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Intel X25-M 80GB Solid State Hard Drive Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Intel
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Testing Methodology and System Setup

Testing Methods

I have migrated from Windows XP to Windows Vista x64 with the
SP1 service pack installed.  We are still using a P35 motherboard with
the ICH9 south bridge (still used on X48 motherboards and unchanged)
but upgraded to 2GB of memory in alleviate any issues with Vista as the
new operating system of choice.  We are still using a Core 2 Duo E6400
dual-core processor that is more than capable of pushing our storage
options to the limits.  Other components are listed in the table below.


Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. 
The two PCMark suites offer a good combination of both worlds while the
IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out
the selection to cover just about all bases.  If you have any questions
about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!

Test System Setup

To test the Intel X25-M against the best of the best in the storage world we have thrown it against an array of options.  The fastest SSD we have tested to date, the OCZ 64GB SSD SATA II drive is in there as is the newly crowned Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB drive.  I also included a set of VelociRaptor drives in a RAID 0 array to see how the X25-M compares to a storage solution of similar pricing ($300 x 2) and just for good measure included the Raptor 150GB drive and the WD SE16 750GB drive too.

Hard Drive Test System Setup

CPU

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400

Motherboard

Gigabyte P35-DS3R

Memory 

OCZ Technology 2 x 2GB DDR2-800

Hard Drive

Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

OCZ 64GB SSD SATA-II


Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000GLFS

Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Sound Card

none

Video Card

ATI Radeon X800 XL

Video Drivers

Catalyst 8.3

Power Supply Antec TruePower 480 watt

DirectX Version

DX10

Operating System

Windows Vista x64 SP1

  • PCMark05
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune

  • PCPer File Copy Test
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