Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSD

Test Setup

Test Setup
Well this being my first SSD review, and well drive review for OC3D, I will be using some results from previous OC3D reviews for comparison.  My test system is identical to Rich Weatherstone's who has carried out most of (if not all of) our previous drive reviews.  The test system used was fully optimised for compatability and performance for testing the SSD drive and comprised of the following components:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ Stock Speed
Motherboard: Gigabyte UD4P X58
Memory: 6GB Corsair XMS2 1600Mhz
SATA Controller: On-board ICH10R Southbridge
Chipset Drivers: Intel
Operating System: Windows Vista x64 Ultimate SP1 + most recent Updates
As Rich has previoulsy pointed out, most people will be upgrading to an SSD drive from mechanical based drives and with that in mind I have used results from some of his previous reviews to compare the Super Talent FTM28GX25H to.  A brief rundown of their specfications can be seen below.
 Super Talent FTM28GX25HOCZ SummitOCZ VertexWD VelociraptorSamsung F1WD Caviar Black
 Read Seek Time <0.1ms <0.1ms <0.1ms4.3ms 8.9ms 12.2ms 
 Write Seek Time <0.1ms <0.1ms <0.1ms 4.7ms 8.9ms 12.2ms
 Average Latency <0.1ms <0.1ms <0.1ms 5.5ms 4.17ms 4.17ms
 Read Transfer Rate 260MB/sec 220MB/sec 250MB/sec 120MB/sec 175MB/sec 106MB/sec
 Write Transfer Rate 195MB/sec 200MB/sec 180MB/sec 120MB/sec 175MB/sec 106MB/sec
 Capacity 128GB 250GB 120GB 300GB 1TB 750GB
 Cache 64MB 128MB 64MB 16MB 32MB 32MB
As you can see the Super Talent FTM28GX25H has quite some competition, admitedly its from the other 2 SSD drives, but I thought it worth while including some results from mechanical drives also.  At the time of compiling this review, there were no updated firmware available for the Super Talent SSD.  But to keep the review and comparisons fair I have used exactly the same settings as Rich had.
  • Super Fetch: Off
  • Indexing: Off
  • Search indexing: Off
  • Defrag: Off
  • Sata Mode in BIOS was set to IDE for all hard drives
  • All drives formatted with a 4096 cluster size
  • Enhanced Performance was enabled in device manager for all hard drives
Testing Methodology
There are many ways to test a HDD or SSD drives performance, unfortunatley not many actually equate into real world performance.  As with previous testing carried out at OC3D HQ HDTune Pro results were proving to be unreliable at best for the SSD drives.  HDTach results, which once again is not the best utility for testing an SSD drives performance can be seen below.
This resulted in a sustained read speed of 220 MB/sec which while being 40MB/sec below the manufacturers stated read speed looked promising.  We will have to see how it performs in the other tests we have lined up.  To keep further testing fair I will be stealing I mean using Rich's rather full on set of tests. 
Synthetic Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.34
PCMark Vantage HDD benchmarks
CrystalDiskMark 2.2.0f

File Write & Manipulation
Random file creation (15GB)
Sequential file creation (100GB)

OS & Gaming
Windows Vista Startup time.
Windows Vista Shutdown time.
Unreal Tournament III map load time.
Carry onto the next page for some real testing.   
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Most Recent Comments

25-09-2009, 04:48:00

"Is the noise of your current HDD driving you mad? Thinking of buying an SSD but dont know which to get? Perhaps Super Talents FTM28GX25H could be what your looking for. Read on to find out." - by Wes

Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSDQuote

25-09-2009, 08:04:00

SSDs are easily the most desirable piece of hardware around. Silent, super fast, cool. This one is fast and reasonably priced. What's more to ask?

It scores 10 on the VB want-o-meter.Quote

25-09-2009, 08:13:24

In a climate where we often see the judgement of particularly graphic cards as a matter of £/fps, despite the performance. Would it be a reasonable request to add £/G at the bottom of the comparison table for the range of tested drives ?

Could be a good inclusion in cpu comparisons also being as, looking from the gaming pov, anything above a 3.2g (or so) P4 is regarded as a "minimum" requirement.Quote

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