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ADATA Premier Pro SP300 24GB mSATA Cache Solid State Drive Review

It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the meat of the testing has to be under absolute real world conditions. This proves difficult as to record results we have to narrow down fluctuation. Therefore, while we would say these are the most useful results to get from this review, there is always going to be a slight margin for error – it's not absolutely scientific.

We installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional 64bit Edition with Service Pack 1 onto each of the drives. We then install a basic suite of software, such as Office, Chrome, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Security Essentials. We also installed our entire suite of benchmark software. To ensure that our test results would mirror a real world situation, some Word, Excel, PDF and JPG files were also loaded onto the machine.

We used a digital watch for this start-up and repeated the test 5 times for each drive to ensure consistency.

Our Kingston V100 SSD manages to pip the SP300 and Seagate 7200.12 combination for the ‘Boot Time' chart's pole position. The performance difference is of sufficient quantity to observe a speed differential between the two combinations.

Of equal importance is the 22 second or 37% speed gain achieved when switching from a fast HDD to a basic Intel SRT configuration.

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