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Our Test Procedure

Our own standardized Solid State Drive (SSD) test procedures enable us to test SSD’s under identical test conditions and so produce immediately comparable test results. Our interactive comparison allows you to individually compare the speed of your favourite SSD’s and so find the best SSD for your requirements. You may select up to 20 different SSD’s for comparison and compare them simultaneously in easily readable bar charts.

Our high-end test system ensures that the test results are not influenced by a system-dependent bottleneck. This is very important in providing correct future test results. Our test system is walled off from the Internet, has only the most important programmes installed, has the firewall deactivated and there is no virus scanner. If possible, everything has been deactivated that might influence test results.

To achieve the highest possible performance we test every SSD at the onboard SATA III interface powered by the Intel P67 (white ports) of the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard.

All tests are performed in an exactly prescribed sequence so that every SSD is subjected to absolutely identical test conditions. Our test procedure is very time consuming (upwards of 10 hours for every SSD). Shortly, we will provide a detailed description of our individual tests here.

We present the test results on our results page, showing the points gained in the individual test categories, namely “synthetic tests” (program-controlled tests), “practical tests” (tests using a stop watch), “read throughput tests”, “write throughput tests”, “access time tests” and “power consumption tests”. The total points of ssdreview.com are the sum total of the above individual test results.

To provide you with as detailed test results as possible you may call up the test results of each individual test tool under the “Individual Test” tab and compare it with other test results.

In our tests, we use the following benchmark tools:
PCMark Vantage by Futuremark, IOMeter by Intel, H2BenchW by Heise, AS SSD Benchmark by Alexej Schepeljanski, CrystalDiskMark & CrystalDiskInfo, ATTO Disk Benchmark by ATTO Technology, HD Tach RW by Simpli Software and HD Tune Pro by EFD Software.

Under the tab "Screenshots" you find all our Screenshots of every single test and additional our power consumption charts.

We always keep our test system and test tools updated at the latest version. This ensures that test results always provide the highest possible quality and that any possible bug fixes in test tools and improved or faster driver versions are being used immediately. By using a Logger Multimeter in our test laboratory, we test the power consumption of SSD’s at different conditions such as idling, during read or write operations or in a mix of reading and writing operations (IOMix).

Our continuously updated SSD market overview provides you with an overview of the current Solid State Drive market situation, allowing you to search for the appropriate SSD using applicable filters.

For every SSD we offer a data sheet with the most important technical details and product shots of each Solid State Drive. It also shows images of Flash and controller chips used, provided we were able to open the SSD. Additionally, in many places our website shows prices for individual SSD models, provided prices are currently available.

In addition to our own ratings, our website shows user ratings in many places in the well-established 0.5 – 5.0 star-format. To place your own star-rating for a certain SSD model, register on our website free of charge. Once logged in, you may leave your own star-rating. Logging in is mandatory to ensure as much as possible that star-ratings are genuine.

You find our current SSD recommendations at the bottom of the page, subdivided into various categories. This allows you to quickly find a suitable SSD without performing a detailed comparison – for example a SSD recommended for use in a Notebook (light, fast, economical, low priced) or a SSD with the best price/performance ratio (low priced at acceptable performance).