My upgrade to Windows 8 and a new SSD

Recently I decided to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and to coincide with this I went for a new SSD to use for the primary disk. I have been using an OCZ Vertex 2 for about 2 and a half years with no issues, however it was only 60gb which was a bit limiting, and a fair amount slower in comparison to SSD’s available today.

I bought a new Intel 520 Series 180gb SSD, opened up my PC case and swapped it with the OCZ Vertex 2.

ssd upgrade

Out with the old, in with the new.

I used the current free version of HD Tune to get a simplistic benchmark of the read speeds on Windows 7 + OCZ Vertex 2 to compare with Windows 8 + Intel 520 Series, here are the results.

OCZ SSD Benchmark

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD read speed benchmark

Intel SSD Benchmark

Intel 520 Series SSD read speed benchmark

As can be seen the new SSD read speed is more than double that of my old one in this particular test which is good to see. In combination with Windows 8 being faster than Windows 7, this upgrade has increased performance noticeably.


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