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Is it worth upgrading your notebook to an SSD drive? - HD Tune Pro performance testing - HDD vs. SSD

We investigate moving a notebook's storage from mechanical to solid state to see if this is a logical step for users seeking optimal performance.

By: | Editorials in Storage | Posted: May 13, 2009 7:25 am

HD Tune Pro performance testing - HDD vs. SSD


You've just seen how easy it is to install an SSD into your notebook, now let's take a close look at performance with HD Tune Pro. We are looking at read speed performance.


Today we are using an OCZ Hypersonic notebook, which is about one year old. Don't let that fool you, though; it is quite a beast still to this day. It uses Intel's T9300 Core 2 Duo mobile processor, which operates at a maximum clock speed of 2.5GHz. Based off of the Intel 965M chipset with ICH8-ME southbridge, it comes with 4GB of DDR2 memory, which is configured in dual channel mode.


We replaced the factory installed Hitachi 7K200-200 7,200 RPM SATA hard disk drive with an Intel X25-M 80GB SATA SSD drive. The Intel SSD was upgraded with the latest Intel firmware which improves performance. We also tested using the latest Windows 7 64-bit RC build 7100 operating system with latest drivers from Windows Update. No SSD tweaks were applied and each drive was tested on a brand new fresh install.


Is it worth upgrading your notebook to an SSD drive?


As you can see, the speedy flash memory enabled SSD drive entirely crushes the standard notebook HDD into tiny little pieces.


These numbers are all good and well, but what about some real-world action? Next page.


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