It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the real 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 – its not absolutely scientific.
Firstly we installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition onto each of the drives and performed a clean update from Microsoft with all patches and security fixes. We then install a basic suite of software, such as Office, Firefox and Adobe Design, then we install AVG free antivirus. We used a digital watch for this startup and repeated the test five times for each drive – once we had these five results we averaged the results and took that for the final figure.
Using the mechanical drive as a reference figure we recorded a boot time of 62 seconds on our reference system. The SSD drives meant that the system was ready to rock in less than half the time. The ADATA S599 managed to outperform the other drives by a single second. Not that noticeable, but repeatedly recorded.
STALKER is a game which likes to take its time loading. With the mechanical drive recording a benchmark figure of 36 seconds, we can see that the SSD drives shave 12 seconds from this figure, with the ADATA S599 beating both OCZ and Corsair drives by 2 seconds. Again this was repeated many times to confirm.