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How to select the best Solid State Drive for your PC or Apple?

Today there are over 150+ manufacturers of Solid State Drives and everyday it becomes more difficult to sort out the hype products from the high quality SSDs.

So how do you select the right SSD for your computer?

Well, in the beginning you can use a tool such as the SSD finder at http://SSDeurope.com, which helps to determine the form factor of the SSD you need and also provides a nice list of all available SSDs for your particular machine.

Secondly, you will need to identify how much capacity you need. 64GB will most likely fit your MAC OS, WIN XP, Vista or Win7 and a couple of files/music and video, but for most users today 128 GB is the right fit.

Prices differ greatly among SSDs, but one rule of the thumb is that higher prices SSDs such as of brands such as Photofast or Runcore, tend to use higher grade flash (grade A,B) whereas cheaper SSDs tend to cut corners by using lower grade flash and compensate failures by leaving spare space for errors on the SSD.

You will need to look for important features such as TRIM and Garbage collection.

Furthermore, some controllers tend to not work well on all systems such as the Jmicron controler. Good results were achieved with Sandforce and Marvel controllers. Our recommendation would be to look out for SF1500, SF1200 based SSDs such as the OCZ Vertex 2, Photofast SFV1 or the Runcore Kylin II. The Photofast G-monster series has also proven to be a top product and feature in-built garbage collection, TRIM support and high sustained reads/writes due to balanced usage of RAM buffer on the drive.

A great read about how to select SSDs can also be found at the above-mentioned site: SSD Europe

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