Dispelling the SSD myth. What is fast? Samsung vs Toshiba
- date: July 25, 2011
It always amuses me to see how people get hanged up over SSD performance. On this very sub-forum we have people stressing over whether they have the Toshiba or the Samsung SSD, because the Samsung model is a bit faster in synthetic benchmarks. What's even worse is what happens on the other forums, especially the iMac and MBP sub forums. People characterise the Apple SSDs as "crappy" and "slow" and drool over the latest Vertex 3 benchmarks, without taking into account whether they actually need such a drive.
There is no question that the Apple supplied SSDs are overpriced and that is not what I am discussing, but if the drive is user upgradeable do you really need to pay more for a Vertex 3 when an Intel 320 is fast enough for most users and workflows? Never mind the reliability can of worms.
Anand summarises it best in one of his SSD reviews so I'll quote it here.
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