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Intel's X25-M Solid State Drive Reviewed

Test System for Low Level Benchmarks

Processor(s)2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core) 3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604)Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAMCorsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310Driver 2.06.1.310
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6
PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10
Fileserver-Benchmark
Webserver-Benchmark
Database-Benchmark
Workstation-Benchmark
I/O Performancewhile power measuredIOMeter 2006.07.27
Workstation-Benchmark
Streaming-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Test Setups for Mobilemark and Sysmark

NotebookDell Latitude D630Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45nm ; 2600 MHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
RAMCorsair ValueRAM 2x 2048 MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
DVD-ROM8x DVD+/-RW
WirelessIntel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/g/n) mini Card
Screen14.1 inch Wide-screen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply9-Cell / 85 WHr Primary Battery
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build 6000 SP1
DirectX Version10
Platform Drivers IntelVersion 8.2.0.1014
Graphics Driversigdumd32.dll (7.14.00.10.1253)
Platform Mobilemark07 + SYSmark 2007 Preview
NotebookDell Latitude D630Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9300 (45nm ; 2500 MHz, 6 MB L2 Cache)
RAMSamsung M470T5663QZ3 2x 2048 MB DDR2-667 SDRAM 5-5-5-15
DVD-ROM8x DVD+/-RW
WirelessIntel 4965 WLAN (802.11a/b/g) mini Card
Screen14.1 inch Wide-screen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply6-Cell / 56 WHr Primary Battery
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows XP SP2 (Sysmark 2007 Preview)
OSWindows Vista Ultimate 6.0 Build 6000 SP1 (Mobilemark07)
DirectX Version9
Platform Drivers IntelVersion 8.2.0.1014
Graphics DriversVersion 6.14.10.4926

Benchmarks and Settings

VLCVersion 0.8.6hPlaying VOB File
Bapco MobileMark 2007Version 1.04Productivity 2007
Bapco Sysmark 2007 PreviewVersion 1.04Single Run