The Comparison Drives:
1. Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5in SDSSDDX120GG25
2. WD Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5in WD5000AAKX-00ERMA0
3. Toshiba 750GB 2.5in MK7575GSX
4. WD BlackČ Dual Drive 2.5in WD1001X06X-OOSJVT0
*Note. Full SATA 3 speeds are not attainable with mechanical hard drives. Both WDC Blue and the Toshiba 750GB are tested using SATA 2 connections. Even the mechanical drive of the WD BlackČ is under this limit even if connected to a SATA 3 port. AHCI Mode is enabled through the BIOS.
Now we head on the numbers.
Anvil's Storage Utilities 18.104.22.1687
Anvil's Storage Utilities is a powerful tool that was designed in order to provide users with a simple means of assessing the read and write performance of SSD or HDD. The tests were done using the default settings and with a 1GB test size.
The Read Score of the WD BlackČ SSD is a few points higher compared to the SanDisk SSD. The Write Score of the SanDisk SSD however is around 43% higher than the WD BlackČ SSD. The Read Scores of the Toshiba HDD 5400RPM and the WDC Blue HDD are just a few points in difference but had a 28% advantage for the WDC Blue in Write Score thanks to its 7200RPM speed. The WD BlackČ HDD side is impressive, which came out on top of the mechanical HDD comparisons even if it only spins at a speed of 5400RPM.
AS SSD Benchmark 1.7.4739.38088
Testing the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache, AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GB file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks and additionally performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.
The WDC Blue scored only few points higher over the 5400 Toshiba HDD. The WD BlackČ HDD once again reigned better than the rest of the mechanical hard drives in Read and Total Scores. The WD BlackČ SSD won over the SanDisk SSD in these tests either be it in read or write and in total score which obtained 33%, 11.5%, and 28% advantages respectively.
ATTO Disk Benchmark 2.47
ATTO is one of the oldest drive benchmarks still being used today and is still very relevant in the SSD world. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that can be very easily interpreted. The test was run with the default runs of 4096kb through 4196kb transfer sizes with the total length being 256mb.
As expected, the Toshiba HDD is slower compared to the WDC Blue, but the WD BlackČ HDD is beating the WDC Blue by 15% in Read speeds and by 16% in Write speeds. The 4K test ruled out the 29% Read speed and 71% Write speed advantage of the SanDisk SSD over the WD BlackČ SSD. Yet the scores of the WD BlackČ SSD are to be appreciated, running past its specified transfer rates.
CrystalDiskMark is a disk benchmark utility that measures performance for sequential and random reads/writes of various sizes for any storage device. It is useful for comparing the speed of both portable and local storage devices.
The Toshiba HDD only gained advantage in the 512K Write field against the WDC Blue. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand outscored the WDC Blue in every field except for the 0.051 MB/s loss in the 4K Read. Good scores once again for the WD BlackČ HDD against the mechanical drives. The SanDisk SSD excelled only by 47MB/s in Sequential Read and 1.7MB/s in 512K Read along with 18.12MB/s advantage in 4K Write against the WD BlackČ SSD. An impressive speed scores across the chart for the WD BlackČ SSD.
Most of them run a single specific test that often doesn't tell you much about how your disks perform in a real-world situation, such as copying large files and even whole directories. Disk Bench is a free benchmarking tool that lets you choose which files or folders to copy. It then copies the data, benchmarks the speed, and deletes the copied data from the destination, though you can also keep the copied data. It also creates test files with a repeating 128-byte string, which is a preferred method for benchmarking a single disk, as well as batch files for testing. The Copy Directory was used with mixed data of 3.96GB in size. The Read file was used with a 148MB.
Having the real world tests of DiskBench, the Toshiba HDD still showed inferiority in read speed over the WDC Blue, especially in write speeds. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand still maintained to beat the WDC Blue by a few points in read and write tests. The WD BlackČ SSD maintained to stay close to the SanDisk SSD in terms of Read speed and gained advantage of around 10% in write speed.
HD Tune Pro 5.5
HD Tune Pro is a hard disk / SSD utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.
Using the File Benchmark tab of HD Tune Pro, the Toshiba HDD showed lower read speed and gained a very minimal 515KB/s over the WDC Blue. The WD BlackČ HDD Still stood with high read speed against the mechanical drives and lost around 13% in write speed. The WD BlackČ SSD performed close to specifications having around 340.6MB/s and 146.9MB/s read and write speeds respectively. The SanDisk SSD on the other hand plunged below specifications and ran only at 406.4MB/s read and 155.8MB/s write speed.
