System Overview & Testing Procedures
this drive is advertised as a 128GB drive, but once we have it installed and formatted it is only 119GB. So the extra 9GB is used for over provisioning and garbage collection.
Opening up CrystalDiskInfo we can see all of the information about the drive. As you can see it supports S.M.A.R.T., NCQ and most importantly TRIM.
For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks as well.
– HDTune Pro (download)
– Sandra Physical Disks Benchmark (download)
– ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
– CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
– AS SSD Benchmark (download)
– Anvil Storage Utility Professional (download)
We also made these optimization changes…
– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enabled in the BIOS
– Windows 7 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 7 power saving settings are disabled
For comparison we will be testing the Samsung SSD 830 Series drive against these other solid state drives.
Patriot Pyro SE 120GB (Review)
OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G (Review)
Kingston HyperX 240GB (Review)
Patriot Wildfire 120GB (Review)
Corsair Force GT 120GB (Review)
OCZ Agility 3 240GB (Review)
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (Review)
Now let’s get to testing!