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SSD 2010 roundup: 15 SSDs compared
by Marc Prieur
Published on October 24, 2010

Indilinx Barefoot
First coming onto the market at the beginning of 2009, initially on the OCZ Vertex, the Indilinx Barefoot is based on an ARM7 processor and has 4 flash channels each of which is made up of 4 chips (16 in all). It can work in tandem with SDRAM which is used as the cache, while TRIM support is afforded with firmware dating from October 2009. Along with the Intel SSDs, SSDs based on the Barefoot were up until now our SSD of choice.

In addition to the manufacturers included in this report, many others also have an SSD offer based on the Indilinx: Corsair’s Extreme range (with 45nm Samsung flash), Nova (34nm Intel/Micron), and SuperTalent.
Crucial M225 64 GB
Launched in July 2009, the Crucial M225 uses the Indilinx Barefoot which first appeared at the end of 2008 in the OCZ Vertex. A 64 MB RAM chip from Elpida serves as the cache, with the NAND made up of 16 Samsung 4 GB chips engraved at 45nm placed around the SSD.

Crucial M225 128 GB
The 128 GB version of the Crucial M225 uses a different type of flash than the 64 GB one, going for 8 GB rather than 4 GB chips (still 16 in number).

OCZ Vertex Turbo 120 GB
Not as labelled, this SSD offers the same capacity as the M225 128 GB, namely 128 GB and around 119.2 GiB. Launched in July 2009, like the M225 it uses an Indilinx controller, 64 MB of Elpida RAM and 16 x 8 GB 45nm Samsung chips – we were able to check this without being able to open the SSD completely, due to a screw that we couldn’t remove. In fact, the difference comes in the fact that the controller and memory cache are clocked at 180 MHz rather than 166 MHz by default.

G.Skill Falcon II 128 GB
In November 2009 G.Skill launched the Falcon II, following the Falcon in April. Here the Indilinx Barefoot controller is in what’s known as its “ECO” version, which can be used with 34nm Intel/Micron flash. This is the memory used here, in the form of 16 x 8 GB chips, while a 64 MB Elpida chip is again used as the cache.

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