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SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC 240GB SSD Review (Page 10)

By Chris Ramseyer from Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:45 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: SuperSSpeed

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

SSDs slow down as the NAND flash becomes populated with data. SandForce based drives rely heavily on the TRIM command to remove user data when it's deleted. The new SuperSSpeed S302 Hyper Gold MLC drive is currently shipping with firmware 5.0.3, the TRIM fix firmware. We see the drive recovering in our TRIM test.

With the user available flash half full of data, the SuperSSpeed S302 performs very well.

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