OCZ Rally2 Turbo


Test Setup
In order to test the performance of the Rally2 Turbo, the following setup was used:
Motherboard: Asus Blitz Extreme
: Intel "Core 2 Duo" E6750
Memory: OCZ PC3-12800 DDR3 2gb
Hardrive: 2x Hitachi 320gb SATA2 (RAID0)
OS: Windows XP SP2
For the benchmarking of the drive, HD Tach and SiSoft Sandra were used. In addition to these, various size files were transferred to and from the drive with Windows, the times taken was then recorded with a stopwatch.
As comparison, the graphs contain the results obtained with the same tests on the original Rally2 and a generic 1GB flash drive.
HDTach Burst Speed Results
HDTach Read Speed Results
HDTach Random Access Time Results
As you can see, the HDTach testing yielded some very impressive figures for the Rally2 Turbo, coming in extremely close to the claimed transfer speeds.
Sandra Removable Storage Index
Sandra Removable Storage Endurance
The results obtained in SiSoft Sandra are again extremely impressive, showing a massive improvement over the original Rally2 and being worlds ahead of the generic drive.
While benchmark applications are good for turning out technical figures and testing performance, the results don't necessarily translate to a good idea of real world performance. The following figures demonstrate exactly how long you can expect to be sat staring at the blinking LED when transferring files. The top bar illustrates stick to hard drive transfer, the lower illustrates hard drive to stick transfer.
Windows File Transfer Times
Again the results are fantastic for the Rally2 Turbo. On the 4 x 64mb transfer tests however, the Rally2 Turbo lost out to its predecessor with the stick to HDD transfer taking almost a second longer. But overall it's clear to see that the improvements made to an already fantastic drive have had a huge effect.
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