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Strontium Matrix Series 120GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 15, 2011 7:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 83%Manufacturer: Strontium

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

 

For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article, full instructions are included.

 

 

Brief Methodology

 

SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

 

Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (120GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.

 

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HDD1 - Windows Defender

HDD2 - Gaming

HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery

HDD4 - Vista Startup

HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker

HDD6 - Windows Media Center

HDD7 - Windows Media Player

HDD8 - Application Loading

 

With both the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB and the Strontium Matrix 120GB filled to half capacity the Matrix Series lags behind the Vertex 3 by a small margin. The Matrix is a very fast drive and Micron has been steadily improving the performance of their controller firmware, but it's still not a SF-2281 / synchronous flash beater just yet.

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