Corsair Force Series F100 100GB Solid State Drive Review

Testing – HDTune Pro
HDTune Pro is one of the most popular hard drive software suites available.  It has many different benchmarks and tests built into it.  Our first test is the read benchmark, which tests the average read speed and access time of the drive.

hdtune read

hdtune read graph

I was a little surprised when I saw the results of this test, only 186MB/s average read.  Remember this drive has advertised speeds of 285MB/s read and 275MB/s write.  Let’s move on to the write test.

hdtune write

hdtune write graph

One again the results were lower that what I expected.  Since the release of HDTune 3.5 there has been a new Random Access test added to the software. This test measures the performance of random read and write operations. Tests are taken in 512b, 4KB, 64KB, 1MB, and random file sizes. The performance of the drive is reported in operations a second (IOPS), average access time and average speed.  Here are both the results from the read and write random access tests.

hdtune io read

hdtune io write

I still was wondering why I was getting such low read and write results from my tests.  I ran the tests many times with the same results.  I decided to run the file benchmark that is included in HDTune Pro.

hdtune file

Now as you can see from this benchmark the drive does perform up to the advertised speeds.  Getting around 265MB/s read and 225MB/s write.  I think the issue is that HDTune is not made or optimized for solid state drives.

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