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Test Setup And Firmware Notes

Ten 60 GB SandForce-Based Boot Drives, Rounded-Up
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In a departure from what we've done in the past, we're adding out-of-box performance back into test suite today. So long as TRIM and garbage collection do their job, the performance of a desktop-oriented SSD should stay close to that level. We'll also cover the other end of the spectrum, though, conveying the performance during reads and writes to a dirty drive. Performance will always fall between those two extremes.

Firmware notes:

Because this story was already in progress when Micron released its 0309 firmware update, we wanted to note that the patch primarily resolves a BSOD error related to a power-on SMART counter. According to Crucial's change log, there should be no effect on performance.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.1 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesAdata S511 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 3.3.2

Adata S511 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 3.3.2

Corsair Force GT 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 1.3.3

Corsair Force 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 1.3.3

Crucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0009

Kingston SSDNow V200+ 60 GB, Firmware: 3.3.2

Intel SSD 520 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

OCZ Agility 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Vertex 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OWC Mercury Electra 6G SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 3.3.2

Patriot Pyro SE SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 3.3.2

RunCore Pro V 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 3.3.2

Samsung 830 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware CXM0
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS Gold
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.6.0.1002
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = 1, 4 KB Random: LBA=16 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential
PCMark 7
Storage Suite
HD Tune Pro
v5.0, LBA= Full Span
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