Flash Memory Drives for Mac & PC
SSD DEALS : BEST SSD PRICES 2014
NAND flash Solid-State drives are delivering astounding performance in 2014. With current 6GBps SATA III SSD's clearly outpacing ANY spinning platter drive, they're the single best computer performance upgrade you can buy. 512GB is the sweet spot in SSD prices and delivers unprecedented Read-Write Speeds and decent capacity at prices hovering under $0.50 cents per GB.
High Performance 2.5" Solid State Drive DealsOffering Peak SSD Read/Write Performance and backward compatibility - SATA III interface 6GBps SSD's are where your money's best spent. Even if your current computer only has a SATA II or I drive controller, you'll be glad you bought a SATA III interface drive to future-proof your disk upgrade investment. These new SSD's offer cutting edge performance at the lowest price per Gigabyte ever:
|Value SanDisk SSD||Latest OCZ SSD||CHEAPEST! Crucial SSD|
|SanDisk Ultra Drive
Bang For The Buck!
|Vector 460 Series
Capacity To 480GB
|MX100 Value Drive
Capacity to 1 TeraByte
Larger 512GB and now up to 1 Terabyle drives are no longer beyond wallet's reach for most. These significant solid-state drive price drops are making high-capacity an affordable option. Note that LARGER SSD's tend to have better Write speeds over smaller 64GB/128GB drives because of more banks/channels of access to NAND flash memory simultaneously.
NewEgghas a large range of SSD .rives -- Once the Go-To place for SSD hunting Geeks, they're not always as cut-throat competitive as they used to be as demand for flash memory and its commodity pricing levels the playing field. You really have to watch thier newsletters, SSD rebates and promos closely to snag deep discount and rebate deals. The SSDs on rebate at NewEgg typically are for OCZ, Corsair and others - but expect 2+ month waits on rebate SSD checks at the soonest.
OCZ SSD Price LowsOCZ Technology revamped their drive lineup with the new 'Vector' series: OCZ is also changing the size of thier drive capacities with the new line: in 120GB, 250G, 500GB and 1TB sizes. It seems they're allocating more 'spare' flash memory space for reliability and performance reasons. There's notably improved performance in the value-priced Vertex and Agility Series by utilizing newer generation Indilinx and SandForce controller chipsets.
SSD Price BargainsTigerDirect.com has recently expanded their inventory of SSDs - and like NewEgg.com are rather fond of SSD rebate promos if you're willing to play the game by the rebates rules. See what SSD deals they've currently got by searching here:
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Top-Performing SSD Disk DealsSingle-Layer SLC drives once provides the best Read-Write speeds and longevity - at a premium price. In the Multi-Layer MLC arena, Intel's custom chipset, Indilix 'Barefoot' chip and SandForce controllers lead the pack. If I were to buy a high-perfomance SSD today, it could be easily narrowed down to three choices: Intel 330 series for overall value, OCZ's Vertex 4 for top performance, or a Crucial M5. These SATA III drives deliver peak performance - even if you're using it on a slightly older computer with a SATA II or I controller.
Best Tech Analysis Articles:For those seeking ultimate disk performance, check out this nerdy yet informative in-depth analysis of SSD drive controllers and chipset design by Anand at www.anandtech.com. His extensive take on the current Solid-State storage market in his "Final Thoughts" section is a must-read for Top-SSD-Performance Geek Freaks. Keep in mind, Anandtech and other deep-geek sites fret over nanaosecond differences that the average consumer wouldn't even perceive - or care about.
Low-Cost Bargain SSD DealsSeveral previous-generation drives were recently removed from this section. Some were JMicron chip SSDs which were just not optimal for smooth WRITE performance in particular. Revised JMicron controllers with far more onboard cache are now available in 2014 - and may be found in some low-end 'VALUE' series SSD drives. Unless you can find discontinued models at an absolute bargain-bin closeout price, focus on an Indilinx, Sandforce or Intel chipset flash drive for best overall performance.
2.5 Inch To 3.5 Inch Drive Adapter CaseFor easy mounting a small 2.5 Serial-ATA solid-state laptop drive in desktop computers with a full size drive bay:
Convert your 2.5" SATA disk to standard 3.5" mounts w/an ICY DOCK SATA III ADAPTER CASE Smart design: just plop a 2.5"drive in - tension springs hold it in place - and slide the cover shut. 4 standard drive-rail mount screws are all thats needed to complete the SSD installation in your computer.