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OCZ High Write Speeds and Falling Prices Influence Bestselling SSDs for Week Ending January 22, 2011

The OCZ Vertex domination continues in our top ten ranking. This week the top two OCZ Vertex 2 Series Drives featuring SandForce controllers held on to their top two spots while dropping their prices by over $14/drive. Additionally the lower end 60GB Vertex Series drive crept into the 10th spot edging out the Intel 80GB mainstream drive. Why are the Vertex 2 Series drives so popular? Their writes speeds absolutely decimate the competition. While, any of the SSDs listed on the site offer read speeds that will beat even the fastest hard drives, the OCZ drives really shine in their write speeds. The 60GB Vertex Series 2 is rated for sustained write performance of up to 250 MB/s and 50,000 IOPS in a 4k Random Write Test. The 80GB Intel X-25-M Mainstream Drive is only rated for 70 MB/s sustained sequential write speed and 8600 IOPS in a 4k Random Write Test.

Have write speeds influenced your SSD purchasing decisions? High performance is becoming more and more affordable.

Full list after the break…

1. OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series – $114.99 [Price Drop]
(Last week: #1)

2. OCZ Technology 120 GB Vertex 2 Series – $209.95 [Price Drop]
(Last week: #2)

3. Crucial Technology 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series – $264.41  [Price Drop]
(Last week: #3)

4. Crucial Technology 256 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series – $523.88
(Last week: #4)

5. Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB SATA II 3GB/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive SV100S2/128GZ – $219.99
(Last week: #5)

6. Corsair 64 GB Nova Series -$131.99
(Last week: #7)

7. Intel 2.5-Inch 160 GB X25-M Mainstream SATA II MLC Solid State Drive OEM -$402.50 (Save almost $100 with OEM packaging)
(Last week #8)

8. Kingston SSDNow V Series 128 GB SATA – $235.99
(Last week: #6)

9. Kingston SSDNow V100 64GB – $112.77 [Price Drop]
(Last week #9)

10. OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex Series – $114.77
(Last week not ranked)

As always, if you have any questions about the rankings or any of the drives, please post them in the comments. Happy Shopping.

-Chip


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