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Compressible Data Test

As you will have gathered from the previous page, we measured the performance of each drive using two different programs: CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD. We will be looking at the test results from each program in the order they appear in the list above.

It is important to note that we connected the SSDs to a SATA-600 port on our motherboard rather than a SATA-300 port, which could cause performance limitations.

We set CrystalDiskMark to “All 0x00 Fill mode” to evaluate the performance of the SSD when dealing with compressible data.

Intel 330 Series 120 GB Solid State Drive Review

In both the sequential read and write tests, the Intel 330 Series and Kingston HyperX 3K exhibited a similar level of performance.

Intel 330 Series 120 GB Solid State Drive Review

Moving on to the random read test using 512 KB blocks, the Intel 330 Series came out on top, achieving 3.5% higher performance than the Kingston HyperX 3K. However, in the random write test using 512 KB blocks, the two drives exhibited a similar level of performance.

Intel 330 Series 120 GB Solid State Drive Review

In the random read test using 4 KB blocks, the Intel 330 Series performed 15% higher than the Kingston HyperX 3K. The Intel 330 Series also performed best in the random write test using 4 KB blocks, achieving 10% higher performance than the Kingston HyperX 3K.

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Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.