How We Test
Our SSD testing is targeted at real life performance measurement and final verdict is based on real world testing results. Additionally, for those number seeking enthusiasts, we do show some synthetic testing results as well. That said, our SSD testing procedures consists of both synthetic and real world performance testing. For synthetic speed testing we use a set of popular storage subsystem benchmarking software. This includes AS SSD Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO Disk Benchmark and Futuremark PCMark 7. Real world benchmarks include different file size copying, software and game installation, updating, operating system boot time, game level loading time, archive extraction (decompression), antivirus scan and a large proportion Photoshop editing benchmark. All SSDs are tested in a clean Windows 7 environment, using latest Intel RST drivers.
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.0 GHz
MB: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3
VGA: MSI GeForce GTX 460 768MB Cyclone OC
RAM: Patriot 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 HS @ 1.5V
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 128GB, Transcend SSD740 256GB, OCZ Vector 256GB, Samsung 830 256GB, Transcend SSD720 128GB.
PSU: Seasonic S12II-620 Bronze 620W