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Testbed and Methods

We use the following method of benchmarking SSDs:

  • The SSD is “leveled out” before the test session
  • The first test (the low-level test of read speed) is performed under ideal conditions
  • The other tests go in the exact same order as listed in this Testbed and Methods section
  • The SSDs are given some time (a couple of minutes) to “rest” between the tests

We guess this method will help compare the SSDs under identical conditions and yet produce real-life results.

The following testing utilities were used:

  • WinBench 99
  • IOMeter 2003.02.15
  • FC-Test 1.0
  • PCMark 2004
  • PCMark 2005
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Raxco Perfect Disk 8.0
  • WinRAR 3.60

Testbed configuration:

  • ASUS P5WDG2 WS Pro mainboard
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E2160 processor
  • IBM DTLA-307015 system disk, 15GB
  • Radeon X600 graphics card
  • 1GB DDR2-800 SDRAM
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 (and Windows Vista for PCMark Vantage)

We formatted the drives in FAT32 and NTFS as one partition with the default cluster size. For some tests 32GB partitions were created on the drives and formatted in FAT32 and NTFS with the default cluster size, too. The drives were connected to the mainboard’s SATA port and worked in AHCI mode.

 
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