Page 10 - Conclusion
Does the Lexar NQ100 480GB prove its worth among other budget SATA drives? Like a lot of products reviewed at APH Networks, the answer is not so simple, especially with so many highs and lows in our benchmarking test results. In our synthetic tests, the Lexar NQ100 480GB demonstrated fast linear read and write speeds when compared to other budget SATA drives. The random read and write speeds are a different story though, showing promise in some tests, but falling far behind the competition in others. I think this SSD could also have benefited from having faster small file read and write speeds along with higher peak speeds, although these numbers were not terrible by any means. In our real-world simulations, the NQ100 480GB performed mostly consistent with other budget units, while also moving ahead of some of the competition when it came to booting up games and Windows 10. However, it also showed rather poor performance when it came to medium workload simulations. At a competitive price of just $50 at press time, the Lexar NQ100 480GB is capable of stacking up against similarly priced budget drives. While I wish the warranty was five years like many SSDs are these days, I think the above average write endurance provides the NQ100 480GB another leg up over other SATA drives. That said, if you have an extra $5 spare, the Crucial MX500 500GB is a much better choice for performance and warranty. Overall, the Lexar NQ100 480GB is a perfectly serviceable budget SSD that performed mostly well and justifies many of its shortcomings with a very cheap price tag.
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The Lexar NQ100 480GB is a reasonable budget SSD that trades some performance for a competitive price.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 8.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 22.214.171.124
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
9. Benchmark: PCMark 10