OUR SSD ROUNDUP
We are going to test today with mSATA SSDs manufactured by Intel, Samsung, Toshiba, Kingston, AData, Runcore and Renice. We have provided a brief background on each below and all are SATA 2 SSDs except for the Runcore T50 which is a SATA 3 drive. As a bit of a heads up, the Lenovo X220 does not support SATA 3 speeds through its mSATA interface and we will only see SATA 2 speeds throughout our tests.
INTEL 310 SATA 2 80GB MSATA SSD
The 310 contains Intel’s own PC29AS21BAO controller, five pieces of Intel 34nm 16GB 29F16B08JAMBA memory as well as an ISSI 32MB IS42S16160D DDR chip for caching purposes. This was the first mSATA release and was reviewed here in January 2011. Its advertised speeds are 200MB/s read and 70MB/s write and it is available to consumers at $189.99
SAMSUNG PM810 64GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD
The PM810 contains the Samsung S3C29MAX01 controller and four pieces of Samsung 16GB NAND flash memory. We reviewed the 128GB version in May 2011 and it is very similar to that which we are testing except for total size. Its advertised speeds are 220MB/s read and 120GB write and it is not available as a consumer product.
TOSHIBA 128GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD
Although the Intel 310 SSD was really the first consumer release mSATA SSD, we believe that the Toshiba mSATA was the first to be available at the oem and enterprise level and its first release was January 2010. It contains Toshiba’s own controller and four pieces of Toshiba 32nm 16GB NAND flash memory and we will give you a heads up right off; this is the slowest of the bunch. Manufacturer specifications list speeds of 180MB/s read and 70MB/s write and they are only available via oem and enterprise sales.
KINGSTON mS100 64GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD
The mS100 uses a Phison controller and specifications are listed at a decent 255MB/s read and 170MB/s write with the drive being available to the consumer for a great price of $99.99. Once again, memory consists of four pieces of 16GB NAND flash memory.
ADATA XM13 30GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD
The XM13 is ‘SandForce Driven’ mSATA SSD and the only to use SandForces newest SF-2141 processor. This SSD contains four modules of Intel 25nm 16GB NAND flash memory and specifications are listed at 280MB/s read and 260MB/s write. It is also available to the consumer for $74.99.
RUNCORE T50 120GB SATA 3 mSATA SSD
The T50 is our only SATA 3 SSD and our personal favorite. It is in use presently and installed within our Toshiba Z830 that we just completed a full review on. The speed difference between the Toshiba and Runcore in that report is absolutely amazing. The T50 contains the SandForce SF-2281 SATA 3 processor and our earlier full review of that mSATA SSD alone resulted in 556MB/s read and 499MB/s write transfer speeds. Remember now, our test Lenovo X220 only allows SATA 2 speeds while we were able to push out SATA 3 performance from our Toshiba Z830. The T50 is available to the consumer at a cost of $319.
RENICE X3 120GB SATA 2 mSATA SSD
The Renice X3 is also ‘SandForce Driven and contains the SF-1200 processor capable of 260MB/s read and 200MB/s write performance. Our full review describes this SSD in detail as well as showing our original full test bench results. The X3 is available to the consumer at $239.99.