BENCHMARK PROTOCOL AND THE TEST BENCH
In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as 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 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 capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.
Software used for testing by The SSD Review consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, Anvil Storage Utilities, along with FutureMark PCMark Vantage.
All do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or dont want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.
Benchmark software used by The SSD Review is can be obtained by clicking on the title of each application as all may be downloaded without cost to the consumer.
Those who know me are well aware that I have never been a great supporter of disk caching as I didn’t believe anything prior to the Revo Hybrid showed a marked improvement in performance. The Hybrid changed that but was limited to performance of the boot drive, leaving the consumer with a solution, albeit not a perfect one.
To me, the perfect caching solution enabled a ‘VISIBLE’ performance upgrade while retaining my present hard drive as a boot drive, enabling the same performance on secondary drives where one might store photos, music or video, and be one that did its job from the second I turned the system on. After all, why would I want my hard drive enabled computer to still take almost two minutes to load?
With these thoughts in mind, we migrating our present system onto a hard drive and did subsequent tests of the hard drive which took just under two minutes to load! I suddenly remembered my former habits of turning on the computer and grabbing my coffee while it booted up.
The Synapse Cache SSD and Dataplex Software was next installed and tests conducted while the cache was active. Paramount to this was the question of whether data would be retained in the cache once the system was started the next day. As a result, we turned the system off for ten hours and tested again. Get ready for a shock!