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The Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive Review
|Product:||Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive Review|
|Date:||Mon, Sep 08, 2008 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
Last month when I was at the Intel developer forum, I watched Falcon Northwest General Manager Bradd Berdelman inform those attending the show that he saw Crysis performance double when using the Intel Solid State Drives versus using a pair of Western Digital VelociRaptors in Raid 0. He flipped the numbers in the chart, so don't look at that too close! He gave a live demo and explained that during the games built-in benchmark that the disk access times are so important that the performance goes up by a significant margin. I figured why not give it a shot since I am using the same drives for testing that he did!
I loaded up the full retail version of the game Crysis with patch 1.21 for benchmarking and fired up the game at 1920x1200 resolution with all the graphics quality options set to medium.
Results: Taking a look at the benchmark numbers using the built-in benchmark showed us no where near the results that Bradd Berdelman showed off at IDF, but the performance was slightly better on the Intel X25-M solid state drives when I averaged the benchmarks from six runs.
Results: Crysis has a built in timer that is used to calculate the amount of time it takes to load a level, which is perfect for testing the differences between these two hard drives. A difference was noted when we loaded the level eight times and took the average of the time it took to load at a point we saved at random. The decrease in load times was found to be 6%.
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Page 1 - The Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Drive Arrives
Page 2 - Inside the X25-M SSD
Page 3 - Testing and The Test System
Page 4 - HD Tach v3.0.4
Page 5 - HD Tune Pro v3.10
Page 6 - CrystalDiskMark v2.1
Page 7 - SiSoftware Sandra 2009
Page 8 - ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.34
Page 9 - PCMark Vantage
Page 10 - Crysis Benchmarking
Page 11 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions