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HDD Benchmarking Database

All benchmarks are run a minimum of 5 times and the results are averaged. We reboot our bench system between each run and defragment our hard drive if necessary before running the benchmark.

MotherboardGigabyte 880GA-UD3H
ProcessorAMD Phenom II X4 965
Memory2x4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
Hard DriveCrucial M4 SSD 128GB
ChassisLian Li PC-6
Power SupplyBFG LS-450
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
NIC2 x Intel Gigabit CT Adapters (Teaming – IEEE 802.3ad)
Network SwitchNetgear GS716Tv2

CrystalDiskMark

CrystalDiskMark is another benchmarking utility that determines speeds by measuring 512KB, 4KB, and 4KB (Queue Depth 32) sequential and random read and write speeds. Test data can be Random, 0Fill, and 1Fill. For our purposes, we left the test at Random.

IOMeter

IOMeter has to be one of the most widely used software packages for benchmarking disks. There are an endless number of ways you can build a benchmark, but we chose to limit our benchmarking to 100 percent Sequential Read and Write then 100 percent Random Read and Write. You can emulate our benchmarking by using the following configuration

‘size% of size% reads% writes% sequential% randomdelayburstalignreply
2,097,152100100010000100
2,097,152100010010000100
2,097,152100100001000100
2,097,152100010001000100

 

PCMark 8

Using traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, PCMark 8 Storage highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. You do not need to have these applications installed on your system to run the Storage benchmark. The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark test contains the following workload traces:

  • Adobe Photoshop light
  • Adobe Photoshop heavy
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe After Effect
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • World of Warcraft
  • Battlefield 3

ATTO

The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

HD Tune Pro

HD Tune Pro is a hard disk / SSD utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive’s performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more. HT Tune Pro has been configured for additional benchmarking to test the drives performance in writing files of 500MB in size and 2000MB in size.