Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB Review (Page 6 of 11)

Page 6 - Benchmark: HD Tach

About HD Tach

HD Tach is a low level hardware benchmark for random access read/write storage devices such as hard drives, removable drives (ZIP/JAZZ), flash devices, and RAID arrays. HD Tach uses custom device drivers and other low level Windows interfaces to bypass as many layers of software as possible and get as close to the physical performance of the device possible.

From: Developer's Page

After giving the Gigabyte UD PRO 256GB a clean format and ensuring alignment and everything is correct, I fired it up for some testing in HD Tach. HD Tach is more of a drag race than a clear indication of real life performance and has been around for a really long time. It is an excellent storage performance reference among SSDs with the same controller, and has been our favorite benchmark long before hard drives even cracked the 50MB/s mark. With an average read speed of 359.2MB/s according to HD Tach in single disk configuration, this score is good, besting out the Kingston UV400 and UV500. For most solid state drives, we typically look for something that is faster than 350MB/s, as many drives do not crack the 400MB/s rating. Its burst speed rating is however oddly low at 214.0MB/s. At the end of the day, HD Tach may not be the best test for solid state drives all the time, but these results are always interesting to look at.

Page Index
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 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Benchmark: PCMark 8
11. Conclusion