garbage collection ) on most modern drives will return the drive to it’s natural speed in a short period of time anyway.

One of the major problems most people face when moving to a ssd drive from a conventional drive, the conventional drive will be considerably larger and may only consist of a single partition, when migrating, the data contained on the larger conventional drive as to be less than the usable capacity of the ssd drive, excess data needs to be copied to another drive before cloning / imaging can take place. There is a difference between cloning and imaging, with most free cloning software you can't clone partitions only full drives but you can image partitions or parts of a drive.

The downside of imaging (in most cases), any errors on the disk drive or OS will be carried over to the new drive and the original image may get deleted from the old ssd or conventional drive, the drive is usually not tested with ChkDsk by the imaging software, my advice before either cloning or imaging is to do a comprehensive virus and malware check and in the case of imaging to run windows ChkDisk manually prior to doing the imaging.

Cloning and imaging software is changing and being updated all the time, some cloning software now as the capability of doing partitions or just part of a disk drive, to get this capability you may have to upgrade your software.


Types of Controllers used in SSD drives.

Indilinx Controllers
Indilinx IDX100M01-LC Amigos controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ). This controller is basically a barefoot controller using half the pipelines than those used on the barefoot, this controller is used in the OCZ Onyx series of value ssd drives.

Indilinx IDX110M00-FC Barefoot Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) This is one of the better performing controllers and is found in SSD drives with MLC nand flash memory, doesn't suffer from stuttering or micro freezing. Very popular among enthusiasts due to it's excellent performance. Website and TechReport review.

Indilinx IDX110M00-LC Barefoot Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) This is one of the better performing controllers and is found in enterprise SSD drives with MLC and SLC nand flash memory.

Indilinx IDX110M01-LC (ECO) Barefoot Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) Updated barefoot controller, compatible with 34nm Nand Memory. This newer barefoot controller is now called the “ Martini “ and is to be used in the new Ocz Vertex Plus series, this controller as been previewed by AnandTech. The big differences will be the increase in memory put aside for garbage collection, a rise from 7% to 10% and new firmware ( not compatible with the older barefoot drive ). Previously called the ECO? The numbers on the silicone chips are the same.

Indilinx IDX300M00-BC ( Everest ) ( Sata III – 6 GB/s ).
These are re-branded Marvell 9174 controllers with Indilinx firmware. Re-named Everest controller, this controller is used in OCZ Octane series of ssd drives.

Indilinx IDX400M00-BC ( Everest 2 ) ( Sata 3 – 6 GB/s ).
These are re-branded Marvell 9187 Controllers with Indilinx firmware. Re-named the Everest 2 controller, used to power the OCZ Vertex 4 series of ssd drives. This controller is being tested with various different types of nand flash memory so there could be other series released with different nand flash memory.

Intel Controllers
Intel ( PC29AS21CA0 ) S3700 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – This controller release is considered Intel's 3rd generation controller and as been released on Intel's own DC S3700 enterprise ssd drive, this drive will supersede the 710 enterprise series which will go EOL late 2012. This controller has now been released on Intel’s SSD 730 client drive due in March 2014.

Intel EW29AA31AA1 ( SAS 6Gb/s ) – This Intel controller is used in the Hitachi Ultrastar SSD400M SAS enterprise drive, this 6Gb/s controller as read speeds of 495 and write speeds 385, giving it performance similar to the Micron P300 drives. ( removed the M4 as a comparison as it's not a enterprise drive, the controllers in the M4 and P300 were identical ).

Intel PC29AS21AA0 Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) 1st Generation Intel Controller.
Intel PC29AS21BA0 Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) 2nd Generation Intel Controller. This controller offers 10 pipelines to distribute it's data across the drive. Also used on the Intel 320 ( G3 ) or the G2 refresh. Certain actions such as 128 bit compression have been activated and the sequential write cap as been removed.

J Micron Controllers
JMicron JMF602 ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) Early Ist generation controller, suffered from stuttering and micro freezing problems. This early Anandtech review released in 2008, shows the weaknesses of the early JMF602 and Samsung controllers.

JMicron JMF602B ( sata II - 3Gb/s ). 2nd Generation JMicron Controller, often configured in pairs with internal raid 0, slight improvement over the JM602, due to the addition of a 16Kb cache buffer, small by today's standard.

JMicron JMF616 ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) - Could probably called a third generation controller, recently released and used on the A Data S 596 Turbo.

JMicron JMF612/618 ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) Much improved 2nd generation controller with NO apparent stuttering or micro-freezing problems, JMF612 supports Samsung and Intel memory modules, JMF618 supports Toshiba memory modules. Reviews at BenchMarkReviews and BitTech. These controllers support up to 256mb of cache and use 8 channels to distribute data across the drive.

JMicron JMF 661 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
This controller as 4 channels and is used on the Adata sp600 ssd drive.

JMicron JMF 667 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
JMF667 is a single chip, supports external DDR3 DRAM, SATA III to NAND flash interface, 4 channel with 1CE and total is 4CE pin

JMicron JMF 667H ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
JMF667H is a single chip, supports external DDR3 DRAM, SATA III to NAND flash interface, 4 channel with 8CE and total is 32CE pin. The Transcend SSD740 is to this controller.

JMicron JMF 670H ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
JMF670H is a replacement for the JMF667H it’s still as only 4 channels.

JMicron JMF 810/811 ( PCIe 2.0 x 2/4 ). ( Support for TLC nand. )
JMF 810/811 are 8 channel controllers designed for PCIe ssd drives, the 810 as PCIe 2.0 x 2, the 811 as PCIe 2.0 x 4. These controllers have been cancelled.

JMicron JMF 815 ( PCIe 3.0 x 2 ).
This controller is replacing the cancelled JMF810/811.

Link A Media Devices
LAMD LM87800 ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ). The LAMD LM87800 is a Sata3 controller, this company makes controllers mostly for the high end enterprise sector, Corsair is using this particular controller on there Neutron series of ssd drives. This controller as now been released for use in on other Client ssd drives.
Marvell Controllers
Marvel Da Vinci 88SS8014-BHP2 Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ). Here is a BenchMarkReviews review on this controller.

Marvell 88NV1120 and 88NV1140 ( PCIe NVMe controllers ). 2015 / 2016
Dram-less NVMe Controllers for the mobile market. Info at the Marvell website.

Marvell 88NV9145 ( PCIe ). This Marvell Controller is used in OCZ new range of Z5 PCIe ssd drives. This controller is also used in OCZ's Vertex 4 and Agility 4 as of info sourced july 4, 2012.

Marvell's 88SS9032-BLN2 ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) enterprise grade SSD processor. - Released on the Toshiba MKx001GRZB Enterprise SSD designed around a SAS interface.

Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 ( Sata III - 6Gb/s ) This controller is used on the Crucial Real SSD. BenchMarkReviews.review. Overall, one of, if not the fastest desktop ssd controller released, especially when used with a 6GB/s controller, latest firmware, improvements to power consumption, better GC and Trim performance, Data integrity and reduced write latency, the drive activity has also been activated, have vastly improved the C300 drives. This controller as 8 pipelines.

Marvell 88SS9174 –BKK2 ( sata III – 6Gb/s ).
This updated controller is to be used in the RealSSDC400, it is huge update and as far better performance figures than it’s predecessor, the BJP2 on the C300. This controller is also used on the Intel 501, but due to using Intel firmware, it is optimized for movement of large compressed files rather than use with a OS. This controller is also used on Corsair P3 and the Plextor M2 ssd drives.

Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 ( sata III - 6Gb/s ).
Has mentioned previously, this is a slight revision on the BKK2 silicone that was released on the Intel 501, Corsair P3 and the Plextor M2 ssd drives, as so far only been released on the Marvell C400 enterprise drive and the Crucial M4 client drive. There is a review on this particular silicone at BenchMarkReviews. This controller as the same 8 channels as the previous two versions of the 9174 controller.

Marvell 88SS9175-BJM2 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
Similar controller to the 9174 but consumes less power and as only 4 data channels ( pipelines ) compared to the 9174 with eight data channels (pipelines), this controller is used on the SanDisk Ultra Plus Client drive, the controller as similar sequential speeds but overall performance suffers due to the lower number of pipelines.

Marvell 88SS9187 ( sata3 - 6Gb/s ).
Marvell’s latest controller, so far aimed at the the Ultrabook/Enterprise/Mobile Market, boasts sequential write speeds of 500MB/s, even in dirty drive conditions, Adaptive read and write schemes, as in build raid capabilities and is capable of using up to 1gb ddr3 memory for the buffer. This controller could be used with forthcoming Crucial M500 Client ssd update.

Marvell 88SS9189 ( sata3 - 6Gb/s ).
This controller is a update on the 9187 and is used on the Crucial M550 and the Sandisk Extreme 2 ssd drives.

Marvell 88SS1093 ( PCIe x 8 ) ( PCIe 3.0 x4 interface with NVMe support ).
An PCIe 8 channel controller with NVMe support, the controller also supports 15nm MLC memory, TLC memory and 3D nand. Info on this controller at Anandtech.

Phison Controllers
Phison PS3016-S3 Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) Poor performing controller.

Phison PS3105-S5 ( SataII – 3Gb/s ).
Much improved controller over the earlier Phisons, used on the Patriot Torx 2, this controller is classed as a budget entry level value controller, but it as nowhere the performance of controllers such as the SF1200, now also classed as a value controller. Information on this controller can be found HERE.

Phison PS3108-S8 ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
Reasonable performing Sata3 controller aimed at value market, this controller as been released on the MyDigitalSSD BP3 512gb ssd drive, the review on this drive can be found HERE.

Phison PS3110-S10 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
The Phison S10 is a premium quad-core 8 channel SATA controller designed for use with MLC and TLC (3-bit MLC) NAND flash. Info at Tweaktown.

Phison PS5007-E7 ( PCIe 1, 2, or 3, NVMe 1.1 ).
PCIe 1, 2 , or 3, NVMe 1.1 and supports the latest A19, 15nm, TLC toggle memory, max 2tb.

Pliant
Pliant PTHEM12 – 1V0 ( SAS – 6Gb/s )
Enterprise controller used on the SanDisk Lightening LB406S SAS Enterprise ssd drive.

Samsung Controllers
Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40N1TRPNPK ARM Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) RBB controller seems to excel at games performance, but as other weak points.

Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y340 ( Sata II – 3Gb/s ). Samsungs latest controller as of Nov 2010, a upgrade of the RBB controller, this controller is used on the Samsung 470 series of ssd drives. This controller uses 8 pipelines to distribute data to the memory.

Samsung S4LJ204X01 – Y040 ( Sata III – 6GB/s ).
Samsungs latest controller as of Nov 2011, an upgrade to the MAX, this controller is used on the Samsung 830 series of ssd drives. Performance is similar, better in some cases to the Crucial controlled drives. This controller uses 8 pipelines to distribute data to the memory this is similar to the Sandforce and Marvell controllers.

Samsung ( MDX ) S4LN021X01-8030 ( Sata III – 6GB/s ).
Samsung latest controller as Sept 2012, this is a upgrade to the MCX controller on the 830 drive and will be used on the the 840 and the 840 Pro ssd drives due for release in the last quarter of 2012. The overall performance is exceptional, especially when writing compressed, which is a weak point with the Sandforce SF2281 controller which was originally designed with SLC memory in mind ( there is very little compressed write loss on Sandforce controllers using SLC memory ). The weakness with this particular Samsung controller seems to be poor uncompressed write figures, this may be addressed with future Firmware.

Samsung ( MDX ) S4LN045X01-8030 ( Sata III – 6GB/s ). Samsung latest controller as Sept 2012, this is a upgrade to the former MDX controller on the 840 drives and will be used on the the 840 EVO due for release in the third quarter of 2013. Considered to be 33% faster than the previous MDX controller.

Sandforce Controllers
Sandforce SF 1200 Controller ( SF-1222TA3-SBH ) ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) To be used mainly on MLC drives. These Sandforce controllers do not seem to require ddr ram buffers, there is small internal buffer, within the controller. BenchMarkReviews have released a comparison review of the differing firmware used on these drives and have updated there testing procedures to show the differences. The link is found HERE. These controllers don't use external cache, instead use's a certain amount of nand flash for the same purpose, the controller uses 8 channels to distribute data across the drive. For drives larger than 250g the SF1232 controller is used.

Sandforce SF 1500 Controller ( SF-1565TA2-SBH ) ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) Mainly for use on SLC enterprise drives, but as been released on MLC drives, extremely fast controller. For drives larger than 256g the SF1575 controller is used. Review at BenchMarkReviews.

Sandforce SF 2100 series ( Sata II 3Gb/s )
This series of controllers consists of the SF2141 which has a 4 channel controller and the SF2181 which as 8 channels, the SF2141 is compatible with 25nm nand memory,but is limited to 64gb, the SF2181 is a upgrade for the previous SF1200 controller.

Sandforce SF 2200 series ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
This series of controllers comes in two configurations, the SF2281 has 8 channels and 8 byte lanes that can scale up to 512gb capacity and will be the most common performance controller used on drives below the 512gb range, the SF2282 has 8 channels and 16 byte lanes and will be more commonly used on the large 512gb ( 480 ) drives. Details about both the 2100 and 2200 series controllers can be found at this Tweaktown link or the Sandforce website. The 2241 controller as only 4 channels and is used mainly on budget drives.

Sandforce SF2382 – Released Dec 2011. This is a Industrial/ enterprise processor. The difference being the capability of having military erase, eMLC compatibility, SAS connectivity and the use of the super capacitor. Seems to have been developed with 'Cloud' computing in mind.

Sandforce SF2500/2600 series ( sata III 6Gb/s ) - Enterprise controller from Sandforce. the SF2500 supports 512B sedtors, the SF2600 supports 520, 524, 528 and 4K+Dif, capacities up to 512gb. Info at Sandforce website. The SF2582 is the controller used in the OCZ Vertex 3 Pro, which will be available sometime in the second quarter. This controller as eight pipelines to distribute the data across the ssd drive. The SF2581 is used in Smart Storage Systems ExceedStor 500S series of enterprise drives.

LSI Sandforce SF3700 series due for release in April 2014, a nine channel controller capable of 1800MB/s. Never released due to Seagate takeover.

Seagate Sandforce SF3514 Sata 3 – 6Gb/s controller with 4 channels, requires external ddr ram for caching.

Seagate Sandforce SF3504 PCIe 2.0 x 2 NVMe controller with 4 channels, requires external ddr ram for caching.

Seagate Sandforce SF3524 Both Sata 3 – 6Gb/s and PCIe 2.0 x 2 NVMe controller with 4 channels, requires external ddr ram for caching.

Seagate Sandforce SF3739 Both Sata 3 – 6Gb/s and PCIe 2.0 x 4 NVMe controller with 9 channels.

Seagate Sandforce SF3759 Both Sata 3 – 6Gb/s and PCIe 2.0 x 4 NVMe controller with 9 channels.

Silicon Motion Controllers
Silicon Motion SM2246 controller.
Four channel controller used in the Adata Premier SP610 ssd drive.

Silicon Motion SM2246XT controller.
Four channel controller used in the Sandisk SSD Plus and Z400 ssd drives.

Silicon Motion SM2256 controller.
Four channel controller with TLC support and 3D support. Info at Anandtech

Silicon Motion SM2260 controller.
PCIe 3.0 x4 design with support for NVMe. Both MLC and TLC NAND are supported at lithographies as small as 15nm, which suggests the use of LDPC error correction similar to the company's SM2256 controller. Info at Anandtech.

Toshiba Controllers Toshiba TC58NCF602GAT controller. This controller is based on the Jmicron JMF602 Controller, with reduced stuttering problems and better performance.. This controller is used in the Kingston SSDNow V series.

Toshiba TC58NCF618GBT ( Sata II 3Gb/s ), a re- branded Jmicron JMF618 controller, this controller is used in the Kingston SSDNow V ( SNV425 – S2 ) series.

Toshiba TC58NC5HJ8GSB ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ). This controller also as Sandforce written on the Silicone, could be a re-branded SF2281 controller, yet to verify. This controller as been released on mSata drives used in the new mac air notebooks, the samsung 830 is also used.

Toshiba TC58NC5HA9GST ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – This controller is a re-branded Marvell controller and doesn’t apparently require external Dram chips which is unusual, the controller is used on the Strontium Hawk ssd drive and the Toshiba Q series of ssd drives. Older Hawk drives had re-branded SF2281, it appears Toshiba may have re-worked the marvell silicon to include internal caching.

Toshiba T6UG1XBG Controller ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ). A decent performing controller. Big improvement on previous Toshiba controllers prior to 2010. Review at BenchMarkReview Jan.2010.
General Information
We will see further improvements, better technology and better controllers released in 2012/13, below is a Alphabetical list of SSD drives available as of July 2012/13, I hope the Information and the Links supplied will help people choose the ideal SSD Drive for there needs.
I also intend to upgrade this list as new drives and information is released. Anywhere you see a lack of information, it's either because I've been unable to find the info or unable to verify it. The info on drives ( as there are now over 400 builders and manufacturers of ssd products ), the list will be limited to the more popular & notable drives.

The majority of these drives use MLC Nand Flash Memory and are for use in non- enterprise situations, such as desktop and laptop use, this type of memory is not as hardy as SLC type memory and as only about a tenth or greater the lifespan, MLC memory is estimated to be capable of above 3000 to 5000 write operations per cell, memory quality and the controller, both have a bearing on this figure, SLC memory used in enterprise drives, for server applications, as a estimated capability of 30,000 to 100,000 write operations, due to this, the SLC enterprise drives cost considerably more. It should be noted that controller development as vastly improved the lifespan of MLC memory making the lifespan of ssd with it much longer, lifespan appears to be no longer an issue, reliability and compatibility are now the main concern.

The read and write speeds are those issued by the manufacturer using ATTO software. Sequential speeds are less important than random access speeds. These performance figures can vary depending on the size of the SSD drive, the figures posted here are mainly for drives around 125/256GB, smaller drives of the same series may have lower performance write figures, larger drives, better performance write figures.

These Sequential speeds are far less important than Random speeds when the SSD is used as an OS drive, sequential write speeds become important when the drive is needed for rendering, re-authorizing movies etc. ( my opinion only ). The higher the IOP's rating, the better a drive is at multitasking. Most drives released in 2012 have extremely high IOP's. I should also add that huge iops figures on client drives are very rarely maintained in high write situations, a drive may start at a figure of 70,000 iops but with sustained writing can drop to as low as 10,000 after ½ hour of sustained use, enterprise drives may have lower advertised iops but the figure will drop only fractionally after days off sustained writing.

SSD Drives ( Alphabetical Order ).
General Info
Up until 2015 this list as mainly been populated by 2.5 inch Client ssd drives, technology is changing all the time and people are moving to different formats such as M.2 and PCIe ssd drives which give us faster sequential speeds, much higher iop’s and much greater data throughput, so due to the popularity of these drives, I will be adding them gradually to the Alphabetical Listings, which will eventually include mSata, M.2 sata, M.2 PCIe AHCI and NVMe, and PCIe ssd drives in the Client, Business and Enterprise sectors. I won't be delving too deeply into the Enterprise sector.
To find more detailed information, links to the manufacturers website and benchmarks on the individual ssd drives, click the spoiler.

Information on Endurance on both Client and Enterprise ssd drives.
Manufacturers SSD Drive Endurance figures in 2015
Client Drives.

