Author: Bob Buskirk
Testing – HD Tune Pro
After doing a few hard drive reviews we have come up with 4 hard drive benchmarking programs we like to use here at ThinkComputers, they are HDTune, ATTO Disk Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark and Sandra’s Physical Disks benchmark. For comparison we will be testing the SSDNow V-Series 30GB drive against the OCZ Agility 60GB drive, OCZ Vertex 32GB drive and a normal Seagate SATA drive so you can see the performance increase of upgrading to a solid state drive.
HDTune is our first test and it tests the average read and access time of the drive.
As you can see the speeds are above the advertised 180MB/s. Next we ran write benchmark within HDTune.
The average write speed is just under the advertised 50MB/s so that is good. Our next test is the 64MB file test within HD Tune.
In this test the drive performed right under the 180MB/s read speed and right on at 50MB/s write. Since the release of HDTune 3.5 there has been a new Random Access test added to the software. This test measures the performance of random read and write operations. Tests are taken in 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB, and random file sizes. The performance of the drive is reported in operations a second (IOPS), average access time and average speed.
The drive also did very well in the random access test, giving us 7275 operations a second in the 4KB file test.