6. HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.6 – BENCHMARK
The Super Talent has an average access or seek time of 0.1ms which is considerable better than a hard drive and the major contributor to visible difference in your SSD experience. As a brief explanation, seek time with a SSD is quick because it simply needs to locate the information, regardless of size, and return with it much like that of oil moving in a pipeline. With a hard drive it is much longer and a bit more complicated.
Information on a hdd is stored in sectors on a magnetic disk which spins at incredible speeds, some as high as 10000 revolutions per minute. In order to find the required information, there is an arm which needs to position itself in the right position and then the ‘head’ of the arm has to position itself in order to retrieve information.
This is why seek time of a hard drive can average 9.2 seconds or more, some 90 times longer than a SSD.
To complicate things a bit more, the hard drive can only retrieve information in blocks unlike the SSD as we described above. In the case of large files,several passes may be necessary to find and gather the file before the complete file is retrieved.
HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.5 – FILE BENCHMARK
HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.6 – RANDOM ACCESS
HDTUNE PRO VER. 4.6 – EXTRA TESTS