Colourful and compact storage from Verbatim
Aimed more at servers than gamers, Intel's ﬁrst foray into SSDs is nevertheless about the most desirable performance component outside of a 4870x2.
The idea that a terabyte of storage can be considered mainstream seems hilarious, but that's the case with the Seagate ST31000340AS Barracuda.
Western Digital's headline drive is a calculated riposte to SSDs, constituting a ground-up reworking of the Raptor drives that have sat pretty at the top of the HDD pile for years now.
Once an unassailable HDD titan, the gap between the long-running Raptor series and workaday SATA-II drives has closed signiﬁcantly in the last year or so.
Yes, it is an insultingly low amount of space, but if you consider it for use as a laptop hard drive, rather than necessarily for a desktop it makes a whole lot more sense.
This less portable box supports an array of standards apart from those associated with HD. You're likely to encounter the H.264 compression standard and the MKV container format, neither of which are able to be played by the device.
The OCZ Core Series is the fastest writer of the SSDs, but still lags way behind every HDD. We'll make a guesstimation and say that it's worth holding out for the V3, but either way it's probably the best speed/ capacity compromise here