We have just completed configuring a number of new Toshiba Tecra S11 laptops with 160GB X25-M Intel SSDs.
Our own Tecra S10 WinSAT scores can be found here:
The Tecra S10’s scores were:
- Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 203.74 MB/s 7.3
- Disk Random 16.0 Read 39.33 MB/s 6.3
- Disk Sequential 64.0 Write 88.15 MB/s 6.3
- Total Run Time 00:01:25.32
The Tecra S11’s scores were as follows:
- Disk Sequential 64.0 Read 240.75 MB/s 7.5
- Disk Random 16.0 Read 215.20 MB/s 7.8
- Disk Sequential 64.0 Write 103.40 MB/s 6.6
- Total Run Time 00:01:10.07
The second stat in the S10’s numbers must have been an anomaly. We will revisit the WinSAT test on that unit to see how the performance has stood up over time.
There is a tangible performance difference on the Core i7-620M based Tecra S11 versus the Core 2 Duo T9600. The system is a lot more responsive in so many ways.
So, it is not surprising to see that the SSD performance on the new S11 takes a step up versus the previous generation.
In the end, the cost of the SSD is more than made up by our client’s users increased productivity.
While one of the drivers for having the SSD installed has been Windows XP Mode on Windows 7, most of our client’s line of business applications have come up to date and are Windows 7 compatible. There are still a few hold outs, but for the most part XP Mode is slowly being deprecated.
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