Micron RealSSD P400e 200GB Enterprise SATA III SSD Review

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Micron P400e – Real World Tests

One of the most common operations performed on a PC is moving/copying files. Using a free application called Teracopy, we copied large numbers of two file types from one folder to another on the same drive. Teracopy allows us to objectively measure the time of transfer and using the same drive prevents other devices from tainting the outcome. The operation requires the drive to perform both sustained read and writes simultaneously. The first set of files is a 5GB collection of JPG’s of variable size and compression levels with a few movie (.MOV) files thrown in for good measure since most cameras now take video as well as stills. The second is a collection of MP3 files of various sizes which totals 5GB collectively. These file types were chosen due to their wide use and mixture of file sizes and compression levels.

Micron P400e 200GB JPG Copy

Install Results: On the file copy test, the Micron P400e sits just below median times as compared to the other drives with respectable times recorded.

Micron P400e 200GB FILECOPY CHART

We also timed the installation of a few rather lengthy applications/suites as app installs is something everyone does and waiting for completion can be a drag. We used Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional and Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage (v1.102.1901) as our test subjects with all install settings at default. Both were installed from an installer located on the target drive itself as installing from another drive, especially an optical drive, would cause a bottle-neck that would corrupt the results. The timing for these had to be done via stopwatch so there should be about a half second +/- error margin. Again, with the source and target drives being the same, concurrent read/write activity is required.

 DREAMWEAVER

Micron P400e 200GB APP CHART

Install Results: For some reason, application installs didn’t seem to be the forte of this drive as the times were the slowest of any drive in the comparison. Good thing this is a relatively infrequent occurrence.

Windows Boot Times

Windows start up/shutdown time is always something people are interested in and we haven’t done it in a while because there was little variation with the majority of the SSDs. We recently began using an application called BootRacer to objectively measure the startup times of the drives. All of the instances of Windows were identical and freshly installed with only the video driver installed.

Micron P400e 200GB Bootracer

Micron P400e 200GB Boot Chart

Test Results: A much more frequent occurrence is the boot time and the P400e drive hangs with the best of them being scant seconds off the single drive leader Intel 520.

We’ll wrap this with a look at the total drive capacity and our final thoughts.

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