Our music conversion test takes a 15 track lossless album and converts it using CD-DA convertor into 128Kbps MP3 format. Once again the drives are acting as source and destination for the files.
Like the video encoding test there are some benefits when changing between drives however whether they are significant enough to merit choosing an SSD over a larger capacity mechanical drive is really down to the individual and their needs. Essentially those who convert a lot of music will benefit more over time however those who rarely do it may prefer the capacity of a mechanical drive. When looking at the results achieved it is interesting to see that the faster specifications of the OCZ drive allow it to match the Samsung based Corsair model where as a standard Indilinx based drive falls a couple of seconds behind.
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.