Client drive endurance figures as reported by various manufacturers and can be anywhere from 200tb and 400tb over a 2 to 10 year warranty, actual real world testing can more than double that figure depending on a number of factors such as the quality of the nand flash, type of write caching and what type of controller is used. My figures are the manufacturers figures which can be exceptionally conservative.

Enterprise Drives
Enterprise endurance figures are more complicated and cover a much wider range, I prefer to use two figures, the maximum figure where possible and the number of “drive writes per day” or DWPD. This evaluation given in this list of drives may be emended over time accordingly : -
Enterprise High Endurance Drives, around 15 DWPD upwards.
Enterprise Mid Endurance Drives, around 5-14 DWPD.
Enterprise Value drives, around 3-4 DWPD.
Enterprise Read Intensive Drives, around 1-2 DWPD.

Alphabetical List of SSD Drives.

A DATA
Adata also manufactures the XM13 500, XPG SX300 and Premier Pro SP300 series mSata ssd drives.

A Data Enterprise 2.5 inch ssd drives
NEW! A Data Server SSD SX1000L series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s )
LSI Sandforce SF-2281 controller. Read 550 write 500, Support with GC and Trim for Win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. The capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of MLC nand flash memory, the drive as a 5 year warranty. Website and reviews.

A Data M.2 Sata SSD Drives.
NEW! A Data SP600N34 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s, form factor 2242 ) – 2015
JMicron JMF670H controller, Read 550 write varies with 170 on the smaller drive and 320 on the larger 256gb drive, Buffer uses ddr3 ram, usual support with GC and trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 128gb and 256gb of synchronous MLC nand memory, warranty unknown. Website.

A Data mSata SSD Drives.
NEW! A Data SX300 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2013
LSI Sandforce SF2281 controller, Read 550 write 505, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 64gb 128gb and 256gb of MLC nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.

A Data 2.5 Client ssd drives.
A Data S510 series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s ). -
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 510. Capacities of 60 and 120gb, ssd drive uses Micron 25nm asynchronous NAND flash memory 29F64G0BCBAAA. Product page including software download page HERE. Firmware is slightly different depending on capacity, appear to be derivatives of the 332 version.
A Data S511 series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 520. Capacities from 60gb to 480gb, the ssd drive uses Intel MLC Synchronous memory giving the drive slightly better performance than the S510 also as slightly difference in write speeds on lower capacities, but very minimal. Product page including Software download page HERE. Latest firmware for these drives is version 332. Reviews at Tweaktown and Storage Reviews.
NEW! A Data Premier SP600 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
JMicron JMF661 Controller. Read 360 write 130 on 128gb drive. Support with GC (inbuilt) and Trim with Win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities of 32gb, 64gb, 128gb,256gb and 512gb of MLC Nand Flash memory. The warranty is 3 years. Website.
A Data Premier Pro SP600 series ( Sata rev. 3 – 6Gb/s )
JMicron JMF661 Controller. Read 360 write 130, buffer is a single Nanya NT5TU64M16GG-AC chip with 64MB/s of ddr ram, there is the usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Capacities for these drives are 32, 64 and 128gb of Intel 29F16B09CCME3 MLC nand memory. Website and reviews at bcchardware and PureOverclock.. I would class this series of ssd drives as value drives.
NEW! A Data Premier SP610 series ( sata2 – 3Gb/s ) –
Silicon Motion SM2246EM controller. Read 560 write varies depending on capacity between 150 and 450 MB/s, capacities are 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1TB of Micron 128gb 20nm MLC nand flash memory, warranty is 3 years. Website and review at Anandtech.
A Data Premier SP800 series ( sata2 – 3Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2141 Controller. Read 280 write 265, usual support for GC and Trim in win7, Drive capacities 32 and 64gb of synchronous MLC nand memory, these drives have 0% over-provisioning. Website and Reviews.
NEW! A Data Premier Pro SP900 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) -
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550, write 520 ( write varies with compressed data, depending on the size of the drive ). Usual support for GC and Trim in win7. Drive capacities are 64 to 256gb of asynchronous MLC nand memory, these drives have what is called 0% over-provisioning giving extra user space than previous Sandforce controlled drives. Website and Review at Real World Labs.
NEW! A Data XPG SX900 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550, write 520 ( write varies with compressed data, depending on the size of the drive ), usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Drive capacities are 64 to 512gb of synchronous MLC nand memory, these drives have what is called 0% over-provisioning giving extra user space than previous sandforce controlled drives. Website and Reviews at AnandTech and Overclockers.
NEW! A Data Premier Pro SP910 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9187 eight-channel controller. Read speed is 540, write speed varies depending on capacity 128gb / 160, 256gb / 320, 512gb and 1TB / 460. The buffer is 512 mb of ddr 1600 memory, the drives supports trim in win 7, 8 and 8.1 with the usual GC support. Capacities of 128gb to 1TB are populated with Adata branded synchronous MLC nand memory. Website and reviews from Tweaktown
NEW! A Data XPG SX 910 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550, write 530 ( write varies with compressed data, depending on the size of the drive ), usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Drive capacities are 128gb to 512gb of synchronous MLC nand memory, This drive also has 0% overprovisioning. Website and Reviews.
NEW! A Data Premier Pro SP920 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9189 Controller ( built in thermal throttle ). Read 560 write speed varies between 180 and 500 depending on the capacity of the drive. There is the usual support with GC (inbuilt) and Trim for win7, 8, 8.1 and 10. The drive comes in capacities of 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1tb of Micron’s Synchronous 128gb 20nm MLC nand flash memory, the warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Anandtech and Tweaktown.
NEW! A Data XPG SX930 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2015
JMicron JMF670H Controller. Read varies slightly on capacity 540/560, write 420/460, Nanya ddr3 buffer, usual support for GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Drive capacities are 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Adata branded Micron synchronous pMLC plus nand memory, This drive also has 5 year warranty. Website and Reviews at Tweaktown. Considered similar performance to the Crucials BX-100 and value drive, also similar performance the Samsung 850 Evo when running a heavy load in a steady state.
CORSAIR.
Note** EOL ( End of Line/Life ) have been discontinued and may have been removed from the website. There may still be some support for these drives.
Corsair 2.5 inch Caching ssd drives.
EOL! Corsair F40 series ( Sata II 3 Gb/s ) – 2011
Sandforce SF1200 Controller. Read 205 write 210. Support for Trim in Win7. Website and Review at Anandtech. Similar performance to the Intel 311 in some tests, lower by 25% in others, the capacity is larger than the Intel at 40gbs, the nand memory is Intel’s 25nm SLC.

EOL! Corsair Accelerator series ( Sata II 3 Gb/s ) – 2012
Sandforce SF 2181 Controller, Read 190 write 70. Capacities are 30gb and 60gb with 7% overprovisioning of Micron asynchronous onfi 1.0 MLC nand memory. Review at Hardware Canucks. Somewhat confusing drive, set-up for sata2 with a sata3 2181 controller, there are much better drives that are cheaper.

Corsair 2.5 inch Client ssd drives.
EOL Corsair Force 3 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 520, IOPS 85000, Support for GC and Trim in Win7, this drive uses Micron 29F64G08CBAAA asynchronous MLC NAND memory and is therefore cheaper than the GT. Website and Reviews at HardwareCanucks and Tweaktown.
Corsair Force GT series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 555 write 525. Memory used in this drive is the MLC 25nm Micron branded Synchronous 29F64G08CBAAB ONFi 2 NAND, this performs better than the onfi 1 memory, but as less performance than toggle memory. Website and Reviews at Hardware Canucks. and TheSSDReview.
Corsair Force GS series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 555 write 525. Usual Support for Gc and Trim in Win7, The available capacities are 180gb, 240gb, 360gb and 480gb of SanDisk 24nm Toggle Mode NAND flash memory (SDZNPQBHER-016GT). This drive as just been released. July 2012. No other info at this point, there’s a short news release from Anandtech and TheSSDReview. Website and Review at RealWorldLabs.
NEW! Corsair Force LS series ( Sata III – 6GB/s )
Phison PS3108-S8-1 ( 8 channel ) Controller. Read speeds ( ATTO ) 535 for the 120gb, 560 write for the two larger capacities. Write speeds vary with 440MB/s for the 120gb, 535MB/s for the 240 and 480gb drives. The PSC buffer has 256MB for the 120gb, 512MB of dram memory for the two larger drives, there is also the usual support for GC in all OS’s and Trim in Win7, Win 8 and Win 8.1, The series as three capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba’s Toggle A19nm MLC NAND memory. The form factor is 7mm and the warranty for these drives is 3 years, so far these drives have not been released on the US market. Website and reviews at Tweaktown ( 240gb drive benchmarked ) and Anandtech ( 240gb ).
NEW! Corsair Force LX series ( Sata III – 6GB/s )-
Silicon Motion Sm2246EN ( 4 channel ) Controller. Read 560 write speeds vary with 150MB/s for the 128gb, 300MB/s for the 256gb and 450MB/s for the 512gb. The Nanya buffer has 256MB of dram memory, there is also the usual support for GC in all OS’s and Trim in Win7, Win 8 and Win 8.1, The series as three capacities of 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of 20nm Micron branded ONFi 2 MLC NAND memory, this performs better than the onfi 1 memory, but as less performance than toggle memory. The drives have DEVSLP support for longer battery life which is excellent in laptops and low power consumption in desktops, the form factor is 7mm and the [b]warranty for these drives is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown ( 512gb and 256gb drives benchmarked ).
Corsair Neutron series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
LAMD LM87800AA controller, 540 read, 370 write, similar to the GTX, except with Micron 25nm 29F128G08CFAAB Synchronous memory, facts are sketchy at this point. Only available in two capacities of 120gb and 240gb. Website and Reviews at HardOP.
Corsair Neutron GTX series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
LAMD LM87800AA controller, 555 read 470 write, Buffer appears to be back to back 256mb ( 512mb ) modules of ddr800 ram, the drive as support for GC and trim in win7, this drive as capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba 19nm TH58TEG8D2HBA8C Toggle memory, this drive was recently announced at Computec 2012, so info is sketchy, it’s a high performance drive with a relatively newly released controller to the client community and has some impressive specs, which include being available in the standard 9.5mm and 7mm thicknesses, the controller has life endurance and Adaptive technology, the chip also has the capability of being used with different levels of Overprovisioning and handles compressed data almost as well as compressed. Here are some links to this drive from LAMD. Website and Reviews from AnandTech and Tweaktown. Here's some info on LAMD’s new controller and a news release from TheSSDReview. The drive is now available and as a 5 year warranty.
NEW! Neutron XT series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Phison PS-3110-S10 ( 8 channel ) controller. Read up to 560, write up to 540, usual support for trim for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 and GC, the drive is available in three capacities of 240, 480 and 960gb of Toshiba’s A19mn toggle MLC nand memory, the 240gb and 480gb drives have 64gbits per die and the 960gb drive as 128 gbits per die, warranty is 5 years. Website and reviews from Anandtech and Tweaktown.
Phison controllers suffer from iops inconsistency and it seems that this new controller is no different, the iops performance frequently drops 1500 and back to 70,000 seconds later, for average client workloads this shouldn’t be a problem.


General Info on Corsair SSD drives.
Support for Corsair drives appears to be by email or through there Forums.
Corsair Support Forums with SSD Firmware Updates.

CRUCIAL
CRUCIAL mSata SSD Drives.
EOL! Crucial M4 mSata ( Sata III 6Gb/s ) – 2012
Marvell 88SS9174 controller, Read 550 write 530, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities are 64gb, 128gb and 256gb of Micon MLC nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.

Crucial 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
EOL! Crucial RealSSD M4 (C400) ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 Controller, Read 415 write 260, Performance varies on these drives depending on the size of the nand memory ( 512/256gb 415/260, the 125gb and the 64gb have lower read and write speeds ). The Crucial M4 Marvell Controller is an slight revision update on the 9174-BKK2 released in the 510, P3 and M2 ssd drives. Firmware for these drives is 0001, some people are having freezing problems with the M4, especially in some laptops due to incompatiblities, so check when buying this drive for laptops ( Macbook Pro’s in particular ). New firmware 0009 as been released improving the M4 reliability and performance. The latest firmware is ver. 000F ( as of Sept 2012 ).
The variation in performance between the different capacities of the M4 ssd drive is quite large, this link from Tom’s Hardware tests the four different capacities, the firmware in the test drives is 0006.

Crucial M500 ( Sata rev.3 - 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 Controller. Sequential read 500MB/s, Sequential write speeds vary on the two lower capacity’s, 120gb/130MB/s, 240gb/250 the 480gb and 960gb are 400. There is usual support with GC and Trim in Win7/8, The cache or buffer is Micron 256MB DDR3 SDRAM cache MT41K256M16HA-125 on the 960gb drive, there are 4 capacities 120, 240, 480 and 960gb, The memory modules on the 960gb drive are Micron 20nm MLC MT29F512G08CKCABH7 onfi Ver 3.0 ( higher maximum interface speed and lower voltages ) with each being a capacity of 64GB. The M5 as improved power protection, adaptive thermal technology, the drive throttles back if it becomes overheated, and encryption technology. The performance and technology are first rate, ( according to TheSSDReview ) alongside the Samsung Pro and Vector ssd drives at this point, offering no ssd toolbox and only a 3 year warranty is a bit disappointing, but Crucial fans will be used to that. Website and reviews at TheSSDReview, Storage review.com and Anandtech. The more thorough testing done at Storage Review.com showed the drives weaknesses and putting it much lower on the performance list, the Samsung Pro and the Vector are still better propositions for overall performance, the drive as decent performance but needs to be offered much cheaper than the Pro or Vector to be a viable option.

Putting performance issues to one side, the drive is compatible with win 8 edrive standards and hardware accelerated bitlocker encryption which as been improved over the win7 version, an explanation at Anandtech shows the differences between the Samsung pro and the M500 where encryption is concerned.

Also better power protection similar to that supplied by Intel drives and the availability of a cost effective 960gb drive size make the M5 series a more overall viable option. The downside is the move to the 20nm onfi v3.0 memory which even though it makes a 960gb drive possible without having to use triple bit memory, the larger pagefile and block size effects trim speed and overall performance. Overprovisioning has increased from the standard 7% of the M4 to 14% probably due to the higher error rate of the memory.

The Anandtech review places a lot of emphasis on the nand type and it’s weaknesses, this is not a top tier ssd drive, it’s a excellent value mid tier drive designed for masses rather than a performance drive. It’s main rival appears to be the Samsung 840 rather than the Pro. The benchmarking was mid range, real world testing on the other hand was outstanding. This is an early opinion which could change due to the outstanding real world figures.

For the average user the M500 appears to be a excellent ssd drive.

Crucial M550 ( Sata rev.3 - 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9189 Controller. Sequential read is 550MB/s, Sequential write speeds vary on the smallest capacity, 128gb/350MB/s, 256gb, 512gb and 1024gb are 500. There is usual support with GC and Trim in Win7/8, The cache or buffer is Micron 256MB DDR3 SDRAM cache MT41K256M16HA-125 on the 1024gb drive, there are 4 capacities 128, 256, 512 and 1024gb, The memory modules on the 1024gb drive are Micron 20nm MLC MT29F512G08CKCABH7 onfi Ver 3.0? ( higher maximum interface speed and lower voltages ) with each being a capacity of 64GB, reducing the size of the nand modules compared with the M500 128gb as improved write performance on the smaller drives. Crucial as also reduced overprovisioning, increasing the size of nand memory available to the user. This drive has all the improvements of the M500 and with the new controller better read and write speeds on the smaller and slightly better on the larger drives, the performance is still not as high as the Sandisk Extreme 2 which uses the same controller and Evo 840 both include some sort of pseudo SLC cache.

The tests appear slightly disappointing on the synthetic benchmarks but top tier in real world testing, being a Crucial the drive will be reliable across most platforms it’s performance is close but still below the top tier drives in some tests, but still an excellent ssd drive for general use, uses slightly more power than M500. Website and reviews from Anandtech and Tweaktown.

NEW! Crucial MX100 series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9189 controller. Read 550, Write speed varies depending on size of drive 128gb/150MB/s, 256gb/330MB/s and 512gb/500MB/s. Usual support for GC and Trim in Win 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Microns 16nm 128gb Mlc nand memory. Warranty for the drive is 3 years. Website and Reviews from Anandtech and Techspot. This drive is a value drive and replaces the problematic V4 drive.
NEW! Crucial MX200 series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2015
Marvell 88SS9189 controller. Read 550, write 500, higher max iops than the MX100. Usual support with GC and Trim in Win7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities of 250gb, 500gb and 1TB of Microns 16nm 128gb MLC nand memory, Warranty is 3 years. Website and Reviews at HardwareCanucks and StorageReview. This drive is Similar to the MX100 except Crucial have added Pseudo slc caching which can adapt in size which improves sequential write performance, there is the addition of a 1tb drive and improved firmware. The MX200 will be released in the following formats.

Form factors and capacities:
• 2.5” (7mm) SSD:
o CT250MX200SSD1 (250GB)
o CT500MX200SSD1 (500GB)
o CT1000MX200SSD1 (1TB)
• mSATA SSD:
o CT250MX200SSD3 (250GB)
o CT500MX200SSD3 (500GB)
• M.2 Type 2260 SSD:
o CT250MX200SSD6 (250GB)
o CT500MX200SSD6 (500GB)
• M.2 Type 2280 SSD
o CT250MX200SSD4 (250GB)
o CT500MX200SSD4 (500GB)

NEW! Crucial BX100 series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2015
Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Read 535 write varies between 185MB/s and 450MB/s depending on capacity of the drive. Endurance: 72TB total bytes written (TBW), equal to 40GB per day for 5 years. Usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities are 120gb, 250gb, 500gb and 1tb of Microns 16nm 128Gbit MLC NAND flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at StorageReview. This drive is listed as a value “ Budget “ drive.
EOL! Crucial V4 ( Sata rev.2 - 3Gb/s )
Phison PS3105 Controller. Sequential read speeds vary only on the smallest capacity at 200MB/s, the remaining capacities are 230MB/s, Sequential write speeds vary for each capacity ranging from 60MB/s to 190MB/s, the buffer on these drives is a Micron 2EB17-D9LQX with 125MB of LPDDR-333, there is the usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Capacities for this series of drives are 32gb, 64gb, 128gb and 256gb of Micron 29F256G08CJAAB 25nm synchronous MLC NAND memory. This drive is a value drive designed for use on Sata rev.2 – 3Gb/s systems, the performance is low in comparison with modern day Sata rev.3 – 6Gb/s drives, the performance is comparable to the Indilinx barefoot drives of 2 year ago with the exception of a very aggressive GC/trim function that appears similar to the that used on the M4. Website and reviews at Anandtech and LegitReviews. Firmware on the test drive is S5F AMM22 and the drive as a 3 year warranty. This drive as problems with the controller similar to the early ssd drives that had stuttering problems.

General Crucial SSD Information
Crucial SSD Forums HERE.
SSD Re-alignment without data loss. HERE.


FUJITSU
Fujitsu drives have become popular for there cheap budget drives.
FUJITSU 2.5 PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! Fujitsu Quadro-M series ( PCIe 2 x 4 ahci ) – 2014
Consists of four x ( Sandforce SF2281 ) Intel 525 mSata ssd drives set-up internally and uses a Marvell 88SE9230 PCIe 2 x 4 lane raid controller, Read upto 880 write upto 840, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 240gb, 480gb and 720gb of Intel eMLC nand memory. Each capacity as a series of 4 mSata drives of 64gb, 120gb or 180gb in size. The raid can be set-up as raid0, raid1 or raid10. The Warranty for these drives is 3 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.

