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Test Setup And Firmware Notes

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Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.3 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
ASRock Z68 Extreme4, BIOS v1.4
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 DrivesCrucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0002

Intel SSD 510 250 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7

Intel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7

Crucial m4 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0002

Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0002

Crucial m4 512 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0009

Crucial RealSSD 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0006

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

OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.15

OCZ Solid 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.2

Corsair Force 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 2.0

Adata S511 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 311A

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A

Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A

Kingston SSDNow V+100 128 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: CJRA

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 GB (WD3000HLFS) SATA 3Gb/s

G.Skill FM-25S2S 64 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 02.1

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s

Intel X25-M G2 160 GB, Firmware: 1.7

Samsung 470 256 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: AXMO

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

OCZ Octane 512 GB, SATA 6Gb/s Firmware: E068

OCZ Vertex 2 (32nm) 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.32

Kingston HyperX 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 320A
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS
System Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.5.0.1022
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0
Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = # Logical CPUs, 4 KB Random: LBA=16 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential: QD=1
ATTO Benchmark

LBA=2 GB, QD=2 & 4, varying transfer sizes

PCMark 7
Storage Suite


Firmware Notes

Performance can change noticeably with a firmware update. We'll try to update our benchmark library when a new firmware version is released.

You'll notice that 512 GB Crucial m4 scores are different than what was posted in our previous review because we've updated to firmware 0009. While this purportedly enabled better sequential performance, that claim only applies at higher queue depths, which is why the other m4 capacities weren't retested for this review.

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