Crucial Adrenaline – Cache SSD

Testing and Results

Test Rig

  • CPU: AMD Phenom II 1090T @ 4.2GHz
  • GPU: Zotac GTX680
  • Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 DDR3
  • Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB, Crucial Adrenaline and Crucial C300 128GB
  • PSU: SuperFlower Golden King 550W (80 PLUS Platinum)
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Case: Corsair 700D


To ensure the results were consistent, tests were run 3 to 5 times and an average was taken of the results.

Because of the way the SSD Cache system works the benchmark scores improve each time as the cache does its work so they cannot be repeated and an average cannot be taken.

For each different combination of storage device, Windows was reinstalled, updated and benchmarks were run.

The SATA cable provided was used and was connected to AMD southbridge SATA 3 (6GB/s) port. AHCI was enabled.

Synthetic Benchmarks

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (5 runs 1000Mb)

In CrystalDiskMark we see huge speed increases in read performance and from 512K write and under we see massive speeds boosts there too. This is exactly what I was hoping to see, excellent scores.

Paired with my C300 we see massive speeds for Seq read thanks to the SSD cache and slightly slower write speeds due to the weaker 50GB M4.

PCMark Vantage HDD Score

PCMark Vantage sees a large increase of over 50% when we compare HDD to HDD+ SSD cache, that’s an excellent increase! SSD + SSD cache sees an increased score too thanks to the faster read speeds of the SSD cache drive.

PCMark 7 HDD Score

PCMark 7 sees a clear increase in performance but not as much as I was hoping to see. SSD + SSD cache actually sees a very slight decrease in performance, when compared to the single C300 this may be due to the slower write speeds of the SSD cache.

HD Tune Random Access times

Random access times drop by over ten times for HDD + SSD cache!

The SSD cache also helps the C300 out too by lowering the random access time too, this is good to see.

Real world benchmark results


Boot racer measures the amount of time taken between Windows starting and Windows being useable. The HDD alone sets a decent score, once Dataplex is installed the first reboot took 36 seconds which is strange as we’re meant to begin seeing increases right off the bat but fortunately the boot time drops straight away and after that boot times become pretty reliable. Adding the SSD cache to the C300 even sees an improvement. Very impressive!


Windows Defender Quick scan

Straight away we see an increase with the SSD cache installed and after that it falls hugely.

Thanks to the high read speeds of the SSD cache we see even faster scores again.

Results are in H:M:S.

  • Seagate 7200.12 500GB: 0:04:12
  • Seagate + Crucial Adrenaline (1st boot): 0:03:51
  • Seagate + Crucial Adrenaline (2nd boot): 0:01:42
  • Seagate + Crucial Adrenaline (3rd boot): 0:01:42
  • Seagate + Crucial Adrenaline (4th boot): 0:01:42
  • Seagate + Crucial Adrenaline (5th boot): 0:01:42
  • Crucial C300 128GB: 0:02:09
  • C300 128GB + Crucial Adrenaline (1st boot): 0:01:29
  • C300 128GB + Crucial Adrenaline (2nd boot): 0:01:14
  • C300 128GB + Crucial Adrenaline (3rd boot): 0:01:15
  • C300 128GB + Crucial Adrenaline (4th boot): 0:01:13
  • C300 128GB + Crucial Adrenaline (5th boot): 0:01:15

Streetfighter Boot


Again we see good performance increase. I’m not sure why that one time we got that 0.6 seconds score but the benchmark appeared to almost instantly start up. With the SSD cache working on the C300, it’s hard to tell but we don’t see much if any increase here although you wouldn’t expect much as the C300 is already a fast SSD.

Resident evil 5 Boot

We see some strange scores here but most likely these are errors. Overall though the situation is much the same as with the Streetfighter benchmark.

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