Storage Guide

Intel's X25-M Solid State Drive Examined

Intel's X25-M Solid State Drive Examined

Performance Benchmarking - Part 2

HD Tach

So far, we've found out that the Intel X25-M SSD will give a normal notebook a big boost in overall performance, but just what's the maximum possible? To solve this mystery, we decided to run a test using HD Tach 3.0 to determine how much more of an increase the X25-M offers over the default 5400RPM drive. As you can see below, in burst speeds, average read and random access scores were definitely much better, but at the cost of more CPU utilization. While this might sound like a bad thing, it actually isn't, as it's an indication of how much faster the disk drive is and such that the CPU doesn't have to wait to process the data coming in from the X25-M.

OS Loading Time

Our last test is a pretty simple one really: we timed the HP Pavilion dv5 using the X25-M and the default 5400RPM HDD to see how fast it took for it to load the operating system. Interestingly enough, there's really not too much of a gain from using the X25-M compared to the default drives. In fact, the results were pretty similar to when we tested the slower SSDs found on the Sony VAIO VG-TZ18GN, so we figured it may have been an OS related issue. So we whipped out an XP-based notebook to see whether we would get a better result from XP and found out that it wasn't that much of a difference either.