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Best Benchmark for real world windows 7 os and program performance

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August 28, 2011 9:26:19 PM

Aloha
what is the best benchmark to use to see how the drives will actually perform?

I see some people mention 4k reads

what should i look at regarding writes?
it seems like it might be a bigger number since it would lay down the write in an somewhat optimized way but the reads will just have to come from wherever they are.

also can I actually increase performance of regular hard drives by doing a slow format with a certain settings?

my current OS drives are short stroked and it seems to help some.

thanks
scott
a b $ Windows 7
a c 143 G Storage
August 29, 2011 12:49:12 AM

You have your standard four free drive benchmark programs: ATTO Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark 3.0, HDTune & AS SSD Benchmark.

Your overall system can be checked by Futuremarks' PCMark 7 and/or 3DMark 11.
August 29, 2011 1:29:07 AM

what is the as ssd benchmark
i see that occasionally and it gives lower performance numbers then atto which i belive is not real world performance but the best possible number under the best possible conditions.

is pc mark 7 most popular and 3dmark for gamers or something?

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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
August 29, 2011 1:30:44 AM

All new drives in the same class perform nearly identical.

A top-end SSD is much faster than a hard drive but costs a lot more. Some people buy an SSD for Windows then install their games and media to a second hard drive, like this:

1) OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (Windows and programs), and

2) 1TB or 2TB Western Digital "GREEN" hard drive (games, media and backups)

...back to Hard Drives:

If you want a good drive for Windows get any newer 7200RPM drive such as http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57432&vpn=WD...

**Note that NCIX even has the speeds already listed at the bottom.

The 1TB drive (930GB) stores 2x the data for a little more money but there's no point buying it if you know you won't use it.
August 29, 2011 1:55:48 AM

thanks but i already have the drives

some i have now

some are in the mail

no money for other drives

i just wanted to know which ones to use

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