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4 out of 5 eggs Good performance for the money 03/05/2014

This review is from: PNY XLR8 SSD9SC240GMDA-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: The PNY XLR8 240GB SSD comes in at a great performance/price point.

It is a solid and reliable performer, and PNY adds on a 3 YR warranty, unlike brand O*Z and others.

Cons: Not really a con, unless you require advanced data encryption on your storage devices. This unit uses the Sandforce 22xx series (2281) controller and does not support AES-256 encryption. AES-128 encryption works perfectly fine as does the drive's standard, un-encrypted operation mode. I think this is probably the reason for the stellar price point as well.

Other Thoughts: This is a no-brainer for a laptop or desktop not requiring the highest AES encryption, and it has very good performance (not the best, but decent read/write speeds). You'll need to spend another $40 or $50 to correct that on a different SSD, if it is worth that much to you. Otherwise, a super value and solid performer.

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price. (a come-on, of course)

Cons: Failed within a week. OCz hinted they would refund/replace, but its not worth the tap dancing and second guessing I would have to do to even try it.


Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE180G 2.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price

Cons: Failed just after 2 months. Poor Quality. Stay away ..


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Display Name: Mark C.

Date Joined: 12/05/05


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