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Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive Review (Page 10)

By: Chris Ramseyer from Feb 2, 2012 @ 7:08 CST
TweakTown Rating: 92%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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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 standard test on the previous page runs the drives without data on them. This is really good for benchmarking SSDs when looking for high values, but it is not accurate for telling you how a drive will perform in your computer since you are going to have data on your drive. We prefer a more realistic approach to real-world benchmarks and feel that a 50% capacity test is a much better way to judge SSD performance.

The Corsair Performance Pro 128GB matches the Vertex 3 120GB tit for tat in our runs with data on the drives. The Performance Pro 256GB was a little slower than the Vertex 3 240GB, but the 128GB model is actually a little faster.

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