MemoRight 32GB IDE SSD Review

by Reads (32,896)

by Kevin O’Brien

Upgrading a notebook has always been a fun and exciting task to breathe new life into old hardware. The most common upgrade is RAM, with users seeing the biggest jump in performance if their system was lacking a decent amount, and has always been the cheapest route. The hard drive and processor are sometimes overlooked, with either cost or complexity scaring people away. Now a new type of upgrade has hit the market, easily being one of the most expensive upgrades, costing more than many notebooks! This upgrade is the solid state drive (SSD), offering incredible speeds at an even more astonishing cost.

In this review we will cover the MemoRight 32GB IDE SSD used to upgrade an aging notebook. The specs for the SSD, on loan from DV Nation (the exclusive US distributor for Memoright), are as follows:

Manufacturer’s part number MR25.1-032A
Capacity 32GB
Form Factor Standard 2.5", 3.5" adapter available
Dimensions Standard 2.5" (100mm x 69.85mm x 9.5mm)
Interface 44-pin IDE (PATA)
Weight 100g
Unique Features "Fastest write speed," "Fastest write IOPS,"
  Secure Erase a.k.a. "Security Erase" capable
Rated Performance 100MB/s read, >100MB/s write, .1ms access
Enclosure metal
Warranty 5 years


Test Notebook

The only notebook we had in the office that used IDE was my old Lenovo C100. It is no stranger to upgrades, already seeing a RAM and processor upgrade, but this SSD takes the cake. Previous upgrades were a 512MB stick of ram from another notebook, and a 1.6GHz Celeron (up from 1.5GHz) that I acquired on eBay for $12. Spoiling it with a SSD that costs more than twice the notebook new was quite a treat.

Notebook Specs:

  • Lenovo C100
  • 1.6GHz Celeron M
  • 768MB RAM
  • 40GB 5400rpm Hitachi hard drive and 32GB MemoRight SSD
  • Vista Ultimate 32bit w/ SP1 RC

Comparison Notebook Specs:

  • Lenovo T60
  • 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB RAM
  • 120GB 7200.2 Seagate hard drive
  • Vista Business w/ SP1 RC

Upgrade Procedure

Upgrading the notebook with the SSD was very simple. The C100 has a caddy that holds the drive, which is secured with a single screw. After this screw is removed, the caddy slides out and you can easily swap out the exposed drive. The only time consuming part of this upgrade is installing the operating system, which took about 15-20 minutes. Each drive was given a clean install of Vista Ultimate with SP1 RC, then had all available updates installed. The only additional programs were PCMark05, HDTune, and HDTach for benchmarking the system.

Benchmarks

For this review our primary goal was to give a side to side comparison to see the benefits associated with this upgrade. I also threw my Lenovo T60 into the mix, to show how these results compare to another notebook with much better overall specs.

Our first test is startup and shutdown times. For a faster startup, the notebook had no login password prompt. I stopped the clock when the notebook was sitting at the desktop idle, and ready for work. Shutdown times were from a shutdown signal to the notebook switching off.

Startup

C100 40GB 5400rpm HD 64.78s
C100 32GB SSD 44.10s (45% faster)
T60 120GB 7200rpm HD 47.30s

Shutdown

C100 40GB 5400rpm HD 16.00s
C100 32GB SSD 10.70s (60% faster)
T60 120GB 7200rpm HD 13.22s

Here is PcMark05 showing the performance jump associated with the SSD upgrade on this notebook.

C100 40GB 5400rpm HD 1,640 PCMarks
C100 32GB SSD 1,968 PCMarks (20% faster)
T60 120GB 7200rpm HD 4,816 PCMarks

Below we have our HdTach and HDTune benchmark comparison images.

HDtach:


5400 (view large image)


SSD (view large image)


7200 (view large image)

HDTune:


5400 (view large image)


SSD (view large image)


7200 (view large image)

In both tests the SSD easily beats out both the 5400rpm and 7200rpm drives, in both transfer speed rates, and access times.

Conclusion

If you happen to have $1,000 lying around burning a hole in your pocket, and you really want a smoking laptop, the MemoRight SSD might just fit the bill. Offering great speed and reliability compared to spinning drives, it will really help give your notebook that extra kick other upgrades have failed to provide.

Pros

  • Super fast
  • No noise, little heat

Cons

  • Costs about as much as a new notebook

Purchase Information

The MemoRight 32GB IDE SSD is available at DV Nation for $999.


LEAVE A COMMENT

0 Comments

|
All content posted on TechnologyGuide is granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.