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Intel 730 Series 480GB SSD Review - the Skulltrail of SSDs?

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2014 5:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Intel

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HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:


Benchmark: measures the performance

Info: shows detailed information

Health: checks the health status by using SMART

Error Scan: scans the surface for errors

Temperature display


HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has gained popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.





I think it's easy to see why the SSD market will soon shift to PCIe based storage. When it comes to sequential performance, we've reached the plateau of what SATA III can sustain.




Both of our Intel 730 samples arrived in a used state. Most likely Intel tested them prior to shipping, a common occurrence with sample drives for launch day reviews. No harm or foul with that, but our initial write test for sequential performance took a hit.


HD Tach - Sequential Write Performance after Random Writes




Nothing could prepare me for the next text result after running a light load of random writes. The 730 Series 480GB write performance dropped to a very low state. We've seen drives touch the 50 MB/s line before in this test, but never ride the line like this. We'll have to keep an eye on write performance and see what happens during the rest of the tests.

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