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SSD Roundup March 2009

SSD Roundup March 2009

Windows Boot Times and Real World Experience

One of the benefits that people list when talking about SSDs is their ability to decrease Windows boot times so it is interesting to test this theory. The above results were obtained on a fully configured Windows Vista 64bit installation which included start-up programs such as anti-virus and MSN. The recorded time was the gap between the windows loading bar appearing and the pointer becoming available on the desktop.

As the above results show it is possible to significantly reduce boot times, even when buying the smallest/cheapest SSD which in this case is Patriot’s Warp. Spending more allows us to gain more and the Intel drive is able to knock 13seconds off the performance achieved on our Raptor-X.

Although all of our SSDs provide some excellent boot times this does not tell the whole story in terms of the experience when using each as a Windows drive. For the most part we have to say that the drives work well and we did not experience any reliability issues, performance was also very impressive on the Super Talent and Intel drives however there was an issue with the Patriot model.

Through its use of Samsung chips and the JMicron F602 controller the drive suffers from reduced performance when asked to perform large numbers of read and write operations on smaller files. A perfect example of this is that the time taken to apply Windows or Office updates is considerably longer on the Warp. There are tweaks which can be applied to improve performance in scenarios such as these (Users should contact support@patriotmem.com) however we do feel that the drive should perform optimally “out of the box” which this particular model does not in Windows use.

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Stuart Davidson

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