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8 affordable SSDs, 32 to 64 GB
by Marc Prieur
Published on November 16, 2010

Practical tests
After raw performance levels and file copying, we now move on to some slightly more meaningful numbers, the practical tests. While for the other tests, the hard drive was set up as a secondary drive, here it becomes the primary drive. After installing Windows 7 64-bit we time various tasks:

- Windows 7 start-up
We measure how long it takes to start up Windows 7, from initialising the load to the appearance of the Windows desktop.

- Windows 7 start-up + various applications:
This is the time required to start up Windows 7, Adobe Photoshop CS 5, Excel 2010, Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Outlook 2010.

- Launch of a Crysis level:
We measure how long it takes to launch Crysis and a game level launched straight from a command line.

- Installation of Photoshop CS5:
This is the time required to install Photoshop CS5 from the Adobe site download archive to the hard drive. Installation is broken down into two stages, the extraction of files from the archive, then the actual installation.

- Installation of Office 2010:
Here we measure the time required to install Office 2010 from an image on the SSD.


No need for a big SSD to benefit from improved Windows and application launch times! As the scores we got for random reads indicated, these SSDs mirror larger capacity models and give significant improvement in terms of your machine’s responsiveness. The Crucial C300 64 GB is slightly faster than the others, but they all give good results.


Here the gains are much lower. In spite of the reduced sequential write speeds, performance levels for the X25-V and the Onyxs aren’t catastrophic in this domain, which is after all incidental on low capacity SSDs.

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