The hard drive we chose for testing is a Hitachi 320GB 5400RPM hard drive that was active in a laptop for some time. The test procedure is simply the benchmarked performance before (left) and after caching (right). A click on the ATTO scores will bring them up to full size.
Initial ATTO results show our read transfer speeds to have increased by nine times and writes by two with the Crucial Adrenaline caching solution in place. There is no mistake here and this is the first indication that, with your hard drive cached with the Adrenaline, your hard drive will perform simlar to that of an SSD.
The key metric that we wanted to point out with the Crystal DiskMark tests was the before and after specific to the low 4k random write performance, the cached difference being about 122 times faster than that of the hard drive alone. Considering that this disk access method is a main contributor to the visible difference we see when upgrading from a hard drive to SSD, one can be confident in the visible upgrade of the Crucial Adrenaline Caching SSD.
Lets take a close look at Anvil Storage Utilities and see if we can recognize another key factor in performance with the Crucial Adrenaline.
In migrating from a hard drive to an SSD (or SSD caching solution in this case), there is a significant upgrade in things such as start times and application performance simply because the disk access, or speed it takes to retrieve applications and data, is so much faster in a SSD. Take a look at the disk access of the hard drive above (Resp. Time) and then take a look at that of the cached hard drive below.
When we compare the Response Time, MB Written, IOPS and transfer speed (MB’s) of the Hitachi HDD and then that same HDD cached by the Adrenaline, there is a dramatic upgrade in every facet of the storage component.
A software program called Boot Racer was utilized to determine the difference of our systems start time before and after the HDD was cached. Our initial start time prior to activating the NVELO Dataplex software was about a minute and a half which is pretty typical of a normal system with a hard drive in place. Pay close attention as the caching goes to work.
By simply caching our present computer system, our start time reduced to thirteen seconds which is probably one of the largest complements of the Crucial Adrenaline. That is a complete log on from press of the start button to the desktop being ready for use without any optimizations whatsoever. The next time you start your computer, note how long your boot up takes after the first thirteen seconds.