Even though the Strontium Matrix Series 120GB uses one of the fastest SSD controllers on the market and manages to outperform almost all other SSDs out there, we still have some issues to discuss. The first is the cost and overall value, an area directly controlled by Strontium. With a price of 260 USD it seems that Strontium is charging MSRP for the drive, which is fine....if we were buying the drive in a brick and mortar store and expect to pay MSRP for it. Since everyone reading this actually lives at least some part of their life online, a place where MSRPs are nearly banned, we have to take some issue here.
The Crucial m4 120GB is easily found online for 200 USD shipped to your door, a full 60 Dollars less than the Strontium Matrix which is an identical drive. If Strontium included a desktop adapter bracket, SATA 6G certified cable or some sort of other bits to make up an accessory package, that would help offset it somewhat. Instead, Strontium doesn't include an accessory package at all.
When it comes to performance, the Strontium Matrix 120GB delivers read performance in abundance, but the write speed is a bit behind competing products. Once we get to the real world tests the slow synthetic write speed becomes less of an issue since it is very difficult to actually make use of more than 200MB/s write speed when a majority of day-to-day tasks are read intensive, but not write intensive.
The only major issue really comes back around to pricing and the lack of included goodies to justify the 260 USD price point. If Strontium manages to bring the Matrix in line with the m4/C400, we'd buy several.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [The Packaging]
- Page 4 [The Strontium Matrix Series 120GB SSD]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - HD Tune Pro]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - AIDA64 Random Access Time]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage Hard Disk Tests]
- Page 10 [PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - AS SSD]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Passmark]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]