FUJITSU 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
Fujitsu F100 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
Silicon Motion SM2246EN four channel controller, Read 550 write varies between 150 and 420 depending on capacity of drive, buffer is 512mb of ddr3 1600 memory, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Intel’s MLC nand memory. Warranty is 3 years, Review at Tweaktown.
Fujitsu FSXtreme series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
LSI Sandforce SF2281 controller, Read 510 write 505, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 60gb, 120gb and 240gb of Intel’s super die SLC nand memory. Warranty is 5 years, Review at Tweaktown.

G SKILL ( 2yr warranty period )
G Skill seem to be less involved with the ssd market, couldn’t find the Phoenix 2 drives on the website, which is there only sata3 drive. July 24, 2012. The Website as now been updated.
G Skill PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! G Skill Phoenix Blade PCIe ssd drive ( PCIe 2.0 x 8 ) – 2014
4 x new b2 stepping Sandforce SF2282? or 2281 controllers in a raid0 configuration. PCIe Express 2.0 x 8, Read and write up to 2,000 Mb/s. Capacities are 480gb and 960gb of Toshiba 64Gbit 19nm MLC nand memory. Endurance is rated at 1.5tb per day for a period of 3 years ( this a estimate only ), The drive is bootable in most systems, the drive loads legacy drivers prior to the bios and therefore can be selected as a boot device. Trim and SCSI unmap are also supported. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Anandtech and Tweaktown. Trim works but appears sluggish.

G SKILL 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
EOL! G Skill Phoenix 2 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2200 Controller, Read 550 write 500.
NEW! G Skill Phoenix 3 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 550 write 520. Available in Capacities of 120g and 240gb.
G Skill Phoenix Pro series ( Sata II - 3Gb/s ) -
Sandforce SF1200 Controller. 280 read 270 write. Support fo Trim in Win7 and GC. Website and reviews at BenchMarkReviews and TweakTown. This drive as the 7% over-provisioning. FW3.1 update, check download above under Phoenix.
NEW! G Skill Phoenix EVO series ( sata II – 3Gb/s )
Sandforce SF1200 Controller, the EVO will be offered as a value drive with 25nm nand memory and in only one capacity of 115 usable gb’s.
EOL! G Skill Sniper series ( sata II 3Gb/s )
Sandforce SF1200 Controller. Read 285 (max ) write 275 ( max ) IOPs 50,000 ( max ). Support for internal GC and Trim in Win7, available with capacities of 60 and 120gb of MLC nand memory. Website.
General Notes on G Skill SSD drives.
G Skill SSD Forums and Update Information.

HITACHI
Hitachi sells mainly OEM and Enterprise ssd drives.

HITACHI PCIe Enterprise SSD Drives.
NEW! Hitachi FlashMax 2 series ( PCIe 2.0 x 8 HH/HL ) – 2015
Controller, probably a Intel enterprise co-branded controller, Read throughput varies on capacities from 1600 to 2600, write also varies from 550 to 900, supported operating systems ( check website ). Capacities are 550gb, 1100gb, 2200gb and 4800gb of MLC nand flash memory. Endurance is 3 DW/D for the three smaller capacities and 1.3 DW/D for the 4800gb drive, warranty is 3 years for the smaller drives and 5 years for the 4800gb drive. Power consumption is 25 watts. Website.

NEW! Hitachi FlashMax 3 series ( PCIe 2.0 x 8 HH/HL ) – 2015
Intel co-branded controller, Read 2700 write 1400, Capacities are 550gb and 1100gbs of Intel MLC memory. Endurance is 2 DWPD and the warranty is 3 years. Website. Drive is suited to a read intensive environment.

Hitachi s1122 PCIe accelerator ( PCIe 2.0 x 4 HH/HL ) – 2014
Intel co-branded controller, Read 1500 write 1000, Capacities of 800gb, 1000gb, 1600gb and 2000gbs of Intel MLC nand memory. Endurance is 24 DWPD for the two smaller capacities and 12 DWPD for the two larger capacities and the warranty is 5 years. Website and PDF.
“The s1122 is also extremely reliable and durable due to its CellCare Technology that provides endurance into the 90 PB range. HGST offers an unlimited endurance option for this drive.
This disk's features make it especially attractive for those who need very high endurance, consistent speeds, and high reliability, for such workloads as virtualized environments and transactional databases.” Quote by Tom’s It Pro

NEW! Hitachi Ultrastar SN150 series ( NVMe PCIe 3.0 x 4 HH/HL ) – 2015
Intel co-branded controller, Read 3000 write 1600, Capacities of 1.6tb and 3.2tb of Intel MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website. I would consider this drive a budget enterprise drive in a mixed read/write environment, PCIe Accelerator.

HITACHI 2.5 inch Enterprise SSD Drives.
Hitachi Ultrastar drives include read intensive ( MR ), mainstream ( MM ) and high endurance ( MH ) ssd drives.
NEW! Hitachi Ultrastar SN100 series ( NVMe PCIe 3.0 x 4 8639 format) – MLC 2015
Intel co-branded controller, Read 3000 write 1600, Capacities of 800gb, 1.6tb and 3.2tb of Intel MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website. I would consider this drive a budget enterprise drive in a mixed read/write environment.
Highlights
• Supports standard NVMe drivers
• Up to 3.2TB capacity in both the HH-HL add-in card and SFF 2.5-inch drive form factors
• Supports the latest generation PCIe Gen 3.0 server platforms
• UEFI boot support
• Advanced power management
• Enterprise-grade reliability: Flash-aware RAID, end-to-end data-path protection, ad-vanced ECC, secure erase, power fail protection
Applications/Environments
• Cloud, hyperscale, enterprise and high performance computing
• Suitable for the most demanding scale-out database workloads
• Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
• High Frequency Trading (HFT)
• Virtualized computing
• Space and/or power constrained environments

EOL! Hitachi UltraStar SSD400M Enterprise series ( sas 6 Gb/s ) –
Intel EW29AA31AA1 Controller, Read 495 write 385, Buffer is a Hynix H5PS1G83EFR 1Gb x 4 DDR2 SDRAM (512MB), usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities are 200gb and 400gb of Intel’s Enterprise Multi-level cell (MLC) 25nm NAND x 39 (624GB+ Raw, 400GB Usable). Endurance is 3.7pb and 7.3pb. Website and review at Storage Review.

EOL! Hitachi UltraStar SSD400S.B Enterprise series ( sas 6 Gb/s ) –
Intel EW29AA31AA1 Controller, Read 536 write 532, Buffer is Micron DDR2 SDRAM, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Intel’s Enterprise Single-level cell (SLC) 25nm NAND x 40 (736GB+ Raw, 400GB Usable). Endurance is between 9pb and 35pb. Website and review at Storage Review.
Hitachi UltraStar SSD800MH Enterprise series ( sas 12 Gb/s ) – 2014 MLC
Intel co-branded 12-channel DB29AA11AB0 SAS 12Gb/s controller, Sustained Read 1200, sustained write 750. Capacities are 512gb, 1024gb and 2048gbs of Intel 25nm MLC nand memory. Endurance is 9.1pb for the 200gb drive, 18.3pb for the 400gb drive and 36.5pb for the 800gb drive, warranty is 5 years. Excellent drive, but would have been better with the availability of larger capacities. Similar drive to the 800MH.B with identical endurance of around 25 DWPD. These drives are used for high write intensive applications. Website and review at Tweaktown

NEW! Hitachi UltraStar SSD800MH.B Enterprise series ( sas 12 Gb/s ) – 2015 MLC
Intel co-branded SAS 12Gb/s controller, Sustained Read 1100, sustained write 765. Capacities are 100gb, 200gb, 400gb and 800gb of Intel MLC nand memory. Endurance is 9.1pb for the 200gb drive, 18.3pb for the 400gb drive and 36.5pb for the 800gb drive, warranty is 5 years. Website. Excellent drive, but would have been better with the availability of larger capacities. Similar drive to the 800MH with identical endurance of around 25 DWPD. These drives are used For :---
• Ultra-high performance tier-0 enterprise storage
• Enterprise-class servers and high performance computing
• Space and/or power constrained environments
• Online Transaction Processing (OLTP)
• Financial and e-commerce
• Database analytics
Also available as SED ( Self encrypting drives ).

NEW! Hitachi UltraStar SSD800MM Enterprise series ( sas3 12 Gb/s ) – 2014 MLC
Intel co-branded DB29AA11B0 SAS 12Gb/s controller. Sustained Read 1150, sustained write 700. Capacities are 200gb, 400gb and 800gb of Intel 25nm MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3.7pb for the 200gb drive, 7.3pb for the 400gb drive and 14.8pb for the 800gb drive, warranty is 5 years and endurance 10 DRPD. Website and reviews at Tweaktown The SSDReview and Storage Review. Excellent drive, but would have been better with the availability of larger capacities.

NEW! Hitachi UltraStar SSD1600MM Enterprise series ( sas 12 Gb/s ) – 2014 MLC
Intel co-branded DB29AA11B0 SAS 12Gb/s controller. Sustained Read 1100, sustained write 765. Capacities are 200gb, 400gb, 800gb and 1600gb of Intel MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3.6pb for the 200gb drive, 7.3pb for the 400gb drive and 14.6pb for the 800gb drive and 29.2pb for the 1600gb drive, warranty is 5 years or 10 DWPD. Website.

INTEL
New firmware as been released for the Intel silver G2 drives, the new firmware is available from Intel at this link, the new firmware is 2CV102M3 and deals with a number of issues including slow boot up times on Sata III motherboards. NOTE! Certain notebooks need to be changed to IDE ( Lenovo ) for the update to work and any drive passwords need to be disabled. There are two ways of updating the firmware on Intel ssd drives, you can do it through the Intel Toolbox or use the more reliable Intel Solid State Firmware upgrade Tool. This firmware tool covers all the Intel drives old and new. Both These Software Applications can be found on Intels ssd download page. Updated Dec 2011.

Intel 2.5 inch Business ssd drives.
NEW! Intel Pro 2500 series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014 also in M.2 format
Sandforce SF 2281 controller, Read 540, Write 490, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. The drive capacities for the 2.5 inch drives are 120gb, 180gb, 240gb, 360gb and 480gb. The M.2 capacities are 180gb, 240gb and 360gb of SK Hynix MLC nand flash memory. The drives are designed for business use in read orientated systems. The warranty for the drive is 5 years. Performance is very average due to the controller and Nand memory, but as excellent management reporting tools. Website and review at Storage Review.

Intel 2.5 inch Enterprise ssd drives.
EOL Intel 710 series ( sata II – 3 Gb/s ) – 2011
Intel PC29AS21BA0 Controller. Read 270 write 210. This drive is a Enterprise drive and is a replacement for the X25-E ssd drive and uses what Intel calls 25nm MLC-HET nand memory, there’s a explanation at AnandTech, the overprovisioning is large on these drives, 200gb drive actually having 320gb of nand memory, life of the drive can be extended further by by reducing the partition by 20% and reducing the available usable gb/s, this pushes up the nand write life considerably, these drives have capacities of 100gb, 200gb, and 300gb. Website and Review at AnandTech.

NEW! Intel SSD DC S3500 series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Intel 2nd generation enterprise controller. 2.5 inch Read speeds vary between 340 for the 80gb drive to 500 for the 800gb drive, the 1.8 have the same read speeds,. Write speeds also vary between 100 for the 80gb drive to 450 for the 800gb drive, the 1.8 inch write speeds are the same. The drive capacities for the 2.5 inch drives are 80gb, 120gb, 160gb, 240gb, 300gb, 480gb, 600gb and 800gb. The 1.8 inch capacities are 80gb, 240gb, 400gb and 800gb of Intels 20nm MLC nand flash memory. Endurance varies for each capacity up to 450tb’s written. The drives are designed for 24/7 use in read orientated enterprise systems. This is Intels MLC version of the SD3700. Website and review at Anandtech.

NEW! Intel SSD DC S3510 series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) – ( 2015 )
Intel 2nd generation enterprise controller. Read speeds vary slightly between 375 and 500, write speeds between 110 and 460. The drives capacities are 80gb, 120gb, 240gb, 480gb, 800gb, 1.2tb and 1.6tb of Microns 16nm 128gbit Standard Endurance Technology MLC nand flash memory. Endurance varies between 45tb and 880tb depending on the size of the drive. Info at Anandtech.

NEW! Intel SSD DC S3610 series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) – Intel ( just released 10/5/2015 )
Intel 2nd generation PC29AS21CB0 enterprise controller. Read speeds vary slightly between 500 and 550, write speeds between 230 and 520. The drives capacities are 200gb, 400gb, 480, 800gb, 1.2tb and 1.6tb of IMFT 20nm 128gbit High Endurance Technology MLC nand flash memory. Overprovisioning is between 10 and 20%, Endurance varies between 1pb and 10.7pb depending on the size of the drive. Warranty is 5 years. Review at Tom’s IT Pro.

NEW! Intel DC S3700 enterprise series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Intel S3700 second generation controller (PC29AS21CB0) eight channel. Read 500 write 460, the buffer size varies with the 800gb drive having 1gb of dram, as explained previously this is Intels 710 replacement enterprise drive, the overprovisioning as been reduced, the 200gb drive as a extra 64gb of nand memory compared to 120gb on the 710 drive, overprovisioning is used by the controller for wear levelling, block re-cycling, redundancy and block replacement. The buffers are two Micron DDR3-1333 DRAM packages. These are used for caching of the indirection table and not user data. The drive comes in capacities of 100gb, 200gb, 400gb and 800gb, the memory is the same as the 710 using Intels 25nm 64gb HET MLC nand. Power loss protection consists of two 37v 47uf capacitors. The pricing is also lower than the 710 drive. Review at Anandtech and Tweaktown.

NEW! Intel DC S3710 enterprise series ( Sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Intel S3700 controller (PC29AS21CA0) eight channel. Read 550 write varies with capacity between 300 and 510MB/s, the buffer size varies with the 800gb drive having 1gb of dram, the overprovisioning as been reduced further on the 3710, the drives have between 30% and 40% of extra nand memory compared to 50% on the 710 drive, overprovisioning is used by the controller for wear levelling, block re-cycling, redundancy and block replacement. The buffers are two Micron DDR3-1333 DRAM packages. These are used for caching of the indirection table and not user data. The drive comes in capacities of 200gb, 400gb, 800gb and 1.2tb, the memory is IMFT 20nm 128gb HET MLC nand. Power loss protection consists of distributed system instead of the two 37v 47uf capacitors supplied on the 3700. Warranty is 5 years. Review at Tom’s IT Pro.

Intel PCIe ssd drives.

NEW! Intel SSD 750 PCIe ssd drive ( NVMe )PCIe 3.0 x4 ) - l
Intel CH29AE41AB0 eight channel Controllers. Read 2200/2400 write 900/1200 MB/s, the drive supports trim. Form factors 2.5 inch 15mm SFF-8639 or PCIe Add-In Card (HHHL). Capacities of 400gb and 1.2tb populated with Intel’s 20nm 128Gbit MLC nand memory, endurance is 70gb writes per day for 5 years, warranty is also 5 years. The drive requires a series 9 motherboard to guarantee compatibility. Website and review at Anandtech.

Intel SSD 910 PCIe ssd drive ( PCIe 2.0 x8 ) -
Intel EW29AA31AA1 ten channel controllers. Read 2000 write 1000. Capacities of 400gb and 800gb of Intel 25nm MLC-HET nand flash memory, these drives have over 50% overprovisioning the 800gb as 1792gb of memory. Endurance is 7/14 pbs. Review at Anandtech.

NEW! Intel SSD DC P3500 PCIe ssd drive. (NVMe*) PCIe*3.0 x4 ).
Controller Unknown. Read 2500 write 1700. Capacities are 400gb, 1.2tb and 2.0tb of Intel’s NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 20nm. Endurance is 0.3 drive writes per day. Website and review.

NEW! Intel SSD DC P3600 PCIe ssd drive. (NVMe*) PCIe*3.0 x4 ).
Controller Unknown. Read 2600 write 1700. Capacities are 400gb, 800gb, 1.2tb, 1.6gb and 2.0tb of Intel’s NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 20nm. Endurance is 3 drive writes per day. Website and reviews.

NEW! Intel SSD DC P3700 PCIe ssd drive. (NVMe*) PCIe*3.0 x4 ).
Intel CH29AE41AB0 eight channel Controller. Read 2800 write 2000 slightly less on the smaller capacities. Capacities are 400gb, 800gb, 1.6gb and 2.0tb of Intel’s NAND Flash Memory Multi-Level Cell (MLC) 20nm. Endurance is 17 drive writes per day or up to 62 PBW. Website and review at Anandtech and Tom’s Hardware.

Intel 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives
NEW! Intel 311 ssd drive ( Larson Creek ) ( sata II – 3Gb/s
Intel PC29AS21BA0 processor. This is a cache drive with a 20gb capacity, optimized for Intel Smart Response Technology, which debuts with the Intel Z68-Express chipset and works with the entire Sandy Bridge series. Read 200, combined IOP’s 40,000. The memory used is Intels 34nm SLC flash.
EOL! Intel 320 series ( G2 refresh ) G3 ssd drive ( sata II – 3Gb/s )
Intel PC29AS21BA0 Controller. Read 270, write speeds varies depending on the size of the drive, 40gb / 45MB/s / 3.7k IOPS, 80gb/90/10k, 120gb/130/14k, 160gb/165/21k, 300gb/205/23k, 600gb/220/23k, these are Intels specs. These drives use a Hynix 64mb sdram buffer and the controller as 256k on-die buffer, The drive uses these buffers for caching memory maps etc. Power failure caching is done by a series or array of multiple capacitors ( info Anandtech review ). This system is considered by Intel as being more reliable than a single large capacitor. Spare non-usable ram is 12.8% ( over-provisioning ). The capacity windows will see is approximately 13% less than the rated capacity. Also included in the g2/g3 controller is AES-128bit data compression, not activated on the G2. Dec 2011 This drive still as the exception 13x ( 8mb ) problem which new firmware as failed to resolve, not a drive to buy until the problems sorted, this problem can happen with a sudden loss of power and by simply coming out of sleep mode, a ups does not solve the problem, rmaing the drive doesn’t seem to help either. Note* not all users have this problem, but worth checking out before buying. Here is a thread about the problem on the Intel forum.
Website and Comprehensive Reviews from AnandTech and LegitReviews.

