The following system was used to test the SSD
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX500
– HDD: WD 1 TB Blue
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe White
To test the SSD, the following software was used:
– ATTO Disk Benchmark,
– CrystalDiskMark 8,
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider;
– Windows File Copy.
In order to obtain a precise result each test was performed three times.
CrystalDiskMark 8 – Read
CrystalDiskMark 8 – Write
ATTO Disk Benchmark Read
ATTO Disk Benchmark Write
Shadow of the Tomb Raider – Level Loading
Windows File Copy
The GOODRAM IRDM PRO GEN.2 1TB is a good SATA 3 SSD that offers the advertised performance and a good build quality. The internal components used are of high quality, the DRAM Cache chip is made by Kingston while the memory chips are Micron. In addition, the IRDM PRO GEN.2 1TB uses a Phison made 8-channel controller.
The performance offered with the IRDM PRO GEN.2 1TB is good for a SATA 3 based SSD. The important thing to note is that the speed of the SSD remained constant in all tests, synthetic benchmarks, video game and real-world file copying within Windows Explorer. A great thing to have on an SSD, as a lower but constant speed is better than a higher speed that will fluctuate.
In terms of the pricing, after a quick research in several countries, it appears that the GOODRAM IRDM PRO GEN.2 1TB is priced close to the Crucial MX500 1TB. A price point which is great, especially in a market which is saturated with average SSDs that have a high price. However, here is where the main issue of this SSD relies, the lack of availability in many countries and retailers. This is an issue, especially when other manufacturers have their products easily available.
In conclusion, the GOODRAM IRDM PRO GEN.2 1TB is a great SATA 3 SSD that will offer a good performance for a gaming system. The internal build quality is very good and it is a statement to the overall reliability to be expected from this SSD.