Traxdata's single-level cell SSD gives better data transfer performance over its multi-level cell counterparts. If time is money, then this could give your notebook a boost, quieten it down and make it more reliable, but it's a lot more expensive.
Better data transfer performance than multi-level cell SSDs; quieter and more reliable than equivalent hard disks.
Traxdata's Ultra-S Plus single-level cell (SLC) 64GB solid state drive (SSD), launched in October, gives better read and write performance than its multi-level cell (MLC) brethren. But the price could cause a sharp intake of breath, at just under £600 + VAT.
The 2.5in, 56g, 9mm x 69mm x 98mm Sata drive is a neat, fast standalone SSD without some of the disadvantages of other SSDs.
Specifically, the device has an onboard static wear-levelling algorithm, which Traxdata claims prolongs the life of the SSD by a factor of 100. This works by making sure that all the cells in the device get written the same number of times on average. The Ultra-S Plus also has built-in error correction functions for detecting and correcting data inaccuracies.
The advantages of SSDs are well known: faster transfer speeds, lower power consumption and the reliability that comes with no moving parts. There's also the lower noise envelope and more resistance to damage. All this means faster boot times from lighter laptops.
We reviewed the SLC version of Traxdata's SSD, and found that Simplisoft's HD Tune benchmark program (version 2.53) gave an access time of 0.2ms and a CPU utilisation of 5.5 per cent.
To check read and write performance we used ATTO Technology's ATTO version 2.34 benchmark, which gave 80MB/s and 107MB/s respectively. These were within 10 per cent of the figures quoted on the drive itself of 99MB/s and 119MB/s respectively.
We also plumbed the Traxdata SSD into our CnM HDD Docking Station and got 32MB/s read and 21MB/s through the USB connection.