Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache Review

4. Test System and Methodology6. Cache Performance


Crucial Adrenaline Solid State Cache (50GB) Review

SSD Only Benchmarks

Before we look at the Adrenaline SSD in its intended use, as a cache drive, it is worth taking note of the performance of the drive as a storage/boot drive as it is possible to use it for this function if we wish, possibly using it as portable storage device in the future after an upgrade or two.

Maximum Read/Write (ATTO)



Benchmark Results



4K QD32 Performance (CrystalDiskMark)



Benchmark Results


When looking at the performance of the Adrenaline we see that the read speeds in Atto are near the limit of SATA 2 devices at 287MB/s. Write operations are a little over 110MB/s which is just above the majority of standard mechanical drives. The comparison with a mechanical drive is more than just maximum Atto MB/s though as the drive is more regularly accessed with smaller read/write operations by the operating system and this is a scenario that Crystal DiskMark looks to emulate. For reference a standard mechanical drive scores around 3MB/s, maximum in this test whereas the Adrenaline is nearing 200MB/s on read operations, 107MB/s on writes.

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