SATA 3 SSD Roundup Review


Anvil SSD Benchmark Introduction


We know that people are paying closer attention to the IOPS result as more and more manufacturers include it in their technical specifications and advertising blurb. Now we've finally found a tool that can easily and consistently give us usable IOPS testing, what new information does it give us?

Oddly, we don't think there is much that IOPS can inform us of that isn't clear in the MB/s rating. Generally the two are linear with the lower IOPS score leading to a lower pure data transfer rate.

Probably most surprising is how varied the results can be which shows how important it is to use a multitude of testing to get a clear view of the performance of the drives under a variety of scenarios. If we just looked at AIDA64 we would think the Mushkin was the lesser drive. Crystal Disk Mark clearly favours the Intel and Corsair drives. Otherwise they are all amazingly close and there really isn't a lot between them. This further ads weight to our argument that its difficult to get a drive that clearly leads or lags across all of the benchmark results.

So of the four drives we have on test today, which gives the best results?

I think it's pretty obvious that the Intel 520 was the most consistent drive throughout all of our testing, in both the read and write benchmarks. All the other drives had strong results and weak results, but the Intel just kept churning out high scores regardless of what we threw at it and that would have to be our recommended drive of the four on test. Although it is of course worth noticing than in real-life daily usage any of these drives would be nearly inseparable and provide the performance increase that we're all so desperate for.

Thanks to Intel, Mushkin, Corsair and Kingston for providing the drives on test today.

Let us know your thoughts in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

27-02-2012, 04:43:27

bravo... awesome review. thank you for the information, testing and evaluation. puts a better light

to the SSD market. and thatll change with the months due to more and more technology and users of SSD.


27-02-2012, 08:02:25

Nice review OC3D just keeps getting better and betterQuote

27-02-2012, 08:24:08

great review VB Quote

27-02-2012, 08:39:10

The prices are finally coming down now and should be a reasonable in price within the next two years hopefully so it will be time to upgrade to SSD when that time comes.Quote

27-02-2012, 08:46:05

Interestingly enough, I was reading an article on Tom's Hardware that took a look at Toshiba's 400GB Enterprise SSD, a $7000 USD SSD. In their testing, the Intel 520 outperformed it in many regards as well. I never really looked at SSDs and compared them but these last two articles I have read from two sites I trust have me very impressed with the Intel 520 Series, to say the least. Well done on the review.Quote

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