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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 25 February 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Mtron MOBI 3000 2.5-Inch 16GB SSD MSD-SATA3025
SDD Features and Specifications
Mtron MOBI Closer Look
Mtron MSD-SATA3025 Detailed Features
SSD Testing Methodology
HD Tach Benchmarks
System Speed Test Results
SSD Final Thoughts
MSD-SATA3025 Conclusion

Testing Methodology

EDITORS NOTE: Please read Solid State Drive (SSD) Benchmark Performance Testing to understand how the benchmarks used in this article should be interpreted.

At this point in technology, there are several key differences between Solid State Disks and magnetic rotational Hard Disk Drives. While the DRAM-based buffer size is ever-increasing, there is still a delay in the initial response time. This is one key area in which the SSD presently dominates. Conversely, once the SSD begins reading or writing data it does so at a constant rate when the HDD tapers off in performance. This makes the average transaction speed of a SSD comparable to the data burst rate mentioned in HDD tests.

Test System

Disk Hardware

  • Mtron MOBI 3000 16GB MSD-SATA3025 2.5" Solid State Drive
  • Western Digital Raptor 74GB WD740ADFD 10,000 RPM SATA Hard Disk Drive (16MB Cache Buffer)
  • Seagate 7200.11 500GB ST3500320AS 7,200 RPM SATA-II Hard Disk Drive (32MB Cache Buffer)
  • Seagate 7200.10 400GB ST3400620AS 7,200 RPM SATA-II Hard Disk Drive (16MB Cache Buffer)
  • Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 60GB HTS721060G9SA00 7,200 RPM SATA 2.5" Hard Disk Drive (8MB Cache Buffer)

Test Tools

  • HD Tach RW v3.0.4.0 by Simpli Software
  • System Speed Test v4.7.8 by Vladimir Afanasiev
  • ATTO Disk benchmark v2.02

Comparing a Solid State Disk to a standard Hard Disk Drives is always relative; even if you're comparing the fastest rotational spindle speeds. One is going to be many times faster in response (SSD's), while the other is going to have higher throughput bandwidth (HDD's). Additionally, there are certain factors which can effect the results of a test which we do our best to avoid. Nevertheless there will be some tests which will not be completely representative of the individual product tested, but a combination of the product and supporting system hardware. An excellent example of such a test is the write bandwidth benchmarks, which rely heavily on another source to force data and the bus bandwidth to support it. This is why you will see Benchmark Reviews place an emphasis on read bandwidth over write tests.


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