How We Tested
During our testing procedures, we used the configuration listed below.The only variable component between each benchmarking session was the solid state drive being tested.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K
- Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
- Memory: Two 2 GB Kingston HyperX Genesis (DDR3-2133, CL9, 1.5V, 9-9-9-27)
- Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6950
- Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Video Monitor: Viewsonic VX2260WM
- Power Supply: Corsair HX850W
- CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 2
- Boot Drive: Intel 520 Series 240 GB
- Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit using NTFS file system
- Intel INF Driver Version 126.96.36.1996
- AMD Driver Version: AMD Catalyst 12.3
We adopted a 3% error margin in our tests, meaning performance differences of less than 3% can’t be considered meaningful. Therefore, when the performance difference between two products is less than 3%, we consider them to have similar performance.