Corsair Nova Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review

After doing a few hard drive reviews we have come up with 4 hard drive benchmarking programs we like to use here at ThinkComputers, they are HDTune, ATTO Disk Benchmark, CrystalDiskMark and Sandra’s Physical Disks benchmark. For comparison we will be testing the Nova Series drive against the Crucial M225 256GB drive and the Kingston SSDNow V+ Series 128GB. The Crucial drive is based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller and the Kingston drive is a 100% Kingston-branded drive, they worked extensively with Toshiba on the controller and the NAND. Keep in mind the advertised speeds for this drive is 270MB/s read and 195MB/s write.

HDTune is our first test and it tests the average read and access time of the drive.

hdtune read

hdtune graph

Next in HDTune we ran the write benchmark.

hdtune write

As you can see the drive starts out very high then drops off a little bit, still very impressive speeds though.  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.

hdtune io read

Once again we have very impressive speeds, the 4K test scored 7358 IOPS.

hdtune io write

The write test did very well too, you can see at the 1MB file size scored an average speed of 181.931MB/s.

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