TESTING SYSTEM AND METHODOLOGY
The secondary test system was used for this review as it uses a platter hard-drive as its OS drive. As with the Momentus XT, keep note that we are not testing the Accelerator SSD itself; we are using two drives, an SSD and HDD, and melding them together to create our cache setup. Overall, then, this classifies our disk as a hybrid medium. As such, many of the usual test results are omitted, primarily due to the fact that they do not read our setup as a hybrid setup, but rather as its two separate parts (SiSoftware Sandra, for example, required a non-partitioned, fully formatted drive and gave wrong performance values).
But enough about that. Here are the synthetic benchmark software suites that had no problems assessing our system:
– Anvil Storage Utilities Pro
– ATTO Disk Benchmark
– Futuremark PCMark Vantage
Real-world benchmarks included a batch of files and folders with capacities of 250MB, 500MB, and 1000MB respectively to test file transfer performance. Windows 7 boot times were also monitored and timed starting from the OS load screen to Steams login window (the last program to load).
For consistency, each test was run three times for the cache to kick in, utilizing AHCI as the storage mode. The average of all three was taken as the final result.
Of the three color types (green, blue, black) in Western Digitals Caviar series, the black flavor is definitely the most popular due to its excellent performance and reliability.For consumers they are certainly the go-to platter drives that are capable of being great boot/OS drives, instead of singularly serving as storage. I chose the 500GB over the 1000GB as a good mediate between price/performance and general size of space needed for the average user.
The drive installs like any other; attach the power and SATA connectors, and go into Disk Management. There, you format it and assign a drive letter. Once you go through the Dataplex installation, the software will hide the drive, removing the drive letter and any trace of the Corsair Accelerator from Disk Management until Dataplex is uninstalled. For my setup, the (D:) assigned Corsair Accelerator was incorporated into my main (C:) WDC Black OS partition, becoming a true hybrid/raid-like system.
If you recall, the packaging at the back of the Corsair Accelerator has a serial number. This number is needed to download NVELOs Dataplex caching software off of Corsairs website. Keep the code handy, as the Dataplex software requires it too during installation:
Once it is installed, you can check the status of the Accelerator by opening up Dataplex’s Status utility, which is a simple command prompt window:
Everything is good to go. Pretty easy, right? Well, no so fast…