System Setup and Testing Methods

As our second real storage review on PC Perspective, we spend a lot of time going over our storage test bed and our testing applications in order to showcase storage performance and limits in an easy to read manor. 

You’ll see some of the more popular testing applications including HDTach and IOMeter and also HDTune v2.51, PCMark05 and YAPT (yet another performance test) v0.3.  I also wrote a custom file-copy test for future reviews as well but because of the drive size limits of the iRAM we couldn’t run all the tests. 

Test System Setup


ATI X800 XLReview


Pentium 4 3.46 GHz Extreme EditionReview


Intel 955XBKReview

Chipset Driver


2 x 512 MB Corsair 5400UL

Memory Timings

4.0 4-4-15

Sound Card

Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

Hard Drive

Gigabyte iRAM
Western Digital Raptor 74 GB
Western Digital SE16 400 GB
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 300 GB
Maxtor DiamondMax 9 80 GB

Operating System

Windows XP Professional SP1

GPU Driver

Catalyst 6.3

Power Supply

Antec TruePower 2.0 550 watt


If you have any questions regarding the tests or our testing methods, feel free to send me an email on the subject.

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