First tests: Fast 32GB flash hard drive

Are you ready for laptop storage with no moving parts to spin up, break, drain your battery, add weight, or make noise? That's what you get with Samsung's new 32GB SSD (Solid State Drive). Built using NAND flash memory, the SSD is the first consumer unit with enough capacity to compete against standard notebook drives; 32GB may not satisfy multimedia addicts, but it's plenty for average business users.

We looked at a preproduction model to see how it fared against 5400-rpm Seagate drives using the latest perpendicular recording technology or traditional longitudinal recording. The SSD found files more than twice as fast, and accelerated boot-up. Its cumulative speed advantage over the other two drives was an impressive 25 percent, though it was slower on two tests that involved accessing the drive many times rather than performing longer sequential reads and writes.

Samsung SSD shows its performance edge

Samsung's SSD provides a faster boot time and speeds file search, large-file processing.

Chart notes: All drives used the ATA-100 interface. Lower scores are better on all tests. Bold denotes the best score. Tests performed by the PC World Test Center. All rights reserved.

Footnotes: 1 These tests are part of the PC World Test Center's WorldBench 5 suite. For details on how we test, visit www.worldbench.com. 2 This is a 5400-rpm drive with 8MB of cache.

DriveDrive technologyTest Completion Time (Seconds)
Boot upCopy files & foldersCopy large fileFind fileACDSee PowerPack 5.01Ahead Nero Express 61
Samsung 32GB SSD (32GB)Solid-state3526719658710425
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 (160GB) 2Perpendicular recording42270215131647607
Seagate Momentus 5400.2 (120GB) 2Longitudinal recording43286223137659638

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