Passmark Version 7
PassMark Software has delved into the thousands of benchmark results that PerformanceTest users have posted to its web site and produced charts to help compare the relative performance of different hard drive models with storage capacities from gigabyte to terabytes. The charts include results from many major hard drive manufacturers, including but (not limited to) Seagate, Western Digital (WDC), Hitachi, Maxtor and Samsung. Our data can help you assess the performance of your hard disk drive (HDD) in comparison to similar models, or help users decide whether newer hard drive technologies represent good value for purchasing when it comes to high performing data storage and retrieval.
In here we still see a good consistency in performance from the WD BlackČ HDD over the WDC Blue and Toshiba HDD. The WD BlackČ on the other hand stood firm in its specified write speed against the SanDisk SSD but got only around 16% of the SanDisks speed in the Random Seek + RW test and only 51% of the Sandisks read speed.
PCMark 7 Professional Edition 1.4.0
The Storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of a PC's HDD or SSD. Users can choose to test other storage devices in addition to the main system drive.
The WD BlackČ SSD won over the SanDisk SSD in this test by 3.3% in System Storage Score and 2.16% in Raw System Storage Score. A good performance in when fact the SanDisk SSD is of higher specifications. The WD BlackČ HDD stood out among the other mechanical hard drives in both scoring fields.
PCMark 8 professional Edition 22.214.171.124
Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognised storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.
Using the HDD Test Suite of PCMark 8, the WD BlackČ SSD performed better than the SanDisk SSD by having small gain of 0.68%. The WD BlackČ HDD on the other hand lost around 4.35% against the WDC Blue. Bigger gain by the WD BlackČ SSD is obtained in the tested Storage Bandwidth which gave a 19.57MB/s advantage over the SanDisk SSD. The WD BlackČ HDD lost around 8.42% against the WDC Blue in Storage Bandwidth.
PCMark Vantage Professional Edition126.96.36.199
PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts. A PCMark score is a measure of your computers performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.
Using the HDD Test Suite, the WD BlackČ SSD achieved an advantage of 10.28% in this test over the SanDisk SSD. The Toshiba is still the last in the line-up and the WD BlackČ HDD lost around 6.04% in the score against the WDC Blue.
Sisoftware Sandra 2014.06.20.35
SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches. This download launches a cheerfully designed interface with an array of colorful--one might even say sprightly--icons for each of its tools. Its arrangement of tools was nicely categorized for the user's benefit: Computer Maintenance, Module Types (Benchmarks, Hardware, Software, Support), and Program Maintenance.
Using the File System Bandwidth benchmark, the WD BlackČ HDD obtained a 27.45% advantage over the WDC Blue. The Toshiba HDD on the other hand scored a few points over the WDC Blue. The SanDisk SDD obtained a Bandwidth score of 35.76MB/s higher than the WD BlackČ SSD.
BootRacer tests how fast a computer boots. BootRacer automatically tests how long Windows takes to start and saves it in a history database. Users can analyze it to compare boot times, before and after users install a new program. The cool feature of BootRacer is the realistic measurement of the time taken to get to the Windows desktop.. Boot time comparison of the WD BlackČ SSD in the desktop and laptop environment were tested by cloning the present contents of the SanDisk SSD in the desktop and the Toshiba HDD in the laptop.
Expecting close or similar performance from the WDC Blue HDD and Toshiba HDD, only the Toshiba HDD is tested against the WD BlackČ SSD in the laptop. This will show the gains in a 2.5 architecture setup upgrade in a laptop. The SanDisk SSD is compared to the WD BlackČ SSD in the desktop. The WD BlackČ SSD is just 4.281 seconds slower than the SanDisk SSD. On the other hand, a 50% decrease in boot time is achieved by upgrading an existing HDD to a WD BlackČ Dual Drive.
AIDA64 Extreme 4.50.3000
AIDA64 Extreme is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives.
Using AIDA64's Stress local disk, the WD BlackČ Dual Drive stayed cooler than the mechanical drive counterparts in the comparison. It also kept close temperature to the sole SSD which is the SanDisk SSD.
WD BlackČ SSD + WD BlackČ HDD
*Note: All images on the left are images of the SSD, and on the right are images of the HDD.
We now can notice that by simultaneous read and writes on the SSD and on the HDD, the transfer rates on both storage are affected and drops on a significant value.
AS SSD - Copy Benchmark
The same results from Passmark are obtained when benchmarking these two storage simultaneously, which shows drops on transfer rates. The HDD transfer rates drop and the SSD is drastically affected as noticed on the differences on the speed and duration of the tests.
AS SSD - Compression Benchmark
As we can see in the image, the transfer rates of the two storage are quite stable when used independently. But when used simultaneously as seen on the bottom of the image, the transfer rates drop especially on the read speed of the SSD. All the transfer rates of the SSD and the HDD are affected and becomes unstable.