Intel 335 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 500 write 450, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7, the drive is available in capacities of 60gb, 120gb and 180gb of Intel 29F16B08CCME2 25nm Synchronous nand memory, this memory is similar to that of the 520, Intel bins all it’s silicone, the 520 uses memory modules from bin1 the 330 from bin 2 which is of a slightly lower quality, the effect being slightly lower performance and lower life cycles than the top tier bin 1 memory. Website and Reviews at TheSSDReview and TomsHardware.
EOL! Intel 510 series SSD Drive ( Sata III – 6Gb/s ) -
Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 Controller, this is the similar controller to the RealSSD M4, the M4 controller as a slight revision, the Hynix H5TQ1G638FA 125mb ddr3 buffer is the same, as in the M4 except the M4 uses two to double the size of the buffer, Intel have used there own firmware on the drive, 250gb/125gb Sata III speeds, sustained sequential read 500/450MB/s, sustained sequential write 315/210MB/s. Sata II speeds, sustained sequential read 265/265 MB/s, sustained sequential write 240/200MB/s. Note! These according to Intel are sustained sequential speeds and are usually lower than standard or partial sustained sequential speeds. Random 4kb speeds at a 32 queue depth are (250gb/125gb) Read 20,000 IOPs and write 8,000 IOPs. The Nand Flash memory for these drives is Intel 29F6B08JAMDD MLC 34nm Nand Flash memory, 34nm memory is more reliable, as better performance figures, as a lower error count and lasts longer than the newer 2xnm flash memory. 2xnm is cheaper to manufacture. Intels Data Migration, Toolbox and SSD Optimizer software are available for these drives.

Benchmarks taken for the 510 by Tom’s Hardware and Legit Reviews 2x256gb Intel 510 in Raid 0, show clearly that the drive is optimized for movement of large files rather than it’s use as a OS drive, the IOPs and random readings are poor compared to the latest SF2200/2500 Controllers, but excels better at large file movement. The 4KB transfers are poor, the 512KB transfers are excellent. A very disappointing drive, as the early benchmarks do not seem to reflect Intel's written specifications. The firmware on these drives is PWG2.

EOL! Intel 520 series ( sata3 – 6 Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 550 write 520, usual support for GC and Trim in win7. Capacities available are from 60 to 480gb of Intel 29F16B08CCME2 25nm NAND flash memory, this memory is similar to the newer 330 but is top binned 5K compared to the 330’s which is rated at 3K this drive series as been released to benchmarking sites, here are reviews from from TheSSDReview and Tom’sHardware. Performance is considered in some cases better than the OCZ Vertex 3 and the OCZ Vertex Max Iops, but looking at more benchmarks shows the 520’s performance similar but not better than the Vertex 3 Max IOPs or the Kingston HyperX. The SSD Review as also tested three of the 256gb Intel 520’s in Raid 0 on a Highpoint 2720SGL raid controller, HERE is the link.
NEW! Intel 530 series ( sata3 – 6 Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 540 write 490, usual support for GC and Trim in win7. Capacities available are from 80 to 480gb.
NEW! Intel 730 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) –
Intel PC29AS21CA0 Controller. Read 550 write 470, there are two buffer chips. The 730 series comes in two capacities of 240gb and 480gb of Intels 20nm MLC nand flash memory, endurance is 70gb per day and the warranty period is 5 years. Firmware on release is L2010400. Even though this drive will run in laptops it performs far better in Desktops, not really considered for use in laptops due to its power needs. Website and reviews from Tweaktown
General Information on Intel ssd drives
Intel SSD Installation GuidePDF
New Intel SSD Toolbox V2.0, includes improved SSD Optimizer which optimizes free space. Download.
Intel Matrix Storage Manager can be downloaded HERE.
Intel 9.6 Rapid Storage Technology Driver. Download, NOTE! this driver does NOT support the use of Trim in raid arrays, but does allow trim to be passed on to a single ssd boot drive, when the motherboard is set to RAID. Previous Intel drivers did not allow this. This link from TechReport clarifies this.
Reference on Raid support for the RST driver, released by Intel.
Intel Data Migration Software. Intel as introduced free cloning software for there ssd drives, both the migrating software and PDF file instructions can be found HERE. According to Maurice at Intel, the software is designed to run from a traditional hard drive and not a ssd drive.
Intel SSD Support Forums found Here.
Intel Firmware Update Tool and Firmware ISO.Download and Read Me file.
Firmware as been updated for X25M silver drives to 2CV102M3 Jan 18, 2011, this resolves the slow booting on motherboards with sata III, plus various other improvements.
ATA Secure Erase. For those people having problems with Secure Erase 3.3, Secure Erase's support for motherboard controllers can be patchy, the alternative is to use the HDparm command that is built into the OS, instructions for doing this can be found HERE.
GParted Live ISO Image can be downloaded HERE.

IMPORTANT! Intel advises AGAINST enabling a BIOS DRIVE PASSWORD on there G2 ( 34nm ) drives, the ssd drive may become inoperable. According to firmware notes the AUG.2009 firmware 2CV102G9 fixes this issue, the latest firmware for these drives is the NOV.2009. ( latest as of March 2010 ) release 2CV102HD. The firmware ISO and Download Centre Link below. If it's an older drive check your firmware. Firmware 2CV102HA causes problems with some drives. Both the HA and HD firmware add trim in Win7. NOTE! Intel is now recommending " NOT updating to the latest HD firmware, if the 2CV102HA firmware is working".


KINGSTON ( warranty on these drives vary between 3 and 5 years )
Kingston still do not seem to cater for a Forum, but do have a communities section, which includes informative white papers on the products they sell. Here's the Link. Support as improved considerably and still seems to be in transition, but now includes Faq’s and firmware updates where available rather than just communication by email. Here's the Link.
Drives marked EOL are no longer available on the Kingston Website. The links on these drives go to the Kingston website not the drives, these drives will eventually be removed.
Kingston 1.8 inch ssd drives.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow KC380 series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
This is a 1.8 inch ssd drive.
Sandforce SF2241 four channel controller. Read 550 write 520, usual support with GC and Trim. Capacities of 60gb and 120gb of MLC nand memory.

Kingston 2.5 inch Enterprise ssd drives.
Kingston SSDNow E50 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) -
SandForce SF-2581 Controller. Read 550 write 530, usual support with GC and Trim in win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities are 100gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba’s 19nm Toggle MLC nand memory, warranty is 3 years. Website and review at The SSD Review.

Kingston SSDNow E100 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) - Kingston 2012
Sandforce SF2582 Controller. Read 535 write 500, usual support with GC and Trim in win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Toshiba’s 32nm Toggle eMLC nand memory, warranty is 3 years. The drive supports power loss protection using a number of solid state capacitors. Website and reviews at The SSD Review and Storage Review.

Kingston mSata ssd drives.
NEW Kingston SSDNow mS200 series ( sata III 6Gb/s ). -
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 550 write 530, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities are 30gb, 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb’s of Micon MLC nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years for all capacities except the 30gb drive which as 2 years. Website and reviews at Storage Reviews

Kingston M.2 Sata ssd drives.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow SM2280S3 mSata series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Phison PS3108-S8 Controller. Read 550 write 520, 330 for uncompressible data, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Kingston branded MLC nand memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at The SSD Review.

Kingston PCIe ssd drives.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow HyperX Preditor series ( PCIe gen 2.0 ) -
This drive is a M.2 drive that fits into a PCIe card via a connector. The unit consists of the Kingston M.2 2280 ssd drive and the PCIe adaptor, the drive can be used with the adaptor or as a stand alone M.2 drive in a M.2 PCIe connector.
Marvell’s PCIe 88SS9293 controller. Read 1400 write 1000, there is the usual support with GC and Trim. Capacities are 240gb, 480gb and eventually a 960gb drive with Toshiba’s A19 MLC Toggle memory, warranty for these drives is 3 years. Website and review at The SSD Review.

Kingston 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
EOL! Kingston SSDNow HyperX series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 controller, read 525 write 480, usual support fo GC and Trim in Win7. Capacities are 120gb and 240gb of Intel 25nm Synchronous ONFI ver 2.2 MLC nand flash memory, the read and write speeds a little conservative and have proved to be better under testing. Website and reviews at TweakTown and HardwareCanucks. Latest Firmware ver. 332 and should only be applied if experiencing problems. Downloads appear specific to capacity, the firmware update is also specific to win7. This drive as been replaced by the HyperX 3k.
Kingston SSDNow HyperX 3K series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2281 controller, read 555 write 510, usual support for GC and trim in Win7. Capacities are 90gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480 of Intel 29F16B08CCME3 25nm NAND flash memory which as a write life of 3K cycles, the Hyper X above as 5K cycles giving better life endurance. Website and Reviews at TheSSDReview and AnandTech. The drive is shipped with 5.01ABBO firmware.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow HyperX Fury series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – early 2014
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 500 write 500, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities 120gb and 240gb of Kingston branded Micron 20nm ONFI 3 MLC nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at HardwareCanucks.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow KC300 series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 525 write 500. Usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Capacities are 60gb to 480gb of MLC memory. This is a client drive with slightly less write performance than there HyperX 3k which uses toggle memory. Website and reviews.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow KC310 series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Phison PS3110-S10 controller ( Quad Core with 8 pipelines ). Read 550 write 520. Usual support with GC and Trim for Win 7, 8, 8.1 and W10. Only 960gb capacity available, the ssd is populated ( memory unknown at this point ). The drive includes an external enclosure and leads, cloning software and a 3 year warranty. Website (pdf ) and reviews. The drive is designed for business computers.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow HyperX Savage series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Phison PS3110-S10 high performance Quad Core Controller ( 8 channel ). Read 520 ( slight variation ) write varies between 350 and 510 depending on capacity, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7 upwards. The 240gb drive as a 256mb Nanya 1600 Mhz ddr3 dram cache memory. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Kingston branded Toshiba A19nm MLC TSOP (refers to type of chip, thin, small, outline package) nand flash memory. The drives have a 3 year warranty which is a bit disappointing. Website and reviews at Tweaktown. The drive as exceptionally good performance which Tweaktown compare with the 2.5 inch sata 3 drives.
EOL! Kingston SSDNow V+200 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 535 write 480, usual support for GC and trim in Win7, Capacities for this drive are 60gb to 480gb of Intel's 25nm asynchronous NAND with only 3K p/e cycles. This is similar to the Vertex Agility 3 ssd drive and would be classed as a value drive. Website and reviews at StorageReviews and Techspot.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow V300 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF 2281 ( rebranded Kingston 13821Z ) Controller. Read 450 write upto 450, usual support for GC and Trim in win7. The drive will eventually be available in 60, 120 and 240gb capacities of Toshiba’s brand new ( 2012 ) 19mn Toggle memory ( re-branded Kingston FT64G08UCT1 – 8B ) these drives have a 3 year warranty. Website and review at TheSSDReview.
NEW! Kingston SSDNow V310 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – Kingston
Phison PS3108-S8 SATA III controller. Read 500 write 440, usual support with GC and Trim in win 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Capacity is 960gb of Micron 20nm MLC nand memory, warranty for the drive is 3 years. Website and reviews at The SSD Review and Legit Reviews.This drive comes in a single capacity.
General Info on Kingston SSD Drives.
The Kingston Support Site is HERE.
It seems the only way to get support for Kingston ssd drives is by email and I can't seem to find a forum for them either, Support for re-branded Intel drives, is found on the Intel site, RMA is done by Kingston.


MEMORIGHT
Memoright ssd drives are reknowned for there quality. They also produce the M701 msata drive.
MEMORIGHT 2.5 Inch Client SSD Drives.
NEW! FTM Plus Champion series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 500, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7, available in capacities of 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of MLC memory. Website. This drive is advertised as a ruggedized drive.
NEW! FTM Plus series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 500, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7, available in capacities of 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of MLC memory. Website and reviews at The SSDReview and Tweaktown. This drive is advertised as a Commercial drive.
NEW! FTM Plus Slim series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 500, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7, available in capacities of 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of MLC memory. Website and review at StorageReview. This drive is advertised as a semi-ruggedized drive. The slim being a reference to it’s 7mm thickness.
MICRON
Micron deal mainly with oem and enterprise drives, sometimes these drives reach the retail stores, like the M600. They also have a joint adventure with Intel manufacturing and supplying nand memory.
Micron 2.5 inch Enterprise ssd drives.
EOL! Micron P300 enterprise series ( sata – 6Gb/s ) – 2011
Marvell 9174 controller. Read 360 write 275, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC. Capacities are 50gb, 100gb and 200gb of Micron’s high endurance 34nm SLC nand memory. The drive as a 5 year warranty, endurance is 3.5pb for the 200gb drive. Website and review at Storage Review.

EOL! Micron P400e enterprise series ( sata – 6Gb/s ) – 2012
Marvell 9174 SATA 6Gb/s Controller, Read 350 write 140, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities are 50gb, 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Micron 25nm Consumer MLC NAND Flash memory. Endurance is between 87.5tb and 175tb depending on the capacity of the drive. Website and review at Storage Review. This drive is very similar to the Crucial M4 ssd drive.

EOL! Micron P400m enterprise series ( sata – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 9187 controller. Read 380 write 310, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Micron’s custom 25nm MLC nand memory, this nand as similar endurance to SLC memory. The drive as a 5 year warranty, endurance is between 1.75 and 7ptb’s depending on capacities. Website and review at Tweaktown.

EOL! Micron P410m enterprise series ( sas – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
Marvell 9187 controller with a Emulex SATA-to-SAS bridge. Read 410 write varies between 235 and 345MB/s depending on capacity, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Micron’s custom 25nm MLC nand memory, this nand as similar endurance to SLC memory. The drive as a 5 year warranty, endurance is 10 fills/day or up to 7pb written. Website and release notes at Storage Review. Only release notes found no official reviews.

NEW! Micron M500 enterprise series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2013
Marvell 9187 controller. Read 500 write 400, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Micron’s 20nm MLC nand memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty, endurance is around 72tb depending on capacities, drive is similar to the Crucial M500. Website and review at Storage Review.

NEW! Micron M500DC enterprise series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2014
Marvell 9187 controller. Read 425 write 375, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 800gb of Micron’s 20nm MLC nand memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty, endurance is between 0.5pb and 1.9pb depending on capacities, drive is similar to the Micron P400M. Website and review at Storage Review.

NEW! Micron M510DC enterprise series ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2014
Marvell 9187 controller. Read 420 write varies between 170 and 380 depending on the capacity of the drive, drive as a 2gb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Micron’s 16nm 128gb MLC nand memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty, endurance is between 1 and 2 DWPD depending on capacities, drive is similar to the Micron M500DC but is aimed at a read centric environment rather than a mixed read and write workload, there is also less over-provisioning ( around 20% ) on this drive compared to the M500DC. Website and review at Anandtech and Tweaktown.

NEW! Micron M600 series OEM ( sata3 - 6GB/s ) – 2014
Marvell 9189 controller. Read 560 write 510, drive as a 512mb buffer of ddr ram, usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1tb of Micron’s 16nm MLC nand memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty. Website and review at Tweaktown. These drives have also been released in the mSata and M.2 form factors.

MUSHKIN

Mushkin mSata ssd drives.
NEW! Mushkin Atlas Deluxe series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )-
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 560 write 530, write speeds vary between 330 to 530, usual support with GC and Trim. Capacities are 30gb to 240gb of Toshiba’s 24nm Toggle MLC nand flash memory or Micron’s MLC nand flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty. Website and reviews at The SSD Review and Legit Reviews.

NEW! Mushkin Atlas Value series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )-
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 330? write 530, write speeds vary between 330 to 530, usual support with GC and Trim. Capacities are 30gb to 120gb of Micron’s MLC nand flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty. Website.

NEW! Mushkin Atlas series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )- 2012
Sandforce SF2281 controller. Read 560 write 530, write speeds vary between 330 to 530, usual support with GC and Trim. Capacities are 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 240gb of Micron’s 25nm MLC nand flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.

Mushkin PCIe ssd drives.
NEW! Mushkin Scorpion series ( PCIe 2.0 x2 Interface )-
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 925 write 800, usual support with GC and Trim inWin7 onwards and also supports on-the-fly AES 128/256-bit encryption, NCQ, AHCI interface and RAID 0/1/10. The host controller is a Marvell 88SE9230, the card requires a x2 slot to run correctly. Capacities are 240gb and 480gb ( 2 x 240gb M.2 drives ) populated with Micron’s 19nm MLC NAND flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty. Website and Review at Nikktech.

NEW! Mushkin Scorpion Deluxe series ( PCIe 2.0 x 8 Interface )-
4 x Sandforce SF2281 Controllers ( with un-throttled IOPS ), Read 2150 write 1950 for 240gb drive, slightly higher for the larger drives, usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7 onwards. The RAID controller is a LSI SAS-2308 PCI Express to 8-port 6Gbps SAS/SATA controller. Each drive consists of four M.2 sata ssd drives. Capacities are 240gb, 480gb, 960gb and 1920gb of Toshiba’s MLC toggle nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and review at The SSD Review.

Mushkin 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
Mushkin Chronos ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, The memory used on this drive is Micron 29F64G08CBAAA 25nm Asynchronous ONFI ver 1. Website and Reviews at Overclockers and XBitLabs.
Mushkin Chronos G2 ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 555 write 535, usual support with GC and Trim in Win7, 8 and 8.1. Available in capacities of 60gb, 90gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb, the drive as a 3 year warranty. Website.
Mushkin Chronus MX ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, Read 565 write 520 ( uncompressed data ) 170 ( compressed ), supports GC and Trim in W7, appears at the moment to be available in one size of 120gb of Intel 29F64G08ACME3 25nm Synchronous nand flash memory. Website and Review at LegitReviews.
NEW! Mushkin Chronos Deluxe ( sata III - 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, The memory used in this drive is Toshiba TH58TAG7D2FBAS9 32nm Asynchronous Toggle Mode MLC NAND, there is the usual support for GC and Trim in W7, the 7mm drive came in capacities of 60gb, 90gb, 120gb, 180gb, 240gb, 480gb, the 9.5mm drive as capacities of 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb this memory runs at an interface speed of 133Mb/s ( check ) and is the same as used in the Patriot Wildfire, not as fast as the the onfi v2 memory. Website and review at HardwareCanucks.
Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 40GB SSD Single & RAID Review from HardwareCanucks.

NEW! Mushkin Eco 2 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )-
Sandforce SF2241 controller ( 4 channel controller ). Read 550 write 530 on 256gb drive, the has the usual support with GC and Trim in Win7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Capacities for this series of ssd drives is 60gb,120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Micron MLC NAND. The drive as a 3 year limited warranty. Website and review at Think Computers.
NEW! Mushkin Reactor ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )-
Silicon Motion SM2246EN Controller, Read 560 write 460, usual support for GC and support for trim in Win7, 8 and 8.1, the buffer consists of two Samsung packages of 1600Mhz DDR3 memory, the ssd drive is available in only 1TB capacity of Micron L95 16nm nand flash memory, modules are 128gb in size, the memory is the same as that used in the Crucial MX-100. Warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown and The SSD Review.
NEW! Mushkin Striker series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )-
Phison PS3110-S10 controller, Read 565 write 550, the buffer size is 256MB Nanya NT5CC256M16CP-D1 DDR3-1600 SDRAM for the 480gb drive, usual support with GC and trim for Win7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities from 240gb to 960gbs of Micron 16nm 128Gbit MLC nand flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty, more info after release. Website and Review at Lanoc.org.

OCZ SSD Drives.
Dec 2013 OCZ as been acquired by Toshiba so I believe drives will be sold under OCZ name.

End Of Line drives ( EOL ) marked in green that have not been removed are no longer sold or supported, the warranty on these drives as usually elapsed.

BSOD with the new Sandforce drives
I noticed in a OCZ forum listing, that changing to Intels latest Enterprise version of the RST drivers as in some cases appeared to solve this problem, here’s the LINK. After further study, it’s hit and miss, but you might find the link interesting.
Note# When flashing firmware on any OCZ ssd drive, consult the OCZ forum stickies for the exact procedure especially if the drive as not been flashed for quite sometime and is not up to date.

