Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB Solid State Drive Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
Our test system is comprised of an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme processor, Gigabyte X58A-UD5 motherboard, Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card, 6GB OCZ DDR3 memory, 750GB SATA drive, Blu-ray drive, 1000W Zalman power supply all inside the BitFenix Colossus case.

sys info

Opening up CrystalDiskInfo we can see all the information about the drive.  As you can see this drive does support 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)

We also made these optimization changes…

– No power saving options in the BIOS
– ACHI enables 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 SiliconEdge Blue against these other solid state drives.

Patriot Inferno 120GB (Review)
Corsair Force F120 120GB (Review)
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB (Review)

Now on to testing!

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