Patriot Ignite 480GB Review (Page 6 of 10)

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 running a quick format on the Patriot Ignite 480GB, it was back to the races with this SSD, and quite literally too. HD Tach is more of a 'drag race' approach to testing storage devices, and it has been around quite a while. This kind of behavior does not reflect real life performance, but instead is more of a synthetic situation. However, HD Tach has been a favorite among our testing suite, and thus it makes its appearance once again. Looking at the results, we can see a generally flat line across the graph. With an average read speed of 400.1MB/s, this result was still lower than the SanDisk Ultra II by around 70MB/s. It did fall in line with the Crucial MX100, with the Ignite being slower by a negligible 0.4MB/s. The Crucial BX100 was faster too by around 35MB/s, but the Ignite provided a flatter graph, and therefore a generally more consistent performance. On average, other drives we have tested rate around 350MB/s, so the Patriot Ignite 480GB was still faster than average. At the end, while these testing methodologies may not be most suited for solid state drives, the numbers are interesting nonetheless.

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 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
10. Conclusion