Test System(s):

System Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 WS
  • CPU Heatsink: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
  • Heatsink Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Memory: 4x4GB Kingston HyperX Red 1600MHz DDR3
  • Video Cards: NVIDIA GTX 580
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB (OS), OCZ Vertex 4 256GB (Test drive)
  • Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 1000W
  • Optical Drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810
  • Wireless Adapter: MSI U300EX Lite II USB Network Adapter
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro x64



  • HD Tune
  • AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
  • Crystal mark
  • File Transfer



HD Tune is a benchmark used to calculate Transfer times, Access times, Burst Rate and CPU Usage of a hard drive. You can download HD Tune at www.hdtune.com. There are two versions of HD Tune, a pro and a free version. For the sake of this review, we have used the free version. (Pro Version does benchmark write speeds).

HDTune Benchmarks

 HDTune Benchmarks



FinalWire's AIDA64 is a diagnostic and benchmarking tool. AIDA64 will be used for its Disk Benchmark tool with the test conducted using the Read Test Suite.

AIDA64 Read Test

 AIDA64 Read Test



Crystal Mark is a disk benchmark software that features:

  • Sequential reads/writes
  • Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes
  • Text copy
  • Change dialog design
  • internationalization (i18n)

Download Crystal Mark

Crystal DiskMark benchmark


The 1 and 5 Gigabyte files are placed on the desktop then sent to the SSD/HDD. This allows the SSD/HDD to both read the file before transfer then write it to the SSD/HDD. Times are calculated in Seconds for the 1 Gigabyte file and Minutes and Seconds for the 5 Gigabyte file.

File Transfer Benchmark