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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 15 December 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
G.Skill FM-25S2S-64GB SATA-II MLC SSD
First Look: G.Skill MLC SSD
SSD Testing Methodology
System Speed Test Benchmarks
HD Tach RW Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
FM-25S2S-64GB Conclusion

Windows XP Startup

After several SSD product reviews in which I recorded Windows XP startup time data, I have repeatedly omitted my results from the article for lack of enough comparison data. In all honesty, I cannot make this an interesting subject. Most of you reading this article have already watched the video of a Windows computer starting up in mere seconds when it used a Solid State Drive, so it wouldn't be very exciting to show this again. Instead, I have recorded the length of time it took for my Dell Inspiron 6400 notebook computer to startup with each drive. Here are the specifications on the notebook:

  • Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook
  • Intel Core Duo T2300 @ 1.66 GHz
  • 2GB DDR2 667 MHz System Memory
  • Windows XP Professional SP3 (identical image cloned to each drive)

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This "test" is going to be useful to laptop computer users only, primarily because I did not test the desktop hard drives. The only hard drive included was the high-performance 7200 RPM Hitachi Travelstar 7K100, which recorded a 28-second load time from the moment I pressed the power button to the moment the Windows Login screen was displayed.

The primary purpose of this test was to demonstrate that a Solid State Drive could in fact cut the Windows load time in half, but there are other factors to consider. It's important to note that this particular Dell notebook consumes almost 11 seconds on the POST routine and BIOS pre-loading prior to actually loading Windows, so it's not realistic to think that my results would match another system identically.

Disk Hardware

In the next section, I begin to summarize my final thoughts on the Mtron Pro 7500 series as well as Solid State Drives in general. Please continue on to see what I think of SSD technology.



 

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