|WD VelociRaptor 300GB SATA HDD WD3000HLFS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 28 July 2009|
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HD Tune Pro Benchmarks
In the past, Benchmark Reviews has avoided HD Tune benchmarks because the software was so similar to others already being used in our articles. However, EFD Software has released several versions of the program, which add functionality and features with each revision. The latest edition of HD Tune Pro allows random access read and write testing, a feature not available to other software tools. HD Tune is a low-level test that will not operate on a drive which contains a partition, so Benchmark Reviews uses DISKPART to prepare hardware for these tests.
Random Access tests are divided into 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB and random size test files sizes. The Random Access test measures the performance of random read or write operations. The amount of data which will be read varies from 512 bytes to 1 MB. Performance is reported in operations per second (IOPS), average access time, and average speed. Because it is our intent to compare one product against another, Benchmark Reviews has focused on random transfer size IOPS performance.
Benchmark Reviews has tested the Western Digital VelociRaptor against a collection of top-performing storage drives for our random IOPS benchmarks. Hard Disk Drive products generally offer a tighter range of IOPS performance than SSDs.
The tight range of IO is an indicator of operational bottlenecks. For example, the WD VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS SATA Hard Disk Drive indicates a read-IOPS range of 56-145 whereas the average SSD might offer 100-10,000. Conversely, SSDs offer a much higher IO in most cases.
In the chart above, the WD VelociRaptor occupies a low position in the random IOPS ratings. The OCZ Vertex SSD enjoys the benefit of SLC construction, which delivers traditionally better IOPS performance. The OCZ Vertex (MLC) has the advantage of TRIM enhancements to the firmware, with the Patriot Torqx and Super Talent UltraDrive ME showing signs of reduced write-to IOPS performance. Hopefully these two companies will address this issue with future firmware updates. Despite their premium pricing, all of these products are in the same general vicinity as the mainstream OCZ Agility SSD in terms of IOPS performance.
All of the above-mentioned SSDs appear to be well ahead of the OCZ Apex and G.Skill Titan SSDs, which utilize the dual JMicron controller in an internal RAID-0 array. The JMicron controller exhibits an inherent I/O weakness, producing miserably low single-digit IOPS performance, but the new Samsung controller appears no better for the OCZ Summit. Even the much older SLC products, OCZ's OCZSSD2 and the Mtron MOBI 3000 or 3500, all perform better during write-to testing.