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SSD Roundup June 2009

SSD Roundup June 2009

OCZ Summit 120GB

From the moment we received the Summit SSD it was clear that this was a product out to impress. The incredibly compact packaging looks very professional and there is plenty of product information on the front and back. Inside we find the SSD encased in foam alongside a small user guide.

The drive uses a similar case to the Vertex model which we recently reviewed and on the top is a branded sticker which states that this is a SATA-II 2.5” device. On the bottom of the product we can see the SATA power and data connectors as well as a sticker which notes certification, lists the capacity of 120 GB and gives some warnings on care for the unit. The Summit weighs 77g and has an idle power rating of 0.5w with operating draw listed at 2.0w.

Upon opening the drive we see that it uses a blue PCB with one side dedicated to housing 10 of the unit’s sixteen Samsung K9HCGZ8U5M MLC flash chips. On the other side are an additional six flash chips, 128mb of Samsung DRAM as the drives cache and finally the Samsung ARM based S3C29RBB01 controller. The new Samsung controller mixed with 120 GB of storage is capable of some very impressive functionality and performance. Firstly, as standard, the SSD is capable of cleaning and optimising itself in a similar way to the Intel X25-M. Next are some exceptional sequential read and write speeds which are set at 220mb/s and 200mb/s, high even by today’s standards. More impressive though is the sustained write speed which is 200mb/s. On many other drives as a large transfer takes place the write speed lowers significantly over the duration of the operation, in theory the Summit should retain most of its performance throughout. It is also worth noting that because Samsung originally designed this drive for environments such as entry level enterprise application use, it has gone through stringent quality and reliability testing to meet rigorous OEM requirements that should benefit its long term durability.

Finally, the firmware on the Summit drive can be updated by the end user however at this time there are no updates available so we cannot comment on the ease of use.

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