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Old November 9, 2012, 06:17 AM
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As noted in the review, there's little to distinguish one Sandforce 2281 drive from another (using the same NAND type) with the arguable exception of Intel's distinctive firmware.

What I would love to see on the comparisons is a representative of each controller type, at least for drives within the same generation as the focus of the review. Sandforce, Indilinx, Marvell, Samsung and Intel all being included would make comparisons easier.

Of course, this is complicated by the four different NAND interfaces (MLC asynchronous, MLC synchronous, Toggle and TLC) currently used; the result could be a painfully large chart. In either case, what would be of help would be to label the results by controller and NAND type, rather than a model name. For those who don't deal with these drives on a regular basis, keeping track of what models carry which controller and NAND combination requires searching out older reviews to identify each drive's internals. For clarity, the test setup page could specify what specific drive is representing each combination, or have an average result for a class (e.g. SF2281 with Toggle NAND).

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Side note: Conclusion page, second paragraph under the Neutron GTX 240GB subtitle, second sentence is a little garbled.
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There’s genre-defining performance in nearly every benchmark despite its sub-$250 asking price despite a slight misstep when it drive actually has some data on it.
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