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Digital Storm Bolt Desktop Gaming PC Review - HDD Tests

Digital Storm Bolt Desktop Gaming PC Review
We take a look at Digital Storm's Bolt PC, a capable gaming system just slightly larger than an Xbox.
| Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 3:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Digital Storm

CrystalDiskMark

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 3.0 Technical Preview

Developer Homepage: http://www.crystalmark.info

Product Homepage: http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html

Download here: http://crystaldew.info/category/software/crystaldiskmark

 

CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark software that allows us to benchmark 4K and 4K queue depths with accuracy.

 

Key Features:-

 

* Sequential reads/writes

* Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes

* Text copy

* Change dialog design

* internationalization (i18n)

 

Note: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0 Technical Preview was used for these tests since it offers the ability to measure native command queuing at 4 and 32.

 

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The Digital Storm Bolt's Corsair SSD proves to be quite speedy, easily beating out the iBUYPOWER Chimera in read speed. The Bolt posts an impressive 497.7 MB/s sequential read speed.

 

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Write speed is equally impressive, with the Bolt again beating out the iBUYPOWER Chimera. The Corsair SSD puts up sequential read speeds of 319.3 MB/s, double that of the Chimera's SSD.

 

 

HDTune

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.00

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

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.

 

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While the Bolt's SSD may be speedy, the mechanical drive equipped for mass storage proves to be not as quick. It manages to produce an average read speed of 113.4MB/s, which is beat by the Chimera's 155.4MB/s.

 

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Just like the read test above, the write speeds prove to be slower on the Bolt's mechanical drive.

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