Super Talent MasterDrive MX 60GB SATA-II SSD Review

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Benchmarks

First up with have PCMark Vantage.  PCMark Vantage provides you with the correct tools for performance measurement of every type of Personal Computer with Microsoft’s new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system from Office Productivity computers and Gaming Machines to PCs configured for the creative user. With an easy to use interface and clear scoring, you will be able to select exactly the type of tests you want to use and then choose the right upgrade components or complete PC that will fit your needs. This easy-to-use product gives you the same tools and knowledge that virtually every professional tester in the industry uses.

PCMark HDD Tests

As we can see, the score for the MasterDrive is rather high for a Hard Drive, at 6633 Points. In comparison, the VelociRaptor Scores 5783, with the MasterDrive scoring almost 900 points higher.

HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device possible. 

HD Tach Tests

Compared to a normal rotational hard drive, these results are rather impressive.  If we take a look at the access time, its over thirteen times shorter than the VelociRaptor.  What is also impressive is the ability of the MasterDrive to sustain a nearly constant average speed of 77.4MB/s.

HD Tune Pro 3.00 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 Tests

Here we have your standard read benchmark from HDTune Pro.  Once again the MasterDrive shows us why SSD drives are so superior to rotational hard drives.  Here we can see once again an impressively low Access Time, as well as a rather steady rate of 71.0MB/s read time.

HD Tune File Tests

Here we have a file benchmark test consisting a File Length of 64MB.  Its clear here that the SSD starts to shine with reads as the benchmark size grows.

With Sandra XII SP1 you can now easily compare the performance of the tested device with its speed and its (published) power (TDP)! Sandra XII SP1 also has SSE4 (Intel) and SSE4A (AMD) benchmark code-paths, which is great for those of you testing next-generation AMD Intel chips. Since we are testing hard drives today we will be using the physical disk benchmark.

Sandra Tests

As you can see our MasterDrive performs better in this read performance than even 2 Raided Hitachi Deskstars (Deathstars). 

Now on to our final thoughts and conclusion.

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