Intel 310 Series 80GB mSATA SSD Review

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CrystalDiskMark Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark is another synthetic test we've started looking at that evaluates both sequential as well as random small and large file transfers. It does a nice job of providing a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with SSD performance, best case being large sequential transfers and worse case being small, random 4K transfers.

CrystalDiskMark Benchmarks
Synthetic File Transfer Tests

Intel 310 Series 80GB

Intel X25-M Gen2 80GB

Samsung 470 Series 256GB

OCZ Vertex 2 100GB

Things took a turn for the quirky with our CrystalDiskMark tests. Sequential read and write speeds stay fairly close to the 310 SSD's rated specs, but both the 512K and 4K tests took a nose dive, particularly in write performance. Up to this point, the 310 model offered up similar write performance to the X25-M, but like the Cleveland era LeBron James in the playoffs, the 310 seemed to give up.

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