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Six New SSDs: Can Intel Be Dethroned?

Comparison Table, Test Setups

ManufacturerWalton ChaintechMemory CorpMemory CorpSilicon PowerSoliwareSuper Talent
FamilyAPOGEEF4 MLCF4 MLCSLC SSDS100 MLC SSDMasterDrive OX
Capacity64 GB32 GB32 GB64 GB32 GB64 GB
Available Capacities32,128 GB8-128 GB8-128 GB8, 16, 32 GB64, 128 GB16, 32, 128 GB
InterfaceSATA / 300 - USBSATA / 300SATA / 300SATA / 300SATA /150SATA/300
Form Factor2.5"2.5"2.5"2.5"2.5"2.5"
Low Level Benchmarks - System Hardware
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 300TX4Promise FastTrak TX4310 Driver 2.06.1.310
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics SubsystemOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementsc't h2benchw 3.6PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
Performance and Power MeasurementsIOMeter 2006.07.27Workstation-BenchmarkStreaming-Benchmark
System Software and Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver

Test Notebook and Settings

Platform
NotebookDell Latitude D630Mobile Intel GM965 Express Chipset
CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T9500 (45 nm; 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 WideScreen WXGA+ LCD (1400x900)
Graphics CardIntel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Sound CardIntegrated
Power Supply9-Cell/85WHr Primary Battery
System Software and 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)
Benchmarks and Settings
VLCVersion 0.8.6hPlaying VOB file