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SSD Roundup August 2009

SSD Roundup August 2009

Test System

Intel X25-M SATA2 SSD 80 GB 8820firmware
Corsair P128 – 128GB 18C1Q Firmware
Crucial M225 128GB 1571 Firmware
OCZ Vertex Turbo 128GB 1.0 Firmware
Western Digital RaptorX SATA 150 GB
Intel i7-975EE
Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
3x2Gb Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 8-8-8-24-2T
Foxconn Blood Rage Motherboard

Samsung SyncMaster XL30
BFG EX-1200 PSU
Sony BDU-X10S Blu-Ray Drive
Tenda Wireless N USB stick
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Paste
CoolIT Domino ALC

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
Forceware Release 186.18
DirectX 9.0c/DirectX 10
Adobe Media Encoder
Black Magic Disk Speed Test
Photoshop CS4
Crysis Warhead
CCCP (Codec Pack)
Sisoft Sandra Business Pro
Everest Ultimate
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drive was de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice:
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

Driver Heaven does not use benchmark scripts. We play the games for long periods of time on various levels and report any unusual findings we see. Then we record with FRAPS across several in game levels recording the averages. This is real world testing and is just how you guys will experience the game. Occasionally we might throw in a time demo as a further comparison, but we will note it.

NOTE: Although this review focuses on the drives from Corsair, Crucial and OCZ there are a few extra configurations in the test results. The first is Intel’s X25-M which allows us to see how each drive compares to Intel’s impressive first revision drives. The second is a RAID 0 configuration of the P128 drives as Corsair believe there are benefits to using this configuration. Finally we have a Western Digital RaptorX to show how each SSD compares to a fast mechanical drive.

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Stuart Davidson

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