Hardware:

  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.8GHz
  • Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1 CPU cooler
  • Gigabyte Z68AP-D3
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz
  • AMD Radeon HD5670
  • OCZ Nocti 64GB mSATA
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB + Corsair Accelerator 60GB (Dataplex Software)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB + Corsair Accelerator 30GB (Dataplex Software)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB + OCZ Nocti mSATA 64GB (Intel Smart Response)
  • Corsair Performance Pro 256GB
  • OCZ Octane 512GB

Software:

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
  • CrystalMark 3.0 x64
  • IOMeter
  • Mathworks Matlab
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2012

To ensure the repeatability of the drive’s performance and verify our results, after the initial run which initiated caching each benchmark was repeated three times and the median result is being displayed in this review.