bought an SSD drive

I bought an 80GB Intel X25-M Solid State Drive (SSD). Microcenter had a special where the Apricorn clone tool with EZ Gig II disk imaging software was included with the purchase. The problem is that EZ Gig II does not allow you to image the HDD if it is larger than the SSD, which is almost guaranteed to be the case. I re-installed the OS (which goes surprisingly quick) and all of my software (most of which is freeware except Lightroom, which I bought). Anyway, once I got it installed, I ran Crystal Disk Mark:

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]

Sequential Read : 179.443 MB/s
Sequential Write : 82.494 MB/s
Random Read 512KB : 137.902 MB/s
Random Write 512KB : 82.524 MB/s
Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 11.492 MB/s [ 2805.6 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 17.018 MB/s [ 4154.8 IOPS]
Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 13.399 MB/s [ 3271.4 IOPS]
Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 36.552 MB/s [ 8923.8 IOPS]

Test : 1000 MB [G: 1.0% (0.7/74.5 GB)] (x5)
Date : 2010/07/11 2:37:11
OS : Windows Vista Business Edition SP2 [6.0 Build 6002] (x64)

The write numbers are in the ballpark but the read numbers are a little low. It probably has to do with the AMD 780G rev. 00 Northbridge in my mobo.
The Intel drives are not the fastest with writes but are quite fast with reads, which I think is most important with OS and application images, so it’s kind of a bummer that it’s a little slow. Even still, applications launch instantaneously now (even Lightroom).

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