AS-SSD VER. 1.6
AS-SSD Benchmark is a lightweight application that is designed to provide a simple means of evaluating the performance of SSDs. The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests. The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without use of the operating system caches.The program comes with a copy benchmark as well as one for compression and it can also be used with hard disk drives.
Western Digital Caviar Black (Cached)
Finally, AS-SSD confirms what we have been noticing all along: The Accelerator does work, and astoundingly at that.
Moving on to the real-world tests, you will find that the Accelerator has a massive impact on performance. The file copy results are indication enough as to how quickly you can duplicate and move around your data:
The time is essentially halved with the cached SSD versus what the normal hard-drive can attain.
The boot times are where the Accelerator really makes its mark. Normally, the WDC takes 42 seconds to load to the desktop, and another 16 to fully load, giving it a grand total of 58, or roughly a minute. With the Accelerator, you save an average of 40 seconds from the Windows 7 loading screen to your fully loaded desktop. If there was one good reason I would recommend an SSD for a boot drive, this is it right here!
Remember that for both sequential and real-world benchmarks shown here, an average out of three complete results was taken for each test respectively. This allowed the Accelerators cache mechanism to kick-in, while verifying the accuracy of the test results.
As it stands, the 30GB version of the Corsair Accelerator is a tad slower than the 60GB, which fits Corsairs specifications. Both the 60GB and 45GB versions of the drive feature 280MB/s read and 260MB/s write, whereas the 30GB performs at 270MB/s read and 240MB/s write. All of the benchmarks have hit close to these levels, with the ATTO utility yielding virtually the exact speed specs posted by Corsair.
All-in-all, Corsair surely delivered when they said “an Accelerator Series SSD cache drive doesn’t replace your hard drive ” it just makes it faster.”