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Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD Review - the Skulltrail of SSDs? - Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing

Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD Review - the Skulltrail of SSDs?
With LSI running late on SF3700, Intel had to reach into the enterprise bin to bring a new performance SSD to market. Let's check out the 730 Series. (NASDAQ:INTC)
| SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:00 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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With data on the drive, the Intel 730 reaches a steady state of performance and rides the line with consistent performance.

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