XPG Atom 30 250GB/1TB Kit Review (Page 7 of 10)

Page 7 - Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10

About PassMark PerformanceTest 10

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

Moving on, PassMark PerformanceTest 10's Advanced Disk Test, unlike HD Tune Pro 5.70, generates some awesome 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 10 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.

The XPG Atom 30 1TB put up decently middle-of-the-ground numbers in our first real-world simulation test. It posted numbers of 231.6MB/s, 1512MB/s, 1716MB/s, and 173.03MB/s, which were all slower than the WD Blue SN570 1TB. Compared to some other drives, the Kingston KC2500 1TB traded blows with the Atom 30, with results of 215.52MB/s, 1261MB/s, 1607MB/s, and 201.03MB/s, in the same corresponding order. Another budget focused drive, the Patriot P300, put slower numbers across the board with 225.25MB/s, 1439MB/s, 1602MB/s, 56.62MB/s speeds. Finally, the Crucial P5 beat out the Atom 30 in three of the four tests with numbers of 279.95MB/s, 1897MB/s, 2092MB/s, and 149.16MB/s. These results were mostly aligned with the other results we saw from other benchmarks.

The ADATA SU670 Ultimate 250GB also put up decently good numbers in PerformanceTest 10. Results were 102.15MB/s, 446.2MB/s, 474.09MB/s, and 89.9MB/s. The only other two drives that we tested with the tenth version of this benchmark was the Lexar NQ100 and the Patriot P200, which I retested as part of this review. Both of those drives put up slower results across the board. The NQ100 had numbers of 33.67MB/s, 89.61MB/s, 448.64MB/s, and 68.65MB/s, while the P200 had numbers of 20.63MB/s, 169.96MB/s, 358.58MB/s, and 72.59MB/s. When limited to the SATA interface, the SU760 Ultimate was able to produce respectable results.

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 8.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 5.70
7. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 10
8. Benchmark: PCMark 10
9. Benchmark: 3DMark
10. Conclusion