OCZ Summit 250GB SATA2 SSD

Real world testing

Dummy File Creation
When performing manual "file copy" benchmarks, the performance of the drive that the files are being copied from can directly and negatively affect the results of the drive they are being copied to. This is something that needs to be taken into consideration when benchmarking high performance hard disks such as the OCZ Vertex SSD as it's performance easily exceeds that of a standard hard disk. Therefore, to test the write performance of each storage device a freeware utility called Dummy File Creator was used to generate files directly to each of the hard disks. 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
With a fresh copy of Vista installed on each hard disk, the final test was to find out if the Windows loading times seen above would also be applicable to the map loading time of a popular PC game. Once again, the test procedure was quite simple: Install Unreal Tournament III, load the game, select a map to play (ONS-Torlan) and measure the time taken from pressing the "Begin" button to the time the map is fully loaded. This procedure was repeated a total of three times on each of the hard disks, with a reboot in between each test to clear system memory.
Vista Boot/Shutdown Time
Quite a simple and self explanatory test. We took each of the disks, installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista SP1 on to them and measured the time each took to boot into the Windows desktop and display a text file placed in the startup folder. To ensure that the tests were fair the results were averaged over initial reboots. Shutdown time was also recorded, although this generally happened so quick that accuracy was hard to obtain.
Results Analysis
The OCZ Summit excelled at Dummy file creation, especially with regard to the 16GB random files. The OCZ Vertex however managed to claw back some pride with the 100GB single file test beating all of the drives on test today, even the mighty Summit. The same feat was repeated in both the Unreal Tournament level loading and Windows Vista start up/shutdown tests albeit by a much closer margin.
Let's head over to the conclusion where I will try to give my overall view of the OCZ Summit SSD...
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Most Recent Comments

29-06-2009, 12:33:52

Great review mate....shame about the price though... is twice as much as the bloody pc i am usin...Quote

29-06-2009, 12:39:55

Yeah I hear ya on the price. Still when people are paying £100 for 30GB I guess it's not so bad lol especially when you consider this is no 'run of the mill' drive.Quote

29-06-2009, 12:40:39

intel or was it samsung are releasing some cheaper SSDs in the next couple of weeks. Wonder what they'll be like.Quote

29-06-2009, 12:43:52

Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Yeah I hear ya on the price. Still when people are paying £100 for 30GB I guess it's not so bad lol especially when you consider this is no 'run of the mill' drive.
Fair point i guess.... hopefully if nathan is correct,the introduction of cheaper ssd's will drive down the price of other more expensive ones. These will def be lower performance drives in comparison to the summit and vertex though Quote

29-06-2009, 14:03:35

It greatly depends on the amount of cache the drives carry. Cheap drives usually mean less cache and I would be very hesitant before buying a drive with little/no cache as you will get stutter problems.Quote

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