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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 disk is processing two data threads then, one for reading and another for writing.

This test produces lots of results, so we will only discuss the Install, ISO and Programs patterns. Click the following link for the full results obtained in FC-Test.

We don’t see any unexpected results here. The P256 is the most remarkable drive in this test, delivering excellent performance in the ISO and Programs patterns but failing in the Install one. Its junior cousin doesn’t behave like that and takes a leading position in each pattern. The Force doesn’t show anything exceptional while the Nova and Reactor are good and perform as fast as the best (i.e. the large-capacity) models of the Extreme series.

It’s hard to name winners and losers here because the drives all deliver similar performance of about 100 MBps with small files and 200 MBps with large files, even though it’s somewhat unexpected that the Nova and Reactor are slightly better than the Force and X32. We can note that the Performance series fall behind the other SSDs when processing small files.

The Performance series is somewhat better than the others at copying files, though. The rest of the SSDs have similar results, the Force and Reactor being just a tiny bit faster. The small-capacity Extreme series models have the lowest speeds here.

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