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Performance in FC-Test

For this test two 32GB partitions are created on the tested SSD and formatted in NTFS and then in FAT32. A file-set is then created, read from the SSD, copied within the same partition and copied into another partition. The time taken to perform these operations is measured and the speed of the SSD 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.

We’d like to note that the copying test is indicative of the drive’s behavior under complex load. In fact, the SSD is working with two threads (one for reading and one for writing) when copying files.

This test produces too much data, so we will only discuss the results achieved in NTFS. You can click this link to view the full results for FC-Test FAT32.

You may guess the results of this test from the previous ones. We have three obvious leaders among which the X25-M copes best with small files, the X128 with large files, and the P128 always keeping in second place. The three JMicron-based models are only half as fast as their opponents. Take note that the Transcend SSD is but slightly faster than the other JMicron-based products.

The X25-M wins the test of reading, being pursued by the Corsair X128. The JMicron-based models show an interesting peculiarity of their controller: their speed with small files is higher than with the huge files of the ISO pattern. However, this is one of the few tests where their performance is not downright depressing.

Write operations kill the JMicron-based SSDs again. The X128 is inferior to the X25-M in every pattern. The latter’s algorithms are somewhat better here.

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