Testing – HDTune Pro
HDTune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available. It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it. Keep in mind it is a single-threaded application though. Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.
The read score fell a little short here, almost 30MB/s slower than the Vertex 2 2.5-inch drive. Now we have the write benchmark.
Interesting as the write score was better than the read score.
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. Here are both the results from the read and write random access tests.
Looking at the 4K results we like to see scores above 5000, which both the read and write are, but the 2.5-inch drive scored around 8K on both tests.
Finally we have the file benchmark.
The file benchmark topped out at around 270MB/s read and 260MB/s read.