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 Agility drive against the OCZ Vertex 32GB drive, Kingston SSDNow V-Series 128GB drive, and a normal Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA drive. We have included the normal SATA drive to show you the benefits of upgrading to solid state drive.
HDTune is our first test and it tests the average read and access time of the drive.
The drive performed very well coming close to the max read performance advertised of 230MB/s. Next up we have the ATTO Disk Benchmark which measures transfer rates across specific lengths.
Surprisingly the Agility drive outperforms its advertised max performance numbers scoring 150MB/s read and 244MB/s write speeds during the ATTO test. Sandra’s Physical Disks benchmark is another benchmark that will test the drive bandwidth and access time.
Speeds here are also very good. Notice the access time compared to the normal SATA drive. Finally we finish up our testing with CrystalDiskMark. CrystalDiskMark has a sequential read / write test as well as a 512k and 4k random read / write test.
Speeds here are good as well. Now it looks like the Agility outperforms the Vertex drive, but you have to keep in mind that the Vertex drive we tested was a 30GB drive so it is slower than the 60GB Vertex drive.