|WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 28 July 2009|
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ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark program is free, and offers a comprehensive set of test variables to work with. In terms of disk performance, it measures interface transfer rates at various intervals for a user-specified length and then reports read and write speeds for these spot-tests. There are some minor improvements made to the 2.34 version of the program, but the benchmark is still limited to non-linear samples up to 256MB. ATTO Disk Benchmark requires that an active partition be set on the drive being tested.
While the bandwidth results are not realistic for determining the maximum drive speeds, ATTO Disk Benchmark is still a good tool for illustrating bandwidth using various file size chunks. Please consider the results displayed by this benchmark to be basic bandwidth performance indicators.
Our basic I/O bandwidth tests begin with the Western Digital VelociRaptor connected to the integrated Intel ICH10R Southbridge chip, as the ATTO Disk Benchmark tools performs file transfers ranging from 0.5 KB to 8192 KB. The 300GB WD3000HLFS model reveals a 130 MBps read plateau from 32-8192 KB file chunks, while the 130 MBps write performance plateaus from 32-8192 KB. Compared to other hard drives, the WD VelociRaptor is unparalleled. However, when compared to SSD products that directly compete for the high-performance desktop sector, the VelociRaptor falls near the bottom of Solid State Drive performance.
In our next section, Benchmark Reviews compares random access IOPS performance among high-end storage devices using HD Tune Pro...