SSD Roundup: Corsair F180 vs. Zalman S Series vs. Kingston SSDNow V+100

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Real World Performance

A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition at the beginning of each drive and our entire test suite was run start to finish 3 times. A reboot and defragmentation was performed in between runs for mechanical hard drives. Average times were collected for comparison.

Load times were very similar for the three drives, with the Zalman eking out a small victory offer the F180 and V+100.

The V+100 and S Series drives were very impressive in our application performance tests, coming in second and third respectively to the OCZ RevoDrive, which has a pair of SandForce controllers in RAID on a PCI-E 4x bus. The F180 was less impressive, though it did manage a minor victory over the Vertex 2.

In our file copy tests, the Zalman S Series led due to superior large file performance, followed by the F180. The V+100 was faster than both with small files, but slowed down considerably when copying larger files.

We were particularly impressed by the F180 as our large file test is comprised of heavily compressed XVID AVI files which do not really benefit from the SandForce controller's compression algorithms. As an experiment, we replaced the XVID AVIs with completely uncompressed versions with the same file sizes and found that the speed increased by about 40% on the F180. It's something to keep in mind if you work with a lot of uncompressed files.

In timed installs of PowerDVD and 3DMark06, the F180 and S Series drives pulled ahead once again, while the V+100 performed rather poorly, slower than the VelociRaptor, a 10,000RPM mechanical hard drive.



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