PerformanceHardware used in these tests:
- CPU: AMD A8-3850
- CPU-cooler: Thermaltake Jing
- Motherboard: Gigabyte A75-UD2H
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 2*2 GB DDR3 2000 CL9
- PSU: SilverStone Nightjar 400 W (ST40NF)
For benchmarking we used the AMD Fusion platform featuring the AMD A8-3850 APU and Gigabyte A75-UD2H motherboard. The motherboard offers native S-ATA3-support and paired with the APU offer very high transfer speeds. The rest of the system included a 400 W SilverStone power supply and 4 gigabytes of ram.
As always, the test rig runs on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and the tests include a variety of most popular HDD/SSD-benchmarks. Our SSD-testing suite is still a work in progress, so if you have any questions, recommendations or feedback, please feel free to leave a message.
Crystal Disk Mark
We started the benchmarking by using CrystalDiskMark and ran this benchmark at both random and 1 Fill-settings. Right at the beginning it's worth pointing out again that the Verbatim drive uses S-ATA 2-connection, so already on paper the read- and write speeds are limited to theoretical maximum of 3 Gb/s. Just as well it's worth pointing out that it's not the maximal sequential speeds that make SSDs feel so much faster and more responsive than HDDs, it's the high speeds on smaller block sizes.
Either way in the first test the Verbatim SSD is about 100 MB/s faster on sequential reads and writes than the F3 HDD, and the advantage gets even higher on smaller blocks. Surprisingly enough it's also faster at seq reading than the Corsair F120 and fastest of the lot in seq and 512K write-tests.
In the fill test the results for the Verbatim and Samsung F3 remain very similar, but the Sandforce-Corsairs take a huge leap in write performance.
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