Product review: High price makes high-speed Imation SSDs a tough sell
Though resilient, dazzling performers, Imation's Pro 7000 solid-state drives can't compete with Western Digital's VelociRaptor SATA drive for overall valueFollow @infoworld
Finally, there's the green factor: SSDs have no electric motor inside, which translates in a much lower wattage per unit. Some models I have examined running at full speed absorb half the electricity used by spinning drives, which can translate to lower energy consumption and longer battery life in laptops and other mobile devices. Moreover, SSDs generate much less heat , which means less work and, again, less power needed to keep the temperature within limits.
When drawing all conclusions, the VelociRaptor emerges as the winner of this comparison because it offers a harmonious blend of excellent performance in many areas at a reasonable price, elements that will attract admins looking to improve application responsiveness.
Although their high sticker price banished the two Imation drives from first place in this bake-off, this confrontation with the VelociRaptor -- probably the fastest conventional SATA drive at the moment -- proves that solid-state flash has an as-yet unrivaled contribution to make to reduce applications lag. The technology's high price is still a significant spoiler, but all planets seem aligned to predict a rosy and less expensive future.