EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Drive Review

Note: Do you own one of these drives, and you’re experiencing BSODs? This is a Sandforce Issues and Boost Pro Firmware 3.3.2 will fix it.

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After a month of using the Edge Boost Pro SSD with firmware 3.3.2, I can report I haven’t had a single issue, and this SSD drive is now my operating system drive. This drive is everything I look for as my primary operating system hard drive:

  • Extremely Fast (535MB/s read, 483MB/s write)
  • Reliable
  • Affordable

I’ve updated the benchmarks below with the newer Sandforce SF-2281 V3.3.2 firmware, which had a small performance penalty (under 1%). When formatting this drive in Windows 7 x64 it took around 5 minutes to format (approximately 1% every 3 seconds).

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB Sandforce SF-2281 SSD Drive Review

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB Benchmarks

Test System: Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, Phenom X6 1090T, 8GB G.Skill 1333Ghz 7-7-7-21 DDR3.

Note: Because this is an AMD based system some of these benchmarks will be lower than on an Intel Sandy Bridge system (ATTO is higher on a Sandy Bridge, but AS SSD is higher on an AMD 890GX).

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EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB Atto Benchmark

ATTO Disk Benchmark

Amazing a read speed of 524MB/s, and write speed of 482MB/s.

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB AS SSD Benchmark

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB AS SSD Benchmark

These are very impressive benchmarks compared to my previous OCZ Vertex 2 EX 80GB.

AS SSD Benchmarks

Note: Quite the 50,000 claimed on the packaging but it destroys my OCZ drive (it scored 216 vs 449 points).

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB CrystalDiskMark Benchmark

CrystalDiskMark Benchmark

This drive has a very fast write speed, my previous OCZ Vertex 2 had a fastest write speed of 42.26MB/s compared to 145.5MB/s.

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB HD Tach Benchmark

Keep in mind HD Tach is horribly out of date, and no longer a reliable benchmark (requires XP SP3 compatibility mode). That being said I like to include it as the results can be telling about the quality of the NAND used.

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB HD Tach Benchmark

This is by far the fastest performance I have seen in HD Tach.

EDGE TECH Boost Pro 120GB Conclusion

With online prices starting at $184.95, this drive is a superb deal. After some minor issues with bad Sandforce firmware, since SF-2281 firmware version 3.3.2, I couldn’t be happier with this drive. In over a month of running it as my operating system drive, I haven’t had a single BSOD and had a more responsive Windows 7 Pro x64 system then I have ever had before. If you are still using a rotation hard drive, or older SSD this is a very worthwhile upgrade.

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