System Overview & Testing Procedures
Just like any other 2.5-inch solid state drive just plug the OCZ VX500 into SATA power and data in your system and you are good to go. Once you have the drive installed and formatted you are left with 476 GB of usable space.
Opening up CrystalDiskInfo we can see all of the information about the drive. You can see the drive supports S.M.A.R.T., APM, NCQ, TRIM, and DevSleep. Talking about DevSleep this drive has great power efficiency at 3.4W when under full load, and only 5mW when it is asleep.
For testing the drive we will be using the following benchmarking programs, we have provided links to each so you can run the benchmarks on your drive for comparison.
HDTune Pro (download)
ATTO Disk Benchmark (download)
CrystalDiskMark 64bit (download)
AS SSD Benchmark (download)
Anvil Storage Utility Professional (download)
PCMark 8 – Storage Benchmark (download)
AIDA64 Storage Benchmark (download)
We also made these optimization changes…
– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enabled in the BIOS
– Windows 10 User Account Control (UAC) is disabled
– Windows 10 power saving settings are disabled
So let’s get into testing!