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Four Kingston SSDNow E (Intel X25-E) SSDs in RAID 0 - Win 7

By: Cameron Wilmot | RAID in Storage | Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:36 am

HD Tune Pro


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HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:


Benchmark: measures the performance


Info: shows detailed information


Health: checks the health status by using SMART


Error Scan: scans the surface for errors


Temperature display


HD Tune Pro gives us accurate read, write and access time results and for the last couple of years has been gaining popularity amongst reviewers. It is now considered a must have application for storage device testing.



Four Kingston SSDNow E (Intel X25-E) SSDs in RAID 0 with Windows 7 final OEM build


In my opinion, HD Tune Pro is probably the best benchmarking software for testing SSDs. It doesn't seem to take the cache into consideration and influence results - except for burst speeds, which we didn't include in the graph above, for that very reason. For interest sakes, I tried testing with Crystal Disk and HD Speed and both showed read speeds of 1400MB/s and that is obviously testing the cache memory and not the flash memory on the SSDs.


As we can see above, the four Kingston X25-E drives in RAID 0 manage to score a truly stunning maximum read of 827.8MB/s, average of 813.5MB/s and a minimum of a crazy high 778.5MB/s. Access time is also extremely healthy showing a result of an impressive 0.1ms. The minimum read speed between all three setups scale almost perfectly, but the average and maximum read speeds are a little off showing that you don't get exactly double the performance by increasing the same amount of drives.


Compare these results to the Fusion ioDrive PCI Express solid state drive we tested earlier this year and even the PhotoFast G-Monster-PROMISE PCI Express solid state drive that we tested recently and this homemade setup entirely kills them by a factor of around two times or so.


Sure, this setup costs more, but we're going for the best performance we can get at the current day, remember? I love technology!


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