Before delving into the more technical benchmarks, here’s a quick reminder of why you should be considering ditching your old magnetic storage in favour of an SSD:
The M4 breathed new life into my old 3GHz E6850-based test rig which usually takes around 48 seconds to boot Window 7 x64 from an ancient 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s Seagate drive, which has seen far too much abuse. With the M4 installed it now takes 15.8 seconds – short of a major CPU upgrade, an SSD is the best performance addition you can really go for.
ATTO confirms the same results as before, 350MB/s reads and 210 MB/s writes
CrystalDiskMark shows some quite promising results with 1GB sequential and 512KB reads blitzing past 300MB/s while the corresponding write operations come in just a hair over 200MB/s. Not seeing the promised 415MB/s reads or 260MB/s writes though…
The story with AS SSD benchmark is very much the same; still fairly impressive, but not quite what Crucial promised. Looking further, it can be seen that the peak 40K IOPS read is achieved, but write performance falls 20K short of the 50K IOPS goalpost. Just because these aren’t the ideal numbers is no reason to write off the M4, in comparison to other drive I’ve tested, this still comes out on top, beating even Intel’s new 510 drives.
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Plus I doubt there is any CPU upgrade you can perform that would result in a 300% performance increase which didn't involve buying a completely new motherboard and replacing all your RAM because it's last year's style and now completely wrong.
I want to see more hybrid drives with larger SSD based caches. For my work a large internal HD is important. I currently run one of the 512gb Seagate hybrids. The performance increase for apps you open every day is huge and for only a little more than a traditional platter drive. It's not as fast as a pure SSD but it's very respectable for stuff like OS boots and opening Final Cut Pro. From the tests I did (from memory) starting Final Cut Pro (plug ins and all) took about 50 seconds on the old platter HD, but now takes under 20 seconds. No doubt an SSD could do it in in 10 seconds, but the cost!
So I'd like to see larger SSD caches on these drives as they seem to do a good job.
People expect instant-on, these days.
That's progress, like it or not. Or are you still on dial-up?