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File Copy Test
File Copy Test is a pseudo-real-world benchmark that times how long it takes to create, read, and copy files in various test patterns. File copying is tested twice: once with the source and target on the same partition and once with the target on a separate partition. Scores are presented in MB/s.

To make things easier to read, we've separated our FC-Test results into individual graphs for each test pattern. We'll tackle file creation performance first.

Obviously, the faster write speeds offered by the X25-E's SLC memory give it a huge edge in file creation tests. Check out the significant improvement in write performance with the X25-M's latest firmware, though. The firmware update is the only thing keeping the X25-M ahead of its challengers from Corsair and Samsung in four of the five test patterns.

Although not as consistent a performer as the Intel, Corsair, and Samsung drives, OCZ's Apex does reasonably well with the MP3 and install test patterns. The other drives don't handle any of the test patterns particularly well.

As we turn our attention to read performance, the X25-M jumps out ahead of the Corsair and Samsung drives. The new Intel firmware doesn't offer much of a performance advantage here, and in some cases, it's slightly slower than the original.

The OCZ and Super Talent drives are in the middle of the field. The relative position of these three changes with each test pattern, but they're pretty close in performance overall. Again, the Transcend drive brings up the rear.