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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 complete results table for FC-Test.

The Vertex 2 is slower than the other 120GB models, going ahead when processing small files only. The OS’s file caching mechanisms affect the results even though our testbed has only 1 gigabytes of system memory (if there are more memory, the OS is quite capable of putting the whole test pattern into it, reporting fantastic speeds of thousands of megabytes per second). As a result, the SSDs are faster with the Install pattern than in the ISO one which includes a large file that cannot be fitted into the OS cache.

The SSDs still split into multiple groups according to their capacity. There is only one exception: the Vertex Turbo is as fast as the 60GB group.

Every SSD is good at reading, especially when it comes to small files (you can compare this to the results we have in our HDD reviews). Still, some SSDs are better than others. For example, the Vertex 2 is slower than the 120GB models, just like in IOMeter’s tests of sequential operations. The Onyx is somewhat slower than the other 30GB SSDs.

The 120GB models win the test of copying. Their advantage is especially clear with large files. Interestingly, the Vertex Turbo is again ahead of the 30GB products and joins the larger-capacity ones.

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