Western Digital Black P50 Game Drive SSD 1TB Review (Page 6 of 8)

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.

While 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 removable storage drives and has been our favorite benchmark long before internal hard drives even cracked the 50MB/s mark. From above, I was able to pull a good 327.6MB/s average read speed. This figure was a bit slower than the Crucial X8 1TB at 348.4MB/s and notably slower than the LaCie Rugged SSD 1TB at 394.1MB/s. However, it was faster than our other NVMe-based Lexar Professional SL100 Pro at 250.2MB/s. Compared to some of the faster performance USB flash drives, our numbers today compared favorably. For example, the Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 256GB gave us numbers of 216.5MB/s, while the Patriot Supersonic Magnum 2 256GB produced a 239.0MB/s average. As you can see in our screenshot above, the tested latency was 0.1 ms, which is the same as our AIDA64 results on Page 3 of this review. Once again, the Western Digital Black P50 Game Drive SSD 1TB came in third compared to our other NVMe-based portable SSDs.

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 6.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
8. Conclusion