SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial - HotHardware

SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased and left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS (240GB)
OCZ Agility 3 (200GB)
Corsair Force GT (120GB)
Corsair Force 3 Series (128GB)
Patriot Wildfire (120GB)
Crucial M4 (256)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v4.61
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a gauge for relative available throughput with a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you really can't with most other benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.

Our IOMeter results didn't reveal any surprises. The OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS edition drive turned in the highest scores overall, but all of the other SandForce powered drives finished very close behind. The Marvell-based Crucial M4, however, performed significantly lower than the other drives here.

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

Next we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

Because SANDRA's Physical Disk benchmark shows some variation from run to run, it wouldn't really be fair to declare any drive the "winner" here. Technically, the OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS edition drive put up the best Read score and second best Write score, but all of the SandForce-based drives are closely bunched together. The Crucial M4 trailed by wide margins, however.

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That is one reason monster hardware HD's are great. Grab a 2Tb drive and have a consistent back up for $100.00. In the end nothing beats incremental backup, and an image backup which is how I do it. My incremental is on a partition on one drive, and my incremental is on another both are old school 7200 rpm drives, and I think I paid about 110 dollars for them both together.

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I don't know about other SF-based SSD but CZ has been having issues with all their 3rd gen SSDs. With FW 2.02 to 2.06, people have been complaining about lock-ups and BSOD in Windows. It seems FW 2.09 has resolved the problem for many but some people claim some performance loss as well. Just throught people should know before spending that kind of money for "premium" products. Oh, and I own a Vertex 3 (non-MI).

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~OCZ~ has been having issues with all their 3rd gen SSDs

Thanks for your post. I'm all set to begin a Sandy Bridge build with a OCZ Solid drive in it. After reading the above,.....I just updated the drive's firmware on another PC *before* I began. Smile

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I have to comment on the first paragraph before I forget about it. I agree with what's being said and now we're already getting to the point where non-enthusiasts want it too. Everytime someone comes over to my house and borrow my computer for a few minutes, they're always shocked by the fluid, quick response my pc has.

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SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, CrucialWith all of the new products to hit the SSD market recently, we thought it was a good time to pull together a varied sampling of cutting edge SATA III solid state drives to see how they stack up. We’ve got six drives on tap for this piece, two apiece from OCZ and Corsair, one from Patriot and another from Crucial. On tap are the Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force 3 Series, OCZ Agility 3, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, and the Crucial M4...

SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial

Tigerdirect has an OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD for $110 after rebate. Anytime I see an SSD for under $1 per Gig its a deal.

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What is the difference between the SandForce and Marvell controllers and what would be the more compatable with my rig? I have a ASUS ROG Crosshair lV Formula motherboard and a AMD Phenom ll 1090T processor. Thanks for the help.

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What is the difference between the SandForce and Marvell controllers and what would be the more compatable with my rig?

Of those two, Sandforce is the better performer.

But OCZ has just introduced new drives with their own controller on them. (they recently bought Indilinx, a controller company)

They are very impressive and I think that they'll become the new standard in performance. You should look into these.

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Thanks very much for the info!!

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You're welcome, and welcome to our site.

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nice info and nice review...

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