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Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB Solid State Drive Review (Page 8)

By Chris Ramseyer from Aug 28, 2012 @ 0:36 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Kingston

CrystalDiskMark

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview

Developer Homepage: http://crystalmark.info

Product Homepage: http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html

Download here: http://crystaldew.info/category/software/crystaldiskmark

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4K and 4K queue depths with accuracy.

Key Features:-

* Sequential reads/writes

* Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes

* Text copy

* Change dialog design

* internationalization (i18n)

Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at 4 and 32.

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The 120GB and smaller SSDs based on SandForce architecture are being surpassed these days by solutions based on newer Marvell controller technology when it comes to 4K read speeds. The Marvell drives ramp up very well with NCQ, asking for several pieces of data at the same time. This is an area once dominated by SandForce, but in this capacity size, the Marvell drives are simply doing it a little better.

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4K write access times also slow down compared to Marvell solutions in the 120GB capacity size and smaller when working with incompressible data. Looking at the sequential writes with incompressible data, the HyperX 3K has the same brick wall we see with other SandForce based drives, this one just happens to put on the breaks at 180MB/s.

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