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CrystalDiskMark Performance

CrystalDiskMark is a new synthetic benchmark we've started looking at that tests 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 regard to SSD performance, best case being large sequential transfers and worse case being small, random 4K transfers. 

CrystalDiskMark Benchmarks
Synthetic File Transfer Tests

OCZ Vertex 2 Pro - 100GB MLC SSD

Intel X-25M G2 - 160GB MLC SSD

Intel X-25M G1 - 80GB MLC SSD
OCZ Vertex 120GB MLC SSD

The OCZ Vertex 2 Pro punched out the fastest overall results in the CrystalDiskMark test suite, with a much more balanced read/write performance profile.  Though sequential read speeds were a tad slower than the Intel X25-M series drives and OCZ's own legacy Vertex series, if you look at 512K random reads, the Vertex 2 Pro offered better results versus even Intel's Gen 2 SSD.  From a write performance point of view, the two OCZ Vertex drives offer up to 2x the write bandwidth of the Intel SSDs, with the Vertex 2 Pro offering great small transfer random write performance of 70+MB/s.

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