WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD Review

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Our Test MethodologiesUnder 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.  The SSDs were left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO benchmark tests. And all drives were secure erased prior to the start of the 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 Powered

Processor -

Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -


Audio -

Hard Drives -

 

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7 965


Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme
(X58 Express Chipset)


GeForce GTX 280

6144MB Corsair DDR3-1333
CAS 7


Integrated on board

WD SiliconEdge Blue
Micron C300 256GB
OCZ Vertex Turbo Series 120GB
Intel X25-M Gen2 160GB

OS -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
-


Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate
Intel 9.1.1.1025 w/ Matrix Storage
DirectX 11

NVIDIA ForceWare v196.34

Benchmarks Used:
HD Tach v3.0.1.0
ATTO v2.41
CrystalDiskMark v3
PCMark Vantage
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 SP4

 

 IOMeter
 I/O Subsystem Measurement

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

IOMeter had the new WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD trailing the rest of the pack across the board. In both the default access pattern and our custom workstation pattern, the SiliconEdge Blue just missed the mark set by the OCZ Vertex 120GB in almost every category except for maximum response time, where the WD drive trailed significantly.

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