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TweakTown's SSD Fill Testing Explained - Benchmarks Results and Final Thoughts

After a month of testing and fine tuning, we are ready to explain the new SSD test used exclusively in our SSD reviews hereon.

| Editorials in Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2011 1:16 am

Benchmark Results

 

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To date we've ran a handful of drives through the Fill Test, most of them over and over to confirm the results. We do have a large archive of SSDs and will gradually go back and test some of the significant products. You should see drives like the original Vertex, Vertex 2, Crucial RealSSD C300, Corsair Nova and possibly a few more added to charts in the not too distant future. These entries are mainly for archive purposes so we can have a long list of models to look for patterns with.

 

Final Thoughts

 

It's not every day we write a seven page document over a single test, but this isn't exactly a regular test either.

 

Solid state drives are the future and as time passes the technology will advance to push boundaries beyond what we can foresee at this time. Last year we didn't expect to see a single drive deliver over 500MB/s, but just around the corner we will have it. What is truly amazing is that 500MB/s performance will start out with a price tag of just 250 USD (MSRP, 120GB OCZ Technology Vertex 3, SandForce SF-2200 Based).

 

The test we built today goes to show that even though SSDs are quickly reaching the limits of SATA 6G, there are still areas in which performance can be improved upon. We are just starting a new cycle for SSDs and things like firmware development and NAND flash choices will affect our Fill Test results. Over time manufacturers can look to design better SSDs that don't lose performance, such as the Corsair Performance 3.

 

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