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Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive Review - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

It's not just another Team SandForce drive, it is Intel optimized and tested!

| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 1:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%      Manufacturer: Intel

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.

 

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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

 

In our own version of Vantage we add data to the drive to simulate what type of performance you would see in the real-world.

 

Using the drive half full (the middle blue plot on the graph) we can see how the 520 Series with synchronous flash compares to the OCZ Agility 3 with asynchronous flash. There is a large performance difference between the two, but the OCZ Vertex 3, another synchronous flash drive using IMFT 25nm flash, is very close to the 520 Series.

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