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Performance in FC-Test

For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the drive and formatted in NTFS. A file-set is then created, read from the drive, copied within the same partition and copied into another partition. The time taken to perform these operations is measured and the speed of the drive is calculated. The Windows and Programs file-sets consist of a large number of small files whereas the other three patterns (ISO, MP3, and Install) include a few large files each.

You should be aware that the copying test not only indicates the speed of copying within the same disk but is also indicative of the latter’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the SSD is processing two data threads then, one for reading and another for writing.

This test produces too much data, so we will only discuss the results obtained in the Install, ISO and Programs file-sets. You can use the following link to view full results.

Creating files in FC-Test is a real-life load. The speeds are high but none of the SSDs is faster than 225 MBps. The peak speeds can be observed in the Install pattern, i.e. not with the largest files, which means that the OS’s data caching is most beneficial for SSDs.

When creating large files, the dual-controller solutions and the Crucial C300 are in the lead. The latter SSD is superior to the single-controller SandForce-based products but is let down by the Marvell controller on small files.

The Vertex 2 performs worse with the new firmware again. The G.Skill, on the contrary, looks good and faster than the Intel X25-V.

We can see the most advanced solutions compete fiercely in the reading test. The RevoDrive snatches the win by outperforming the RAID array of two Corsair Force drives. The only problem is that the speeds are still far from the promised 500 megabytes per second. We guess the SSDs can’t reach that mark under such load. Reading a single file is too easy for them.

Once again we can note that the pair of Indilinx controllers in the Colossus doesn’t look good in comparison with the new-generation products. The Crucial with a single Micron controller is even a little bit faster.

We’ve got two winners at copying: the RevoDrive and the Crucial. The latter is once again let down by the SATA600 controller, though. We can also note that the new firmware is not good for the Vertex 2.

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