• Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.8GHz
  • Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro C1 CPU cooler
  • Asus P8P67 LE motherboard
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600MHz
  • AMD Radeon HD5670


  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB
  • OCZ Synapse 64GB SSD



  • Microsoft® Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
  • ATTO disk Benchmark
  • CrystalMark 3.0 x64
  • Blackmagic Disk Speed Test
  • IOMeter
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • AS SSD
  • 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.

Editor’s note: The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB drive was being used as the main system drive with the Synapse operating as cache.