Author: Bob Buskirk
The new Barefoot ECO controller from Indilinx is definitely a step in the right direction in getting more solid state drives in the hands of consumers. The 32nm NAND flash that is used in these drives has a smaller production cost so drive manufacturers are trying to bring that savings to you with more aggressive pricing, especially with the new Sandforce drives coming out.
We have only tested one other drive based on the Barefoot ECO controller and it was the Corsair Nova Series 128GB drive. If you were to compare the two the OCZ drive has faster read speeds, but slower write speeds. Also the OCZ drive was much more of a stable drive. If you look at the HDTune graphs between the 2 drives you can see the Corsair drive jumps around a lot whereas the OCZ drive is very consistent and solid. Also the OCZ drive was pretty much right on with its advertised read and write speeds, so do discrepancies there.
If you are looking to get a solid state drive the OCZ Solid 2 Series is a great choice and it comes in at a good price too. The 60GB version that we reviewed sells for $179 and there is a 120GB version that sells for around $300. Overall ThinkComputers gives the OCZ Solid 2 Series 60GB Solid State Drive a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
- Solid performance
- Lower price than previous drives
- Available in 60GB and 120GB versions
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