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Crucial RealSSD C300 128 GB SSD SATA 6 GB/s

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Crucial's ReadSSD C300 is the first solid state drive to support the new SATA 6 Gb/s standard. Unlike many of the competition, the drive is not based on a Sandforce controller, but uses one from Marvell instead. We tested both on SATA-II and SATA 6 Gb/s to check if the new interface can really make a difference.

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I was already going to get the 256 GB version of this and I am glad to see my decision was well founded and worth it.
 
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Hey W1zz, is there any plans to use an ATI/AMD SB850 board for any SSD benchmarking in the future?
 
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Nice review W1zzard. Glad to see you didn't jump on the Sandforce bandwagon with their huge synthetic numbers like so many other reviewers did. I know I said it before but it's good to see actual real-world benchmarks as opposed to most places who use IOMeter as their synthetic benchmark and then pretend something like PCMark Vantage is a good real-world benchmark.

I picked one of these up about a month ago though so I may be a little biased. Nice to see the review of the 128GB though - most sites end up reviewing the 256 and the sequential writes are a lot higher on it so it's a little misleading.
 

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Hey W1zz, is there any plans to use an ATI/AMD SB850 board for any SSD benchmarking in the future?
no. i did think about it for this review but the majority of power users (those who buy ssds) will use an intel rig
 

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bottleneck?

I think there is a bottleneck maybe in the Sata 6 Gb/s controller or CPU, faster reads needs faster CPUs... but i don't know much about SSD but for me there is a bottleneck... you are benchmarking with a dual core...
 

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I think there is a bottleneck maybe in the Sata 6 Gb/s controller or CPU, faster reads needs faster CPUs... but i don't know much about SSD but for me there is a bottleneck... you are benchmarking with a dual core...
Nah, Intel Core i5 661 addresses memory at 21333 MB/s, has a 2 GB/s chipset bus, and the SATA 6 Gb/s controller has 500 MB/s of bus bandwidth. No chance of a bottleneck (unless there's a SATA SSD rated with transfer rates of over 500 MB/s; which C300 isn't.