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Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Solid State Drive Review - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 5, 2011 3:18 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Mushkin Enhanced

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 (128GB), 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.




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


The real, real world tests come from our modified test where data is introduced to the drive at controlled stages. Here we see the Chronos Deluxe firing off that 79,611 run, so close to 80K. When data is on the drive we still achieved some very impressive results; over 50K in all three tests.


The TRIM test shows the Chronos Deluxe recovering very well and able to perform at near optimal levels after the data was deleted.

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