OCZ SSD 32GB Solid State Hard Disk

HD Tune Pro Results

HD Tune Pro
HD Tune Pro is a complete hard disk benchmarking, status and erasing utility by EFD Software. Our testing procedure involved running both the read and write benchmark tests on both the OCZ SSD, WD Velociraptor and RaptorX drives with screen shots of the results being taken at the end of each benchmark run. The results can be seen below:
OCZ SSD HD Tune Read
Velociraptor HD Tune Write
Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB READ
WD RaptorX HD Tune Read
Western Digital RaptorX 150GB READ
The difference between the OCZ (Samsung) SSD and the two mechanical Western Digital hard drives is plain to see. The blue line representing the read speed across the entire disk stays in a totally flat line around the 90MB/s mark for the SSD while the two WDC drives start off with a high read speed and slowly curve downwards as they reach the edge of the disk.
While the WDC RaptorX can just about match the speed of the OCZ SSD at the inner-portion of the disk (83MB/s)  the Verlociraptor performs much better, actually beating the SSD with a maximum read spead of 123MB/s on the inner-portion of the disk, and coming within 9MB/s of the SSD right at the edge of the disk.
As expected the access times of the mechanical disks is much higher than that of the SSD with HD Tune reporting a 0.2ms access time for the SSD and 6.9ms and 8.2ms for the Velociraptor and RaptorX disks respectively. How this will translate to real-world performance is yet to be seen.
Western Digital Velociraptor 320GB
Western Digital Velociraptor 320GB WRITE
Western Digital RaptorX HD Tune Write
Western Digital RaptorX 150GB WRITE
Write speed doesn't seem to be a strong point for the OCZ SSD, with HD Tune reporting an average speed of 77.5MB/s and a much more impressive 102MB/s for the Velociraptor. Once again the mechanical drives take a dip in performance as they near the edge of the platter, but the Velociraptor still manages to keep its minumum write speed well above that of the SSD.
Access time is once again a strong point for the SSD with an almost non-measurable 0.1ms result.
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Most Recent Comments

17-07-2008, 08:50:18

Muahaha been spying on this...

Off to read the conclusion page now

Edit: Very cool.

Nice review Jimbo. Figured it could end up something like that.

Quick question aimed at anyone who can answer.

On a game like Footy Manager, what does it require the most. I know the game reads from a massive database but then it is also continually writing updated info. Obviously the CPU needs to be good for crunching but would a hdd be slowing down performance in a game like that?Quote

17-07-2008, 09:42:38

Still too expensive as you say. But at least they're getting there.Quote

17-07-2008, 10:13:37

Great review m8, I wouldn`t stick it in a laptop myself as again it`s too small - perhaps a counterpart but then the price goes up again.

A desktop OS only drive tho, they`d be tremendous.

Price is a big thing for me, and I personally think they`re going to be too high for too long b4 something else comes out to take them out of the market.

Even with platter drives coming down in cost, as if a 2T drive is on the horizon, they`ve got alot of ground to make up for me.

Price ? I don`t think they`ll get much cheaper. Memory chips for the size required for a drive are never that cheap on the market. (just imagine trying to build a similar ssd with a blank pcb and filling it urself... hmmm there`s an idea.. a pcb with 10 ddr & 10 ddr2 slots u can stick in all ur left over memory in..)Quote

17-07-2008, 10:44:52

Rast.. Ya say that by the time they get to a decent level something else will more than likely have come along. But how long have we been using platter hdds now? They are still in their infancy and memory chip prices are dropping very fast. I remember when a 4GB USB stick would set ya back £80.. Get them for less than a tenner now.Quote

17-07-2008, 11:16:37

I dunno. I mean it`s one thing to produce on a small scale, but to bring something the likes that will replace harddrive tech on a gig for gig scale, I don`t feel the memory chips are going to get to a cheap enough level.

Manufacturers are also reluctant to produce older memory chip when the tech moves forward. The pricing of the likes of PC100/133 memory aint as cheap as it once was, similarly when DDR3 becomes the main memory brand, DDR2 isn`t going to be as cheap or available as it is now. Then ofc DDR will be in the same situ as PC100/133.

It`s plain that many memory chips get bought on a bulk scale in order to make the likes of usb pen drives. If as many ssd manufacturers turn up as there are usb drive makers, then perhaps the same chip prices could be compared. But from what I see in this review, they`re using new 4G memory chips, which are different to those used in pens afaik.

Ofc time will tell, but I don`t personally see it.Quote

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