We are going to use the Corsair Force series F120 SSD as a baseline to compare the Force GT against. While the Force GT is the flag ship of the SSD-range, the F120 isn't exactly slow, either, and should give the GT a real challenge. To represent a modern HDD we also ran the benchmarks using the very popular Samsung F3 1 TB hard drive.
TestingHardware used in these tests:
- CPU: AMD A8-3850
- CPU-cooler: Thermaltake Jing
- Motherboard: Gigabyte A75-UD2H
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 2*2 GB DDR3 2000 CL9
- PSU: SilverStone Nightjar 400 W (ST40NF)
For benchmarking we used the AMD Fusion platform featuring the AMD A8-3850 APU and Gigabyte A75-UD2H motherboard. The motherboard offers native S-ATA3-support and paired with the APU offer very high transfer speeds. The rest of the system included a 400 W SilverStone power supply and 4 gigabytes of ram.
As always, the test rig runs on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and the tests include a variety of most popular HDD/SSD-benchmarks. Our SSD-testing suite is still a work in progress, so if you have any questions, recommendations or feedback, please feel free to leave a message.
Crystal Disk Mark
We started the benchmarking by using CrystalDiskMark and ran this benchmark at both random and 1 Fill-settings. At random we can see how the Force GT really does have sequential read speed of 500 MB/s, and how the performance drops at smaller block sizes. The write speed only reaches 175 MB/s, losing even to the F120in the first two runs.
When the random element is thrown out of the equation, the write speeds reach the read speeds, and the GT both reads and writes extremely fast. The F120 leaves behind by about 200 MB/s, and the F3 HDD really can't compete with the SSDs.
Beside all other tests the PCmark7 benchmarking tool also has storage test, which measures the performance of the storage device in seven different subtests and gives the drive an overall score based on this. As expected, the Force GT scores best with 5095 points, the F120 comes second with 4752 and the F3 HDD only manages 1830 points. The most obvious difference between these three drives is in the "Starting applications"-subtest where the Force GT manages 51,05 MB/s, the F120 40,87 MB/s and the F3 only 2,60 MB/s. This difference alone pretty much wraps up why SSDs make the PC feel so much more responsive overall.
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