TECHNOLOGY X TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
HDD testing at Technology X differs slightly, our goal is to test in a system that has been optimized with our SSD Optimization Guide. To see the best performance possible the CPU C states have been disabled, C1E support has been disabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) has been disabled. Benchmarks for consumer testing are also benchmarks with a fresh drive so, not only can we verify that manufacturer specifications are in line but also, so the consumer can replicate our tests to confirm that they have an HDD that is top-notch. We even provide links to most of the benchmarks used in the report.
|PC CHASSIS:||Cooler Master HAF XM|
|MOTHERBOARD:||Asrock z77 Extreme4|
|CPU:||Intel i7 3770K|
|MEMORY:||G.Skill Ripjaws Z 1600MHz|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 670 FTW|
|CPU COOLER:||Phanteks PH-TC14PE|
|POWER SUPPLY:||Corsair TX 750 Watt V2|
|STORAGE:||Samsung 830 256GB|
The software we will be using for today’s analysis is typical of many of our reviews and consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal Disk Info, Crystal Disk Mark, AS SSD, Anvil’s Storage Utilities, and PCMark Vantage. We prefer to test with easily accessible software that the consumer can obtain, and in many cases, we even provide links. Our selection of software allows each to build on the last and to provide validation to results already obtained.
Crystal Disk Info is a great tool for displaying the characteristics and health of storage devices. It displays everything from temperatures, to the number of hours the device has been powered, and even to the extent of informing you of the firmware of the device.
One of the nicer features of this drive is Native Command Queuing which in laymens terms is a way for the drive to optimize its read and write paths, allowing less time spinning and better performance, which is very helpful during multitasking.
ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.
As you can see here, the drive performs within spec — the read really picks up speed at around the 8.0KB mark, and the write catches up by 16.0KB
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
Again the drive shows its strength in sequential writes and performs as expected in 4K; as you can see the results are much lower than what we see in SSDs.
The read and write performance is above spec. We were pleasantly surprised at the benchmark, as it was 20MB/s faster than it is rated.