REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
We can’t fully recommend any caching software, especially over the performance value of a high quality SSD. As you can see above, our benchmark tests show that the PlexTurbo software enables the drive to theoretically transfer at some amazing speeds. As we try to move closer and closer to testing in a real world environment, we see those speeds drop down significantly, which is expected with caching software. As we have noted a few times previously, caching to the DRAM doesn’t provide any consistency as you would expect to see with SATA 3 throughput.
We do have to say though, seeing a value oriented drive that is valued at $99.99, that with PlexTurbo enabled can produce theoretical throughput of 1 to 4 GB/s is rather amazing. Will you actually see these speeds on a day to day basis? Maybe, or maybe not. Many of the tasks that best utilize caching software are run in the background anyways, so you may not even see it occur on a normal basis, never mind with DRAM caching enabled.
To put it simply, if you want faster and more consistent speeds, take the plunge and budget for a high performance SSD. If your budget for a storage device is limited, a value orientated drive that has the option of DRAM caching is still an excellent option. Hence why Technology X is awarding Plextor with the Top Value award.