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

Our first benchmark is ATTO Disk Benchmark. The SiliconEdge results are on the left and the Solid 2 results are on the right.

ATTO shows that the SiliconEdge beats out the Solid 2 in each read category. On the write side, the results from the Western Digital drive aren't as consistent across the board. With some file sizes, it reports faster than the OCZ drive while other sizes are slower. This could possibly be related to the firmware in its infancy and we might see this corrected over time with firmware updates if Western Digital releases any.

CrystalDiskMark shows the SiliconEdge drive pulls ahead in every category except 4k Read.

The OCZ drive pulls ahead in HD Tune with an average transfer rate of 224 MB/sec versus the 216 MB/sec on the Western Digital drive. The WD drive had a more consistent chart but I couldn't help but notice that the burst rate was nearly 100 MB/sec lower than the OCZ drive.

Another win for WD in Sandra's File System Benchmark. The SiliconEdge drive was 19.591 MB/sec faster.

Sandra's Physical Disk shows the WD edges out the OCZ by about 4 MB/sec but we see that the access time on the OCZ drive is faster than the WD, .04ms vs .12ms (lower is better).

The final benchmark I want to post on the WD drive is AS SSD. As the name suggests, this is a solid state drive benchmark that we will be using for the first time here today. I have since passed the OCZ Solid 2 to another reviewer here at OCIA.net so I can't run it on that drive, but here are the results from the SiliconEdge.

Let's move ahead and wrap things up.

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