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When we transferred 2GB of files within each drive, the Samsung managed the task in 23.9 seconds - 12 seconds faster than the Intel and twice as fast as the OCZ. Things get a bit more complicated when we transferred files between drives as we have already seen that the Intel SSD has a slow write speed. This led to the interesting result that it took longer to write 2GB of files to the Intel SSD than it did to the WD Caviar hard drive.

2GB File Transfer Results

Samsung 256GB SSD - 2GB File Copy

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Now that we've seen a handful of SSDs in action, it's clear that the Intel X25-M is somewhat slower than we first appreciated and presents a significant bottleneck when it is allied to a second SSD.

2GB File Transfer Results

Samsung 256GB SSD - 2GB File Copy

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Reading 2GB of data from the Intel SSD to the OCZ and Samsung SSDs took 19 seconds for both drives. There was only one second separating the OCZ and Samsung when we transferred data from the WD Caviar.

2GB File Transfer Results

Samsung 256GB SSD - 2GB File Copy

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Previously, we were impressed by the speed of OCZ Apex but sounded a note of caution as its performance is quite variable. By contrast, the Samsung is as fast as heck and appears to be flawless while also delivering enough capacity to be useful in the real world. There are few of us who could stomach a drive with 80GB or 120GB of capacity in a laptop or PC, but a 250GB main drive is entirely plausible.

2GB File Duplication on Drive

Samsung 256GB SSD - 2GB File Copy

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Now, we know what you’re wondering: these tests were carried out on a clean Windows Vista PC but how do these new fangled SSDs perform in the real world?

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