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Testing Methodology

Testing a drive is not as simple as putting together a bunch of files, dragging them onto folder on the drive in Windows and using a stopwatch to time how long the transfer takes. Rather, there are factors such as read / write speed and data burst speed to take into account. There is also the SATA controller on your motherboard and how well it works with SSDs & HDDs to think about as well. For best results you really need a dedicated hardware RAID controller w/ dedicated RAM for drives to shine. Unfortunately, most people do not have the time, inclination or monetary funds to do this. For this reason, our testbed will be a more standard motherboard with no mods or high-end gear added to it. This is to help replicate what the end-user’s experience will be like.

Even when the hardware issues are taken care of, the software itself will have a negative or positive impact on the results. As with the hardware end of things, to obtain the absolute best results you do need to tweak your OS setup. However, just like with the hardware aspect, most people are not going to do this. For this reason, a standard OS setup is used.

For synthetic tests, we used a combination of the ATTO Disk Benchmark, HDTach, HD Tune, Crystal Disk Benchmark, IOMeter, AS-SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark 7.

For real world benchmarks, we timed how long a single 20GB rar file took to copy to and then from the devices. We also used 20gb of small files (from 100kb to 200MB) with a total 12,000 files in 400 subfolders.

All tests were run 8 times and average results of the last 4 runs are represented.

In between each test suite runs the drives are cleaned with either HDDerase, SaniErase or a manufacturers ‘Toolbox’, and then quick formatted to make sure that they were in optimum condition for the next test suite.

Test Systems Used:

System 1:

This system represents a more entry level system.

Processor: Core i5 7500
Motherboard: Asus Prime B250-Plus
Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) Kingston Value Ram DDR4-2400 (17-17-17)
Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning
Hard Drive: Intel 750 1.2TB, 1TB WD Black
Power Supply: Corsair RMi1000

System 2:

This system represent a more mainstream system.

Processor: Core i7 7700K
Motherboard: Asus Prime Z270-A
Memory: 64GB (4x16GB) HyperX Fury DDR4-2400 (15-15-15)
Graphics card: MSI GeForce GTX 980Ti Lightning
Hard Drive: Intel 750 1.2TB, 1TB WD Black
Power Supply: Corsair AXi860

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