Adding the drive to our test bed as a completely blank spare, we ran the read and write tests of HDTune, the definitive hard drive benchmarking tool. In both tests the drive held up to OCZ’s claims with an average (and consistent) read speed of 219.6MB/s and write speed of 197MB/s. Access times were also reported as below 0.1ms, so all in all it looks like a pretty fast drive.
Next we loaded our hard drive test image onto the drive. This consists of an installation of Windows Vista 32-bit Home Premium, the drivers for our test motherboard and graphics card, and an installation of PCMark Vantage and Crysis. With this lot copied onto the drive we ran the HDD portion of PCMark Vantage, which comprehensively tests a drive’s performance by emulating a number of common Windows tasks like importing music into Windows Media Player and video conversion, while also including application loading times. As you can see from below, the OCZ put in an impressive performance, only narrowly missing out to Intel’s X25-M overall and comfortably beating the Apex series.