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OCZ Technology 64GB SATA-II Solid State Disk Review - SSD Update!

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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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

For reviewing the OCZ 64GB SATA-II SSD drive I included a varying set of
hard drives in the comparisons.  First, we will obviously compare the new SATA-II version to the original SATA-I OCZ SSD and we'll continue to compare it to another 2.5"
hard drive for mobile applications the WD Scorpio 250GB drive was
included.  Secondly, in order to see how the OCZ drive compares to
desktop competition in the form of the most recent 3.5" drives we have
reviewed on PC Perspective - that means the OCZ SSD has to face the new
WD VelociRaptor drive.

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

OCZ 64GB SSD SATA-II

OCZ 64GB SSD SATA-I

Western Digital Scorpio 250GB

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000GLFS

Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB WD7500AAKS


 Western Digital Raptor X 150GB WD1500ADFD

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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