Crystal Disk Benchmark expands on our ATTO benchmark testing by providing low 4k random performance. The two most effective measurements in determining the ‘visual upgrade’ we might see are 4k random performance scores as well as disk access times which will be seen later in the report. The HDD alone is shown on the left while the same HDD cached is on the right.
4K random results that don’t even reach 1MB/s are typical for a hard drive where as, with current SSDs, results if 65MB/s write performance are actually a bit low for today’s solid state drives. In fact, unless someone had mentioned that the result on the right was that of a cached HDD, there would be no way of telling it apart from a typical SSD result.
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Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility. Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.
The largest visual upgrade we will see when migrating from a hard drive to a solid state drive occurs through a significant reduction in disk access times and it is no different when we cache a hard drive with an SSD. A quick look at the access times above (Resp. Time) in comparison to the Cached HDD below will show a significant drop in the time it takes to retrieve information and this results in a much faster computer. This will become especially obvious when we see start times later in the report.
Once again a quick comparison between the cached hard drive above and the results of the SSD alone will demonstrate that NVELO Dataplex can speed the performance of a hard drive to that of a SSD. To verify the storage medium, simply look at the identification on the bottom right of each result.