The SSD Diaries: Crucial's RealSSD C300by Anand Lal Shimpi on July 13, 2010 12:39 AM EST
At idle the Crucial and SandForce drives all use around 0.7W. The Corsair Nova manages to cut that down to 0.4W and the Intel G2 is down just under 0.6W.
In our highest load scenario the 128GB C300 draws as much power as the 160GB X25-M G2. The 256GB C300’s extra NAND that’s used in parallel eats up an additional watt of power consumption. We’re still below what you’d find from a 3.5” HDD but not necessarily from a low power 2.5” drive.
The SandForce based Vertex 2 simply offers lower power consumption than the C300, it doesn’t matter what sort of workload you throw at it. The C300’s power consumption isn’t overly high, it’s simply higher than the competition.