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Round-Up: 10 mSATA SSDs From Adata, Crucial, Mushkin, And OCZ
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Although we see Ultrabooks (and other thin and light form factors) as the most likely beneficiaries of mSATA space savings, they don't make great benchmarking platforms for swapping drives in and out. So, we're using an mSATA-to-SATA adapter on our desktop test bed. There is no performance penalty associated with this configuration, since the adapter simply changes the physical interface, not the signaling. As a side benefit, this setup lets us compare mSATA-based drives to larger 2.5" SATA-based SSDs without introducing any other variables.

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2400 (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.1 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesAdata XPG SX300 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Adata XPG SX300 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Adata XPG SX300 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Crucial m4 mSATA 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Crucial m4 mSATA 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Crucial m4 mSATA 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Mushkin Atlas m4 mSATA 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Mushkin Atlas m4 mSATA 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Mushkin Atlas m4 mSATA 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

OCZ Nocti 120 GB GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: -

Intel SSD 310 80 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: -

Intel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 320 80 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.92

Intel SSD 330 180 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Intel SSD 330 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 300i

Samsung 830 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Samsung 830 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0309

Crucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: 0009

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Vertex 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Agility 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Agility 3 60 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.22

OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Agility 4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Agility 4 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5

OCZ Vertex 4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.5
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS Gold
System Software and Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.6.0.1002
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0
Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = 1, 4 KB Random: LBA=8 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential
PCMark 7
Storage Suite
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