Mushkin Io series 128GB SSD Reviewccokeman - February 10, 2010
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HD Tach v220.127.116.11: HD Tach is another hard drive benchmark utility, much like HD Tune. This benchmark will measure the average read speed, the random access time, and the amount of the CPU used during operation.
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SiSoft Sandra 2009 SP3: SiSoft Sandra is a diagnostic utility and synthetic benchmarking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful.
In the HD Tach testing, the Mushkin Io drive has the highest average read speed, but falls short of the burst speed delivered by the Intel drive. When you compare access time, the flash drives are much faster than the mechanical drives and each SSD has roughly the same .01ms access times. The Sandra testing shows the Mushkin drive to be a tick slower than the Patriot Torqx 128GB drive, with a slightly better access time. The difference between these two drives is something you would not "feel", but would only notice in benchmarks.