Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
We didn't get a new RAID champion today, but we found that a Toshiba Q Series Pro array is probably the next best thing going right now. A three-drive Q Series Pro array does in my opinion, deliver the best price to performance ratio you can get at the present time.
I really want to stress that a three-drive array is the sweet spot. If you are an enthusiast who demands the very best performance, then you simply must own a three-drive SATA array to power your OS volume. A three-drive array will come very close to maxing out the available bandwidth of your Z87 or Z97 chipset, which is the reason we consider it the performance sweet spot for storage. A three-drive Q Series Pro array will outperform just about anything as your boot drive, with the exception of a $1200 three-drive Intel 730 array, or a $2800 Intel DC P3700 NVMe drive.
Granted, there are a couple of contenders missing from our charts, namely Samsung's 850 Pro, SanDisk's Extreme Pro, and Seagate's awesome 600 Series Pro. All of those drives, as well as the Intel 730, cost significantly more than Toshiba's Q series Pro, so it's not a stretch at all to call a three-drive Q Series Pro array the best performance to price OS disk you can get at the moment.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level, and is something I highly recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back!
PRICING: You can find the Toshiba Q Series Pro SSD for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Toshiba Q Series Pro 256GB SSD retails for $139.99 at Amazon.
You can also find the Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD for $409.99 at Amazon, and the SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD for $179.99 at Amazon.
You can also find the Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD for CDN$631.51 at Amazon Canada, and the SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD for CDN$182.50 at Amazon Canada.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Drive Details, Test System Setup, Drive Properties, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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