Indilinx Barefoot Controlled SSD Drives.
Having continuous problems with your Indilinx drive Check this forum link for a possible solution.

Firmware “ Arowana” FW 3.55 released 28 mar 2012 for barefoot drives manufactured after Dec2009, the update increases over-provisioning which in turn gives the better sequential and random write performance, also increasing the longevity of the drive at the cost of reduced capacity ( 6-7%) and reduced read performance. This update is destructive so the drive needs backing up. The OCZ identity tool needs to be used to check the drives code against the codes that are compatible for the update
Firmware FW1.70 as been released for the barefoot drives. Requires FW1.60 before flashing.
Firmware FW1.60 released for Indilinx drives, check Vertex section for Links.

Indilinx Everest Controlled Drives.
New Firmware Ver. 1.13 as been released for these drives the download can be found on the OCZ ssd Support page, here are some cautions related to the update.
• Updating the firmware from the toolbox is not supported when Windows is running off the drive you are trying to update.
WARNING: This is a Destructive Flash, back up all data on SSD. Proceeding with this update will result in complete loss of data on the SSD.
• -The toolbox requires MSAHCI drivers to run.
-The Intel X79 chipset is not yet supported.
-Drives must not appear as "Drive0" for updates. Please ensure update is not performed on a disk set to primary.
Latest Firmware For Petrol S2 is ver. 3.12 and can be found on the support page.

Indilinx Everest 2 Controlled SSD drives
Firmware Ver. 4.1rc as been released for the Vertex 4. Here’s some info on the new release.
Sandforce SF 2200 Controlled SSD drives.
New Firmware as been released for these new drives. Download is available from the support page, the link is HERE.
Firmware FW2.15 as been released for these drives.
Firmware FW2.11 as been released for these drives, there is evidence on the OCZ forum of problems with this firmware, so check the forum before updating.

Sandforce SF1200 Controlled SSD drives.
Firmware FW1.35 as been released for SF1200 controlled drives.Firmware FW1.29 as been released for Sandforce drives. Download available HERE.
Firmware FW1.28 as been released for Sandforce controlled drives.
Firmware FW1.24 as been released for Sandforce controlled drives, download available HERE. Please read the instructions carefully. The warnings are the same as FW1.23. As firmware changes seem to upset windows, if the drive vanished and causes a BSOD, OCZ advises powering down the computer and waiting 5 minutes before re-booting.
Firmware FW1.23 as been released for sandforce controlled drives, download available HERE. Note! does not work with RST drivers.
Firmware FW1.10 released for Sandforce drives, check general info section.
Firmware FW1.11 as been released for Sandforce drives, the flash is windows based and should be done in AHCI mode ( according to the OCZ forum ) and only works on Vista 32b and Win7 32b systems. Download and Info HERE.


OCZ Caching 2.5 inch ssd drives.
OCZ Synapse series Cache ssd ( sata3 – 6GB/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Sequential read 550 and write around 500. The drive consists of Micron 29F64G08CBAAA 8GB 25nm asynchronous MLC NAND memory in capacities of 64gb and 128gb, these drives have 50% overprovisioning and are used for enterprise caching of raid array volumes. Actual usable volume is 30gbs and 60gbs after overprovisioning is taken into consideration. Review at StorageReview.

OCZ Enterprise 2.5 inch ssd drives
NEW! OCZ Intrepid 3600 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )- 2014
Marvell 88SS9187 controller, Read varies between 400 and 510 write varies between 265 and 485, buffer not quoted, usual support with GC and trim in supported OS’s. Capacities of 100gb, 200gb, 400gb and 800gb of Toshibas 19nm toggle MLC nand memory. Endurance is between 184tb and 1.5pbs, the drive is more suiter to high read situations, Overprovisioning is about 28%, Warranty is 5 years. Review at Storage Review.

NEW! OCZ Intrepid 3700 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )- ( March 2015 )
Marvel 88SS9187 ( OCZ Everest 2) 8 channel controller. Read 540 write 470. Capacities of 240gb, 480gb, 960gb and 1920gb of Toshiba’s A19nm 128Gbit eMLC nand memory. Overprovisioning is 12%, Endurance is drive write per day, Warranty is 5 years. Review at Anandtech ( news ).

OCZ Talos 2 Enterprise series ( SaS 6Gb/s )- 2012
2 X Sandforce SF2282 controllers, Read 550 write 375 ( write is usually higher with Sandforce controllers ), Capacities of 240gb, 480gb, 960gb of Intels 25nm Synchronous MLC nand memory. Overprovisioning is 7%, Endurance is drive write per day, Warranty is 5 years. Review at Storage Review.

EOL! OCZ Vertex 2 Pro series ( sata II 3Gb/s ) –
Enterprise drive with MLC memory. Sandforce SF1500 Controller. Read 285 write 275, sustained write up to 250, Native trim support, Super Capacitor. Website. Capacities 50 to 200g.

EOL! OCZ Vertex 2 EX series ( sata II 3Gb/s ) –
Enterprise drive with SLC memory. Sandforce SF1500 Controller. Read 285 write 275, sustained write up to 250. Support for native trim. Super Capacitor. Website. Capacities of 50 to 200g.

OCZ M.2 NVMe PCIe Client SSD Drives.
NEW! OCZ Z RevoDrive 400 series ( PCIe x 4 NVMe ) – 2015
No other info yet

OCZ mSata Client SSD Drives.
EOL! OCZ Nocti mSata series ( sata2 – 3Gb/s ) – 2012
Sandforce SF2281 controller, Read 280 write 260, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 30gb, 60gb and 120gb of OCZ-branded 2Xnm MLC NAND flash memory. The warranty is 3 years. Review at Storage Review.

OCZ PCIe Client SSD Drives.

NEW! OCZ Z RevoDrive 350 series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 8 ) -
Sandforce SF2282 x two / four controllers ( 240gb as only two controllers ). Read 1800 write 1700, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities are 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Toshiba’s 19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash memory. The drive as a 3 year warranty which is disappointing. Website and review at Hardware Canucks.

EOL! OCZ Z RevoDrive series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 4 )- 2010
2 x Sandforce SF1200 controllers in raid0 and a Silicon Image SI3124 Raid controller, Read 540 write 480, sustained write 400. Drive capacities are 50gb, 80gb, 120gb, 180gb, 240gb, 360gb, and 480gb of Intel Nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Review at Tweaktown.

EOL! OCZ RevoDrive X2 series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 4 ) – 2010
4 x Sandforce SF1200 controllers in raid0 and a Silicon Image SI3124 Raid controller, Read 740 write 690, sustained write 600. Drive capacities are 100gb, 160gb, 240gb, 360gb, 480 and 960gb of Intel Nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Review at Tweaktown.

EOL! OCZ RevoDrive3 X2 series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 4 )- 2011
2 x SandForce SF-2281 controllers, Read 1500 write 1250, usual support for trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Micron onfi ver 1 Synchronous nand memory. Review at Tweaktown.

EOL! OCZ Z RevoDrive Hybrid series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 4 )- 2011
4 x SandForce SF-2281 controllers, This PCIe drive as a 1tb hdd piggy-backed onto the card, it doesn’t have the same speeds as the conventional Revodrives, Read 650 average write 500 average, read and write speeds vary , Trim is not supported but may be in the future. The drive combines 100gbs of OCZ branded Asynchronous ONFI MLC nand memory with a Toshiba 1tb 5400 hdd. Warranty is 3 years. Review at Hardware Canucks.

OCZ PCIe Enterprise SSD Drives.
NEW! OCZ Z Drive 4500 Enterprise series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 8 ) - 2014
SandForce SF-2582 processors, Read 2900 write 2200, support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 800gb, 1.6tb and 3.2tb of Toshiba's 19nm Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash memory. The drives have a 5 year warranty.

OCZ Client 2.5 inch ssd drives.
NEW! AMD Radeon R7 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – Aug 2014
Indilinx ( OCZ ) Barefoot 3 M00 controller. Read 550 write varies between 470 and 530MB/s depending on capacity. Endurance: Rated for 30GB/day of host writes for 4 years under typical client workloads. Usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba’s A19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) Nand Flash memory. Warranty is 4 years ( handled by OCZ ). Website and review at StorageReview and Anandtech.
EOL! OCZ Agility 4 ( sataIII- 6Gb/s )
Indilinx IDX400MOO-BC Controller ( rebranded Marvell controller ). Both Sequential read and write speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, Read 64gb/300 sizes above 420, write 64gb/200, 128gb/300, 256 and 512gb/410, The dram buffer consists of two Hynix 256MB DDR-1333 chips on the 256gb drive. The drive comes in capacities of 64, 128, 256 and 512gbs of Micron 25nm 29F128G08CFAAA (256gb drive) Asynchronous ONFI 1.0 MLC Nand Memory ( note memory designation varies on chip size ). Website and Review at Anandtech.
New! OCZ Arc 100 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Indilinx Barefoot 3 IDX500M10-BC controller ( same as used on the Vertex 460 ). Read speeds around 480, the write speeds vary more depending on the size of the drive with 450 for the 480gb drive, 430 for the 240gb and 395 for the 120gb. There are two Micron Dram buffers. The drive comes in capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba’s A19 second generation 19mn nand memory. This drive is designated as a value drive which will compete with the Crucial MX-100 and Samsung’s EVO, the Arc 100 is considered by reviewers as a enthusiasts drive at a value price, the warranty is 3 years. Website and Reviews from TechReport and Tweaktown.
NEW! OCZ Trion 100 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2015 TLC Nand Memory
Toshiba TC58NC1000GSB-00 controller ( possibly a branded Phison S10 or Marvell controller ). Read 560 write varies between 530 and 460 depending on capacity, the buffer is NANYA branded LPDDR Dram. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Toshiba’s A19 TLC 128GB triple level flash nand memory, warranty for these drives is 3 years, GC works during idle time. Website review at Storage Review, Tweaktown and Anandtech. This drive also uses Pseudo slc caching to improve write performance. The endurance is quoted by Storage Review as 219gb per day for the 960gb drive which is remarkable for a client drive with TLC memory. The tests were inconsistent between drive sizes and “all over the board” in comparison with similar drives. Prices varied between us$57 for the 120gb drive and us$369 for the 960gb drive.
OCZ Vector series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Indilinx Barefoot 3 Controller. Sequential read 550 write varies slightly depending on capacity, the 128gb drive has 400 and the 256 / 512gb drives have 530 MB/s, the buffer consists of two ddr3L 1600 drams each 256mb in size, the drive as the usual support with GC internally and Trim in Win7. The nand memory is OCZ branded 25nm IMFT synchronous 2 bit per cell MLC, the spare area set aside is the usual client size of 7% or what is now called 0% overprovisioning, similar to the M4, the warranty on the Vector is 5 years or 36.5TB of writes, whichever comes first, this allows 20gb of writes a day, the endurance for most people should be well over the 5 years. The pricing on the drive is similar to the new Samsung 840 Pro. Website and Reviews at Anandtech, TheSSDReview and Storage review.com. These are pre-release specifications, hopefully other than firmware there won’t be any changes. Reliability of the drive at this point ( Dec 2012 ) appears to very good in comparison to previous drives.
NEW! OCZ Vector 150 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Indilinx Barefoot 3 Controller. Read 550 Write 530, the Micron dram cache varies with 512mb or 1gb depending on the size of the drive, Capacities from 120gb to 480gb of Toshiba’s TH58TEG7DDJBA4C 19mn toggle 2 nand memory. Drive as a 5 year warranty. Website and Reviews at Anandtech and Tweaktown. This a high performing drive with excellent quality nand memory.
NEW! OCZ Vector 180 series ( sata3 – 6G/s ) –
Indilinx Barefoot 3 M00 controller, Read 550 write 530 the 120gb drive as lower write speed at 450 MB/s. The Buffer for these is Marvell ddr3, Support with GC and trim in win7, win 8, win 8.1 and win 10. Capacities are 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Toshiba’s A19 MLC nand flash memory, the drives have a 5 year warranty. The drive as power protection in the form of a single large Tantalum capacitor, previous models had several smaller tantalum capacitors, this gives basic protection for data at rest and and back-up the page table data, a lot of client ssd drives fail due to power cuts when writing data to the drive any extra protection adds to reliability. OCZ drives need to add a sronger slc caching layer as the present caching system does reduce the life of nand flash considerably. Website and review at Tweaktown.
EOL! OCZ Vertex series ( sata II 3Gb/s ) -
Indilinx Barefoot Controller. 230 read 135 write, 64mb dram buffer. Support for GC and Trim in Win7. Website, Support, OCZ Forums and Reviews at HardwareCanucks. Capacities of 32g to 256g available. This drive as gone.
Before flashing the firmware on Vertex ssd drives OCZ as a Drive Identity Tool that needs to be run, to determine the type of Nand memory used by the drive, the drive can have either Samsung or Toshiba memory, this is Important, as the firmware will be different. This tool will not flash the drive, it will identify the nand memory and the old firmware on the drive. Note! This information is for drives with older firmware, where you need to bring the firmware up to date by having to do a number of updates to reach the latest firmware version.

When you've determined the type of nand memory in the Vertex drive, check the firmware version that you can update to, updating firmware on Vertex's can be quite complicated, depending on the current firmware on the drive, The latest official firmware for these drives is Version FW1.6 which as been posted HERE.

You need to be on firmware Version FW1.50 to update to FW1.60 and you can't flash back to FW1.50, you also need to be in IDE mode to do this, you cannot be in AHCI mode, you could brick your drive, so read the thread carefully. You also need to remove any overclocking. There are also different instructions for Windows 64b operating systems, so read the complete thread. Previous official firmware updates are Versions FW1.40 and FW1.41, if your running Win7 or a single drive you want FW1.40 which has Trim, anything else you want FW1.41, which as GC. Facts for the official firmware are HERE with the update files. Many older drives that have not been updated, cannot be directly updated, so consult the OCZ forums.
This Update from FW1.3 is non-destructive and to get support for your Vertex's your firmware needs to be FW1.4. If you haven't kept your firmware up to date, you need to read the previous firmware instructions for the correct way of updating. There is also a PDF file with excellent instructions for updating firmware on a Vertex ssd drive, it can be found HERE.

These instructions are pretty much the same for all the OCZ Indilinx controlled drives, but there will be differences. Note* The links for this drive and other OCZ EOL drives may no longer work, due to Toshiba's aquisition and the age of the drive/s.

OCZ Vertex 3.20 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, a client drive with read speeds 550 and write 520MB/s, these drives will be available in capacities of 120/240gb ( a 480gb version may be available in the future ) of Intel 29F16B08CCMF3 Synchronous 20nm mlc Nand Flash Memory. This is a refresh of the Vertex 3 with 20nm memory. The Vertex 3.20 is classed as a value drive and carries 3 year warranty. Website and review at TheSSDReview.
OCZ Vertex 4 ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Indilinx Everest 2 Controller ( re-branded Marvell 9187, could also be the Marvell 9145 enterprise controller ). Read 535 Write varies depending on the size of the drive – 128gb / 200MB/s, 256gb / 380MB/s, 512gb / 475MB/s, Marvell 2AD22 D9NZR DDR3-800 buffer 2 x 512MB placed back to back on the pcb board, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7, Capacities for this series of drives is 128, 256 and 512gb of Intel 29F32B08JCME3 25nm synchronous MLC NAND memory, this could change in the future. The drive also has a 5 year warranty. The release firmware seems to be ver 05.10.30, but has since been upgraded to ver 1.4rc with varying improvements to performance, the 128gb drive biggest improvement. This drive will also be released for use as a oem drive so reliability should be greatly improved. Website and Reviews from AnandTech and StorageReview. GC on these drives as been improved, it is more conservative than on the Octane and kicks in after the computer as been idle for a hour, GC is also triggered in the background when 85% of the memory blocks have been used, a single trim pass will bring the drive back to new performance.
NEW! OCZ Vertex 450 ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Controller ( OCZ’s own barefoot controller ). Read 540MB/s Write varies depending on the size of the drive – 128gb / 290MB/s, 256gb / 540MB/s, 512gb / 540MB/s, There are two Micron 256MB DDR3 cache buffers placed back to back on the pcb board, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7/8, Capacities for this series of drives is 128, 256 and 512gb of Micron 29F128G08CFABB 20nm synchronous MLC NAND memory. Website and reviews at Legitreviews and Tweaktown.
NEW!OCZ Vertex 460 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Indilinx Barefoot 3 M10 Controller ( OCZ’s own barefoot controller ). Both read and write speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, Read speeds vary between 530 and 550, the write speeds are 420 for the 120gb drive and 524 for the two larger drives.
The Vertex controller is clocked at a lower speed than the Vectors. The drives have the usual support for Trim in W7/8/8.1. Capacities are 120gb, 240g and 480gb of Toshiba’s 19nm Toggle memory with 12% overprovisioning, warranty period is 3 years. ( Even though this drive uses similar components as Vector drives, the Vectors go through more testing and validation than the Vertex drives and the warranty is longer ). Website and Reviews at Anandtech and Tweaktown.

NEW! Vertex 460A series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Indilinx IDX500M10-BC controller. Read speeds up to 545, write speeds will vary with the capacity, 120gb drive as write speeds of 460 the two larger drives up to 525, usual support with idle time GC and Trim on win7,8 and 8.1. Capacities of 120, 240 and 480gbs, 3 year warranty, Toshiba’s A19 toggle MLC nand memory. Website.
General Information for OCZ SSD Drives

Update Information on Indilinx Barefoot SSD drives
OCZ Support Page is located HERE.
OCZ Firmware Forum Update site for Indilinx controlled drives, located HERE.
OCZ Forum Firmware Update instructions for firmware FW1.5 update located HERE.
How to use OCZ Sanitary Erase on Indilinx Barefoot Drives. Located HERE.
Note! If your having continuous problems with your Indilinx ssd drive and having to continually to re-install Windows, the solution for this is to have your drive flashed with a specific destructive firmware. You need to download the OCZ Identity tool and email RyderOCZ with the relevent information, information on doing this can be found HERE. There is an email link on the bottom of his posts. It appears these indilinx drives can start corrupting windows installs on a regular basis and the only solution is to run a specific destructive firmware supplied by OCZ.

Note! OCZ advises using the latest Intel drivers, rather than using the Microsoft native drivers on most of there drives, including the Sandforce controlled drives, the Microsoft native drivers can cause ssd drives to run slow and cause errors with the trim function.

Indilinx controlled drives now have FW1.60 check the Vertex drive section for the links.
OCZ Official 1.3 firmware update also OCZ Forum firmware updates for versions 1.4, 1.5 and including instructions. Also includes firmware upgrades for Vertex Turbo series which are different, so read INFO carefully, before applying upgrades.

Update Information on Sandforce SSD drives.These OCZ links may not stay active, when they are outdated they are often moved and you need to be a member of the forum to access them.
Firmware for Vertex3, Agilty 3 and Solid 3 ssd drives as been updated The link to this info is HERE. Could now be out of date. Nov 2011

OCZ Toolbox 2.36 as been released for Sandforce SF1200 & 1500 ssd drives.
This toolbox will flash Sandforce drives with SF1200 controllers and SF1500 controllers if the firmware is already at FW1.32. Here’s the LINK. OCZ's latest toolbox still has incompatibilities with Intel's RST drivers, this toolbox version may be outdated. Nov 2011.

