Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
Warranty voidance procedure complete. Now for the guts. First the front:
Layout is identical to the prior Vector. Here's the rear of the 240GB model, showing 8 additional flash chips.
The rear of the 120GB model (shown below) has the rear mostly vacant, as it fulfills its capacity with only the front mounted flash.
Now for some close ups. Here's the trusty Barefoot:
…and a shot of the rear-mounted RAM and power electronics:
Our tests are a 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 currently employ a pair of testbeds. Our trusty Z68 SandyBridge testbed sits along side a newer ASUS P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt.Results between both boards have been +/- 2% of each other – well within the best data scatter of a typical benchmark.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rigs.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500K|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z68-V Pro|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||Intel® HD Graphics 3000|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 7 X64|
- PCPer File Copy Test
- Write Caching Test