Verbatim 2.5″ Sata-III SSD 120GB

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB
Published: March 10, 2012
Author: Ville Ilonen
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Verbatim


Testing:

Following setup was used during the tests.

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3,3GHz
Motherboard: Asus P8P64 PRO Rev 3.1
RAM: Patriot 2x2GB DDR3
HDD: Patriot TorqX 2 128GB SSD, Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD , Crucial M4 120GB SSD, Verbatim 2.5″ Sata-III SSD 120GB
Videocard:  Geforce 9800GT

Testing was done with the following software: AS SSD, ATTO and Crystaldiskmark.

ATTO Read:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

Verbatim SSD results in Atto Read tests are well on par with the Crucial M4 and Kingston HyperX. Kingston and Verbatim get very similar results of about 550MB/s in both 4096KB and 8192KB tests while Crucial M4 is about 10MB/s slower. Atto uses non compressed data and Sandforce chips are known to shine in this tests.

ATTO Write:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

This is where things get interesting! Verbatim managed to give us over 500MB/s results in the write test (test ran multiple times to minimize the possibility of an error), which is more than twice as much as Crucial or Kingston managed to push. We found no explanation for such a high result in this test as in other tests Verbatims disk was slower or on par with our reference drives.

Crystalmark Read:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

CrystalDiskMark tests the drives with random data. In sequential and 512k tests Verbatims disk is noticably slower than Crucial M4 and Kingston HyperX. This might be a result of the asynchronous memory chips used in Verbatim drive while Kingston and Crucial most likely use synchonized memory chips. In the 4K test and 4KQD32 tests Verbatim is also the slowest out of these three SSD:s.

Crystakdiskmark Write:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

Like in the performed Read test, the Write test  shows that Verbatim SSD is the slowest. The difference is huge – Crucial M4 performs about twice as fast and HyperX is only about 30MB/s slower than the Crucial.

AS SSD Read:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

With AS SSD read test the pattern is the same as with CrystalDiskMark. The Verbatims disk is about twice as slow – and in some tests over three times slower than Crucial M4.

AS SSD Write:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

Write tests did not reveal anything new. Verbatim is on bottom while Crucial is winning with quite a clear margin.

AS SSD Benchmark, Duration:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

Given the fact that Verbatim is the slowest disk out of the three SSD:s we have in this comparison, it is not suprising that it takes longer to copy data to it than to Crucial M4 or Kingston HyperX.

AS SSD Benchmark, Copy:

Verbatim 2.5" Sata-III SSD 120GB

The results in Copy Benchmark follows the pattern we have seen in the random data test presented in this review. Verbatim is by far the slowest while Kingston and Crucial give much better performance.

Conclusion:

Considering the fact that Verbatim SSD costs around 210USD, which is 50USD more than Crucial M4 for example, we can only be disappointed with its performance. In every test (with the exception of Atto) Verbatim gets beaten by both of the competitors it had. However, you should keep in mind that most likely in everyday use you won’t notice the difference in performance as Verbatim will no doubt provide you with more than enough performance and it is definitely faster than any hard disk on market. I can recommend Verbatim SSD if you are in urgent need of an SSD and it is available easily. Otherwise, you should go with Crucial M4 or Kingston HyperX.

Pros:
+ Performance in Atto

Cons:
– A bit expensive
– Performance with random data

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