Testing Methodology and System Setup
Testing Methods

Our storage testing hardware remains unchanged and is more than capable of putting the stress on these standard and solid state drives necessary for proper benchmarking.  We are using a Core 2 Duo E6400 processor on a Gigabyte P35 motherboard that uses the ICH9 south bridge.  The OS of choice is Windows Vista x64 SP1.  The rest of the components are listed in the table below.

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Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks.  The two PCMark suites offer a good combination of both worlds while the IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases.  If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we’ll help you out!

Test System Setup

We are certainly getting a nice assortment of solid state drives for performance comparisons – the new Vertex SSD we are testing today will go against quite a few of OCZ’s other options including the original SATA 3.0 Gb/s 64GB drive, the Summit 250GB and the Apex 250GB SSD.  We of course will continue to pit these drives against the Intel X25-M 80GB SSD and the fastest standard spindle-based hard drive, the Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB.

Hard Drive Test System Setup


Intel Core 2 Duo E6400


Gigabyte P35-DS3R


OCZ Technology 2 x 2GB DDR2-800

Hard Drive

OCZ Vertex 120GB SSD
OCZ Summit 250GB SSD
OCZ Apex 250GB SSD
Intel X25-M 80GB SSD

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB WD3000GLFS
Western Digital Raptor 150GB

Sound Card


Video Card

ATI Radeon X800 XL

Video Drivers

Catalyst 8.3

Power Supply Antec TruePower 480 watt

DirectX Version


Operating System

Windows Vista x64 SP1

  • PCMark05
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Yapt
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • IOMeter
  • HDTach
  • HDTune
  • PCPer File Copy Test

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