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Dell XPS 13 (9360) Review

M.2 interface

To test the speeds of the PCIe, M.2 SSD that ships with the XPS 13, I ran CrystalDiskMark and ATTO Disk Benchmark.

crystalssd attossd

Interesting results here: the ‘read’ speeds are quite high at around 1700 MB/s, but ‘write’ speeds of around 430 MB/s are comparatively slow, especially for a PCIe drive. This should not make much difference to most consumers, as the XPS 13 is not aimed at those likely to be writing large files on a regular basis.

USB 3.0 bandwidth

To test the XPS 13’s USB 3.0 Type-A ports, I plugged in an OCZ Trion 150 SSD via a SATA-to-USB 3.0 5Gbps adapter, which uses the ASMedia ASM1053 controller. We reviewed the SSD HERE, finding it delivers good speed at a budget price. Most importantly, it is capable of saturating the USB 3.0 bus, allowing us to test the speeds the two USB 3.0 ports delivers. To test this, I ran both CrystalDiskMark and ATTO Disk Benchmark on the Trion 150 drive.

crystalusb attousb

As we would expect, the USB 3.0 results are right at the limit of the 5Gbps ceiling.

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