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Corsair Neutron Series GTX 480GB SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 5, 2012 7:42 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Corsair

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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Things change when we start progressively adding data to the drives.

 

Using the 50% mark as a measuring stick, Neutron GTX 480GB scores well in this read intensive benchmark, but this is where SandForce's data compression technology comes into play and allows their drives to retain more performance when data that's compressible gets compressed to the NAND.

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