It's a foregone conclusion that SSDs are must-haves in performance-oriented PCs, but our testing reveals that solid-state drives are reasonable upgrades in older mainstream machines, too. We build three old boxes to gauge the impact of an SSD on each.
Thanks to solid-state technology's responsiveness, the difference between SSDs and mechanical storage is even larger in random 512 KB transfers. Let's have a look at what happens when we use 4 KB reads and writes, rather than 512 KB pieces of data.
The SSD is roughly 40x faster than the hard drives when it comes to 4 KB random read operations, achieving 14-18 MB/s instead of 0.5 MB/s. This is the case for individual I/O requests. We expect that when you start to pile on pending commands, the situation becomes even more pronounced.
Now we’re seeing 130x to 210x more performance from the SSDs. The hard drives still deliver between 0.6 and 0.9 MB/s of effective throughput, while the SSDs move 130 MB/s in our 4 KB random read test. When it comes to writes the gap closes a bit. However, it's still the difference between night and day: 0.6-1.1 MB/s for the hard drives versus 75 MB/s on the SSD.
- Upgrading? An SSD Might Make Sense
- System Configurations: PCs From 2005 To 2010
- Getting Replaced: Several Generations Of Hard Drives
- Test System Details
- Benchmark Results: Sequential Read/Write
- Benchmark Results: Random Read/Write
- Benchmark Results: PCMark 7 Drive Test
- Benchmark Results: PCMark 7 System Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Windows Start Up And Power Consumption