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VisionTek 240GB Go Drive Review, Tough On The Go

Testing & Methodology

SSD’s can be a bit tricky to test and you really have to know your test and the methods it uses. There are three types of data sets used for hard drive testing. The first type produces great numbers but isn’t really real world and it’s where totally compressible data is used. Since the data is  compressible the drive reads and writes very fast churning out good numbers. One of the oldest and most used tests, ATTO, uses compressible data so it’s no big secret why SSD manufacturers like to quote ATTO Test Numbers.

In-compressible data is usually data that is already in some compressed format like JPG, PSD, Tiff, Sound and Video files and Zip formats of all types. Using only in-compressible data isn’t real world either.

Data is a mixed bag and comes from multiple sources and is mixed compressible and in-compressible. Fortunately testing software is starting to catch onto this simple idea and you can test a couple of different ways but the industry seems to want to hang onto Compressible and In-Compressible. Few tests offer a mixture of both.

So where we are at today is testing both Compressible and In-Compressible and when possible mixed. Of the three Mixed compressed and in-compressible are a more real world test.

We run each test three times, throw out the high and the low and present the median run here.

Test Rig

Test Rig
Case Type SilverStone Fortress RT05
CPU Intel Haswell-E 5820K @ 4.375 GHz
Motherboard ASUS X99 Pro
Ram Kingston Fury 2400 MHz 15-15-15
CPU Cooler SilverStone Tundra TD02-E
Hard Drives 480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD (OS Drive)
2 x Crucial MX 100 SSD
1 x Two TB Seagate Platter Storage Drive
Optical Liteon DVD Burner
Case Fans 2 X 180mm 700 RPM 18dBA
1 x 120mm 950 RPM 18dBA
Docking Stations None
Testing PSU SilverStone ST1500-GS
Legacy None
Mouse Razer Naga Extreme
Keyboard Razer BlackWidow Chroma
Any Attempt Copy This System Configuration May Lead to Bankruptcy

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