OCZ Toolbox released for Sandforce controlled drives. Note! Does not work with Intels RST drivers. Toolbox can be found, it seems the OCZ toolbox still as problems with Intel's RST drivers Nov 2011. HERE. This Toolbox appears to work with other Sandforce controlled drives, which includes the G Skill Phoenix Pro series, HardwareCanucks show it working on these drives.
Firmware update FW1.29 is now available on the support page, check the forums for this release and previous releases before updating. Read Update Instructions prior to updating the firmware.
Firmware Update FW1.23 now available, can be found HERE. The SSDUpdater software does not work with Intel RST drivers.
Firmware Update FW1.10 for Sandforce controlled drives including the LE, Found HERE. This update covers all the sandforce drives and supersedes FW1.05
General OCZ Firmware Update site found HERE.
How to change from IDE to AHCI after os installation. from OCZ Technology Forums.
CrystalDiskInfo is considered by OCZ as the most accurate software for checking ssd drives, the download can be found HERE.
Using Secure Erase on Sandforce controlled drives forum link found HERE.
CMRR – Secure Erase can be found HERE. The OCZ Toolbox also as a secure feature for these drives.
How it is very easy to cause severe issues with a brand new SandForce based ssd drive. This OCZ guide will explain what can cause unrecoverable write throttle issues.


OWC ( Pro RE series drives, 5yr warranty period, Pro drives 3yr warranty. )

NEW! OWC Electra 3G series
Sandforce SF1200 Controller ?. Read 280 write 260, support for native GC and Trim in Win7. This drive is available in capacities of 44gb, 60gb, 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Asynchronous Tier 1/Grade A 2X-nm NAND Flash Storage. Website and Review. This is a value sata2 ssd drive.
NEW! OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G series ( sata III 6GB/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Sustained read 506 sustained write 464, Support for GC and Trim in Win7, available in capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Toshiba TH58TAG7D2FBA89 2Xnm nand memory with 7% for over-provisioning. Review from TweakTown.
NEW! OWC Mercury Enterprise Pro 6G series ( sata3 – 6GB/s )
Sandforce SF2582 Controller. 550 read 525 write, 24 KO-CAP capacitors (KEMET Organic Tantalum Capacitors) instead of the Super capacitor to provide better reliability, Usual support for GC and trim in Win7, 28% over-provisioning. Capacities range from 50 to 400gb of Toshiba TH58TAG7E2FBA89 2Xnm eMLC Toggle nand memory. Review at TheSSDReview.

PATRIOT

PATRIOT mSata SSD drives.
NEW! Patriot Pyro M3 mSATA ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) –
No more info at the moment on this drive

Patriot M.2 Sata SSD Drives.
NEW! Patriot Ignite M2 series ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) –
Phison PS3110 - S10 Quad Core Controller, read 560 write 330, buffer are 256/512 of Nanya 1600 Mhz ddr3 memory, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 240gb and 480gb of Micron 128gb MLC Asynchronous 16nm nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.

Patriot 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
NEW! Patriot Blaze series ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) – release 2015.
Phison S8 Controller, Read 530 to 555, write 430 to 500, buffer sizes vary from 32mbs and 512 mb of Nanya ddr3 - 1600 ram. GC and support for trim in win 7, win 8 and 8.1. Capacities are 60gb, 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of IMFT 16nm onfi MLC nand flash memory. The Blaze is a budget drive with decent performance and average features. The warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.
NEW! Patriot Ignite series ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) – release 2015.
Phison PS3110 S10 Controller. Read 560 write 545, Dram buffers are 512mb and 1024mb depending on the drive, GC and support for Trim in Win7, 8, 8.1. Capacities are 480gb and 960gb of Third Party packaged Micron 16nm MLC nand flash memory, the Ignite is budget drive with better performance than the Blaze. The warranty is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.
NEW! Patriot Torch series ( sata III – 6Gb/s ) – release 2015.
Phison S8 Controller, Read 560 write 540, buffer are Nanya ddr3L low voltage - 1600 ram. With GC and support for Trim in win 7, 8 and 8.1. The drive comes in capacities of 6ogb, 120gb and 240gb of IMFT 16nm onfi MLC nand flash memory. Warranty for the drive is 3 years. This is almost identical to the Blaze, the exception being the ddrL buffer ram and the controller. Website and review at Tweaktown.
NEW! Patriot Pyro series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. This ssd uses Micron 25nm 29F64G08CBAAA Asynchronous ONFi 1.0 nand memory, this is slower performing than the toggle or version 2.0 memory, but will only have a small effect on overall speeds, using this memory gives it similar performance to the Corsair Force 3, but lags behind the Vertex 3 and the force 3 GT. Due to the nand memory used, the drive is classed as a Value drive. Review at HardWareCanucks.
NEW! Patriot Pyro SE series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 550 write 520. Support for GC and Trim in Win7. Website and Review at BenchMarkReviews. Capacities available for these drives are 60gb, 120gb and 240gb of Micron 25nm 29F128G08CFAAB Synchronous NAND Flash, the over-provisioning is 7%. The performance of the 60gb drive is slightly lower than the other two sizes. The performance is slightly better than the Pyro.
NEW! Patriot Torqx 2 ( sata II – 3Gb/s )
Phison PS3105 - S5 Controller. Read 270 write 230, Hynix H5MS1G22AFR 125mb sdram buffer, Support for GC and Trim in Win7, available in capacities of 32/64/128 and 256gb of Toshiba TH58NVG7D2FLA89 MLC memory. Website and Review at BenchMarkReviews. This is updated version of the early Phison controller, greatly improved, the performance figures are not great, classed as a value drive. Better drives available.
NEW! Patriot Wildfire series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF 2281VB1-SDC Controller, this is a client drive available in capacities of 120/240 and 480gb of Toshiba 2xnm TH58TAG7D2FBAS9 Asynchronous Toggle mode 1.0 MLC Nand flash memory, plus 7% which is used for overprovisioning. Website and reviews at BenchMarkReviews. This is a highly rated ssd drive and is similar in performance to the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS ssd drive.
NEW! Patriot Wildfire SE series ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF 2281VB1-SDC Controller, Read 550 write 530, Supports native GC and Trim in Win7,this is a client drive available in capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of Micron 32nm 29F128G08CFAAB MLC Flash memory. Website and Review at KitGuru. This is the value version of the original Wildfire version, probably with a lower performing MLC memory.
General Notes on Patriot SSD drives.
Patriots Firmware and Utilities Page. This also includes Installation Guides and Performance Utility for Torx drive also Patriot Support Forums.

PLEXTOR
Firmware for Plextor drives can be downloaded from HERE.
Firmware updates ( as of May 2014 ) are available for the :--
M5pro, 1.06
M5s, 1.05
M3pro, 1.06
M3, 1.06 and 1.07
M2s, M2p ver 1.09
Ninja ver 1.01

PLEXTOR mSata SSD Drives.
Plextor PX-M5M series ( Sata 3 - 6Gb/s ) – 2013
Marvell 88SS9187 controller ( the controller as 4 channels ). Read 520 write varies depending on capacities 64gb/160, 128gb/320 and 256gb/430. Usual Support with GC and TRIM in Win7, 8 and 8.1. Buffer size varies depending on capacity 64gb/128mb, 128gb/256mb, 256gb/512mb of ddr ram. The drives use Toshiba’s 19nm MLC nand flash memory. Warranty period is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.

NEW! Plextor M6M series ( sata III 6Gb/s ) – April 2014
Marvell 88SS9188 controller ( the controller as 4 channels ). Read 520 write varies depending on capacities 128gb/360, 256gb/420 and 512/430. Usual Support with GC and TRIM in Win7, 8 and 8.1. Buffer size varies depending on capacity 128gb/256mb, 256gb/512mb and 512gb/768mb of ddr ram. The drives use Toshiba’s A19 MLC nand flash memory. Warranty period is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown. The drive also supports AES256 bit encryption and DEVSLP that helps extend battery life. The drive as had a number of problems which have been fixed with firmware releases, the latest firmware as of Jan 2015 is 1.06.

Prices as of late 2014 are 128gb – US$76.00, 256gb – US$150.00

PLEXTOR M.2 Sata SSD Drives.
NEW! Plextor M6G-2280/2260/2242 series ( Sata 3 - 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9183 controller, Read 520 write varies depending on capacity be-tween 175 and 450, Dram cache varies between 128mb and 768mb depending on capacity, usual support with GC and Trim with Win 7 upwards, Drive capacities are 64gb,128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba’s 19nm MLC Toggle nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website .

PLEXTOR M.2 PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! Plextor M6e-2280 series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 2 ) –
Marvell 88SS9183 controller, Read 770 write varies depending on capacity between 335 and 625, usual support with GC and Trim with Win 7 upwards, Drive capacities are 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba’s 19nm MLC Toggle nand flash memory. Warranty is 5 years. Website and review at Legit Reviews.

NEW! Plextor M7e-2280 series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 4 ) – Q3 2015
Marvell 88SS9293 controller, Read 1411 write 1028, usual support with GC and Trim in win 7 and upwards. Capacities are 256gb, 512gb and 1tb of Toshiba’s A19 MLC Toggle NAND flash memory.

PLEXTOR PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! Plextor M6e series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 2 ahci) –
Marvell 88SS9183 controller. Read 770 write 625, write varies and is slower on smaller capacities, DDR3 buffer varies depending on the capacity of the drive, usual support with GC and Trim with win 7 onwards. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba’s A19 MLC toggle nand flash memory. The drive as a 5 year warranty. Website and reviews at Kitguru.

NEW! Plextor M6e Black Edition series ( PCIe Gen 2 x 2 ahci) –
Marvell 88SS9183 controller. Read 770 write 625, write varies and is slower on smaller capacities, DDR3 buffer varies depending on the capacity of the drive, usual support with GC and Trim with win 7 onwards. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba’s A19 MLC toggle nand flash memory. The drive as a 5 year warranty. Website and reviews at Tweaktown and Legit reviews.

Plextor 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
Plextor M2P series ( sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvel 88SS9174-BKK2 Controller, this is the second generation of the 9174 and is similar controller to that used on the Crucial C400 RealSSD Drive, the buffer is 256mb for the 128gb drive and 512mb of ddr3 for the larger drives and the drive supports GC and Trim in Win7. Website and Review at Legit Reviews. This drive comes in three capacities 64/128/256gb, the sequential read and write speeds for these drives are 64gb ( 340/110 ), 128gb ( 420/210 ) and the 256gb ( 480/310 ) of Toshiba TH58TVG7D2FBA89 Synchronous 34nm Nand Flash memory, as you can see the write speeds are better on the larger drives.
Plextor M3P ( Pro ) series ( Sata 3 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS 1974 – BKK2 Controller – Read 540 write speed varies with the size of the drive 125gb/ 350, 256gb/420 and the 512gb/450 MB/s, usual support for GC and Trim in win7, pretty much the same as M3S but with upgraded firmware giving the drive substancially better write performance figures than the M3S. Website and Reviews at StorageReview.com and AnandTech. The drive also as a 5 year warranty.
Plextor M3S series ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS1974 – BKK2 Controller – Read 510 write 210 speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, the 512gb drive as write speeds of 440, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. The buffer size varies with 256mb of ddr3 for the 128gb drive to 512gb for the larger drives. Capacities of 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba 24nm synchronous toggle nand flash memory. Website and Review at StorageReview.
Plextor M5S series ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9174 – BKK2 Controller – Read 520 write speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, the 512gb drive as write speeds of 390, the 125gb/200, the 64gb/90, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. The buffer size may vary similar to the M3S which varies with 256mb of ddr3 for the 128gb drive to 512gb for the larger drives. Capacities of 64gb, 128gb, and 256gb of Micron 25nm synchronous NAND flash memory (29F128G08CFAAB nand flash memory. Website and reviews at TheSSDReview and AnandTech.
NEW! Plextor M5 Pro series ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 Controller – Read 540 write speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, the 512gb and 256gb drives have write speeds of 440, the 125gb/340, the 64gb/90, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. The buffer size may vary similar to the M5S which varies with 256mb of ddr3 for the 128gb drive to 768mb for the larger 512gb drive. Capacities of 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba TH58TE68D2JBA8C 19nm toggle nand flash memory. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.
NEW! Plextor M5Pro Extreme series ( Sata III 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9187 – BLD2 Controller – Seq Read 540 Seq write varies depending on capacity, 128gb at 340, the two larger capacities at 450, the cache buffer consists of one x 256mb chip ( 128gb drive ), two x 256mb chips ( 256gb drive ) and 3 x 256mb chips ( 512gb drive ) of ddr3 ram. Supports for GC and Trim in w7. The memory used on this series of drives is the Toshiba TH58TEG7DDJTA20 19nm Toggle-Mode MLC NAND memory. Website and Review at TheSSDReview. Identical in build to the Pro, testing at the TheSSDReview shows slight improvement over the Pro.
NEW! Plextor M6 Pro series ( Sata 3 - 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9187 – BLD2 Controller- Read 545 write varies depending on the capacity of the drive 128gb/330MB/s and 490MB/s for the remaining drives, buffer sizes vary between 256mb of ddr3 to 1gb of Nanya ddr3 on the 1tb drive, the drive has GC and supports Trim in windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1tb of Toshiba’s A19 MLC nand flash memory . The drive also supports PlexTurbo which uses system ram to cach the drive, TrueSpeed which keeps the drive performing at top speed, TrueProtect that allows the drive to use 256 bit encryption and DevSlp which allows a low power state when the drives not in use. Warranty for the is 5 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown.
NEW! Plextor M6S series ( Sata 3 - 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9188 - BJM2 ( lighter version of the 9187 with only 4 channels ). Read speed 520 and is constant for all versions, write speeds vary according to the size of the ssd drive, 64gb at 120MB/s, 128gb at 340MB/s and 440MB/s for the remaining two sizes, cache buffer sizes also vary from 128mb of ddr ram for the smaller drive to 768mb of ddr ram for the largest drive, there is the usual support for in win7/8 and 8.1. The M6M is the mSata version of this drive.

The drive is available in four capacities, 64gb, 128gb, 256gb and 512gb, ( website shows only the three larger capacities ) the two larger capacities having larger 128gb nand chips, the nand used is Toshiba’s 19nm 2nd generation MLC toggle memory. The warranty on these drives is three years, the 9188 controller with only four channels limits the write speeds slightly but this would hardly be noticeable when used as a OS drive, this drive will probably be sold as a value drive and the Pro version with the 9187 controller will be the performance drive, due to be released later in the year.

Website and reviews at Anandtech and TheSSDReview.

Price would need to be similar or even lower than Samsungs EVO drives to be competitive, my choice would be the EVO or the Crucial M550. We are seeing little or no performance improvements in the sata3 drives, Anandtech believes this is due to manufacturers concentrating on the PCIe drives and I am in total agreement.


SAMSUNG ( Warranty 3yrs limited )

SAMSUNG mSata SSD Drives.
NEW! Samsung 840 EVO mSata series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – Jan 2014
Samsung ( MEX ) S4LN045X01-8030 Controller. Read 540 write 520 ( 120gb 410 ). Usual support with GC and Trim in Win 7, 8 and 8.1. Also supported are SED with either TCG Opal or e drive and Intels DEVSLP to conserve battery power. Buffer size varies depending on capacity with the 1tb drive having 1gb of ddr ram. Capacities are 120gb, 250gb, 500gb and 1tb of Samsung’s 19nm TLC nand flash memory. Warranty period is 3 years. Website and reviews at Tweaktown. There are two reviews at Tweaktown the previous 2tb and the smaller 128gb drive.

The MSRP’s are 120gb/US$150, 250gb/260, 500/490 and 1tb/860 these prises are usually heavily discounted, the 1tb can be bought for US$570 as of Jan 2014.

NEW! Samsung 850 EVO mSata series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – Jan 2015 TLC
Samsung MEX controller in the 1tb drive and the MGX controller in the smaller capacities, Read 540, write 520, Buffer is 1gb of lpddr3 for the 1tb drive and 512mb for the smaller drives, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 120gb, 250gb, 500gb and 1tb of Samsungs 3d 40nm V nand TLC flash memory. These drives have a 5 year warranty. Website and reviews at Bit Tech and Techspot. The performance is the same or similar to the 2.5 inch ssd drives.

SAMSUNG m.2 AHCI PCIe SSD Drives.
Samsung XP941 M.2 ( AHCI ) series in 2280 form factor - early 2014
OEM drive not readily available except at Ram City in Australia, not sure about the US. There are also motherboard compatibility lists for these at the Ram City website.
Samsung S4LNO53X01 (PCIe 2.0 x4) similar to MEX controller. Read variation between capacities 128gb/1000MB/s, 256gb/1080MB/s and 512gb/1170MB/s., write speeds also vary from 128gb/450MB/s, 256gb/800MB/s and 512gb/950MB/s. The drives have Samsung’s 64b 19nm toggle mode 2.0 MLC nand flash memory. Warranty is 3 years when bought from Ram City. Website not listed due to being oem, reviews at Anantech and Tom's Hardware.

NEW! Samsung SM951 M.2 ( AHCI ) series in 2280 form factor – 2015
Samsung UBX 3 Core controller, read 2,150 MB/s write 1,500 MB/s for the 512gb, the drive as capacities of 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Samsung 16nm MLC NAND memory.
Samsung SM951 M.2 Specifications
• Capacities: 512GB, 256GB, 128GB
• Controller: Samsung UBX 3-Core
• Flash: Samsung 16nm MLC
• Form Factor: M.2 2280 M-Key PCIe 3.0 x4
• Sequential Read: 2,150MB/s, 2,150MB/s, 2,050MB/s
• Sequential Write: 1,500 MB/s, 1,200 MB/s, 600MB/s
• 4K Random Read: 90,000 IOPS
• 4K Random Write: 70,000 IOPS
• Active Power: 6.5W
• Idle Power: 50mW
• L1.2 Power: 2mW
• Support: Standard AHCI driver, APM and L1.2 Power Saving Mode, End-to-End Data Protection, Supports TRIM Command, RoHS Compliant, Halogen-Free Com-pliant
• Warranty: 3-year Warranty
Website not given due to being a oem drive. Reviews at TechSpot, Anandtech and Storage Review. These drives can be bought at Ram City in Australia, not sure of availabilty in the USA.

SAMSUNG M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Drives.
New! Samsung SM951 M.2 NVMe series ( PCIe Gen 3 x 4 ): - June 2015.
Samsung UBX 3 Core controller, read 2,150 MB/s write 1,550 MB/s for the 512gb, the drive as capacities of 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Samsung 16nm MLC NAND memory. Reviews at Tweaktown and Storage Review. Should become available at Ram City.
Features:-
• PCIe Gen3 8Gb/s Interface up to 4 lanes
• Compliant with PCIe Base Specification Rev.3.0
• Compliant with NVMe Express Specification Rev.1.1a
• Power Saving Modes:
• Supporting APST
• Supporting L1.2 Mode
• Support Admin and NVM Command Set
• End-to-End Data Protection
• RoHS Compliant
• Support up to 1 Namespaces
• Support up to 8 I/O Queues
• Support up to 16K Queue entries for each I/I Queue

SAMSUNG PCIe NVMe SSD Drives.( Enterprise )
NEW! Samsung SM1715 PCIe NVMe (HHHL) ssd drive: - early 2015
Read upto 3GB/s write 2.2GB/s, Drive Capacity is 3.2tb of Samsung’s 3D Nand flash memory. Endurance is rated at 10 DWPD ( disk writes per day ) for a period of 5 years. No other info available yet.

