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Written by Miles Cheatham   
Monday, 19 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel X25-M Features
Intel SSDSA2MH080G15E Specifications
Intel X25-M First Look
SSD Testing Methodology
System Speed Test Benchmarks
ATTO Disk Benchmarks
EVEREST Disk Benchmark
Intel X25-M Final Thoughts
SSDSA2MH080G15E Conclusion

EVEREST Disk Benchmark

Many enthusiasts are very familiar with the EVEREST benchmark suite by Lavalys, but not many are aware of the Disk Benchmark tool available inside the program. The EVEREST Disk Benchmark (version 2.05.36) performs linear read and write bandwidth tests on each drive, and can be configured to use file chunk sizes up to 1MB (which speeds up testing and minimizes jitter in the waveform). Benchmark Reviews feels that linear tests are the only legitimate method for testing SSD products, as detailed in our Solid State Drive Benchmark Performance Testing article.

The average read speed for the Intel X25-M SSD on the ICH10R controller was a phenomenal 243.5 MBps.


Linear write performance averaged 72.8 MBps on the Intel ICH10R Southbridge. This is approximately 10% lower than our test results in ATTO Disk Benchmark, supporting our claim to use ATTO Disk Benchmark as a tool for illustrating IOPS load performance and spot-checking only.


The chart below shows the average linear read and write bandwidth for a cross-section of drives attached to the Intel ICH10 Southbridge. This is the single most important chart in this review, in our estimation.


Linear bandwidth certainly benefits the Solid State Drive, since there's very little fluctuation in transfer speed. Hard Disk Drive products decline in performance as the spindle reaches the inner-most sectors on the magnetic platter.


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