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Test Setup And Firmware Notes

Samsung Goes 6 Gb/s: Is The 830-Series SSD King Of The Hill?
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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: 0001

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: 0001

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

Crucial m4 512 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001

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

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

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

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

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 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 256 GB Crucial m4 scores are different than what was posted in Second-Gen SandForce: Seven 120 GB SSDs Rounded Up because we've updated to firmware 0002. Overall, we see little performance change, which is why the other m4 capacities haven't been retested.

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