Intel's X25-M Solid State Drive Examined


Performance Benchmarking - Part 1

Performance Benchmarking

We were unable to call in an older first generation SSD due to time constraints, so we would like to apologize in advance if you were looking for a one-on-one comparison. Instead we're taking a different approach and are looking to see how much of a performance gain you'll be getting if your real life notebook was using the latest SSD like Intel's one we've at hand instead of the usual HDDs. To do this, we've taken the 2.5-inch Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB hard disk out from a HP Pavilion dv5 and cloned the active partition onto Intel's X25-M (ignoring the difference in storage capacity). Our settings remained the same as when we tested the HDD through our benchmarking procedures, and we ran the same benchmarks on the SSD.

  • Transfer Rate: 300MB/s
  • Spindle Speed: NA
  • Cache Size: NA
  • Storage Size: 80GB
  • Form factor: 2.5-inch
  • Transfer Rate: 300MB/s
  • Spindle Speed: 5400RPM
  • Cache Size: 8MB
  • Storage Size: 320GB
  • Form factor: 2.5-inch

Windows Experience Index

Nothing really changed when we put in the X25-M into the dv5, Microsoft's Windows Experience Index only showed a minor jump in the disk data transfer rate portion, from the already speedy 5.3 figure to 5.9.

PCMark Vantage

Using the Intel X25-M SSD drive showed a remarkable boost to the overall scores in PCMark Vantage compared to the original 5400RPM HDD of the dv5. Component test scores were also generally boosted by about 1000 to 3000 marks, and the hard disk benchmarking segment showed the greatest increase from 2740 to 23922. It's obvious where the performance bottleneck lies with regards to the dv5, given that its other specifications are pretty much top of the line, so it's no surprise that a switch to a faster storage device would result in a definite boost in overall productivity scores. We also have a breakdown on the HDD test scores, which also shows just how much faster the X25-M is. It's no surprise here at how fast the X25-M is and hopefully, and as SSDs get cheaper and storage capacities get increased, we'll soon see notebooks with SSDs as a default option in the near future.

*Note: We had to break the graphs into two seperate portions because the HDD Test Suite scores were so high and would make comparing the other scores a little hard on the eyes.