All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows 8 Pro x64 with no other applications running while using AHCI mode set through the BIOS. Synthetic Benchmarks were run with the OS loaded on a 120GB Corsair Force SSD. In between every test, the test drive was secure erased using an instance of Parted Magic. As such, all results should be indicative of optimal performance. All components were set to their default speeds and are listed below.
|Intel LGA 1155 Test Platform|
|Core i5 2500k|
|ASUS Maximus V Gene Z77|
|Kingston HyperX KHX16C9B1RK28 8GB|
|Corsair Force 120GB (FW 2.4)|
|Antec Basiq BP550W Plus-EC|
|Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit|
Drives In The Roundup:
In addition to the Intel 525 Series mSATA drives, we also had on hand a Mushkin Atlas 30GB mSATA drive that we are throwing into the mix for additional comparison. All the capacities of the Intel drives we were sent are listed below.
|Mushkin Atlas 30GB mSATA||Marvell 88SS9175||504ABBF0||mSATA 6Gbps|
|Intel 525 30GB mSATA||SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281)||LLKi||mSATA 6Gbps|
|Intel 525 60GB mSATA||SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281)||LLKi||mSATA 6Gbps|
|Intel 525 120GB mSATA||SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281)||LLKi||mSATA 6Gbps|
|Intel 525 180GB mSATA||SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281)||LLKi||mSATA 6Gbps|
|Intel 525 240GB mSATA||SandForce SF-2200 (SF-2281)||LLKi||mSATA 6Gbps|
For the Intel 525 Series mSATA SSD drive, the readout on CrystalDiskInfo 5.2.0 shows that both NCQ and S.M.A.R.T. are enabled, as well as TRIM and the interface is confirmed at SATA III (6Gbps). The firmware version used for testing is the latest available at this time – LLKi.
Let’s look at some benchmarks…