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Freeing Up Capacity On An SSD With NTFS Compression
By , Achim Roos

How much does NTFS compression affect the performance of a system equipped with an SSD? We already know that SandForce's technology employs compression to help achieve its impressive performance results, so we wanted to try a drive that doesn't already lean on compression. So, we grabbed one of Samsung's newer 830-series drives and compared its performance with compression turned on and off.

Test configuration

System Hardware
CPUIntel Core i5-2500K (32 nm, Sandy Bridge, D2), 4C/4T, 3.3 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2 Cache, 6 MB Shared L3 Cache, w/ HD Graphics 3000, 95 W TDP, 3.7 GHz max. Turbo Boost
Motherboard (LGA 1155)Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3, Revision: 1.0, Chipset: Intel Z68, BIOS: F9C
RAM2 x 4 GB DDR3-1333, Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
System SDDSamsung SSD 830, 256 GB, SATA 6Gb/s
ControllerIntel PCH Z68 SATA 6Gb/s
PSUSeasonic X-760 760 W, SS-760KM
Performance MeasurementsSYSmark 2012
PCMark 7 1.0.4
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
Intel Inf9.2.0.1030
Intel Rapid StorageĀ
AMD Catalyst11.8

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