Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 64GB Solid State Drive
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 05-28-2010
Provided by: Western Digital
Testing Setup

I will be testing the SiliconEdge using the following hardware:

Intel Core i5 661 Processor
EVGA H55 Motherboard
Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler
Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 2x 2GB
StarTech 2 Port PCI Express USB 3.0 Controller Adapter Card
BFG 550 Power Supply
NZXT Premium Cables
Corsair Obsidian 800D Case
Lite-On Optical Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Benchmarks used include the following:

ATTO Disk Benchmark version 2.46
CrystalDiskMark version 2.2
HD Tune 2.55
SiSoft Sandra Lite 2010 SP1d
AS SSD Benchmark 1.5.3784.37609

I will be comparing the SiliconEdge against the recently reviewed OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60GB using the same system configuration. The only difference is that I have since added a USB 3.0 adapter card to the test system.

Both drives were tested as the operating system drive running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. It's my belief that most users buy solid state drives to run as operating system drives so I evaluate SSDs the same way.

Let's move ahead and check out the benchmark results.

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