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Top 5 SSD Upgrade Gifts for Holiday 2010

Give the ultimate computer upgrade, a solid state disk to supercharge their notebooks.

by Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director on November 14, 2010

AData S599

Equipped with a speedy SandForce controller, the ADATA S599 bills itself as the solution to choked-up hard drives. Your multitasking friends can switch between Photoshop and 3D gaming without those annoying waiting times. Better still, a bundled thermal watchdog application allows them to keep track of the drive's temperature. The S599 is available in 40, 64, 128, and 256GB capacities.

Price: $104.00

Crucial RealSSD C300

Upgrade your loved one's computing experience with Crucial's RealSSD C300. The 2.5-inch drive has read speeds of up to 355MB per second and promises shorter boot times. The C300 is also the first SSD to support SATA 6 Gb/s, a faster interface that's available in desktops today and notebooks starting with Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge platform.

Price: $134.00

OCZ Vertex 2

Designed for heavy gaming and multimedia use, the Vertex 2 SSD has SATA technology and TRIM support for faster performance and energy efficiency. The Vertex 2 is available in storage sizes from 40 to 480GB, and features write speeds of up to 275 MBps. OCZ also claims the Vertex 2 SSD is optimized for a cooler and quieter computing experience.

Price: $119.00

Patriot Inferno

Promising to improve the family computer's performance, the Patriot Inferno is equipped with the SandForce SF-1222 SSD controller and boasts write speeds of up to 275 MBps. Patriot even claims that its DuraClass technology will extend the life of the drive. The Inferno comes with a 3.5-inch mounting plate to simplify installation for desktop users and is available in 60, 120, and 240GB capacities.

Price: $129.00

Intel X-25M

Based on Intel's own custom controller and designed by the chip giant, the X25-M is one of the fastest and most affordable SSDs on the market. Available in 80, 120, and 160GB capacities, the drive supports Windows 7's TRIM feature for maintaining strong write speeds even months after installation. 

Price: $440.00 | Read Review


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