Conventional Hard Drive Obsoletism? Samsung's 32 GB Flash Drive Previewed

Test Setup

System Hardware (Reference System for Storage Testing)
Processor(s) 2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)
3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
Platform Asus NCL-DS (Socket 604)
Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAM Corsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)
2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar WD1200JB
120 GB, 7,200 rpm, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Mass Storage Controller(s) Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)
Promise SATA 300TX4
Promise FastTrak TX4310
Networking Broadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics Card On-Board Graphics
ATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurements c’t h2benchw 3.6
I/O Performance IOMeter 2003.05.10
System Software & Drivers
OS Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, Service Pack 1
Platform Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility
Graphics Driver Default Windows Graphics Driver
System Hardware (Notebook for This Project)
Socket 479 Intel Pentium M 1.3 GHz (Banias, 32 + 32 kB L1 Cache, 1 MB L2 Cache)
RAM 768 MB DDR266 (CL 2.5-3-3-6)
Graphics Card Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Chipset Intel i855GM
Hard Drive I Samsung Solid State Disk 32 GB, UltraATA/66
Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD
Hard Drive II 100 GB 7,200 RPM, 8 MB cache, UltraATA/100
Hitachi TravelStar 7K100
Hard Drive III 160 GB 5.400 RPM, 8 MB cache, UltraATA/100
Samsung HM160JC
DVD-ROM Matsushita DVD/RW UJ-811
Intel Graphics Driver Ver.
Intel Chipset Driver Intel Chipset Software
DirectX Version : 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
OS Windows XP, Build 2600 SP2

Our tests were performed on an Averatec 5100 Notebook with 768 MB RAM and a Pentium M 1.3 GHz CPU (600 MHz in SpeedStep mode).

Benchmark Results

Data Transfer Diagram

Drive Interface Bandwidth

In terms of our test for drive interface bandwidth the limiting factor is the UltraATA/66 interface effectively handicapping scores, especially in the data read category. All other drives the SSD was tested against feature either ATA/100 or SATA/150.

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