It doesn’t matter how good any of the synthetic suites are, the real meat of the testing has to be under absolute real world conditions. This proves difficult as to record results we have to narrow down fluctuation. Therefore while we would say these are the most useful results to get from this review, there is always going to be a slight margin for error – its not absolutely scientific.
Firstly we installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Edition onto each of the drives and performed a clean update from Microsoft with all patches and security fixes. We then install a basic suite of software, such as Office, Firefox and Adobe Design, then we install AVG free antivirus. We used a digital watch for this startup and repeated the test five times for each drive – once we had these five results we averaged the results and took that for the final figure.
We allowed the RevoDrive Hybrid 1TB to reboot 10 times and measured the increases in performance as the algorithms optimised data paging.
First boot up time is pretty much as we would expect from a mechanical drive without the paging algorithms in place. After the 5th boot, the time is reduced to 27 seconds and by the 10th boot, this has improved further to 20 seconds. We noticed no more gains, after this.
Our STALKER level load showed a 34 second first time result, only slightly faster than a standard mechanical drive. On 3rd load this had reduced to 22 seconds, and we reached a peak of 18 seconds after the 5th boot. Excellent results, even if it was one second slower than the MAX IOPS drive.