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.

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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


Intel Core 2 Duo E6400


Gigabyte P35-DS3R


OCZ Technology 2 x 2GB DDR2-800

Hard Drive

Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

Western Digital Caviar SE16 750GB
Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000GLFS
Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Sound Card


Video Card

ATI Radeon X800 XL

Video Drivers

Catalyst 8.3

Power Supply Antec TruePower 480 watt

DirectX Version


Operating System

Windows Vista x64 SP1

  • PCMark05
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Yapt
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test
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