Kingston 80GB SSDNow M Series Drive Review

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HD Tune v3.50

HD Tune Pro 3.50 is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

HD Tune File Benchmark

HD Tune File Benchmark

Benchmark Results: The Kingston SNM125-S2/80GB has impressive performance numbers in HD Tune Pro 3.50 in the read test. All said and done, the average read speed was found to be 221.0MB/s with a write speed of 77.4MB/s.  Both tests had an access time of 0.1ms and a CPU usage of ~2%.

HD Tune Benchmark Results

Comparison Chart: When comparing the Kingston SSDNow M 80GB (SNM125-S2/80GB) to other popular 2.5-inch hard drives like the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB and the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB, you can see that it does very well. Compared to the other Solid State Drives the Kingston SNM125-S2/80GB destroys the Super Talent MasterDrive OX 64GB SSD as it uses the JMicron controller, but the Corsair P256 and OCZ Vertex split the wins in the read and write tests.

64MB File Test

HD Tune File Benchmark

Benchmark Results: Running the built-in file benchmark test in HD Tune showed once again just how the drive performs with various file sizes. This test shows the Kingston SNM125-S2/80GB drive topping out at nearly 240MB/sec in the read and 80MB/sec in the write tests.

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