The hardware chosen was picked to reflect that of a relatively modern computer system that an enthusiast may own. The configuration of the system is as follows:
Intel Core i7 2700k
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 motherboard
Crucial 2x2GB DDR3-1600 memory kit
Asus Radeon 4870 512MB video card
OCZ Vertex 3 240GB solid state drive
Western Digital Black 640GB SATA hard drive
Liteon iHAS124B SATA DVD-writer
Solid State Drive Firmware Versions
Crucial m4: FW009
Kingston HyperX: 332
OCZ Vertex 3: 2.15 (including Max IOPS)
Other World Computing Mercury Electra 6G: 332
Testing Configuration and Software
AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64
HD Tune Pro 4.60
Futuremark PCMark 7 1.0.4
TeraCopy 2.27 (for File-Copy speed testing)
A base Windows 7 Professional 64-bit install is used for the operating system. Non-essential services including Fex, Windows Defender, Windows Search, Windows Update were disabled, as they can affect testing results.
All tests were performed 5 times each, and the average of all test runs were used as the results. Between each test run, each SSD had the ATA Secure Erase command executed on it using Parted Magic to restore performance.
The SSDs were connected to the SATA 6G connectors on the test bed's Z68 based motherboard. The Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID driver was used.
Performance Testing Results
HDTune performs sequential reads and writes using compressible data across the whole drive. By nature thanks to Sandforce's Durawrite feature, the Vertex 3 Max IOPS is able to be at the top of the HDTune charts with the other Sandforce based drives (including the original Vertex 3).