ConclusionBefore launching ourselves into a report on technology as recent as SSDs, we feel it’s very important to get to know their ins and outs. We aren’t in the habit of always going into the details of our decisions with respect to a test protocol but the advent of the TRIM command has made things more tricky and necessitates the adaptation of our test tools.
IOMeter is the typical example of a test tool updated at the time of hard drives and which requires a few adjustments so as to represent the true performance of an SSD in a modern operating system, especially if it supports TRIM, without which the results obtained can in certain cases be very far from what you get in reality.
From a more practical point of view we can only salute the arrival of the TRIM command and successful TRIM support on the Indilinx controller. We should say that our first tests on Intel SSDs have shown similar results and we will of course check that the TRIM command is well applied for each SSD tested as well as testing performance without TRIM.
As our test protocol is now almost in place, we’re moving on to some serious testing. Rendezvous here in a few weeks for a report comparing the latest in-fashion SSDs!