OCZ Apex & Imation M Series SSD

By on June 27, 2009
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Lets take a quick look at two SSD or Solid State Drives today. These non-mechanical drives are uber-fast compared to your traditional hard drive that spins at 7,200 RPM. The speed of these drives depends a lot on the technology and the controller they use. Both the OCZ Apex and the Imation M Series drives [...]

Lets take a quick look at two SSD or Solid State Drives today. These non-mechanical drives are uber-fast compared to your traditional hard drive that spins at 7,200 RPM. The speed of these drives depends a lot on the technology and the controller they use.

ocz_apex120gb_pack

Both the OCZ Apex and the Imation M Series drives that we’re looking at today are MLC or Multi Level Cell drives. The OCZ Apex uses a JMicron JMF 602 controller- two of them actually, running in RAID0 mode. The Apex is available in 60, 120 and 250GB capacities.We received the 120GB version for review.

imation_m32gb_package

The Imation M Series is available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GBs and we recieved the 32GB version for review. While the drive is MLC, I was unable to locate the controller on this SSD. Lets start things off by looking at HD Tach scores posted by both these drives starting with Imation

imation32gbssd_hdtach

And here is how it looks on the OCZ

oczapex128_hdtach

Some interesting dips with the OCZ, probably due to the RAID configuration. The following shows other scores posted by HDTach.

 

HD Tach: Average Read
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
226.70
+37%
OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
165.10
0%
Imation M-Class 32GB SSD
132.40
-20%
HD Tach: Average Read

HD Tach: Burst Speed
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
254.40
+13%
OCZ Apex 120GB SSD
225.90
0%
Imation M-Class 32GB SSD
168.30
-25%
HD Tach: Burst Speed

OCZ proves to be faster than Imation- especially with Burst Speeds that approach that of the mighty Intel X25.

 

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