Nearly all SSD manufacturers refreshed their line-up this year. Armed with the test results of sixty 240/256 and 480/512 GB models, we'll be more than able to tell you which SSDs are the best choice right now.
We'll briefly cover the SSDs that we've tested on the next few pages. If you're looking for more extensive reviews, our website should contain one for almost all models that make an appearance in this round-up. Those who keep an eye on our reviews will know that we have a very extensive test procedure. We'll cover all important benchmarks in this article, and you can leisurely peruse this humongous comparison table for a more comprehensive overview. You can also use the products discussed in this review block to the right of this article to generate a more manageable table for those SSDs that have piqued your interest.
Those who would rather get an impression of the SSDs' performance at a single glance are advised to take a look at the Hardware.Info SSD Performance Score 2013/2014 page. This score is a weighted and normalized average of the most important benchmarks that we run. The fastest SSD from our previous mega round-up has a score of 100 points. For regular consumer applications, the PCMark 7 and PCMark 8 benchmarks are the most important ones, as these tests are based on the disk usage of real world applications.
In addition to the test results, we'll also take a look at the specifications of the SSDs. You can find the controller and the type of flash memory of each SSD in the comparison table and on each individual product page. We also make note of the warranty of each SSD, as well as the endurance (the minimum amount of data you'll be able to write) promised by the manufacturer. You'll find that manufacturers generally do not make any endurance-related promises for their budget SSDs. Additionally, we checked which SSDs are compatible with Microsoft eDrive, the technology that allows for BitLocker data encryption to be performed in a hardware-based fashion in the SSD itself. Finally, our table also mentions whether an SSD contains capacitors that ensure the safety of buffered data in case of a power failure. This is not a particularly important feature for those who are going to plug their SSD into a laptop, and in our opinion, it isn't all that important for desktops either.
On the next few pages, we'll briefly introduce the featured SSDs of each individual brand, before moving on to the test results.