G.Skill 64GB Falcon (FM-25S2S-64GBF1)

May 28th, 2009 | By Simon

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IOMeter

IOMeter is the latest addition to my hard drive benchmarking suite. The software is highly customizable and what I’m doing only scratches the surface of its capability. I added IOMeter because of flaws in the original solid state drives on the market. After completing all the benchmarks on the last G.Skill SSD, I popped into my laptop and made it my day-to-day drive. I found overtime the performance to become really sluggish. At first, MSN messages would take longer to appear and videos would stutter. After some digging on the net, it turned out to be a problem with the random write performance. More information on the issue at hand can be found at AnandTech.

For IOMeter, I set it up to pepper a 1GB portion of the drive with 4KB files, 100% random file, 50% read and 50% write for 3 minutes. I generated results for average read and write access times and average read and write transfer rates.

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It’s clear that with an average write response time of 6.114 seconds on the JMicron controller compared to 0.062ms from the Falcon the system will stutter. Even the read and write performances are factors higher with the new G.Skill Falcon Indilinx based drive.

Boot Time

With SSD comes the reduction of start-up times. Basically every application will load up a tiny bit quicker. The difference between the G.Skill Falcon with an Indilinx controller and the original G.Skill with the JMicron is fairly negligible. However, you definitely won’t regret making the switch compared to conventional platter drives.

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