SAMSUNG 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.

EOL Samsung 470 series ( sata II - 3Gb/s )
Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y340 Controller. Read 250 write 220, 128mb ( 2x64mb ) ddr cache buffer, support for GC and Trim in Win7, capacities available are 64g, 128g and 256g of Samsung MLC nand memory. Website and reviews from TheSSDReview and Techspot.This drives comes with Samsungs ssd magician software, which is similar to the toolboxes available from other ssd manufacturers.
This Samsung out-performs the C300 at sata II, in most tests, but drops significantly below the C300 and sandforce drives and shows the continued lower performance of samsung controllers at certain random read speeds. Here’s an interesting link from Tom’s Hardware just released Dec24 that compares Trim and firmware updates for this particular drive.

EOL Samsung 830 series ( sata III 6Gb/s )
Samsung S4LJ204X01-Y040 ARM ( triple core ARM 9 based ) controller. Read 520 write 400, the write varies considerably depending on the size of the drive, 512/256g have 400MB/s, 128g as 320MB/s and the 64g version 160MB/s. There’s the usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. The cache buffer is a Samsung K4T2G3140F-MCF7 with 256mb of DDR2 memory. The nand flash memory used is Samsungs K9PFGY8U7A-HCK0 27nm toggle memory, which as similar performance to Onfi 2.2 memory. Website and reviews at Toms Hardware and LegitReviews. Here’s a link from StorageReview.com to 2 x 256gb samsung 830’s in Raid0, Samsung still seem to dissappoint in the 4k random area.
EOL Samsung 840 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Samsung ( MDX ) S4LN021X01-8030 Controller. Read and write sequential speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, 120gib 530/110, 250gib 540/250 and the 500gib drive 540/330., The memory for this ssd drive is Samsungs TLC toggle memory, the first released to be released on a retail drive, according to Samsung the 21nm TLC toggle mode 2.0 memory as the same life expectancy as rival manufacturers MLC memory, Website inc. US pricing and review at AnandTech, this drive if written sequentially can lose performance and trim needs a bit longer to bring back the performance than on a drive with MLC memory, on a OS drive with not a lot of sequential writing, this drive will perform reasonably well, for performance users and users that do a lot of sequential writing the 840 pro would be the better choice, power consumption is also higher than the 840 pro, this could be a very good entry level ssd drive. a step below the Pro. The drive as a 3yr limited warranty.
Samsung 840 Pro series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Samsung ( MDX ) S4LN021X01-8030 Controller. Read 540 write 450 ( 250 and 512gb versions ), usual support for GC and Trim in win7, Buffer capacity 256 MB 2x-nm class DDR2 toggle-mode NAND from a K4P4G324EB-FGC2 module.. The drive is available in capacities of 64,128, 256 and 512gb’s of Samsung 2xnm K9PHGY8U7A-CCK0 toggle MLC nand flash memory. Website ( inc. US pricing ) and Reviews at Techspot. The review at Techspot is pre-retail so the retail firmware on the drives release may resolve poor uncompressed write figures found by the Techspot review. StorageReview.com thoroughly tests the 840 Pro showing both the weak points and the strong points. The drive faired well overall against other top performing drives. The warranty on the 840 Pro is a limited 5 year, which is excellent.
Samsung 840 EVO series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Samsung ( MDX ) S4LN042X01-8030 Controller. Read and write sequential speeds vary depending on the size of the drive, 120gib 530/330, 250gib 540/330 and the 500/750gib and 1tb drive 540/520. The buffer size varies from 256mb on the 120gb drive to a massive 1gb of DDR2 Dram on the 1tb drive, there is the usual support GC and Trim in Win7/8. The memory for this ssd drive is Samsungs 19nm TLC toggle mode 2.0 memory which includes a certain amount of single bit memory for write caching purposes, the amount varies depending on the size of the drive ( this is the reason for the better write figures over the 840 ), according to Samsung the memory as the same life expectancy as rival manufacturers of MLC memory, the estimated life expectancy from extensive testing by Samsung is around 3,700 write erase cycles, a step below the Pro. The drive as a 3yr limited warranty. There is little difference between the performance of the Pro and the EVO, performance aside the Pro overall is a better drive especially where there’s a lot of write amplification, as a OS drive the cheaper EVO may be the choice. Website and reviews at TheSSDReview and Anandtech.
NEW! Samsung 850 Pro series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ). –
Samsung ( MEX ) S4LN045X01-8030 Controller. Read 550, write varies slightly with the 128gb drive at 470 and the remaining larger drives at 520, there is the usual support for GC and Trim in Win7/8/8.1, the LPDDR2 buffer size varies with 256mb/128gb, 512mb/256 and 512gb, 1gb/1tb drive. The drive is available in four sizes and is populated with Samsung’s 32 layer 3D V-nand estimated to be in the 30-34nm range, Samsung quotes the endurance at 30x ( 30K p/e cycles ) than that of their 19nm TLC memory, this endurance is higher than quoted for some eMLC ram used on enterprise drives. These drives also support Samsung’s Rapid Mode that when in use requires 4gb’s of system memory compared to 840 Evo 1gb. The warranty for these drives is 10 years or 150tb of writes. The drive should be available 3rd week in July. Website and reviews from Tweaktown and Anandtech.
NEW! Samsung 850 EVO series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ).
Samsung ( MEX S4LN045X01-8030 ) ( 1tb ) and ( MGX S4LN062X01-Y030 ) ( 120/250/500gb ) controllers, the difference between the two controllers is the number of cores, the MGX as 2 and the MEX as 3. Read speeds are 540, write speeds vary ( with Turbowrite / without Turbowrite ) 120gb 520/140, 250gb 520/270, 500gb 520/420 and the 1tb 520/420. The buffer sizes also vary in type and size ddr memory, drives have the usual support for GC and Trim in Win7/8/8.1. The big change here is the 32 layer 3D TLC nand memory, all the capacities have this type of memory as opposed to the 840 EVO’s TLC toggle memory. Website and Reviews at Techreport and Anandtech.

SANDISK
Intro
Sandisk are a major nand memory producer and are now producing quality ssd drives using both there own controllers and third party controllers on there own fabricated pcb boards.

Mainly producing oem msata ssd drives for ultra books and ultra thin notebooks eg. The u100 and i100 both use a 6Gb/s sandisk controller and now the sandisk extreem and x100 available msata and 2 ½ inch drives.

Sandisk are heavily into the enterprise market, they have huge number of drives to cover the various enterprise situations.

SANDISK Enterprise 2.5 inch SSD Drives.
SanDisk Cloudspeed Eco series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9189-BLD2 controller, Read 475 write 450, Buffer as 1gb of ddr3, Capacities are 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Sandisk’s 19nm cMLC nand flash memory. The warranty is 3 years or maximum endurance. This is a read centric ssd drive designed for servers with high read access. Website and review at Tweaktown and Storage Review.

NEW! SanDisk Cloudspeed Eco Gen 2 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2015
Unknown controller, Read 530 write 460, Buffer as 1gb of ddr3, Capacities are 480gb, 960gb and 1.92tb of Sandisk’s 15nm MLC nand flash memory. The warranty is 3 years or maximum endurance. This is a read centric ssd drive designed for servers with high read access. Website.

SanDisk Lightning Eco Gen 2 series ( sas – 12Gb/s ) – 2014
Unknown controller, Read 900 write 600. Capacities are 800gb and 1.6tb of 19nm eMLC nand memory. Endurance is 3 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years or maximum endurance. This drive is designed for data warehousing and database workloads. Designed for a 90% read situation. Website.

SanDisk Lightning Enterprise series ( sas 6Gb/s ) – 2012
Pliant PTHEMI2-1VO Controller, Read varies between 470 and 370MB/s write not quoted, Buffer as 1gb of ddr3, Capacities are 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Micron 34nm SLC NAND (512GB Raw/400GB Usable) memory. The warranty is 5 years or maximum endurance. This a drive with high write endurance, endurance is quoted as unlimited. Website and review at Storage Review.

NEW! SanDisk Optimus Max series ( sas – 6Gb/s ) – eMLC 2014
Unknown controller, Read up to 400, write up to 400. Capacity is 4tb of 19nm eMLC nand memory. The warranty for this drive is 5 years or max endurance used. Endurance is 1-3 DWPD or drive writes per day. Website and info at Storage Review.


SANDISK M.2 PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! SanDisk X110 series OEM ( PCIe x 2 m.2 2260 ) –
Marvell 88SS9183 controller, Read 740 write 625, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 128gb and 256gb of Sandisk MLC nand flash memory. Website and review at Tweaktown. Note* this an oem drive and may not be available for client use.

Sandisk 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
SanDisk Extreme series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, read 550 write 520, usual support for GC and Trim in win7, the drive as capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of SandDisk 05091 032G MLC toggle nand flash memory, this drive was released after the Intel 520 appears at this point to have slightly better performance than the Intel drive due to the excellent toggle memory, which appears to slightly out-perform the Toshiba toggle memory used in the OCZ max iops and the patriot wildfire. This is a top tier Sandforce controlled drive. Website and Reviews from StorageReview as some great comparisons, the performance differences are minimal between these top tier drives. Also review from TweakTown.
SanDisk Extreme 2 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 Controller, read 550MB/s write figures vary depending on the size of the ssd drive 500MB/s/480gb, 510/240gb and340/120gb with this controller there is little difference between compressable and incompressible data when writing to the drive, buffer or cache size varies depending on the size of the drive, from 128mb to 512mb. There is the usual support for GC and Trim in win7/8, the drive as capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb of SandDisk 19nm 05926 032G MLC toggle nand flash memory, This is a top tier Sandforce controlled drive. Website and Review from Legit Reviews, Tweaktown and Anandtech, the performance differences are minimal between these top tier drives.

This drive also uses some MLC memory in single bit ( pseudo SLC ) mode for what is known as nCache which is for non-volatile write caching, similar in speed to SLC memory. The nCache is used to improve random writing to the drive, it is faster than using MLC in two bit mode. The nCache is built into the Sandisk MLC toggle memory. This drive as a five year warranty.

NEW! Sandisk Extreme Pro series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvel 88SS9187 controller, 550 read 520 write, usual support for GC and trim in win 7, 8 and 8.1, dram buffer varies between 1gb and 512mb depending on the size of the drive, capacities are 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Sandisks second generation of 64gb 19nm nand memory. The warranty period for the drive is a huge 10 years. This drive also uses the pseudo slc caching or nCach as seen on the Extreme 2 drive making this drive the most consistent and highest performing sata3 drive. Website and Reviews from Anandtech and Tweaktown.
NEW! Sandisk Ultra II series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Marvell 88SS9190-BJM2 Controller ( 4 channel controller ) Marvell 88SS9187 ( 8 channel controller ) used on the two larger drives. read 550 write 500 for the 256gb drive, there is a 128mb of SK Hynix DDR2-800 DRAM buffer, usual support for GC and Trim in win7, the drive as capacities of 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of SanDisk 19nm ABL X3 ( TLC ) NAND, this memory is slightly different as a certain amount is used as nCache v2 in a pseudo SLC mode SLC cach node sizes for 120gb/5gb, 240gb/10gb, 480gb/20gb and 960gb/40gb, this drive as a 3yr warranty period and is classed as a value drive.
SanDisk X100 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandisk 6Gb/s controller ?, 500 write 420 read, available in capacities of 32gb to 512gb of Sandisk nand flash memory. Website.
NEW! SanDisk Ultra Plus series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Marvell 88SS9175-BJM2 Controller ( lighter version of the 9174 ), read 500 write 440 for the 256gb drive, there is a 128mb of Samsung DDR2-800 DRAM, usual support for GC and Trim in win7, the drive as capacities of 64gb, 120gb and 240gb of SanDisk’s own 19nm eX2 ABL MLC NAND, this memory is slightly different as a certain amount is used as nCache in a pseudo SLC mode, this drive as a 3yr warranty period and is classed as a value drive. Website and review at Anandtech. Because of the controllers light nature the drive works better with at least 25% more free space. Sequential speeds look good but overall performance isn’t that great probably due to the controllers use of only 4 pipelines.
NEW! SanDisk X300 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
The drive is available in both 2.5” and M.2 2280 form factors.
Marvell 88SS9188 and Marvell 88SS9187 Controllers ( the lower three capacities has the 4 channel 9188 controller ). Read 520 write varies between 130 and 480MB/s depending on the capacity of the drive. Support for GC and Trim in win 7, 8 and 8.1. Capacities of 64gb, 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1TB of SanDisks 2nd Gen 64Gbit 19nm MLC nand flash memory, the X300 is a self-encrypting drive, the encryption is done by the ssd itself which provides higher performance and better power efficiency. The drive is designed to keep data safe if the laptop is lost or stolen. Website and review at Anandtech.


SEAGATE

SEAGATE 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
NEW! Seagate 600 series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s )
Link_A_Media Devices LAMD LM87800 Controller. 550MB/s read 450 write, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7/8, there are two Micron Cache buffers each with 256mb of DDR2 - 800 ram on the 240gb drive, this series of ssd drives comes in capacities of 120gb, 240gb and 480gb in widths of 5 and 7mm, the drives are populated with Toshiba’s TH58TEG8DDJBA8C 19nm MLC toggle nand memory. The controller used on these drives is the same as used on the Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX ssd drives, the firmware is slightly different and created by Seagate giving the drive slightly differing performance to the Neutron’s in some tests, but overall the drive and performance is similar. Website and reviews at Legitreviews and also a raid 0 review on two of these drives from Tweaktown.

NEW! Seagate 600 Pro series ( sata 3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Link_A_Media Devices LAMD LM87800 Controller. Read 550 Write 450. This drive is meant for cloud and data centres. Available in capacities of 100gb to 480gb. Website.


SUPER TALENT
Intro
Super Talent as done a number of name changes, most of the MasterDrives with Indilinx controllers have been re-named as UltraDrives, also other drives have been re-named. Note all but one of the MX drives are now classed as EOL or End of Line.
List of EOL (End of Life ) drives can be found HERE.

There are eight 2.5 inch drives listed in Masterdrive section, these drives are EOL ( End of line ) and have been removed.

SUPER TALENT mSATA SSD Drives.
NEW! Super Talent mSata DX1 series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )( mini PCIe) – MLC or SLC
Unknown controller, Read 450 write 150, Buffers are between 64mb and 256mb ddr3 internal cache, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 16gb to 128gb of SLC or MLC nand memory. Website. This drive is designed for use in tablets. SLC drives by special order.

NEW! Super Talent mini mSata SJ1 ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )( mini PCIe ) – SLC or MLC
Unknown controller, Read 300 write 100, Buffers n/a, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities of 16gb to 64gb of SLC or MLC nand memory. Website. This drive is designed for use in tablets.

Super Talent mSata SJ2 series ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )( mini PCIe ) – MLC
Unknown controller, Read 480 write 160, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 16gbs to 128gb of MLC nand memory. Website. The drive is designed for use in tablets.

SUPER TALENT PCIe SSD Drives.
NEW! Super Talent RaidDrive 2 plus ( PCIe g2 x 8 ) –
8 x Sandforce SF2281 controllers, LSI 2108 ROC Processor for RAID core and SAS microcode. Read 2.6GB/s write 3.2GB/s, 1GB Onboard DDR2 SDRAM cache, usual support with GC and Trim in W7 onwards. Capacities are 480gb up to 2tb of Micron 25nm MLC nand flash memory. Website and review at The SSD Review.

SUPER TALENT 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
NEW! Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller, these drives will probably be available in capacities of 60/120/240/480gb of Micron 29F64G08CBAAA 25nm MLC Asynchronous NAND Memory.
NEW! Super Talent TeraDrive FT3 ( Sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2500 Controller, Enterprise SSD Drive. These will probably be available in sizes of 50/100/200/400gb of Nand Flash memory.
NEW! Super Talent TeraNova ( sata III – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2200 Controller, Read 500 write 500, support for GC and Trim in Win7. Available in capacities of 60 to 480gb of Micron 29F64G08CBAAA 25nm Asynchronous nand flash memory, same as the CT-3. Recent release info sketchy. Review at TheSSDReview.
Super Talent UltraDrive GX -
Indilinx Barefoot Controller released with MLC ( 260 read 190 write ) or SLC ( 260 read 210 write ) nand flash memory. 64mb dram buffer. Support for Trim in Win7. Website and review from TechArp. There is also a Performance Refresh Tool available on the UltraDrive website page.
Super Talent UltraDrive GX2
Indilinx Barefoot Controller. 220 read 180 write. 64Mb dram buffer. Support for Trim in Win7.
Super Talent UltraDrive ME
Indilinx Barefoot Controller. 200 read 160 write. 64Mb dram buffer. Support for Trim in Win7. Review at BenchMarkReviews.
General Notes for Super Talent SSD drives.
The firmware information on Super Talent SSD drives can be quite complicated, do please check the download page and the Super Talent forums before updating.
Super Talent Firmware Updates Support Page.

MasterDrive Website HERE. Note! all of these MX drives have been discontinued and are classed as EOL.
Firmware Information on MasterDrive SSD drives. The MX series as both a Firmware Update Manual and the Firmware posted on the support page. GL firmware ( PX, OX and KX ), which includes a Upgrade Manual and Firmware file as also been posted on the Support page. There are other Firmware Updates, identified only by there Serial No.s, so you need to the serial No. for these drives. The OX and the PX appear to have been discontinued.

TeraDrive Website HERE. There are NO firmware updates posted for these Sandforce controlled drives.

The UltraDrive Website HERE.
The GX and the GX2 has the V1916 Firmware posted. When flashing from the V1711 ( GX2 only ) you need to downgrade to V1516 before flashing V1916. There are also Performance Refresh Tools available for the GX drive on it's website page, the tool to download depends on the firmware on the drive ( Note GX only ) and is non destructive, but check the forums. Flashing from V1816 to V1916 does not appear destructive, according to the forums, so check and backup or clone the drive to be on the safe side.
NOTE! Firmware 1916 works with with XP and Win7, doesn't work on Vista as of June 2010.

Some Firmware Updates are destructive on these drives, so you need to clone or back-up prior to updating, the latest for Barefoot drives is V1919, flashing from V1816 does not appear to be destructive according to the forums and a SSD user manual ( PDF ) are available also. Super Talent Forums, with advise on updating firmware and SSD's in general.
UltraDrive Firmware Update Information for V1916 from the forums. HERE is more information about V1916. the latest FW is V2030, Note# the firmware updaters are different for the GX and the GX2, use the wrong updater and a error message is generated.


TOSHIBA ( warranty varies ).
The main link to Toshiba’s Enterprise site is HERE.

TOSHIBA 2.5 High Endurance Enterprise Drives
Toshiba high endurance drives that are in 2.5 inch format for SAS ( 6Gb/s and dual SAS ( 12 Gb/s ) and some support SED( self encryption ), warranty is 5 years and Endurance is (15 – 35 DWPD ) depending on when the drive was released, some older SLC drives will have the higher endurance.
Toshiba MKX001GRZB series ( sas 6Gb/s ) – 2011
Marvell's 88SS9032-BLN2 enterprise grade controller, Read 500 write 250, the buffer is 2 x Micron D9LGK ddr3 ram, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 100gb, 200gb and 400gb of Toshiba’s 32nm enterprise grade SLC nand flash memory. Endurance is from 3.7pb tp 27.2pbs, DWPD are between 25 and 35 depending on the capacity of the drive, warranty is 5 years. Website and review at Storage Review.

