by Robert Tanner on September 19, 2011 in Solid-State Drives
Kingston may of been fashionably late to the SandForce party, but its explanation for wanting to avoid the issues that have (and still) plague other manufacturers is sound. Its first SandForce offerings appropriately fall under the HyperX branding, and offer speeds to take full advantage of the new SATA 6Gb/s bus.
Since we included a program designed to benchmark SSDs, we will include HD Tune as it benchmarks both hard disks and SSDs. Because the test drive houses the OS itself, HD Tune will not perform any write tests; we will have to be content with both the Read and Access times. HD Tune 4.6 added a new quick benchmark that we will include for users that wish to make a quick comparison with their own drives.
Kingston’s HyperX upsets the deck again by going toe-to-toe with the Max IOPS and raking in the pot with a clean sweep of the tests. Particularly surprising is that the HyperX leads the Max IOPS by ~5Mb/s in the 4KB write test, which is the same difference seen between the V3MI and the vanilla V3! Whatever mojo Kingston is feeding these SSDs, it is clearly working.
For the uninitiated, what makes SSDs so effective is the nearly instantaneous access times, which is best illustrated by the last graph. A typical HDD requires around 14ms to access data, which is a literal eternity for a modern computer. A typical SSD on the other hand will need about 0.1ms. To add perspective, a 3GHz processor will run 300,000 clock cycles in the same 0.1ms. By comparison to a mechanical HDD, 42,000,000 clock cycles would have elapsed in that 14ms before the drive had even begun reading data to memory!