Intel Z68 Chipset & Smart Response Technology

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Test System & Methodology

Legit Reviews Test System

All tests were performed on a fresh and up-to-date install of Windows 7 Pro x64 with no other applications running while using AHCI (or RAID in the case of SRT) mode set through the BIOS. In between every test, save for the multiple runs, the drive was secure erased using Parted Magic. As such, all results should be indicative of optimal performance. All components were set to their default speeds and are listed below. We’d like to thank ASUS again for their generosity and support in providing the motherboard for our test bench.

LR Test Bench

Z68 Test Bench

Intel LGA 1155 Test Platform
Component Brand/Model Live Pricing


Core i5 2500k


ASUS P8Z68-V Pro


Crucial 2 x 2GB  PC3-10600

Video Card

Gigabyte GeForce GT 430

Main OS Drive

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB

Cache drive #1

Intel 510 Series 250GB

Cache Drive #2

OCZ Vertex 30GB

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

Comparison Drives & Other Models We Have Tested

For the testing we also used an Intel 510 Series 250GB to represent the newer generation of SSDs and a original OCZ Vertex 30GB to represent the older generation of drives. This gives us a good idea how well different generations of drives perform with SRT. Below is a table of SSDs we have tested for reference.

Crucial m4/Micron C400 256GB
Marvell 88SS9174 Yes
Intel 320 Series 128GB
Intel PC29AS21BA0 (G3 firmware) Yes
Corsair Performance 3 Series 128GB
Marvell 88SS9174 Yes
Intel 510 Series 250GB
Marvell 88SS9174 Yes
Plextor M2 Series 128GB
Marvell 88SS9174 Yes
Kingston V100 Series 128GB
JMicron JMF618 (Toshiba branded) Yes
OCZ Vertex 3 Pro 200GB (beta) SandForce SF-2500 (SF-2582) Yes
RunCore Pro V 120GB
SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Samsung 470 Series 256GB
Samsung S3C29MAX01-Y340 Yes
Zalman N Series 128GB SandForce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Kingston V+100 128GB Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Corsair Force 40GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Intel X25-V 40GB Intel PC29AS21BA0 (G2 firmware) Yes
G.Skill Phoenix Pro Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Inferno 100GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB SSD (4X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
OCZ RevoDrive 120GB SSD (2X) Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) No*
ADATA S596 128GB JMicron JMF612 Yes
Corsair Force Series 120GB Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Patriot Zephyr 128GB JMICRON JMF612 Yes
Patriot Torqx 128GB Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Kingston 30GB V
Series SNV125-S2
Toshiba T6UG1XBG Yes
Kingston 128GB V
Series SNV425-S2
Corsair Force Series
Sandforce SF-1200 (SF-1222) Yes
Corsair Nova Series
Indilinx Barefoot Yes
Intel X25-M 160GB G2 SSD
Intel PC29AS21BA0 (G2 firmware) Yes
Micron RealSSD C300 (6Gbps) 256GB Marvell 88SS9174 Yes
* TRIM is not supported due to the RAID controller.

Testing the Smart Response Technology is a little different animal than our normal storage tests. Since the mechanism builds a cache on the faster SSD drive based on files used, several iterations of tests were required to see the full effect. In general, after the second run, scores didn’t improve or only minimally so our results show the results for the first and second passes of the tests only. Got it? OK them, on to the benchmarks!

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