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Written by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Super Talent UltraDrive ME SSD FTM28GX25H
UltraDrive ME Features
FTM28GX25H Specifications
First Look: UltraDrive ME SSD
UltraDrive Internal Components
SSD Testing Methodology
Random Access Time Benchmark
Basic IOPS Performance
Random Access IOPS Tests
Linear Bandwidth Speed
Sequential Performance Tests
Buffered Transaction Speed
Windows XP Startup Times
The Truth Behind Heat Output
Solid State Drive Final Thoughts
UltraDrive SSD Conclusion

Windows XP Startup

EDITORS NOTE 05/15/2009: Benchmark Reviews has re-tested the Super Talent UltraDrive ME with the latest v1370 firmware, which includes TRIM support, and the resulting performance was generally identical to the previous firmware. Please remember that TRIM is a Windows 7 supported feature, and does not improve performance on Windows XP or Vista Operating Systems.

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 it 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 BIOS pre-loading and POST (Power-On Self Test) routine prior to actually beginning to load Microsoft Windows XP, so it's not realistic to think that my results would match another system identically.

Drive Hardware

In the next section, I begin to summarize my final thoughts on the OCZ Vertex series SSD as well as Solid State Drives in general. Please continue on to see what I think of SSD technology in todays consumer market.



 

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