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Intel 525 Series 120GB & 180GB mSATA SSD Review

Author: AkG
Date: May 6, 2013
Product Name: 525 Series 120GB / 180GB SSD
Part Number: SSDMCEAC120A301 / SSDMCEAC180A301
Warranty: 3 Years
 
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Crystal DiskMark


Crystal DiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds; and allows you to set the number of tests iterations to run. We left the number of tests at 5 and size at 100MB.



Once again both of these micro sized drives post results which are surprisingly good. The small file single and deep queue depth results are a touch lower than you would want to see in a modern drive, but the results are still excellent for the mSATA market. You would never expect this level of performance from such a small package.


PCMark 7


While there are numerous suites of tests that make up PCMark 7, only one is pertinent: the HDD Suite. The HDD Suite consists of numerous tests that try and replicate real world drive usage. Everything from how long a simulated virus scan takes to complete, to MS Vista start up time to game load time is tested in these core tests; however we do not consider this anything other than just another suite of synthetic tests. For this reason, while each test is scored individually we have opted to include only the overall score.


While the difference is not overly large, the 180GB is once again slightly faster than its smaller 120GB sibling. However, both post very respectable numbers.
 
 
 

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