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HD TUNE RESULTS
While not entirely indicative of real world performance, HD Tune does give us a glimpse into a drive's inner workings. Its read transfer rate benchmark measures speed across the entire drive, giving us an idea of how fast it is over its entire span.
HD Tune measured a promising maximum transfer speed of 253 MB/s for the RevoDrive, and an average of 192 MB/s. This is well ahead of the other other solid state and hard disk drives we've tested thus far.
Access time was low as is the case with most SSDs, but at 0.3 ms, it was a little bit slower than the OCZ Vertex 2 and Intel X25-V.
REAL WORLD PERFORMANCE
A Windows 7 image loaded with our test suite was cloned to a 50GB partition
at the beginning of each drive and our entire
test suite was run start to finish 3 times. A reboot and defragmentation
was performed in between runs except for SSDs and the Seagate Momentus
XT (defragmentation resets optimizations made to the XT's flash memory).
Average times were collected for comparison.
Load times were relatively poor for the RevoDrive, slightly slower than other SSDs when loading both Far Cry 2 and Call Of Duty: World at War. Boot time was particularly poor, though being a PCI-E storage device, it added a short delay after the initial POST screen, pausing to recognize the drive and offering the user a chance to enter the RAID array's configuration menu.
The RevoDrive dominated our application performance tests, breaking records in both. This is the first time an SSD has decisively defeated performance hard drives in our TrueCrypt test which consists of creating a large encrypted file container. The RevoDrive also excelled in our ExactFile test which involves creating a MD5 checksum file of our test suite folder.
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