Super Talent 128GB SATA II SSD

Real world testing

Dummy File Creation
This next test measures how each drive performs when writing files to itself, to do this we use a utility called Dummy File Creator. If we were to copy a file from a slower mechanical drive to the SSD, we would get false results due to the mechanical drive slowing down the file transfer, Dummy File Creator takes away the need to use another drive when testing writing to the SSD.  The first 16GB benchmark writes a collection of files ranging in size from 1GB to 100KB, whereas the 100GB benchmark writes a single file of exactly that size to the disk.
Unreal Tournament 3 Level Loading
As with Rich's other benchmarks, I have recreated his tests faithfully. The Unreal Tournament 3 Level Loading was no exception. A fresh copy of Vista was installed and then Unreal Tournament 3 was installed.  The test is simple, start up Unreal Tourney 3, select ONS-Torlan map and measure the time it takes to load from clicking on "Begin" button,  to stay true to the test this process was repeated a total of three times with a reboot between each test to clear system memory.
Vista Boot/Shutdown Time
A simple test which shows how quickly the system could boot and launch a text file from the startup folder.  A fresh copy of Vista SP1 was installed and then testing was carried out.  To ensure the tests were fair the results were averaged over initial reboots.  Shutdown times were also recorded, as found with previous testing though this generally happened pretty quickly and acuracy was hard to obtain.
Results Analysis
In the Dummy File Creation 16gb test the ST FTM28GX25H is slightly slower than its nearest rvials which has somewhat surprised me.  In the previous benchmarks the ST drive had proven to be consistant at beating both of OCZ's drive when it came to file writing.  Moving onto the 100GB file test, the results are the same, but  the time difference is somewhat narrower the ST FTM28GX25H is still slightly slower though.  Moving onto the Unreal Tournament III Map Loading test the 3 SSD drives are to close to call, all completed the test withing miliseconds of each other.  Taking a look at the Windows Vista Boot Time test, you can see once again the time difference between the SSD's is marginal and the same with the Vista Shutdown Time test, with the ST FTM28GX25H losing to the OCZ Summit but beating the OCZ Vertex drives.
Ok, so we have seen the test results lets turn over and see what we can conclude from them.
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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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