Can a no-name brand stand up to the pack? Yes it certainly can, with this Memoright SSD blitzing the competition.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of the brand Memoright — neither had we, until this little SSD showed up in our Labs. Memoright is a fairly young Taiwanese company that launched at the beginning of the SSD explosion. Typically, it deals mostly with enterprise hardware, as well as some consumer-level gear.
This drive is the 60GB FTM-25. The series ranges from 60GB all the way up to 400GB and uses 29nm Micron MLC memory. From the outside it looks like a bog-standard 2.5in SSD ready to be slotted into a notebook or desktop PC. Inside, it features the top-notch SandForce SF-1222 controller. Memoright rates the FTM-25 as capable of a 280MB/s read rate and a 270MB/s write rate, but we didn’t see speeds quite this good, though it’s a capable performer nonetheless.
In HD Tach we see a burst transfer rate of 256.3MB/s a second — the fastest SATA II SSD we in our recent SSD roundup (in APC's May issue). The average transfer rate was also excellent; at 223.5MB/s, it was only beaten by the Corsair F120. Unfortunately, we had a compatibility error with CrystalDisk and no matter what we did we just couldn’t get the drive to give realistic figures. In the end, it clocked a 70.37MB/s read rate and a 62.31MB/s write speed, but these can be safely discounted.
The Memoright SSD also topped all the other SATA II drives in SANDRA, with a score of 248.46MB/s. The seek time of 0.05ms was only bested by the Kingston drives in the roundup (the V100 and V100+). Of course, it also performed very well in PCMark Vantage, with the winning score of 42,072. The power usage was also under par, with 0.36W used at idle and 0.56W and 1.5W used reading and writing, respectively.
All up, top results: Memoright's FTM-25 might be budget-priced, but it offers blistering performance.Available from Memoright, retailing for $199 (60GB)
.APC rating: 9/10 (Editor's Choice)