Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 64GB SSD Review

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Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 – 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.

Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 JPG Copy

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.

Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 MP3 COPY

Install Results: The real world tests on mostly incompressible files show exactly what the benchmarks have been showing – the small TeraDrive CT3 60 GB drive lacks the horsepower to keep up with the larger drives with times well over any drive in the comparison.

Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 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.


Super Talent TeraDrive CT3 APP CHART

Install Results: The install times for applications don’t show a huge difference but the TeraDrive CT3 still posts some of the slower times in the chart.

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

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