Intel SSD 545s 512GB SATA SSD Review – 64-Layer TLC NAND

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The SSD Benchmark Test System & TRIM Support

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update build 14393) and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. This means windows defender, windows update, disk fragmentation and everything else that would interfere with testing was disabled. Windows 10 also had the power option set to high performance. We also disabled Turbo mode on the Intel Core i7-5960X to ensure our numbers are spot on and repeatable.

ASUS X99 Sabertooth Motherboard

The Intel X99 platform that we used to test the storage drives was based around the ASUS X99 Sabertooth motherboard with BIOS 3505 that came out in March 2017. We used Intel RST storage drivers, the exact version was 14.5.0.1081. The Crucial Ballistix DDR4 32GB 2400MHz memory kit was run at 2666MHz with 15-15-15-28 1T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD was used as the primary drive.

Intel X99 Test Bench

Intel LGA 2011v3 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing

Processor

Core i7 5960X

Motherboard

ASUS X99 Sabertooth

Memory

Crucial Ballistix 2400MHz 32GB

OS Drive

Corsair Neutron XT 240GB

Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

Operating System

Windows 10 64-Bit

CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 Readout:

The readout on CrystalDiskInfo 7.0.5 shows that the Intel SSD 545s series supports S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ, TRIM and DevSleep. The drive we received had firmware version LHF001C installed and that is the version that we used for general testing and benchmarking.

The overall capacity shows up as 476 GB on the Intel SSD 545s 512GB SATA III SSD in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

Does The Intel SSD 545s SATA III SSD Series Support Trim? 

Most SSDs today support the TRIM command, but we still run a quick test to ensure that the command is being properly passed through to the SSD and being done. A great free utility called TRIMCheck can be run to ensure that TRIM is functioning properly.

According to TRIMCheck v0.7 ,the Intel SSD 545s series does execute the TRIM command correctly!

Let’s have a look at the performance!

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  • gigabyte_fan

    No cap to prevent data loss in case of a power failure. I’ll pass. The Intel 730’s I have have a capacitor to prevent data loss in case of a power failure. Wow, it’s cheap to implement, but of course, they don’t, because it’s not “Extreme” or “Enterprise”

  • Kevin Allison

    I don’t get,

    Legit Bottom Line: The ADATA SU900 Ultimate SSD performs well……

  • Joey-BagaDonuts

    The term is “lose”, not “loose”.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for catching the typo! It has been fixed.