To test SSDs in as close to a real life scenario as possible the drive is installed as a boot drive and a full operating system was installed and motherboard drivers loaded.

We tested in this state and then fill it up with data and then delete it, running through this cycle a few times before testing the drive again to see if there was much difference in the results after subjecting the drive to this usage cycle.

There wasn't a great deal of difference between the two sets of results although through longer term usage there might be.

Burst SpeedHD Tach Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB - 462
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB - 494
Intel Series 510 250GB - 405


Sequential read/write performance

ATTO Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Read - 543
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Write - 512
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB Read - 730
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB Write - 727
Intel Series 510 250GB Read - 484
Intel Series 510 250GB Write - 332

4K random read/write performance

AS SSD Megabytes per second - Bigger is better

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Read - 13.35
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB Write - 53.95
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB Read - 27.68
OCZ RevoDrive X2 240GB Write - 73.48
Intel Series 510 250GB Read - 10.70
Intel Series 510 250GB Write - 34.95