OCZ Colossus 3.5-in Solid State Drive Review
Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
After attacking the Colossus with a various assortment of power tools, the following resulted:
(above paragraph edited to correct my poor attempt at doing math at 3 AM :)
for this review
All values will be obtained under XP X64
to keep the test data consistent with previous testing. Windows 7 was
not required for these tests because the Colossus is not TRIM capable. The 4 Indilinx controllers *are* capable individually, but the the Silicon Image processor does not support TRIM forwarding so the controllers never get to see the TRIM commands.
Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks.
PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test
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
We have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated, forward
thinking machine. We made some changes to help minimize test data
scatter with higher bandwidth devices. Sound is flat out disabled,
with no additional card installed. Video was *intentionally* shifted
to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of
PCI Express cards (like ioDrives, DDRDrives, and high end RAID cards). Spot checks
against the previous rig showed a negligible change in test output.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and BFG for
supplying some of the components of our test rig.
Test System Setup
|CPU||Intel Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT
Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI
|Video Drivers||Geforce 181.22|
|Operating System||Windows XP X64 SP2|
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