Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
We noted it was a bit easier than normal to get into these drives, as the ‘warranty void if removed’ stickers had not been fully seated prior to shipping:
Once open, we see the SandForce 2281 controllers and IMFT 25nm flash memory.
…and finally the backs. The 120GB models have flash on both sides of the PCB’s:
Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, 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
We’re breaking in a new Sandy Bridge test bed. Necessary for properly testing these new drives, even with the known issues. To get around this, we are using only the Intel SATA 6Gb/sec ports, which are known to not exhibit the inconsistent performance / connectivity issues.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rig.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup
|Intel Core i5-2500K
|Asus P8Z68-V Pro
|Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9
|G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD
|Intel® HD Graphics 3000
|Windows 7 X64
- PCPer File Copy Test