NEW! Toshiba PX02SS series ( sas 12Gb/s ) – eMLC 2014
Toshiba TC58NC9036GTC controller, Read beteen 910 and 1100 write 410, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 100gb, 200gb, 400gb and 800gb of Toshiba’s 24nm eMLC nand flash memory. Endurance is from 5.5pb tp 43.8pb depending on the capacity of the drive, which is about 30 DWPD, warranty is 5 years. The drive is designed for transaction-intensive workloads including OLTP database applications. Website and review at Storage Review

NEW! Toshiba PX04SHB series ( sas 12Gb/s, 15mm Z height ) – 2015 MLC
Toshiba branded controller, Sequential read and write listed below.
• Seq. Read 64KiB (9W single / dual) MiB/s: 1000 / 1900 1000/1500
• Seq. Write 64KiB (9W single / dual) MiB/s: 850 / 850 750/750
• Seq. Write 64KiB (<11W single / dual) MiB/s: 1050 / 1100
The PX04S series will be released in four different forms depending on use, the HB, MB, VB and RB. The PX04HB is the High-endurance drive and comes in capacities fron 200gbs to 1.6tb of Toshiba’s A19nm MLC nand memory, the drive is targeted at Write-intensive virtualized data centers, big data analytics and high performance computing (HPC) workloads will benefit from the impressive performance and data integrity afforded by the PX04SHB., it supports 25 full DWPD, ( drive writes per day ). The warranty is for 5 years or the endurance limit, whichever arrives first. Website and reviews. This SHQ drive is a SED ( Self encrypting drive ).

TOSHIBA 2.5 inch Mid Endurance SSD Drives.
Toshiba mid endurance drives are in both 2.5 inch format for SAS or PCIe with SF8639 connector and some support SED( self encryption ), warranty is 5 years and Endurance is 6 and 14 DWPD.
Toshiba Mid Endurance 2.5 inch SAS and DUAL SAS SSD Drives.( Sas 6Gb/s and dual Sas 12Gb/s ).

NEW! Toshiba PX02SM series ( sas 12Gb/s ) –
Toshiba TC58NC9036GTC controller, Read 900 write 400, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 200gb, 400gb, 800gb and 1.6tb of Toshiba’s 24nm eMLC nand flash memory. Endurance is from 3.7pb tp 27.2pb depending on the capacity of the drive, warranty is 5 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.

NEW! Toshiba PX04SMB series ( dual port sas 12Gb/s, 15mm Z height ) – 2015 eMLC
Toshiba branded controller, Sequential read and write listed below.
• Seq. Read 64KiB (9W single / dual) MiB/s: 1000 / 1900 1000/1500
• Seq. Write 64KiB (9W single / dual) MiB/s: 850 / 850 750/750
• Seq. Write 64KiB (<11W single / dual) MiB/s: 1050 / 1100
The PX04S series will be released in four different forms depending on use, the HB, MB, VB and RB. The PX04SMB is the mid-endurance drive and comes in capacities from 200gb and as high as 3.2gb of Toshiba’s A19nm eMLC nand memory, the drive is targeted at mixed-use, mission-critical hyperscale, virtualized environments, OLTP, and e-commerce, it supports 10 full drive writes per day. The warranty is for 5 years or the endurance limit, whichever arrives first. Website and reviews at Storage Review.

Toshiba Mid Endurance 2.5 inch PCIe SFF8639 SSD Drives.( PCIe SFF8639 ).

NEW! Toshiba PX04PMB series ( PCIe 3 x 4, SFF8639 ) – 2015 PCIe 2.5 inch
Toshiba branded controller, Sustained sequential read 3100MB/s, sustained sequential write speeds 2350MB/s. Capacities are 800gb, 1600gb and 3200gb of MLC nand memory. Endurance is 10 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website.

TOSHIBA Mid Endurance PCIe Card drives.( PCIe ).
NEW! Toshiba PX04PMC series ( PCIe 3 x 4 ) – 2015 PCIe card
Toshiba branded controller, Sustained sequential read 3100MB/s, sustained sequential write 2350MB/s. Capacities are 800gb, 1600gb and 3200gbs of MLC nand memory. Endurance is 10 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website.

TOSHIBA 2.5 inch Value Endurance Enterprise SSD Drives.
Toshiba value endurance drives are Sata3 - 6Gb/s and dual Sas 12Gb/s drives and equates to about 3 to 5 DWPD.
NEW! Toshiba PX04SVB series ( sas 12Gb/s, 15mm Z height ) – 2015 MLC
Toshiba branded controller, Sustained sequential read varies, the largest capacity ( 3.84 tb ) is 1500MB/s, the remaining capacities are 1900MB/s. Capacities are 480gb, 960gb, 1920gb and 3840gbs of MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website.
NEW! Toshiba PX04SVQ series ( sas 12Gb/s, 15mm Z height ) – 2015 MLC
Toshiba branded controller, Sustained sequential read varies, the largest capacity ( 3.84 tb ) is 1500MB/s, the remaining capacities are 1900MB/s. Capacities are 480gb, 960gb, 1920gb and 3840gbs of MLC nand memory. Endurance is 3 DWPD and the warranty is 5 years. Website. The SVQ and SVS series are identical except the SVQ is a SED ( Self encrypting drive ) .

TOSHIBA 2.5 inch Read Intensive Enterprise SSD Drives.
Toshiba read intensive enterprise drives use sas, dual sas and/or sata3 connections, endurance is around 1 DWPD.
NEW! Toshiba PX03SN series ( sas 12Gb/s ) – Toshiba 2014
Toshiba TC58NC9036GTC controller, Read 1060 write 1100, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 200gb, 400gb, 800gb and 1.6tb of Toshiba’s 19nm MLC nand flash memory. Endurance is from 3.7pb tp 27.2pb depending on the capacity of the drive, warranty is 5 years. This is a read intensive enterprise ssd. Website and review at Storage Review.

NEW! Toshiba HK3R2 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
Toshiba branded controller, Read 500 write speed varies depending on capacity between 120MB/s and 400MB/s for the larger drives, no buffer quoted, usual support with GC and Trim with supported OS’s. Capacities of 120gb, 240gb, 480gb and 960gb of Toshiba’s A19nm MLC nand flash memory. Endurance is from 220tb tp 1.7pb depending on the capacity of the drive, the drive is suited more to high read situations, warranty is 5 years. Website and review at Storage Review.

TOSHIBA 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.
NEW! Toshiba HG6 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s ) –
Toshiba TC358790XBG Controller ( rebranded Sandforce SF2281 Controller ). Read 557 write 526. Usual support for GC and trim in Win7, 8 and 8.1 also available in capacities of 64gb, 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of Toshiba’s A19 ver 2.0 toggle MLC nand memory, the drive as a warranty of 3 years, other features includes Pseudo SLR caching called Adaptive Size SLC Write Cache technology. Website and Reviews at Bit-tech and StorageReview.com.

NEW! Toshiba Q series ( sata II 3Gb/s )
TC58NC5HA9GST Controller. 552 read 501 write. 64Mb dram buffer, supports trim command in Win7. Available in capacities of 128, 256 and 512gb of Toshiba MLC nand memory. Website.


TRANSCEND

TRANSCEND 2.5 inch Client SSD Drives.

Transcend SSD 320 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2012
Sandforce SF 2281 controller, Read 560 write 530, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 64gb, 128gb and 256gb of rebranded Micron 25nm MLC nand memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.
Transcend SSD 340 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
JMicron JMF667H four channel controller, Read 520 write 290, buffer as 256 MB of Samsung LPDDR3, there is usual support with GC and Trim on supported OS’s. Capacities are 62gb, 128gb and 256gb of Micron's L85A 20 nm NAND in 128 Gb dies. Warranty is 3 years. Review at Tom’s Hardware.
NEW! Transcend SSD 370 ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2014
Transcend branded Silicon Motion SM2246EN controller, Read 560 write varies between 170 and 460 depending on the capacity of the drive, buffer size also varies between 256mb and 1gb of LPDDR2 Dram, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1tb of Micron 128Gbit 20nm MLC nand memory. Endurance is between 150tb and 1180tb depending on the capacity and the warranty for these drives is 3 years. Website and review at Anandtech.
Transcend SSD 720 series ( sata3 – 6Gb/s ) – 2012
Sandforce SF 2281 controller, Read 560 write 540, usual support with GC and Trim in supported OS’s. Capacities are 64gb, 128gb, 256gb and 512gb of SanDisk's 24nm Toggle MLC nand memory. Warranty is 3 years. Website and review at Tweaktown.

WESTERN DIGITAL
Most Client and Enterprise ssd drives are no longer available and the products has been removed from the WD site, WD seems now to only be making embedded ssd drives and for some reason as exited the Client and Enterprise markets.

EOL! WD SiliconeEdge Blue -
JMicron JMF618 Controller ( Sata II ). 250 read 170 write. M14D5121632A-2.5BG. 32MX16. 512M DDRII. ddr2-800 ram buffer. Supports Trim in Win7. The flash memory used on the drive are Samsung k9mdg08u5m MLC flash modules. Website and reviews at StorageReview and Anandtech review. This ssd drive has a exceptionally large buffer and WD’s own firmware. The controller is marked as WD, but is believed to be the Jmicron.
High End Storage Comparison: Quad Velociraptors versus Dual WD SSD's. Comparison at PC Perspective.

EOL! WD SiliconeEdge N1x
This is a enterprise drive, just recently announced. Website.
WD Faq and Information sheet on there Silicon Edge Blue and Silicone Edge N1 SSD drives Can be found HERE.


ZALMAN ( 3yr warranty )

NEW! Zalman F1 series ( Sata3 – 6Gb/s )
Sandforce SF2281 Controller. Read 560 write 530, usual support for GC and Trim in Win7. Available in capacities 60gb 120gb and 240gb of Intel 29F64G08ACME3 synchronous 25nm ONFI 2.2 MLC nand flash memory. Website and Review at XBitsLabs.
NEW! Zalman N series ( sataII 3Gb/s ) –
Sandforce SF1200 Controller, Read up to 285 write up to 275, Support for GC and Trim in win7. Optimized for AHCI mode. Capacities for this series of drives are 64gb ( N64GB ) and the 125gb ( N125GB ) of Intel 34nm 29F64G08CAMDB nand memory. Website and review from LegitReviews. Endurance for this drive is listed at 5000 erase cycles. It must be noted that the size of these drives appear to include the 7% over-provisioning, with only 120gb available before formatting.
Zalman P series ( sata III - 6Gb/s ) –
Phison Controller , Read 260 write 185, capacities 64gb,128gb and 256gb of Toshiba MLC nand flash. Website.
NEW! Zalman S series ( sata II 3Gb/s ) –
Jmicron JMF616 Controller. Performance varies depending on the size of the drive, 32gb up to (R260/W60 ), 64gb up to ( R260/W120 ), 128gb up to ( R260/W210 ), 128mb ddr buffer, Support for Trim in Win7, Optimized for AHCI mode. Capacities as stated, 32gb to 128gb of Intel 34nm 29F64G08CAMDB Nand memory. Website.

Links on SSD Technology
Below are some useful SSD links, with information on how these drives work, there weaknesses and there advantages over conventional drives.

SSD Drive Links.
General information on ssd drives.
SSD vs HDD : This explanation on the major differences and the pro’s and con’s of using either type of drive, all drives have there uses, this short article comes from StorageReview.com. Mar 2014
Understanding SSD’s : Why ssd’s hate write amplification. This is a interesting article by Kent Smith on write amplification, it’s the reason that ssd’s that are written to, with large amounts of data on a daily basis require plenty of over-provisioning or should not be over-filled, if you are going to require more than 70% of a ssd’d space, then you should buy a larger ssd drive or a drive with extra over-provisioning. Here’s the link from Techspot.
Understanding TLC Nand This Anandtech link as become important as cheaper drives will be introduced with TLC memory, The Samsung 840, which will be released in October 2012 will have Samsungs TLC toggle memory. Sept 2013 quality of nand memory over the years as improved cell life considerably, Samsung quotes the average cell life of there TLC as 3,700 writes per cell, I would consider this to be high side.
Overview of Solid State Drives. ( Mac and raid 0 orientated, but quite interesting ), from MacPerformanceGuide.
The SSD Relapse : Understanding and choosing the best SSD. Anandtech Aug 2009.
The SSD Anthology : Understanding SSD's and new drives from OCZ. Anandtech Mar.2009.
How to secure erase ( reset ) a Intel ssd drive on XP. IIS hacks Jun.2009.
How to initialize or write a signature to a secondary hard drive or Solid State drive in Windows (7, Vista, XP, 2000) from WD Customer Help FAQ’s.
Principles of Bad Block Management in Flash SSD’s. From Storagesearch.com.


SSD Endurance Testing.
Added October 2013, these will be links to sights that are testing ssd’s for life endurance, a topic that is of interest to both new users and experienced users of ssd drives.
Introducing the SSD Endurance Experiment ( just how long do they last anyway ? ). This is a experiment started by TechReport in August 2013, the ssd’s being tested are the Corsair Neutron GTX, Intel 335 series, Kingston HyperX 3k, Samsung 840 and 840 pro.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: 22TB Update
Sept 6 2013, This is a update of the TechReport endurance article posted above. The experiment is done using the Anvil ssd software.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: 200TB Update
Oct 28 2013, TechReport testing reaches 200TB mark and first bad blocks begin to appear.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: 300TB Update
Nov 25 2013, TechReport testing reaches 300TB mark, a few more bad blocks but testing shows ssd endurance is better than published statistics
The SSD Endurance Experiment: 500TB Update
Jan 9 2014, TechReport testing reaches 500TB mark, bad blocks continue to increase on the Samsung 840 but testing shows ssd endurance is better than published statistics. 500TB is a incredible amount of writing to any ssd drive, these tests show that with modern ssd drives that optimization in the case of cell life is no longer a issue with quality ssd drives. Reliability is more of a issue especially in the power section and more consistant IOPs with client drives. Read the report, the figures are amazing.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: 600TB Update
Feb 23 2014, TechReport’s testing reaches 600TB mark, the Samsung 840 continues to lose sectors and the other drives only the Intel 335 with the odd bad sector, the remaining drives are intact. The drives have been rested for a few weeks then checked for data retention then it’s on to the 1PB mark.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Casualties on the way to 1PB Update
Jun 16 2014, TechReport’s testing reaches 1PB with 3 casualties, the HyperX 3K failed at 728TB, the Intel 335 at 750TB and the Samsung 840 (TLC) failed somewhere between 900TB and 1PB and bricked without warning, it seems by these failures ssd drives do not go into read only mode.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Only two remain after 1.5PB Testing reaches 1.5PB and only two remain with the Neutron GTX failing suddenly at 1.2PB. Sept 24 2014 from TechReport.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Two Freaking PB's The survivors soldier on to another really big number. Dec 4 2014 from TechReport.
The SSD Endurance Experiment: They are all dead the experiment is finally finished with the Samsung 840 pro expiring at 2.4 PB’s. Mar 12 2014 Techreport
Some Interesting Conclusions:
1. Most drives are not readable when they expire.
2. Some drives expire when the percentage reads 0, the data remains readable.
Drives that last long after the percentage read reaches 0, if they are allowed to
expire the data is lost.
3. Some drives give no warning when they are about expire. Eg the Samsung’s
gave no warnings prior to expiring.
4. There is no reason to worry about how long the nand memory will last, in most
cases these drives will last as long as the drive fails for other reliability reasons.
5. As the drives get older, inactive drives tend to lose their data quicker.
6. No real answers on how long ssd drives will retain data when inactive. Still
question marks about this, eg can you use ssd’s for data disks?
7. Great experiment and well worth reading.


SSD's in Raid 0
All the links in this section are working as of June 2012.
Two Kingston 40 GB V series SSD boot drives in Raid 0. Review at LegitReviews. Nov.17.2009.
Two OCZ Vertex 30GB drives in raid 0. Review at Ocia.net Jun.7.2009.
OCZ Vertex Raid 0 Performance. Review at BenchMarkReviews.
Budget SSD Raid 0 on Win7, from Vlad Hrybok's Tech Notes. This link may no longer be available.
Intel X25-V in Raid 0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250. from AnandTech.
Intel X-25M and X25V : Raid 0 Review. This Raid 0 review comparison is from StorageReview.com.


These Links show examples on how to get the best performance from SSD drives.
All links are viable as of June 2012, some of the older links may be useful for people with older ssd drives and OS's.
TheSSDReview’s windows 8 ssd optimisations and tweaks. This is a updated version of Win7 optimisations put together fo users of Windows 8, the link can be found Here. LesT (Toker) as done an excellent job on this relatively new set of optimizations for win7/8, rather than being copied from other sites, Les as put together a more realistic set of tweaks from what he as learned from testing thousands of SSD drives, these tweaks include explanations on why they should be used. Well Done Les.

SSD Migration or Fresh system Installation – An SSD Primer, Read the experts opinion on which method to use, from TheSSDReview. This is one of the guides listed below, it's a question asked repeatedly, there are number of factors in the decision to Migrate or do a fresh install, I've done both without loss of performance or issues. If it's simple to do a fresh install, it's the better option, Migrating or cloning can be difficult for people with limited experience, but if successful, is by far the quicker method. The downside to cloning from HDD to SSD, is the need to manually optimize the ssd drive after completion and reduce write amplification by disabling certain services, on a fresh install, windows 7 will automatically make most of the changes. June 2012.
Change from IDE to AHCI after Windows install This Thread is from the OCZ forum by RyderOCZ. June 2012.
Moving from IDE to AHCI can easily be done by disabling the IDE driver in the win7 registry, then rebooting with the bios set to AHCI, win7 will load it's native AHCI driver, you can change this driver later from within windows 7.
SSD Guides ( List ) These SSD guides are from Les Toker’s TheSSDReview and can be found HERE. June 2012.
Win7 Install and Optimization guide for HDD’s and SSD’s from Overclock.net June 2012, this link was provided by AndyZ28, thankyou Andy.
SSD Buyers Guide and Information thread also from Overclock.net, June 2012, I don’t necessarilly agree with everthing in the thread, but the general info is accurate and it’s reasonably up to date.
Performance tweaks for Vista. Info at Bit-Tech.net. Aug.17.2009.
TweakTown's Solid State Drive Optimization Guide. Info at TweakTown. Feb.2010.
Support and Q & A for Solid State Drives in Windows 7. found HERE May.2009.
SSD Tweaks Ver 1.2 posted HERE. May.2009. From the G Skill forums.
Tutorial on Restoring SSD performance and imaging. This is from the Corsair Forums.
Tweaks for SSD drive when using Win7 from the OCZ forums.

Note# Links from the SSDTechnology Forum have been deleted, the Forum shut down early this year or late last year.


SSD GENERAL INFORMATION ( not linked )

Checking that Trim is enabled in Win7
To enable TRIM (if it's disabled), go to command prompt and type:
fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0
To disable TRIM, go to command prompt and type:
fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 1
Note: you need administrator rights to execute fsutil.


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Any information you'd like to add would also be helpful to people who are considering buying SSD's in the future.
A big thankyou from buttons for is extensive help and ZLTFUL. fixing up the quotes gradually.

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