Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
All 4 drives share the same set of components as the original Vertex LE (right).
The Vertex 2 and Agility 2 have a new board layout, but it’s only a simple rearrangement of parts and there are no surprises to report.
The Corsair Force F100 uses the same controller, but the older style PCB layout shared with the Vertex LE.
Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, 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 have switched our testbed over to a more dedicated, forward thinking machine. We made some changes to help minimize test data scatter with higher bandwidth devices. Sound is flat out disabled, with no additional card installed. Video was *intentionally* shifted to a PCI unit to free up both PCIe-16 slots for testing tandem pairs of PCI Express cards (like ioDrives, DDRDrives, and high end RAID cards). Spot checks against the previous rig showed a negligible change in test output.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and BFG for supplying some of the components of our test rig.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 920 @ 4 GHZ (HT disabled)|
|Memory||Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3-1600|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||BFG Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI|
|Video Drivers||Geforce 181.22|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
XP X64 SP2
Windows 7 X64 (for TRIM testing)
- PCPer File Copy Test