Testbed and Methods
We used the following test programs:
- FC-Test version 1.0
- FC-Test version 2.0
- IOMeter version 2003.02.15
The testbed was configured like follows:
- Albatron PX865PE Pro mainboard
- Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU
- IBM DTLA-307015 15GB hard disk drive
- Radeon 7000 32MB graphics card
- 256MB DDR SDRAM
- Microsoft Windows XP SP2
We use two versions of FC-Test to compare the results with those we got in our older reviews.
Performance in Intel IOMeter
Sequential Read & Write Patterns
We’ll start out with the synthetic IOMeter benchmark. This pattern measures the drive’s sequential read and write speed on data blocks of different size (from 0.5 to 1024KB). The diagrams show the dependence of the drive’s speed on the data chunk size.
The Patriot Xporter XT wins the sequential read test. It is the best irrespective of the data chunk size. The OCZ Rally 2 follows the leader quite closely, though. The Corsair Flash Voyager falls behind the leaders, especially on large data blocks.
The Rally 2 wins the sequential write test as it achieves the highest write speed and surpasses its opponents on nearly every size of the data chink. The Patriot Xporter XT is slower than the leader, yet far better than the Flash Voyager.