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Our file copy test duplicates a single 6GB ISO file on a disk. The Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3iSSD with a Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ (1TB) hard drive achieved a throughput of 50.5MB/s which was faster than some of the budget SSDs we've tested.
However, with the onboard Intel SSD 311 20GB cache enabled the throughput was increased by 37%. Now with 69.2MB/s, the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3iSSD was faster than the OCZ Vertex 2 Pro 100GB SSD, which is quite impressive to us.
We found the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3iSSD's performance odd when using the Kingston SSDNow V+ 180 64GB SSD for caching, as its throughput fell to just 37.8MB/s, which was lower than the standalone Samsung Spinpoint F1 hard drive.
The program copy test is comprised of many small non-compressed files (6104 files totaling 2.75GB). The Spinpoint F1 managed to outpace the OCZ Onyx 64GB and ADATA S596 Turbo 32GB with a throughput of 42MB/s and that performance jumped by 50% after enabling the Intel SSD 311 20GB, putting the hybrid setup slightly behind the Vertex 120GB. The SSDNow V+ 180 redeemed itself in this test, and although it produced impressive results, it was still 13% slower than the Intel SSD 311 20GB.
The game copy evaluation is a mixture of small and large, compressed and non-compressed files (1336 files weighing 2.70GB). The Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3iSSD without a cache drive managed a throughput of 49.2MB/s. Enabling the Kingston SSDNow V+ 180 64GB SSD reduced the throughput to 45.9MB/s while the Intel SSD 311 20GB cache increased performance by 15%, allowing the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3iSSD to mimic the performance of the Vertex 2 40GB.
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