The read and write speeds are advertised (and reviewed) at 550 and 500 respectively.
I have the drive plugged via an Orange Sata cable (unknown type but I'm told the cabling doesn't really matter) into Sata port 0 and in AHCI Sata Mode.
Any ideas or answers would be HUGELY appreciated.
P.S I've been reading Tom's religiously for over a year, so I'm not just milking the community
Oh ok, I've never seen any information on the drive that differentiated, I assumed they were all the same, but I'm new to the SSD game and don't know a whole lot about it.
It is odd that I got a 7.9 on the windows Hard Drive rating system that first day and now cant get above 7.4, I know the windows rating system isnt anything special but Id like some consistency.
ATTO uses highly compressible data to test read/write speeds.
AS-SSD (and CrystalDiskMark) use highly incompressible data to test read/write speeds.
OCZ drives use what they call "on-the-fly" data compression to achieve their high read/write speeds. The more a block of data can be compressed, the faster it can be read and written to the drive.
For example if you have a 20 MB block of data and it can be compressed 75%, then only 5 MB is actually written to the drive. If the same block of data cannot be compressed then the total 20 MB has to be written to the drive.
And of course reading and writing 5 MB to a drive will always be done faster than reading or writing 20 MB.