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.
Since we reviewed the OCZ Vertex 3 120GB retail drive, a firmware update was released. The V3 120GB was running an older firmware than the 240GB we are testing today.
In HD Tune Pro we see the Vertex 3 240GB delivering an average read speed across the drive of 382MB/s. HD Tune is a synthetic product that we use to start putting the puzzle together, but it seems like the new firmware is a little slower in some of the synthetic tests.
One thing that leads us to believe the newer firmware is a little slower in the synthetic tests is this test. Here we see the 120GB Vertex 3 writing slower than the 120GB drive. The 240GB drive should be faster here, but it isn't. Things change, though, when we get to real world workloads.