HD Tune Pro
Version and / or Patch Used: 4.00
Developer Homepage: http://www.efdsoftware.com
Product Homepage: http://www.hdtune.com
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.
In our charts you'll find three Crucial m4 drives with the new 0009 update. When it comes to read performance, the m4 has been supercharged and now competes with the Team SandForce SF-2281 controlled drives. At the same time the Crucial m4 puts even more distance between itself and the Corsair Performance 3 that uses a different version of the same Marvell controller.
Read performance hasn't ever been a problem for the Crucial m4, but we aren't about to turn down a free performance boost no matter where it occurs. While writing across the drive in HD Tune Pro we see the sequential performance is still down a bit when compared to the SandForce drives represented here by the OCZ Vertex 3.
Let's just leave that alone for now, but we'll touch base on the Vertex 3's high write performance later in this article when we discuss incompressible data.