(As of January 1, 2010) To test all Hard Drives, SSDs, Hard Drive Enclosures and Hard Drive Docks, Hi Tech Legion will use its suite of popular diagnostic benchmarks. In most benchmarks "Higher is Better" unless otherwise stated. Benchmarks will include HD Tune, Crystal Mark, AIDA64 (Disk Benchmark) and ATTO. The benchmarks used are easily accessible to the general public. Depending on the drive tested, benchmarks may or may not reflect comparisons to other drives. Hi Tech Legion will also try to provide comparisons in seconds on applications and games. (Initialization Times, when specified). For External Hard Drives, Enclosures and Docks, file transfer times will be benchmarked. Both test SSDs will be plugged into Intel AHCI SATA 6Gb/s port for the test.

Test System:

System Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K
  • Motherboard: MSI X79-GD65(8D)
  • CPU Heatsink: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
  • Heatsink Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Memory: 4x4GB G.Skill Ares 2133MHz DDR3
  • Video Cards: ASUS GTX 670 DirectCU II
  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB (OS), OCZ Vertex 3 120GB, Patriot Pyro SE 120GB, ADATA XPG SX900 128GB (FW 5.0.2a)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200W
  • Optical Drive: LG Blu-Ray
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit



Read and or Write

  • AIDA64
  • ATTO
  • Crystal DiskMark
  • AS SSD
  • IOmeter
  • File Copy (1GB and 5GB)
  • Load times (Windows 7 boot and Photoshop)