HD Tune Pro
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
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.
HD Tune isn't a very good real world indicator of performance, but it does allow us to gain some insight into what to expect once we get into the tests that matter most. This test also shows how the Corsair Performance 3 reacts to different SATA configurations.
As we predicted, Sandy Bridge allowed the Performance 3 to stretch its legs and operate at full speed. The HighPoint 600 and X58/Marvell setup performed about the same. The X58/Intel ICH performed about the same as the SandForce SF-1200 based Vertex 2.
When it comes to write performance with the Performance 3, you will need a Sandy Bridge based motherboard to reach full speed. All of the other configurations we tested were very close and didn't allow the Performance 3 to let loose.
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