SSD drive On thinkpad T60

Hello,
last week my new SSD drive is arrived, so I've want tell you the REAL performance of this disk.
We bought a 128GB Kingston SSDNow V+ Series sata2 drive model SNVP325-S2/128GB to use on a IBM thinkpad T60.

Before installing this drive I've ran a test on the original sata2 drive from IBM and these are detail:


Writing 1GB

crash@hal9000:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test1GB bs=4k count=250000
250000+0 records in
250000+0 records out
1024000000 bytes (1,0 GB) copied, 38,6391 s, 26,5 MB/s

Reading 1 GB

crash@hal9000:~$ dd if=test1GB of=/dev/null bs=4k count=250000
250000+0 records in
250000+0 records out
1024000000 bytes (1,0 GB) copied, 22,2653 s, 46,0 MB/s

As you can the real performance are 26,5 MB/s (write) and 46 MB/s (read)

Then I've cloned my system (use the tool you prefer) an installed the new SSD.
Restored the O.S. with no problem and the operating system (debian squeeze) boot in 7 second....

Amazing...

Then I've repeated the test


Writing 1GB

crash@HAL9000:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test1gb bs=4k count=250000
250000+0 records in
250000+0 records out
1024000000 bytes (1,0 GB) copied, 7,39791 s, 138 MB/s

Reading 1 GB

crash@hal9000:~$ dd if=test1GB of=/dev/null bs=4k count=250000
250000+0 records in
250000+0 records out
1024000000 bytes (1,0 GB) copied, 3,50632 s, 292 MB/s

So.. the new performance are 138 MB/s (write) and 292 MB/s (read)

Amazing....

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UPDATE  more Info about:

HAL9000:~# hdparm -t /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
Timing buffered disk reads:  334 MB in  3.01 seconds = 110.84 MB/sec

Comments (10)

  1. 12:21 pm, April 23, 2010candyman  / Reply

    Hello,
    I got a SSD (OCZ Agility) for my T60 (2007-77G) too and reach 135MB/s read and 125MB/s write.
    As far as i know the ICH7-Mobile Southbridge from T60 does only support SATA-I, this would explain the cap at ~130MB/s (Desktop system with SATA-II has 210MB/s read).
    Can you please post the result of ‘hdparm -t /dev/sdX’ of your T60-SSD system?
    Thanks!

    • 1:24 pm, April 23, 2010Umberto Bernardi  / Reply

      Sure, monday morning I’llbe back in office and I’ll post results.

      Thank you

  2. 8:28 am, April 26, 2010Umberto Bernardi  / Reply

    Updated with more info…

  3. 10:44 am, July 9, 2011andrew  / Reply

    Hello!!
    Please tell how could you reach 293 MB/s read wwith your T60 + SSD?! You managed to remove the limiting to SATA 1 speed?
    Please tell!
    Thanks a lot!

  4. 12:18 pm, July 9, 2011andrew  / Reply

    And are you sure isn’t an error on your speeds…cause kingston SNVP325-S2/128GB Sustained Sequential Read is up to 230MB/s?! (http://hardwarelogic.com/articles.php?id=5631) or (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139109)
    I want to know if it’s worth buying a SSD with >250 MB/s for my T60. please help

    • 12:18 pm, July 10, 2011Umberto  / Reply

      Hello,
      I haven’t removed anything…. simply unplugged old disk and installed the SSD.

      My T60 have SATA2 not SATA1.

      I don’t know if my test are siginficant, I only know the “dd” method to test disk transfer rate.

      Candyman in a comment suggest me do do also the “hdparm -t /dev/sda”
      You can find the results at the end of the page.

      So I can’t tell “surely” what test is giving realest data.

      Thank you for your comments.
      Umberto

  5. 8:39 am, August 31, 2011Howard  / Reply

    To my T60 1951, I just change my old one into the new 7200rpm SATAII harddisk. and test the command
    “sudo hdparm -t /dev/sda” and found the performance as follow:
    /dev/sda:
    Timing buffered disk reads: 308 MB in 3.03 seconds = 101.70 MB/sec
    Though I am a bit regret to buy 7200rpm instead of ssd, but I would like to know if the above performance work best in my 7200rpm?? Thanks in advance.

  6. 9:02 am, August 31, 2011Umberto  / Reply

    Howard,
    for me the “correct” test is not using hdparm (unless someone tell me how) but using DD as I’ve done in my tests.

    I can tell you surely that SSD is very very very speedy than 7200 Sata2 Disks.

  7. 10:32 pm, November 24, 2011eli  / Reply

    I have a T60 with
    Hard Disk: 80GB
    Hard disk type: ATA-100 (Enhanced IDE)
    I want to install SSD on that too, you mentioned that you have SATA2, is it impossible to install it on ATA-100? because I have heard that ATA-100 reads up to 100MB/s and writes up to 90MB/s.

    • 12:03 am, November 25, 2011Umberto  / Reply

      Hi! it is impossible because of different interfaces and technologies….but you have 2 options. One is to buy an ATA ssd drive. The second is to buy an ultra bay sata adapter and put the sata ssd drive here but You will loose the dvd drive.

      Umberto

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