- SATA III
Nice Upgrade 03/12/2011
Fast, quiet, small form factor and Intel reliability. The speed increase over my Raptor was not dramatic however there is a definite improvement in OS load time, responsiveness and not having to listen to the Raptor load drivers is nice. I recommend this drive to anyone who is thinking about making the move from spindle to silicon.
If you are using a main board that is uses the Marvell 88SE9xx controller to implement the 6 GB/S SATA 3 ports on your mobo be aware that the 88SE9xx is really a SCSI controller that has two virtual (2) SATA 3 ports. Any SSD attached to one of the SATA 3 ports will be reported by the OS as being attached to a SCSI device. This will be an issue for people like me that use the Intel SSD Toolbox to optimize their SSD drives. The SSD Toolbox software will detect that the SSD is attached to a SCSI device and then report that the device is not supported. If you move the cable to a SATA 2 port the problem goes away.
I prepared this disk using diskpart and then restored my Win7 x64 OS Ghost Image from my Raptor drive with no issues. The only issue I found (see Cons) was not an issue with the SSD drive but with the way Intel implemented the SATA 3 ports on my DX58SO2 main board which caused an incompatibility with the Intel SSD Toolbox utility that is used to optimize SSD performance over time.
The disk benchmarks I ran show a sequential read/write performance on the SATA 3 port as 342/206 MB/s and the SATA 2 port as 268/212 MB/s. The Random read/write performance is actually better on the SATA 2 port. Go figure.
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