Final thoughts and rating
The ADATA S511 60GB SSD is a consummate performer in its own right. Super-fast in applications that take advantage of data which can be compressed through the drive's DuraWrite technology, it falters to being, in mid-2011, an average performer if your dataset uses lots of compressed files.
Priced at an attractive £105 for an SSD that's large enough to function as most people's boot-drives, adding a second and RAIDing them produces benchmarks that can be off the scale - just thinking of 1GB/s read speeds should be whetting appetites.
You can purchase cheaper same-capacity drives, absolutely, and deciding to run a single 120GB drive may make sense to a lot of people, but we feel that ADATA has priced the S511 range at levels which encourage enthusiasts to think seriously about running two drives for ultimate performance, albeit without explicit performance-restoring TRIM support in situ.
Second-generation SandForce SSDs are now available from a number of established players. ADATA's, represented by the S511 family, offer top-line performance and a tempting price-tag for a couple of 60GB models.
We recommend readers evaluate just what they need from an SSD before purchasing. If it's stupendous speed from mainly large-file transfers, put a couple of ADATA S511 60GB drives very near the top of your list.
Gobs of performance for compressible data
Solid GB-per-pound metric for two drives, given the speed
Lose TRIM support with RAID
Some of the competition offer five-year warranties
ADATA S511 (60GB)
ADTA S511 (60GB)
The ADATA S511 60GB SSD can be purchased for £105, including delivery, from Amazon.co.uk.
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