TRIM is a technology that helps keep SSDs at their optimum speed and without which, your zippy new solid state disk would quickly find itself running short on performance and usable storage space. This test checks to see how an SSDs performance degrades (and therefore the efficiency of TRIM) by loading up all its available storage space and then cleaning it out again with a simple deletion.
Some degradation to the tune of around 1% or so for write speed (the one thing this drive didn’t need a reduction in).This is a weird one as this drive is designed with lots of safe guards in mind to help maintain performance and hardware integrity over time. It could be that this is a review unit that’s been used a bit too much and it’s time for a secure erase. I’d say that’s likely as write performance for this drive should be stronger based on other reviews of the same product.
Boot times are based on using a stopwatch to time the period from when the power button it pressed until the Windows login screen appears. Post times on this setup arn’t the fastest, which can be attributed to about half the boot time in the SSD’s case.
Plextor PX128M2S SSD
Samsung 470 128GB SSD
Samsung 103SJ 1GB HDD
Despite its better read speed in our synthetic tests, the Plextor couldn’t pull out the win in the real world boot test. Still, it’s good to see that it didn’t fall too far behind; that would have been embarassing.