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About PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
This Advanced Disk Test, which is part of PerformanceTest, measures the data transfer speed when reading or writing data to one or more disks. The speed that data can be transferred between memory and a hard disk drive is one of a system's most important performance aspects. There are quite a few factors which have a bearing on this speed and the Advanced Disk Drive Test allows the user to vary most of these factors and compare the results.
The test supports any drive that can be mounted under Windows. Including IDE drives, SCSI, RAID, USB key drives, SATA, networked shared drives and external drives.
Users have the ability to test multiple drives at the same time using multiple threads, and specify:
- The size of the test file used. Larger files mean that the system cache has less of an effect on the test types, which use caching (see below).
- The size of the data block used for each read or write request. Larger blocks mean less requests and can lead to an improvement in performance.
- The choice of four access methods - C/C++ API, Win32 API cached / uncached and raw disk access.
- Sequential or random access (seeking plus reading and writing)
- Synchronous and Asynchronous access
- The split between reading and writing
The results of all completed tests may be graphed using our custom graphing components.
From: Developer's Page
PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0's Advanced Disk Test generates some superb graphs right out of the box. It also provides valuable insight in simulating real world performance applications. To make things clear to you, the first graph simulates a database server, followed by a file server, web server, and workstation. Obviously, PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0 uses highly compressible data in most tests some controllers can really take advantage of. However, it also requires high IOPS capabilities for the best score. In the past, Marvell and Indilinx based drives perform pretty well in this test.
Overall, the Crucial P1 500GB's performance was good in the tests. With results of 121.08MB/s, 392.68MB/s, 593.74MB/s, and 90.75MB/s, all of these numbers were slower than the larger P1 1TB, as the bigger variant had numbers of 197.40MB/s, 496.78MB/s, 827.99MB/s, and 95.22MB/s. However, these numbers trade with some past SATA drives we have tested, such as the MX500 500GB and its marks at 155.76MB/s, 434.76MB/s, 488.07MB/s, and 73.11MB/s. The Crucial P1 500GB falters against other drives like the Gigabyte M.2 PCIe SSD 256GB, with worse numbers in all but one of the tests. The other PCIe x2 card we reviewed, the Toshiba RC100 240GB had numbers of 91.11MB/s, 917.77MB/s, 1203MB/s, 83.21MB/s, trading evenly, but the RC100 was quite a bit more dominant in its victories. I am a little surprised with how much slower the smaller P1 variant was, especially since the 1TB drive was more than capable in these tests.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 6.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 126.96.36.199
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8