TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL
Today’s analysis will be conducted utilizing our Intel DZ77-GA70K test bench. Clicking on any pictures or benchmarks will open a more easily viewable high-resolution image.
In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through. Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide. Repetition in testing is standard, and if necessary we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 ‘safe mode’ to ensure that the OS has little to no influence on the end result.
In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through screen capture of the actual benchmark results for better understanding of the testing process by the reader. Our test system is comprised as follows:
Our HDD utilized in today’s analysis is a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB, 5400 RPM, 3 GB/s, 64MB cache hard drive. We would like to thank CoolerMaster for providing the N600 mid-tower case that encloses our test bench system.
The software we will be using in today’s analysis is typical of most of our reviews, and consists of Crystal DiskMark, ATTO, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities and PCMark Vantage. We rely on these as they each have a way of supporting one another, yet at the same time, adding a new performance benchmark to the total picture. The combination of these benchmarks provides a more complete picture of a drive’s overall performance and capabilities. Much of the software is free, and can be downloaded simply by clicking on the title, as each is linked to the corresponding software’s download site.
PHISON PS3109 CONTROLLER
Here is a closer look at the SuperCache 2’s Phison PS3109 4-channel controller:
CACHING SOFTWARE TEST METHODOLOGY
To determine the effectiveness of MyDigtalSSD’s SuperCache 2 as a caching solution, we will be generating “before” (hard drive un-cached) and “after” (hard drive cached) benchmarks. In addition, we will be benchmarking the SuperCache 2 as a standalone (non-caching) SSD. The three sets of benchmarks generated will represent the SSD alone, the HDD alone, and the combined storage partition created by the HybriDisk caching software. We will also be using Greatis Software’s Bootracer software to document actual boot-up times.
MYDIGITALSSD SUPERCACHE 2 SSD ONLY BENCHMARKS
As with most any caching SSD, the SuperCache 2 also has the potential of being used strictly as an SSD, without the caching software. This first set of benchmarks will demonstrate if the MyDigitalSSD SuperCache 2 would make an effective basic SSD.
Crystal DiskInfo’s screenshot shows us that the S.M.A.R.T. and TRIM features are operational (not grayed out like AAM). It also indicates our serial number and firmware version, “power on” information, and shows the drive’s health status as “good”.