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by Robert Tanner on February 20, 2013 in Solid-State Drives

It’s the attack of the SandForce clones! Can any heroic atomic-powered SSD come to save us? Does Corsair’s Neutron have what it takes to rescue our PC in distress? Will the hordes of the positively-charged solid-state armies be neutralized in time? Tune in this week (or now) to find out!

Test System & Methodology

At Techgage, we strive to make sure our results are as accurate and real-world applicable as possible. We list most of the steps and processes involved in setting up and conducting our benchmarking process below, but in the interests of brevity we can’t mention every last detail. If there is any pertinent information that we’ve inadvertently omitted or you have any thoughts, suggestions, or critiques, then please feel free to email us or post directly in our forums. This site exists for readers like you and we value your input.

The table below lists the hardware used in our current storage-testing machine, which remains unchanged throughout all of our testing, with the obvious exception of the storage device. Each drive used for the sake of comparison is also listed here.

  Techgage Solid-State Drive Test System
Processor Intel Core i7-2600 – 3.80GHz (Locked) Quad-Core
Motherboard ASUS P8P67 Deluxe
Memory 4GB Kingston DDR3-2133
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 5770
Storage Hitachi 7200RPM 2TB Hard Drive
Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
Crucial m4 256GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB
Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB
OCZ Vector 256GB
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
Power Supply Antec NeoHE 550W
Cooling Noctua DH-14
Et cetera Dell 2407WFP (1920×1200)
Lite-on DVD-RW
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Our Windows 7 Desktop for SSD Testing

When preparing our SSD testbed for benchmarking we follow these guidelines:

General Guidelines

  • The Core i7-2600 processor is turbo-locked at 3.5GHz for result consistency.
  • No power-saving options are enabled in the motherboard’s EFI.
  • AHCI is enabled in the motherboard’s EFI for best performance.
  • Only the Intel 6Gb/s port controller is used for test drives.
  • Only cold boots are utilized; for the purposes of our testing a boot is defined as the moment the power button is depressed to the moment the last systray icon and program has fully loaded after reaching the Windows 7 desktop. Auto-login is enabled.

Windows 7 Optimizations

  • User Account Control (UAC) is disabled.
  • The OS is kept clean; no scrap files are left in between runs.
  • Windows Update and OS power-saving settings are disabled.

For our new Sandy Bridge storage testbed we have migrated to using test images for our drives. All drives are imaged with the cloned test image to ensure all drivers, programs, and settings remain identical for testing purposes. We feel disk cloning software and SSD controller technology has matured to the point where potential issues such as non-aligned sectors are no longer a potential issue.

For testing, we run all tests five times dropping the highest and lowest results, then take the average of the middle three. And who said that college statistics class wouldn’t prove useful? If any anomalous results are seen the test will be run again. Given the complexities of modern computers, and especially today’s operating systems and the software that runs on them, we feel this provides the most accurate results possible.

Finally, we are seeking to constantly improve and expand upon our SSD testing methodology. We are always actively seeking real-world workload scenarios that are bottlenecked by hard drives, so if you have any suggestions whatsoever or there is a program you would like to see included in our SSD content, then please drop by our forums and let us know! We are always looking to expand our SSD benchmarks and provide more useful and real-world results, and not just synthetic numbers.


  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    I must agree that 240GB at 200 USD and 5 year warranty, makes this the very first SSD I would consider buying.

    240GB would allow me to fit the OS, plus development environment and quite a few related essentials, that would allow me to keep a full programming environment under SSD speeds.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      I also have to agree. The 5-year warranty on such an affordable drive is -extremely- impressive, and an -extremely- bold move by Corsair given that LAMD controllers are not exactly “proven” in the enthusiast market yet. This would definitely be on the top of my list if I needed a new SSD.

    • Kougar

      For LAMD’s first entry into the enthusiast market, their roots in the enterprise space are clearly showing with how well its first consumer-oriented controller performs.

      The pricing, warranty, and performance is just the perfect combination with this drive. It easily outperforms all the SandForce clones in its price point yet the five year warranty proves Corsair is confident about, and committed to big things with this SSD and controller over the long run.

  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    BTW, I must say this:

    Techgage comes with some of the most comprehensive and well done tests I’ve come across on the web, beating in my opinion most of the established tech websites out there, both in scope and presentation. The amount of information is also phenomenal, providing the tests with the necessary backup info to put the data in context.

    This article, the NVIDIA’s Titan, the Seagate Constellation, to speak only of the most recent, are a sheer pleasure to read and should constitute a reference card to any geek or tech guru out there!

    And let’s not even speak of feature articles like Brett’s recent SSD’s at the office, or the absolute pearl that was his in depth introduction to pentesting, or Ryan Perry and Greg King’s case reviews!

    Frankly I’ll make sure TG is more often linked out there on the tubes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      If only we could possess all of the others as successfully as we have you! Buahahaha. No, I kid. That’s what we’ve always strived for. We’re far from perfect but can at least do our best.