In this test we have created three file folder copy scenarios and we are copying them between two folders within the drive, recording the time taken for the file transfer to be completed. Our first folder is filled with 870 picture files totaling 1GB, the second folder is filled with 550 MP3 files totaling 2GB and the third folder is home to a single 4.5GB ISO file.

The Force GT 180GB actually did perform a little better than its slightly older 120GB counterpart, albeit by less than a second. It also closed the performance gap with the Force 3 series drive, which displayed exceptional potential when handling numerous small files even though it retails at a considerably lower price.

In our second real world test we are recording the time taken for our OS to fully boot from when we pressed the power on button and the start up times of two very popular and heavy professional applications, the Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 and the Mathworks Matlab. These tests are excellent examples of how an actual system would start and work under real-life circumstances.

During these tests the 180GB Force GT drive displayed similar performance to other drives using the same controller, with any differences being virtually insignificant; however it manages to break the 25 second barrier for a Windows 7 boot, which is the fastest time we have encountered to date from a single drive.