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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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ADATA Premier Pro SP920 2.5" SSD Full Capacity Roundup - Low Cost High Performance

04/01/2014 - 21:30

Introduction: ADATA has been in the storage market for a good while now. I like to think of them as the patient underdog. They don't necessarily come out with the shiny new controller or flash technology. Instead they tend to sit back and wait for a...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

03/31/2014 - 22:41

Conclusion: PROS: Shockingly good performance given the low cost. Good quality construction. CONS: Write speeds suffer a bit in the lower capacities (due to reduced available die count). [inline:files/review/2014-03-31/DSC00640_0.JPG] Pricing and...


03/31/2014 - 22:38

Yapt (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

03/31/2014 - 22:37

Back with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB review, I revised the layout of these graphs to better show SSD latency and access time.  First, I have removed HDD results as they throw the scale too far to tell any meaningful difference in the SSD...

IOMeter - IOps

03/31/2014 - 22:35

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It was originally developed by the Intel Corporation and announced at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) on February 17, 1998 - since then it got wide...


03/31/2014 - 22:29

For these tests, we use RankDisk, an application developed and copyrighted by Intel. In our testing, we found RankDisk to be suitable for a neutral benchmark. RankDisk is used to record a trace of disk activity during usage of typical applications. These...


03/31/2014 - 22:26

HDTune tests a similar level of features as compared with HDTach, but with a different access pattern. Thus provides us with an additional set of benchmark numbers to compare between storage configurations. Here we can get the minimum, maximum...


03/31/2014 - 22:25

HD Tach will test the sequential read, random access and interface burst speeds of your attached storage device (hard drive, flash drive, removable drive, etc). All drive technologies such as SCSI, IDE/ATA, 1394, USB, SATA and RAID are supported. Test...

PCPer File Copy Test

03/31/2014 - 22:24

Our custom PCPer-FC test does some fairly simple file creation and copy routines in order to test the storage system for speed.  The script creates a set of files of varying sizes, times the creation process, then copies the same files to another...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

03/31/2014 - 22:21

Internals: After disassembly: [inline:files/review/2014-03-31/DSC00646.JPG] The housing and assembly is of good quality materials, and the aluminum doubles as a heatsink for both the Marvell controller and RAM. [inline:files/review/2014-03-31/DSC00648....