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 becomes much more important than
just fast sequential read and write speeds, in this case I felt that it was
time to move into a different method of testing.
From now on I will only use the log files
from the event viewer to measure the startup and shutdown of the system, and
also use filecopy to measure all my copy tests from a ramdisk to the selected
storage drive that I would be testing.
Real world copy tests
I will now conduct some real world copy
tests so that you can have a much better view of how the drive will perform. In
these simple tests I try to simulate what a real user does with their drives. I
will be copying some mp3 files, various picture and MKV files, and finishing by
installing MS office 2007.
As I said earlier from now on all my test
files will be stored in a RamDisk and copied/pasted to the destination drive
using filecopy. The filecopy utility will be used from now on for all my tests,
and I’ll be using it this way to measure the time that it takes to copy the
Before I move on to the test, I want to
give you an idea on how fast your RAM is. Below you can find the results.
we can clearly see speed isn’t going to be an issue in these tests.
Copy tests – 259 MP3 song files (1.36GB total)
Since I am starting from scratch I can say
that this is a very impressive result for the Kingston V300 SSD.
Copy tests – 3,377 JPEG picture files (2.56GB total)
Again the Kingston V300 is showing great
Copy Tests – 1 MKV and 1 SRT file (3.46GB)
Here we can see that the Kingston V300 wins
this test by a very small margin.
Windows start-up and closedown based on the Event Viewer
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.
Here is a quick look at how the V300 does
after some use. Notice that this time varies from system to system and it’s only
here as a reference for each drive.
PCMark Vantage – HDD Suite
For these tests we will be using
FutureMark’s PCMark Vantage. This suite of real world test applications is
highly regarded, as one of the most comprehensive ways of testing a computer’s
performance in the real world. The PCMark Vantage test application also
includes a HDD/SSD/USB Flash suite of testing procedures, designed to fully
test out the performance of an HDD/SSD to its limits.
PCMark Vantage HDD suite results
V300 240GB SSD test results.
We can see that the Kingston V300 delivers
very good performance and below you can see the total score for the drive.
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 Enterprise (full install)
Now let’s see
how the V300 SSD performs with
the installation of MS Office 2007 Enterprise Edition.
followed was very simple. I copied all the files from the CD to the Crucial M4
SSD and used the Crucial M4 as a source drive for the installation of MS Office
The Kingston V300 needed only two minutes
and fourteen seconds to complete the installation of Office 2007, another
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 is 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, use the drive for a few days, and then re-run the AS SSD benchmark.
The same procedure will be followed once again, but this time the drive will be
filled close to 90% or higher of its capacity. 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 see how the
First run with the OS
the drive filled up to 50% of its capacity
is the result with the drive having less than 5% free space.
the drive with only the OS and the applications that I originally installed.
After a week of everyday use I can clearly
say that Kingston V300 has given a very impressive performance. The V300 is a
drive that can maintain good performance even when it’s been pushed to its
limits. This shows all the good work that Kingston has done on the V300 SSD.
This concludes our review. To read the final
thoughts and conclusion, click the link below….