It has become clear that simply conducting
endless benchmarks on SSD drives is pointless. Real users may run a few
benchmarks when they first fit their SSD drive, but most users just want a
drive that performs well in the real world. They want their drive to work
"out of the box" and work fast and smoothly.
Most of the latest SSD drives can deliver
very fast sustained reading and writing speeds, but these alone tell you very
little about how the drive will perform in the real world.
If you intend to use your SSD as your
primary system drive, with an operating system and applications installed and
running from the drive, real world performance is much more important than just
fast sequential read and writ speeds.
world copy tests
I will now conduct a few real world copy
tests. In these tests I try to simulate what real users do with their drives. I
will be copying some mp3 files, various picture files, and installing MS
I should point out that this is not a
scientific way of measuring performance. These timings were taken with a stop watch;
I have however ensured that the reading drive is well able to supply a data
stream to our writing drive, which is high enough not to be slowing down the
performance of the writing drive. The source drive will be the Crucial M4.
I will once again be comparing the obtained
results with our comparison drives, and will present the results in the form of
Copy tests – 259 MP3 song files (1.36GB total)
The Kingston V+ 200 showed some very
Copy tests – 3,377 JPEG picture files (2.56GB total)
Again the V+ 200 SSD gives a very
Windows start-up and closedown
For these tests, I simply used a stop watch
and tested the amount of time taken for a full installation of Windows 7 to
boot to the desktop, and then timed how long it took for Windows 7 to close
down by the normal start menu method. From now I will also be adding the time logged
by the Windows Event Viewer for start-up and shutdown.
The timing was started once the BIOS had
initialised and reached the “loading OS message”.
Windows 7 boot time
Windows 7 closedown
As it was expected the differences in start-up
and shutdown times are very small compared to with the rest of the drive that I
have tested. I would say that in real use you won’t notice any difference in performance.
Event Viewer Logs
First boot and shutdown
Again I have decided that I will also
provide the start-up and shutdown times that the Windows Event viewer logs.
Below is a comparison with the Kingston V+
The next two screen shots were taken after I’d
installed all the drivers and all the software that I use every day. Below are
state boot time
state shutdown time
state boot time.
It was expected that the start-up and
shutdown times would be increased as we installed more software, however the
times are very good compared to the Kingston V+ 200 SSD that I have previously
Installing applications is possibly
something you don’t do that often. But should you replace your system disk,
then you will most likely have to re-install your applications. Most of the SSD
drives I have tested up until now are quite slow at installing applications,
most likely because their I/O performance was quite limited.
For these tests, we picked some popular
applications and copied the entire contents of the CD or DVD media to a Crucial
M4 256GB SSD. We did this to make sure that the reading speed of our CD/DVD
reader would not hamper the performance of the target drive.
We then installed these applications onto
our comparison HDD drives, which were all running mirror image installations of
our Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installation, and timed the amount of time
taken to install the application with a stopwatch on each of the drives.
MS Office 2007 Professional (full install)
Now let’s see
how the Kingston V+ 200 SSD performs with the installation of MS Office 2007
followed was very simple, I copied all the files from the CD to the Crucial M4
SSD and the Crucial M4 was used as a source drive for the installation of MS
Speed degradation after heavy testing
On this page I will test how the SSD
performs after heavy testing and usage.
I will run an AS SSD benchmark test when
the OS if freshly installed so that we can get a good view of how the drive
performs with the OS. After that I will fill the drive up to 50% of its
capacity and use the drive for a few days, before re-running the AS SSD
benchmark. The same procedure will be followed once again, but this time the
drive will be filled close to 90% of its capacity, and to finish this test, I
will simply delete all the extra data and leave the PC idle for a few hours so
that the controller has the time to perform any necessary cleaning, then we
will test how the drive performs.
First run with the OS
drive filled at 50%
now the Kingston V+ 200 is filled at 90%
finally the drive with only the OS and some everyday applications.
After a week with everyday abuse. almost
4TB was read and 3TB was written during this week and we can see that the
asynchronous NAND is able to restore some of its original performance. Also
it’s worth mentioning that the drive never struggled during this week, it kept the
same blazing fast performance that we are used to getting from an SSD.
This concludes our review. To read the final
thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….