It’s time for us to sum up this test session.
Let’s start with two solutions that receive X-bit's Ultimate Innovation title today:
The first is the OCZ RevoDrive. We had expected excellent results from this RAID0 array of two SandForce controllers hidden behind a PCI Express interface and we are not disappointed. This SSD is brilliant. If you need the fastest SSD available and have an empty PCIe x4 slot, you should definitely consider the RevoDrive. Take note, however, that it will only show you its best under really heavy loads. The RAID0 array we built out of two Corsair Force SSDs suggests that, too. The performance benefits are obvious but not twofold. So, you should think twice before doubling the number of devices.
The second winner is Crucial RealSSD C300. It is even ahead of its time somewhat because it lacks a decent SATA600 controller to show its very best. We’ve got an impression that this SSD, with a unique controller which is based on an ARM processor, is especially good at server loads. We are absolutely amazed at its writing performance in our server-oriented tests.
We are proud to award OCZ RevoDrive and Crucial RealSSD C300 with our Ultimate Innovation title:
The OCZ Vertex 2 is a disappointment because its firmware update has lowered its performance rather than otherwise. The changes are not dramatic, yet annoying anyway.
The OCZ Agility 2 looks like a weaker version of the Vertex 2. Perhaps the difference is due to the twice lower capacity. We should compare same-capacity models to be sure.
The G.Skill Phoenix Pro leaves a good impression. Despite its low capacity, it is rather fast and often ahead of the Intel X25-V, which is a strong opponent. So if you don’t need more than 40 gigabytes, low-capacity SandForce-based SSDs may be a good choice.
The OCZ Colossus with two Indilinx controllers is not quite competitive against newer products that have only one controller. OCZ should think about updating its 3.5-inch SSD series. In fact, they have already begun that as we’ve recently got a 3.5-inch Vertex 2.
As we wrote in the Introduction, things are changing very fast in the SSD world. During the time it took us to prepare this review, we received a lot of new SSDs of various capacities. So, we’ve got enough devices for a couple of new reports which are going to be published very soon. We will talk about SSDs of unusual storage capacities and about other SSDs with PCI-E interface. Stay tuned!