For our gaming tests we have taken two approaches to testing these drives. In the first test we have run each through a section of gameplay on World in Conflict. The setting used was 2560×1600 with 4x anti-aliasing and 4x anisotropic filtering. Our second test combines the time taken to launch Crysis Warhead and reach the EA logo plus the time taken to load a save game.
In the gaming performance test we see that there is little benefit to use to using an SSD and other than the minimum FPS figure the WD Raptor is actually very slightly faster than the other drives. Crysis Warhead load times are a different story though with the Intel, G.Skill, OCZ and Super Talent all offering noticeably faster performance than the Raptor. The Kingston V-Series does finish slightly quicker also but it would be hard to notice when actually using the drive.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
It has been over a year since the 840 Pro hit the market and competitor drives have continued to evolve since then so now it’s time for Samsung to do the same. Launching today is their new 850 Pro SSD featuring many of the aspects which made the 840 Series so attractive, mixed with some evolutions in the tech used. We will be putting it up against some of the best drives the competition can offer to see how this new model performs.