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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. The ISO pattern has the largest files.

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 use the links below to view the full results:

The SLC-memory models show their best when creating files: the OCZ Agility EX and Super Talent UltraDrive GX get the top places. The Wintec is a disappointment, though. It is not so fast for some reason. The Kingston V+ series drive should be singled out among the slower models: as opposed to its plus-less cousins, it delivers a normal speed rather than that of a storage device with USB 2.0-interface.

Most of the SSDs are just perfect at reading (and you should already be able to name the losers), especially when reading the small files of the Programs pattern. Their speed is an amazing 150 MBps then! Still, we want to name the best drives of all. These are the Wintec Filemate, Super Talent MasterDrive SX and OCZ Agility EX. The group of leaders is headed by the Intel X25-M which is faster than 200 MBps on large files!

We’ve got three leaders at copying. These are the OCZ Agility EX, Intel X25-M and Super Talent UltraDrive GX with MLC memory. We can note that the Samsung controller in the Super Talent MasterDrive SX seems to like to copy large files. It is trying to catch up with the leaders under that load, but is closer to the losers under the others.

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