SSD benchmarking is packed with peril. For starters, maintaining a level playing field is extremely tricky, what with drives tending to degrade with use and motherboards coming and going. With that in mind, our benchmarks should be treated as a rough guide rather than a gold standard. Put another way, mileages with SSDs vary significantly. Nevertheless, the new JMicron controller is clearly much more competitive and makes for an interesting alternative to the default SandForce-powered SSDs, including Corsair's Force F100.

Size
Formatted capacity: Bytes, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 119GB
Intel X25-M 160GB – 149GB
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 93GB

Synthetic drive performance
ATTO Sequential read: MBs/second, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 241MB/s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 270MB/s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 281MB/s

Synthetic drive performance
ATTO Sequential write: MBs/second, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 201MB/s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 108MB/s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 250MB/s

Synthetic drive performance
HDTach Burst rate: MBs/second, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 249MB/s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 234MB/s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 220MB/s

Synthetic drive performance
AS SSD random readss: MBs/second, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 18MB/s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 17MB/s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 15MB/s

Synthetic drive performance
AS SSD random writes: MBs/second, bigger is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 36MB/s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 30MB/s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 42MB/s

Application performance
File decompression: Time taken, lower is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB – 28s
Intel X25-M 160GB – 37s
Corsair Force F100 100GB – 37s

Application performance
Application install: Time taken, lower is better
ADATA S596 Turbo 128GB - 27s
Intel X25-M 160GB - 45s
Corsair Force F100 100GB - 37s